Hey Peter- Do you happen to have any advice for applying to internships at magazines? I'm hoping to stay in London for the summer interning/working. Dressing well will be stress enough. I hope you're life is happy! -Claire
To be honest, I’ve worked at one magazine in my entire career and that was in the art department. So I don’ tthink I can give you specific advice in terms of magazines, but when it comes to internships in general I always say treat it as a real job.
Research the company. Read their articles. Remember writers, editors and photographers names and work. Learn to write, good writing is usually a sign of good communication. (I suggest you check out a few books: Elements of Style, Bird by Bird and Stephen King on Writing.)
And have specific goals, so when they ask you questions like “Why do you want this internship?” and “Where do you see yourself in five years” you don’t look clueless. So instead of saying something generic like “I just want some experience.” say “I am going to be a writer for Vanity Fair magazine.”. Direction is good.
You know, I spent a lot of the year being jealous. Not for any good reason – mind you – just being jealous of other peoples successes. Jealous of other peoples hard work. It’s easy to assume, when you’re down, and watching everyone else be ‘up’, that they are just simply terrible people who were handed luck, fame, fortune, or what have you. I talked a lot of shit and, y’know what?, was wrong every single time. Every single person I talked shit about because I was jealous of what they had have turned out to be mostly wonderful, sometimes grating, but above all, hard working people who deserved what they’ve achieved.
I guess its easy to assume that they’re assholes because they have what you desire, and jealousy breeds an atrociously ugly mindset. It’s a shitty human brain setting but you’re always going to want more. And thus covet what other people have. And try to take them down, if only in your own mind. But that’s a childish way of looking at things.
And when I stopped being jealous, I worked harder. And that in turn has made some amazing things happen. When you free yourself from jealousy, I guess.
I guess I’m writing this thing here more as a note to myself.
Those that dislike you the most tend to pay the most attention to you.
Those that complain about what you do the most are never your actual customers.