On What They've Learned
"Keep it simple."
"I can't compare myself to anyone else other than me, because I'm the only one that’s doing what I do. Since I started looking at things like that, it has been amazing for me mentally, physically, and career-wise."
"I think learning how to manage a team in general is a learning experience, and I’m also working on not taking things too personally, I guess."
"It's a multitude of everything. Every experience, every person that you meet. You know, it's that whole butterfly effect. If you didn’t sit next to that person on the bus who told you something, or if you didn’t meet that one person, your whole life could be completely different."
"I was a receptionist at a hair salon, and it taught me how important it is to always show face. Your one-on-one interactions with clients are really important."
"I guess it was when we were printing the first issue of DUST; I realized that what I learned in school wasn’t enough."
"You learn that the people that you interview are not your friends, you're doing your job and the PR people are doing their job. It feels like a fun human interaction where you're hanging out or spending the day with someone, and you get to know them, but at the end of the day, you’re there to ask the hard questions."
"I think that having to take on a managerial role has been challenging because you're not only in charge or yourself but you also have to run the show."
"You can't make everyone laugh and online things can be de-contextualized. People come for the joke and then obviously the joke sometimes has to be moderated because we live in a very PC day and age in which things can be grossly misinterpreted."
"Moving from Georgia to New York was the best thing I could do because I was so clueless. I didn't know what was going on, and you're just really thrown right in here."
" I had one month before Fashion Week to figure out how to manage and create the budgets while also managing and learning all of the clients, the venues, and the entire process on my own—obviously with a great daily support and help from Paris, but it was scary nonetheless."
"I’m still constantly learning as I go and have a lot more to learn. But the more companies and organizations you work with the more you see that everyone works differently and that behind the scenes, things are often more shambolic than they appear. Smoke and mirrors!"
"When I came to Paris, I told my parents that I had friends and it was fine, but I actually didn't know anybody. I didn't know where I was going to stay. I didn't know the language. I had to change apartments 7 times that year."