In high school, I wasn't the most well-rounded person, and didn’t really want to be one either. I already knew I was interested in writing, art and design. Then it became important for me to take a gap year to further pursue those things I knew I was interested in. I experimented a little bit. I went to this semester-long art school called the Oxbow School in Napa, California, which was really awesome. After that I interned at Pace Gallery to see if I was interested in the commercial side of the art world, but I wasn't particularly.
I worked at a paper product company called Meri Meri, which is based in England. I designed a birthday card for them and a mockup of a wine bag. I loved that because I was on the creative team and the production side of things.
Then I had a stint where I worked at a few museums over the course of two years. I worked at the museum that's on Andover’s campus, the Addison Gallery, as their summer curatorial intern, and then I worked at the Rubin Museum in New York. Then I went to The Whitney and I worked there for a summer in their Education department and did a lot of digital media work. Photographing for their website, editing videos for their Watch and Listen channel, and those sorts of things.
From that, I decided that I wanted to be more in the thick of things, and more immersed in the creative side rather than in a more administrative role. That's why I wanted to work at Into The Gloss. I knew that something big was definitely brewing there. They had just launched Phase 1 Glossier and they clearly had a system for how their editorial worked. The creative side was really strong, and it definitely has shaped where my ambitions are now.
It really did give me a boot camp training in editorial and how to professionally work with the content management system and how the process goes from interviewing a person to the final edit. And, for other kinds of stories, how to conceptualize ideas and make them happen, and then seeing how the creative team works in tandem with that.
I think they're tapping into something that's similar to Glossier. It’s this market where so few people saw that there was a hole, but there is this growing community of people who feel like OV is filling that hole for them. They’re active, but don't want to be judged by their performance. The part that is the most fun for me is OV’s visual identity. If someone doesn’t know what the products are, I describe them as workout clothes that look like they were inspired by Ellsworth Kelly paintings.