Hello lovelies! I hope you're all well. I've been super busy this week and now that I've finally got some time to stop and reflect I can tell you all about what I did last Monday (14/8/17).
So, on Monday I travelled to London to go to Cosmopolitan magazine's very first 'Self Made Session'. The 'Session' consisted of four very important women from the Cosmo team telling a group of us how they got to where they are. These women included Farrah Storr, the editor of Cosmo, Amy Grier, the features director, Claire Hodgson, the digital editor, and a wonderful woman named Inge van Lotringen who is the beauty director for the magazine and has worked there for eleven years (!!).
As an aspiring journalist, I found the entire experience absolutely magical (not to sound too cliché) and it definitely made me even more motivated and inspired to achieve my dreams. I have been a religious reader of Cosmo since I was about fourteen and I can remember reading the magazine once and suddenly realising 'this is what I want to do!', so to have the best of the best from my favourite magazine tell me their tips and tricks...it was just incredible.
When I arrived at the office in Soho, I was completely overwhelmed, there were so many people attending! The foyer of the Hearst Magazines building was stunning (I have attached a photo above), the walls were covered in celebrities and snippets from magazines. We then took an elevator to the sixth floor and I managed to nab a fairly central front row seat. All of the chairs had an adorable goodie bag sitting on them, which contained some fab treats including a Beauty Pie mascara that I will be reviewing next week and some Kiehl's skincare samples. All of the men and women around me helped themselves to some complimentary fizz (which I could not have due to being underage) and everyone became acquainted with one another. I was sat next to a lovely girl named Emily who was actually the current intern at Cosmo and had managed to bag that spot after attending their 'Self Made Conference' earlier this year. It was so interesting to hear how much she had persevered to grab the internship and I loved hearing about how much she was enjoying it. I was definitely very envious!
Half an hour later, the beautiful Farrah Storr stepped onto the stage followed by Amy, Claire and Inge. Farrah welcomed us and talked us through how we could get involved with the magazine - be it writing a small piece for a feature column, gaining some work experience or even moving into their next house. The women then sat down and each in turn told us about their experiences in the industry and how they got to become part of the top team at Cosmo. All of them started off doing work experience for other magazines/companies, and all agreed that 'you don't go into journalism for the money' - I was already aware of the hard graft that came with the career, but seeing how hard these women worked to get to where they are opened my eyes even more. Amy, the features director, managed to drag out a one month internship for a year, and even managed to get the magazine to pay her instead of freelance journalists to get certain jobs done. Claire spent her nights going to gigs (for free, but she was not paid for her work) and speaking to those attending, and then writing it up for a piece. It was so interesting to hear all of the different types of work experience each women did, but how vital it was to get them their jobs.
All in all, my Cosmo Experience was absolutely amazing and so were the women who hosted it. There will be another "Self Made" event in September which I sadly cannot attend, but I can't wait to go to the next one!