10 Things You Need to Know Before Becoming a Fashion Intern
1 It's not the Devil Wears Prada.
Not everyone in the fashion world is a Miranda Priestly. Sure, you'll have crazy weeks doing nothing but pullouts, inventory, and so on, but nothing as outrageous as delivering the "book" way beyond office hours to your boss's house or getting an unpublished manuscript of your boss's kid's favorite book really happens.
2 But it's still just as fabulous.
You won't get whisked away to Paris for Fashion Week, but being surrounded by an incredible amount of beautiful shoes, dresses, and accessories is a dream come true.
3 You can mix work and play together.
Whoever said that mixing work and play together is a bad idea has never done pullouts before. Apart from being able to get the necessary items that you need for a shoot, you get to shop for yourself, too! And get this–you get to burn off all the unwanted calories from the huge doughnut you had for dessert with all the strolling and paper bag lifting that you have to do.
4 Sale season is your worst nightmare.
Because you can't pull out pieces that are on sale, your choices are almost instantly cut in half. Aside from that, you'll end up buying that super cute pair of shorts from your favorite store, that button-down top you've always wanted to buy, and that pair of shoes that is 50% off! #SCORE
5 You will never look at clips and tape the same way... ever.
In school you were taught that clips are for papers while tape is for putting things together. In the fashion scene, clips are for quick alterations and tape is for making sure the soles of the shoes are perfectly clean upon returning.
6 You will learn that there is more than one way to wear a clothing piece.
Draped over your shoulders, unbuttoned, belted, half-tucked, wearing the skirt backwards–the possibilities are endless!
7 Working in fashion is a lot of work.
The common misconception of the majority is that working in fashion is an easy-peasy job, and they couldn't be more wrong. From conceptualizing the looks, pulling out the pieces from different locations, down to the actual shoot, working in fashion takes a lot of patience, hard work, and dedication.
8 Always prepare for the unexpected.
Anything from the model backing out last minute, not finding the key piece you need for a shoot, the clothes not fitting the model, or the fabric not photographing well, you always have to think fast. You definitely need to be prepared for literally anything that could possibly go wrong.
9 You have to pack a bag of inspiration, a bucket full of innovation, and a whole lot of creativity.
Working in fashion is not just about personal style. You have to constantly be updated with the trends and more importantly, know how to make the trend different and stand out.
10 It's going to be worth your time.
While it is undeniably hard work, the excitement that you get over a project, and the experience that you gain is worth missing out on a couple of night outs with your friends, or even date nights for sure.
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