As in many businesses, there are busy times and quiet times. I managed to experience both. The first week was very quiet and not everything was clear to me. But in my last week, it was crazy and hectic a true hands-on experience of how to get things DONE.
2 - The Devil doesn't wear Prada
Not only fashion designers but, editors and stylists leave everything to the last minute. One of the main tasks was to help stylist Alice Ray and fashion director Caroline Issa to pull clothes for their imagined fashion shoots. Pulling clothes is a term that I have heard before in The Devil Wears Prada and it is basically doing everything to get the designers full look, accessories, all the clothes that you see on the page from PR agencies. Sounds easy? mmhh. If you have ever ordered something online and the company has lost your parcel or they can't say when it will arrive then you can imagine a little bit of what pulling looks means. Emails-Emails- Follow-up emails- Emails-call- follow-up call- emails - - - And only then the end result ;)
3-Teamwork is everything
It is important to clearly communicate across the team about who is taking up what jobs. It was easy in the beginning to get everything done and even squeeze in a minute to do some side work. But in the last week, it was just a few interns and sometimes doing more than you thought you could would lead you to miss some important information. At the end of the day, we all are humans and the fact that you did most of the job on your own and didn't ask for help because you wanted to get all the credit does not matter. It is always better to get a thing done together and share the success.
4- You already got it
The reason why I choose to this internship was my curiosity about the photoshoot and how they are created in magazines. I have been doing my own shoots for design projects for as long as I have been creating my portfolio. I enjoyed the part of creating the art direction and directing them at the shoot, but I never knew that was an actual job. The idea of exploring my career opportunities and doing something different than fashion design really excites me. By assisting at the Tank photoshoot, I learnt that I already know how to create one and when the time comes to do it for myself I will be capable of it. This internship gave me the confidence that I know more than I thought.
5- You intern, and you learn.
The most important lesson that I'm taking away is asking more questions during the interview and getting everything in a written email. The internship advertisements always sound more impressive and you get the idea that you will gain more. The best thing is to make the situation work for you and remember that sometimes saying no or leaving an internship where you don't see the gain is the best thing to do. At the end of the day you are giving them your time and your money so invest it wisely
Thanks, TANK !
A special thanks to my friend Jenny Thai who inspired me to write this blog posts and helps me see the glass half full ;)