Oftentimes, in order to get ahead, all you need is a little initiative. I learned this valuable life lesson during one of the fashion industry’s most hectic times of each year: New York Fashion Week. While the majority of FIT students who hoped to volunteer at Fashion Week opted to wait in the sign up line that wrapped around 27th & 28th streets, I chose a different route (ain’t nobody got time for that!). I took to my laptop, did a bit of research and “cold-emailing”, and offered my volunteer services at various Fashion Week events. And amidst the several non-returned emails were 3 fashion companies that appreciated my offer and allowed me to be a part of their Fashion Week events. The most notable of the volunteer opportunities was my time with designer Rachel Antonoff, which began with working at her lookbook photoshoot (just days before her presentation for NYFW) and resulted in an amazing internship offer for the remainder of the semester.
Among undeniable charm, superior time management abilities, and formidable social grace, perhaps the most important quality we as aspiring public relations professionals should hold is initiative. The drive to go out and not only seek what it is you want, but to proceed in getting it. This, surely, is one of the requirements of our future careers that we can work on now while polishing up our resumes.
So go forth, budding PR professional, and get your initiative on