It’s weird to think that at just 28 years old, I’ve bagged my dream job of becoming a magazine editor. I’ve drifted in and out of various jobs for so many years now that I never believed I’d ever actually get a lucky break.
Though the magazine isn’t the most exciting in the world, the role itself is challenging and exciting: plus I have learned so much about an industry I never gave a second thought to beforehand. Becoming a magazine editor has taught me a lot too.
YOU’RE NOT JUST A MAGAZINE EDITOR
I don’t just sit and sub a magazine. I actually write pretty much the entire magazine myself as we’re such a small team (which I kind of like as there’s the belief that once you become an editor you actually stop doing the creative writing side of things), but I also source content, source new clients, chase clients for content, sell AD space, sell editorial space, brainstorm new feature ideas, attend events, attend meetings all over the country..and, not related to my role specifically, I also plan a glam awards ceremony in London once a year. Oh, and I chase invoices. Invoices are the bane of my life.
YOU STILL DEAL WITH SH*TTY PEOPLE
I thought that by leaving retail, I’d never have to deal with a tough customer again. I was wrong. Although all of my clients are super lovely, I have had to deal with the odd customer who makes things..challenging, shall I say. Luckily, they never last long but there’s always going to be someone somewhere you don’t see eye to eye with. But when it’s something that can be fixed? We come to a solution.
YOU GET SO PEDANTIC ABOUT THE LITTLE THINGS
An extra space between words in the Editor’s note? A wrong photo used during a feature? I can’t have it. I’d like to say I’m not a bitch about it but each time an issue goes to press I still take the courtesy to thank everyone in my team for their hard work and apologize for being so pedantic about the little things. When it comes to something going to print with my name on it, I’m super aware of my responsibility to make sure it’s just right.
…BUT THERE’S STILL TONS OF OFFICE JOKES
The girls always take the mick out of me when I end up swearing at my computer, whereas we tease one girl for looking like Morph. Another recent colleague gets teased for her habit of always leaving a tissue in her bowl of soup when putting it aside for the washing up. It’s all in good jest of course, but with tight deadlines to meet and many late nights at the office, we need to take the pressure off somehow. We also have the tradition of going to the local pub on a Friday after work too..
IT KIND OF TAKES OVER YOUR ENTIRE LIFE
But when this is your career taking off and you’re a single lady with no responsibilities, it’s a good thing as it’s a great way to get ahead. When it comes to press day, I rarely get home before eight…in that entire week. Recently, my boss and I flew to Portugal for one day to meet a client (although they did ply us with lots of traditional Portuguese food and port) and we’re often driving all around the country to meet clients too.
Although some of these points might seem like bad points: they’re honestly not. Learning so much about a challenging role is so great, as is being able to go on business trips to places like Portugal! Being able to call myself a magazine editor is one of the proudest things I’ve ever done and right now, I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Plus I get to sit on my ass and drink tea all day…what’s not to love?!
Do you deal with any of the above things in your role? Let me know!