Sometimes the things you do in high school come back to you in unexpected ways.
As a sophomore, my journalism teacher gave us the assignment to reach out to a working journalist and profile them – i.e. write a story about them and find out what makes them tick.
My pick was seemingly out of reach; I chose Eric Wilson, my favorite fashion reporter from The New York Times . (I know, I was ambitious.) He made fashion more than just a “puff piece” stuffed in-between the “hard news.” Every article he wrote had a sense of meaning behind it, something that made you sit up, read every single word and feel good about doing so.
I watched the news in the morning before school. He was the reason I read The New York Times every day. Lucky for me, he answered my email and took the time to complete an interview. I wrote the story for class and if I remember correctly, I got an A.
Now, it was The Coveteur‘s turn. Meagan Wilson recently did an interview with him that caught my attention. It began with quotes on how he got into journalism and worked his way up – something I was lucky enough to learn before. The rest is filled with tidbits we can all learn from and should remember. This one is my favorite:
“Make sure you are having a good time, with stuff that you’re really passionate about and love,” says Wilson , who is now the Fashion News Director at InStyle.
At the end of the day, that is what really matters. Whether it is writing for a fashion magazine or working in finance, make sure it is something that is meaningful to you.
See the full, inspiring article here. It may take you a few minutes, but every sentence is worth your time.
To Eric Wilson: If you ever read this, thank you for taking the time to help a journalist-in-training. You truly made a difference.