Monday, April 18, 2011

Pinch Me: Coming Full Circle

Tonight was the first seder (chag sameach!), which literally means “order.” On the heels of some exciting news that has rocked my world in the most awesome way, it got me thinking of the order of my personal career and how I’ve come full circle.

When I graduated from the undergraduate Media, Information and Technoculture program at Western, the notion of having the title of Editor after my name wasn’t so farfetched. I contributed to the daily student newspaper, completed a couple of serious intense internships at newspapers and magazines, and lived for writing.

My career path, however, veered away from the straight and narrow road of objectivity when I decided my easily encouraged enthusiasm made being an impartial journalist tough -  so I joined the more welcoming world of public relations where my zest for life was a little less alien and a lot more of the norm.

After completing a year-long program in corporate communications, I settled in at a big television conglomerate writing press release after press release. While I was working in TV PR, I began to foster my love for interior decorating and created my blog as a way to channel my creative pursuits and fabulous finds, which weren't exactly being nurtured in my position.

The blog led to a job with star designer and architect, Dee Dee Taylor Eustace, who hired me to help with media relations, aid the design team, work on industry events and much more. After realizing that I wanted to focus more on the design aspect, I started my night courses at George Brown to become a certified interior decorator and began to hone my skills working on smaller client projects. My nearly three years at THA have enabled me to work with fabulous product, fabulous trades, and a fabulous design team who I will surely miss - but perhaps best of all it has helped me reach the next stage in my career:

DESIGN EDITOR at STYLE AT HOME!

I don’t know if it was possible to find a more perfect position, and admittedly I wasn’t actively looking for something new, but when the job description made its way onto my screen it felt like the final scene of Serendipity where John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale meet again on the ice rink wit snowflakes flying and Nick Drake crooning. A position at a stellar magazine that made use of my media and design background? A job where I’d be compensated for visiting the newest decor shops, meeting other designers and styling all in one? A vocation where I’d be able to work with the amazing editorial team that I had such a great time with when they shot my own apartment? Yes please!

I start in two weeks and am so excited to embark on this next stage of my career with senior design editor extraordinaire Margot Austin guiding my way. I will still be posting here, but you will be able to read more about my editor adventures on the Style At Home blog too. I will keep you posted of my other official duties once I settle in, but until then, don’t forget to pick up the June issue when it hits newsstands on May 9th to see the full spread on the apartment.

Happy holidays to all and thanks for all the support and encouragement!

7 comments:

Designwali said...

Congratulations...that is fantastic news!

gia said...

fantastic! congrats. a solid reminder to stay true to ourselves and have patience.

Dayna said...

That's AMAZING! Huge congrats to you. Looking forward to the June issue and what's to come...

lala said...

Congrats Jessica! I'm the S@H web editor, so I suppose it's more appropriate to say 'Welcome' :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your new job! I'm
very happy for you.

Kerry said...

Yay!!! I'm sooooo thrilled for you, but I don't look forward to saying good-bye...I'm getting a bit teary-eyed thinking about it already :(
Cheers to great success!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Yay! Congrats. I have been reading for a while but never left a comment. Great to see Canadian talent explode into the magazine world!