Thursday, June 18, 2009

Event Horizon

There may come a point in time during your internship when an editor asks you to accompany him or her to an event. And you'll go because, come on, it's a great opportunity to get some one-on-one time with someone who isn't your day-to-day supervisor, and you get to learn a little bit more about how the industry works.

But then you get there, and all illusions of being able to talk to that editor are dashed. Dashed because you are in one of the city's oldest, most beautiful buildings, surrounded by people in priceless couture or amazing street style. And you won't know what to say. Three hundred people, decked out in Louis and Louboutin, will surround you, and you, in your Zara jeans and shoes from Topshop, your standard-issue cotton/linen blazer and strip mall-caliber accessories, will be unable to do anything.

Anything, that is, but gush when you bump into your favorite celebrity stylist. Anything but fawn over the oh-so-stylish wife of one of the men who revolutionized the industry you want to write about. Anything but try not to squeal with envy when you count not one, not two, but three candy-colored crocodile Birkins in the rows ahead of you.

Then you'll notice the gift bags. You didn't think you'd be getting anything other than a few sips of Pellegrino from the reception area, but there's one there - it's in your seat, waiting for you to open it up and delve inside. There's a copy of the magazine that shares a floor with yours in there - and is that a discount card for that awesome store you pass on the way back from work every day?

And it hits you: You've stepped into your dream. The people in the great seats (two rows from the stage!) next to and in front of you were probably in your seat this side of ten or 15 years ago.

You'll see what you want your future to look like. And you'll be speechless.

And then your editor, who knows the effect all of this is having on you, will smile and remind you that you're both there to work, not to play. And she'll nudge you in the direction of an honoree to get a quote or two for your magazine's Web site.

And you'll go straight back to work. Because that's what a good intern does.

Have a good night, interns! More tomorrow.

- Trade Intern


  1. What a beautifully written and motivational entry! I am always so impressed and determined after reading what you interns have to say, but this one in particular really moved me. I'm so thrilled that you're working toward your goal and loving it... Keep up the great work- hope to be in shoes similar to yours someday! :)

    xoxo, Gennifer

  2. I cannot wait until I'm in a position similar to yours. Reading your post made me that much more excited about my future as a fashion journalist. Being in the world of fashion really is like living in another world and only a select few (you and Gennifer) can truly appreciate why fashion matters (not just to me but to society as well). This post gave me goosebumps. Nice work.