I’m playing this fun game called ‘How many selfies can I take with the new Perspectives magazine?’
Because yes, everyone. It’s finally here, and it is awesome.
The online version should be up very soon as well!
On a disgustingly hot, summer Monday in New York City, after finally getting an idea of the ever-temperamental, gum-ridden subway system, Melody Kitchens, a recent Auburn journalism grad, stood outside the beautiful, 12-story brick building that holds one of the world’s most well-known fashion and pop culture magazines. Her meticulously tamed hair fell in waves, her brightly colored Anthropologie dress was steamed and ready, and, like any good intern, she was 30 minutes early.
Nervous, exhilarating thoughts had buzzed through her head all through the night and into the morning, refusing to cease even as she gathered her courage and pushed through the glossy front doors. It was her first day, and so far so good.
That is, until she took the elevator to the sixth floor, introduced herself to the front desk only to find that not one person in the office was expecting her that day. This was a problem, considering she was one of the new NYLON magazine editorial interns.
“It was a weird experience the first day because my supervisor wasn’t there and I guess she forgot to tell somebody that I was coming,” Kitchens said. “Kind of a strange first morning, but after that it was all fun.”
Even with a weird start, Kitchens quickly found her footing and has since taken off into NYLON’s world of edge-tastic fashion, music, beauty and more. NYLON’s website, a colorful array of vibrant features, articles and links, posted an internship description that displayed unique characteristics the editors were looking for in potential interns, characteristics that they found in Kitchens. The description said, “The magazine is a media outlet for energetic, proactive, smart, fresh and confident women of today. They are passionate about keeping up-to-date about the prevailing trends in music, beauty, design, media, travel and technology.”
Kitchens was all of the above.
After just having finished a summer internship at Birmingham Magazine, Kitchens packed her bags and headed to the Big Apple in August to start a new chapter in her life at NYLON. As a Tallahassee, Fla. native, adjusting to the fast-paced life of New York City was challenging at first.
“You’re surrounded by people all day. It’s just different here because everyone is always going, going, going and never take a second to breath,” she said. “It’s definitely different from the South. I’ve always kind of dreamed of living somewhere bigger and more full of things to do. Even though it’s such a different pace of life, I think I was kind of ready for it.”
Even with a Brooklyn window view to fall asleep to and the pulsing energy of a city that never sleeps, Kitchens admitted that at times she missed the sweet, simple charm of being in the South. “When I think about Auburn and the south, I do get a little homesick because it’s been such a big part of my life and up here is still so new and scary, but so far it’s been pretty great. Definitely an adjustment though,” she said.
After first getting noticed with an elaborate, Valentine’s Day themed portfolio, Kitchens continues to bring a creative and innovative drive to the magazine. A typical day in the office for editorial interns varies significantly, but Kitchens said there are multiple challenges presented to all the interns that range from fact checking to transcribing interviews to even writing for online and print issues of NYLON. Kitchens never fails to jump at any opportunity to write something and get her name out there. The first thing she wrote started as a story pitch to an editor who liked her idea and decided to give Kitchens the opportunity to do the write up herself.
“The first thing I wrote was on the website and that felt so weird and awesome and I really couldn’t believe it, that that was my name,” Kitchens said.
Even on slow days, Kitchens tries to use her time wisely, pitching and brainstorming story ideas, reading, writing and doing whatever her superiors and mentors need. With her upcoming one-page write up for NYLON Guys due in January, it’s obvious going the extra mile paid off.
On a final note, Kitchens left wise words to any aspiring journalist or creative mind hoping to make it to the Big Apple. She said, “Someone once told me to aim low when you look for internships, but I would say do exactly what you want to do. If you want to go to New York, then go to New York. I don’t think you shouldn’t try. You just have to go for it and see what happens. If you really want to do something and you love it and you have a feeling you need to be there, then you just gotta do it and make yourself stand out in any way possible. In the end, it’s probably gonna work out.”
After her internship ends in February, Kitchen’s future is currently undetermined, but for now she’s perfectly content with living in her present at NYLON.
I am SO excited because tomorrow (or maybe Monday but hopefully/probably tomorrow) is the day. Yes, at last you all will be able to feast your eyes upon this year’s Perspectives magazine. It’s like Christmas, amiright?!
So, this morning, Adriene, Victoria and I took a fieldtrip to Craftmaster Printers to get an inside look on how publications are created. Daniel Ritch, the senior account executive at Craftmaster, was our guide, taking us through all of the various pieces of machinery and technology involved with putting together magazines, invitations and more. Craftmaster is also the place that prints the AU athletic programs, and while we were there we saw different pages from publications featuring this weekend’s AU v. UGA game scattered about the workspace. We even got a few glimpses of Perspectives in various stages of print (it looked awesome).
It was really cool having the opportunity to be behind the scenes to see all of the work that goes into the process of printing. There’s definitely a lot of man and machine power involved, especially since it is a factory-like setting with men working round the clock to finish cutting and piecing together thousands of pages stacked throughout the building.
Today was a great experience, and after seeing bits and pieces, I cannot wait to finally see the finished product of “Perspectives.” Stay tuned!
Where have I been?
This semester has flown by at an exhilarating and terrifying speed. Wasn’t it just yesterday that classes started and I still had the subtle glow of a summer tan? Now the days are growing shorter and the air has a breathy chill, the leaves are starting to fall and football season is well under way as fall wraps its crisp fingers around our cozy little city.
Here in the office, I’ve been keeping myself busy, working on an array of projects, the main one being “Perspectives” magazine that should be out so very soon (fingers crossed). I cannot wait to see it and show it off to everyone! Putting this magazine together was such a rewarding and unique experience, and I know y’all will love it as much as I do.
At this very moment I’m working on updating an Auburn theatre program for the upcoming show, Harvey (Buy tickets here!), and multiple study abroad brochures for all of the unique adventures CLA offers students to study overseas. Today is actually a particularly wonderful day, one of my favorite days, because today is Halloween!
I love Halloween. It is decidedly one of the best holidays, mostly because I love to play dress up, eat shameful amounts of candy and jump out to scare unsuspecting strangers (basically how I spend most of my weekends, but everyone else does it too). Students and even a few CLA professors decided to dress up for this glorious occasion, coming to class as superwomen, Shreks and even Walter Whites. Check some of them out here. I opted for a simple pumpkin tshirt, but the spirit is clearly alive.
Calories don’t count on Halloween, right? So I encourage you to indulge. No need to be shy. You will likely stumble upon tubs full of free, delicious sweets and I encourage you to take two enormous handfuls, maybe even stuff your pockets full as well. No judgment. I like to bring a pillowcase or two, just to be safe. The ‘take only one’ rule need not apply.
So go out and enjoy the eerie weirdness that is October 31st while it lasts, because tomorrow Little Drummer Boy and All I Want For Christmas Is You will be blaring through every radio station and shopping mall in the United States.
Luckily, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” will remain seasonably appropriate through the end of December, which is really all that matters in the end, isn’t it?
Now my day here in the office is winding down, and at a good time, too. There are people shouting ‘free candy’ outside our window…I’m so there. Happy Halloween!