Winner's Story: More! Magazine - Grace
My biggest passion in life is magazines.
I'm a tad obsessed with them, having subscriptions since I was about twelve. I buy extra ones every single week. My favourite weekly magazine is more! magazine, and it's been my dream to work there.
My dream came true.
Whilst studying at university, I found a competition with My Kinda Crowd for university students to win a two week intern ship at more! magazine. I couldn't apply fast enough! I was determined to win so completed what needed to be done instead of doing my work on my dissertation (woops).
Then one day I woke up and checked my emails, I was one of the winners. And the editor had seen MY work and had given me feedback, I think. I sort of fell into a state of shock!
A couple months passed, a few emails exchanged and before I knew it I was on my way down to London on my own to actually live my dream.
I couldn't have asked for anything better. I finally felt at home as soon as I walked into that office and I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life without a shadow of a doubt. On the first week, I was put on the fashion desk to help out, where I met the other work experience girl, also called Grace and we instantly clicked and she made my experience even better than it already was.
Our jobs for the week was to return all of the clothing that had been sent in from different stores for the shoots, and to tidy up the cupboard. I'm not a massive fan of tidying but when you have amazing clothes and shoes in front of you, you just do it.
We were also asked to run errands, whether it was to find a specific item of jewellery or to run to the corner coffee shop to get drinks for the girls! I did everything with a ridiculously big grin on my face. I didn't want to leave.
I did to organise the rings to send off to a shoot, so I took a sneaky picture! I wanted every single one of them! It really is a girls heaven! I had such an amazing time on the fashion desk and it was literally non stop because they get so many clothes sent in which constantly needed sorting out, so when the weekend came along I was a bit gutted! But I knew I was starting beauty on the Monday so I was intrigued as to what I was going to be doing on that! Monday came along and I had my own computer, next to the picture editor so I basically felt like I made it! I loved it!
In beauty, we had to ring up PR companies and ask for samples to be sent in for the following shoot. It felt surreal to answer the phone and say 'Hello more! your through to Grace.' Uhhhhhmazing!!We also had to tidy up the beauty cupboard, and that was just as amazing as the fashion cupboard! I was surrounding by nails inc nail varnishes and it was so good!
We were asked to go into the beauty cupboard and doll ourselves up with selected products and paint out nails and do our hair and then take photos so they would be used in the magazine, yet again I got rather excited! I was far too happy when I knew my face would be in the magazine! We also got to go on a press conference for a new moisturising cream! It was held in a top London hotel and we got free products and a free massage! It was just an amazing experience!
When we came back to the office, I knew my time was coming to an end but I wanted to come back, so I got to talking to the pictures editor who then introduced me to the editorial assistant, who remembered my work that I entered for the competition and she invited me to come back down for two weeks in December to work on the features desk, which is where I reaaaaaaally want to work! I couldn't believe it! I was so happy! I can't wait for December, I want to learn more about the magazine and hopefully get a job there one day.On my last day there, I was lucky enough to do a photo shoot as they had asked me if I was available to do it! So in my time there I got to see what it was like to work on both sides of the magazine and I know I'm going to learn a lot more when I go back down next. I will do anything they bring my way.
Entering the competition on MyKindaCrowd was the best thing I ever did.