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I Got a New Attituuuude!

I Got a New Attituuuude!

About a year ago, I sat down and thought about what I really wanted to do with my life career-wise. I’ve worked in marketing pretty much since I graduated, and along the way I discovered a love of graphic design, social media, project management, and content marketing, all on top of my perma-love for fashion and magazines. But how did that translate to a comprehensive career that addressed both my creative side and my slightly anal organizational tendencies? Was it working at a branding and design agency? Managing promotional marketing projects? Something in the digital space?

Magazine on iPad

Once I made a list of everything I like to do (told you I was kind of anal), I tried to figure out if an all-encompassing job even existed–maybe some things would just have to be hobbies. After going over the list several times, I realized there was really only one type of job that hit every point: magazine editorial. However, this is a weird and exciting time for the publishing industry–the internets have changed the way people get their news, and tablets and smartphones have changed the way people consume once-printed information. Shizz is getting real.

Cincinnati fashion stylist This is my job now, yo

So I figured it was a long shot–I’d keep my eyes and ears open, but I like to be realistic. I maintained that realistic point of view when I was contacted about a part-time stylist position opening up at the local magazine; I was realistic when I interviewed with the heads of the art department and told them I needed something full time; I was realistic when I talked to the publisher about my ideal job (you know I had the description ready!); and I was realistic when I dropped off some requested paperwork and there was an offer letter waiting for me. And now, somehow, I’m a full-time Fashion Stylist and Art Assistant at Cincinnati Magazine, and realistic has become reality. I’m so happy I get to do this.

All I can say is, just keep going.

12 Comments
  • ashleigh

    May 21, 2013 at 10:04 pm Reply

    That’s awesome! Congrats!

  • Courtnee

    May 22, 2013 at 8:32 am Reply

    Congratulations!! Seeing hard work and a clear vision come together is a beautiful thing!

    • tamia

      May 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm Reply

      Thanks Courtnee! Turns out knowing what you want is key to getting it!

  • Tamu

    May 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm Reply

    Congratulations! Do your thing, girl!

    • tamia

      May 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm Reply

      Thanks Tamu!

  • Kim

    May 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm Reply

    That is SO cool! And very encouraging for another marketing gal trying to find her sweet spot. Kudos to you for being honest about what you wanted and GETTING IT!

  • MJ

    May 24, 2013 at 8:52 am Reply

    Congratulations! It’s encouragement even for those of us who have some of our own aspirations. 🙂 Yay you!!!

  • Lisa

    May 25, 2013 at 7:41 pm Reply

    Congratulations. Nothing wrong with being obsessive about lists, they bring clarity.

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  • PkFashionsista

    June 15, 2013 at 2:36 pm Reply

    Very encouraging! Funny I came across this article because I am currently going through the same thing!

    • tamia

      June 20, 2013 at 10:00 pm Reply

      Well good luck to you! Hang in there!

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