Career Goal: Magazine Editor (Hopefully in the Fashion Industry) ^_^
As I’m entering my junior year of college, I guess you can say that reality is setting in and I’m thinking more about my future than I’ve ever had. Throughout my childhood, I changed my career goals A LOT. While it was just a thought, because of my love from anime and manga (Japanese cartoon and comics), I wondered about being a Japanese comic artist or an illustrator.
From there I developed a love for Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese Dramas. Being the goofball that I am, ^^ I wanted to be able to watch my dramas without having to read the subtitles, giving me the idea of wanting to be an interpreter. It also helped that from the beginning I loved different languages and learning about their origins and cultures.
For the first two years of high school, I was really into fashion design. I was so into it that I spent the summer before my junior year participating in a fashion design workshop at one of the local art schools where I took courses in making and designing my own scarf (my mom still wears it), drawing a life-size model and a course in children’s wear where I faced my first sewing machine. That Christmas, my mom gifted me with my own sewing machine where I thought I knew what I was doing. I spent most of my Christmas money on material and tools, so I could make a denim vest. That vest is still in my tool box waiting for me and the machine to get along enough for it to be made. =P
S/N: Reading The Devil Wears Prada added fuel to me wanting to be a designer.
My senior year requirement, instead of community service, was to present my senior project. The project was me spending time with someone of my career choice and presenting my findings in front of two advisors at school. At the time, I knew I still wanted to work in the fashion industry so I chose to use my time learning from people in the industry in the the workshop and passed my presentation. My presentation gave me insight for when people question me about my future career goals.
One day, out of curiosity, I began listing all of the careers I wanted to accomplish and it hit me, I can still do all of these things. But out of all of these things, the one thing that never changed was the fact that I still loved fashion and entertainment. I picked up my first Teen Vogue subscription in 2009 and have never looked back. Through Teen Vogue, I began discovering other magazines and all of them helped solidify my choice of career. As the magazine progressed, Teen Vogue began showing young people at work in the fashion industry. That, itself, let me know that my goal wasn’t unreachable. It was possible to reach it with a little bit of elbow grease (haven’t used the phrase in a long time). I know I didn’t collect these magazines for nothing. =)
In the next 5-10 years, I will be a proud fashion magazine editor/ scriptwriter/ fluent foreign language speaker/manga reader whose work will will grace the pages of something. I know it will take a lot of courage and hard work, but I wouldn’t have it any other way… Now if only I could stop freaking out that college is going by so quickly ^_^
*All photos are from me