I always had a feeling that I would one day work in fashion, and as the new Fashion Market Editor of Accessories Magazine, my dream has come true. But I honed my skills at a previous position.
In 2011, I interned at NBC New York and had the opportunity to complete a documentary video project that was a neighborhood profile. I chose to do Manhattan’s Garment District, to combine my interest in fashion with my communication skills. This involved some convincing for Gabe, however, who thought this would be a fashion puff piece! But I convinced him that there was so much fascinating history in the Garment District that was still relevant today.
I assistant produced this profile with the legendary senior correspondent Gabe Pressman and photographer Keith Feldman. And guess what? It was Emmy Nominated in 2012!
For this project, I prepared background research, found contacts for Gabe to interview on camera, set up the film schedule and assisted in editing the piece with the producer once it was filmed.
I chose to film in a Garment District apparel factory, handbag factory, specialty trimmings store and a designer boutique. Gabe also interviewed a museum curator at the Museum of the City of New York, a Garment District tour guide, and the President of the Garment Center Business Improvement District.
I enjoyed the research process and exploring the Garment District prior to filming there. I met with my contacts before filming to make sure that their location and their personality would work well on camera. I also went to the New York Library to do historical research and found old newspapers to show in the video.
“Still Alive & Sewing”
Although it was my first time working in production, I had a vision about the profile, and enjoyed sitting in the editing room with Keith, the producer, to give my input on what footage I thought went best with what Gabe was saying in his voice over.
I had a feeling that one day I would be back to work in the area — which turned out to be true because now I am working for Accessories which is in the heart of the Garment District!
My piece on the Garment District that I assistant produced aired on NBC NY Non-Stop as well as NBC NY news at 5 in September 2011.
I found out when I was abroad in Italy that the piece, “Alive & Sewing: The Garment District,” was Emmy Nominated in 2012 in the Historical/Cultural News category.
That was a huge honor and one that I was not expecting! It proved to me that hard work does pay off and I was glad I trusted my gut and pursued it so diligently.
I had an amazing experience working at NBC with a mentor like Gabe. He taught me the importance of relationships, and about being passionate for what you do. I learned a lot about myself, became a more confident woman and realized that I can make things happen for myself by completing such an important and successful project for NBC.