This summer, I had the incredibly unique opportunity to intern for a Tilden from To Be Bright, she is a fashion and lifestyle blogger and influencer. I have a blast this summer, but I also did a lot of learning and developing. I learned all about the industry and refined my skills that are necessary to succeed in this field. After 3 Months of interning, I have compiled a list of some of the more “life lessons” that I learned throughout my internship.
- It Will Be Harder Than You Think
- There were somedays that will definitely be harder than you think it will be. Not everyday is gonna be super fun and easy breezy, there are going to be somedays where you are overwhelmed and stressed out. These days, while they suck, taught me the most about myself.
- You Will Make Mistakes (A Lot of Them)
- There are a bunch of clique quotes about failure is the key to success; and overtime someone told me that I wanted to smack them. Failure never feels good, and it is not suppose to. Every mistake I made, I tried to learn from to never feel that way again. The mistakes I made and the way Tilden reacted to these mistakes is what taught me the most this summer.
- You Will Learn, Even When You Think You Aren’t
- Photoshoot days were my favorite days because they did not feel like work. But looking back, these were the days that I learned the most. Watching someone in front of the camera and how a photographer shoots, you can learn so much about the person and the brand as a whole. Photoshoot days taught me about lighting, photography, preparation, location scouting, and so much more about the behind the scenes logistics that go into a blogpost.
- Taking Initiative is Important
- At the beginning of the summer, Tilden gave me a list of my responsibilities for the summer. There were tasks and projects that were not part of my “responsibilities” but by taking initiative, I set myself apart as an intern that will go the extra mile.
- Open Communication Is The Best
- Communication is so important. Asking questions, clarifying concerns, and opening up the conversation are all things that will make you life so much easier. By asking questions, you open up a dialogue that allows for greater insight into the assessment and the expectations. Having open communication, you have created an inclusive environment. You are less likely to feel intimidated or apprehensive in your work.
- Watching and Listening Will Save Your Life
- As an intern, it is your job to learn as much as you possibly can in a limited period of time. I learn so much more by watching someone. By trying to be as much of a sponge as possible is the best way to approach any new environment.
I was lucky enough to have an internship this summer that allowed me to explore one of my passions. Tilden was an incredible mentor, teaching me and guiding me to meet her objective and my own personal goals. Her attitude and mentorship allowed me to flourish and foster my skills.
One of my favorite parts of the summer was shooting photos for Tilden’s blog. Below, I have attached a few of my favorites: