I was a 14-year-old growing up in Connecticut when I first became obsessed with magazines – specifically, Teen People. I applied to be a trend spotter and landed the opportunity in New York City. At the time, my dad worked in the financial district and would drop me off at the office.
Looking back on it now, it's impressive that my parents let me go into the city at that age. I remember getting out of the subway one time and calling my dad to tell him I had been above ground for 20 minutes. He said, "you're either in Brooklyn or Queens, so you'll want to take the subway going the other way." My parents knew if they didn't help support the things I loved, I would go out and do them anyways.
I was fortunate that this trend spotter opportunity turned into an internship after my freshman year of college. It was in these roles where I built relationships with three great female mentors at such a young age. To this day, I'm incredibly close with my manager from Teen People. She's the first to get excited for me when I tell her I'm traveling somewhere new, or that I've got a job opportunity. That relationship is something I've always taken to heart, and while I wasn’t aware of it at the time, her mentorship propelled in me a desire to be a woman in power.
I knew what I wanted to do when I was 14: work for a magazine. So when I went to college, I owned that I wasn't going to sit around and wait-and-see how the four years went. I had a goal and I was going to achieve it. However, by the time I graduated, the magazine industry had completely changed which made roles extremely difficult to find. This led my career path to take a different trajectory than I imagined, but a lot of what I’ve learned along the way is that if you don't take chances, you're not going to get opportunities. I’ve reminded myself of this, ever since then, and continue to push myself outside of my comfort zone.