Three Podcasts To Kickstart Your Fashion Career
- BY: YAZMINE LOMAX
- Oct. 18, 2018
I love podcasts. Bloody love ‘em. My iTunes library is chockablock with downloads discussing books and travel and serial killers (here’s looking at you My Favorite Murder) and money and politics. 79.2% of my sentences start with “So on this podcast I was listening to…”. I’m constantly on the hunt for my next hit, trawling through the ‘browse’ feature and wondering if today’s the day I become an expert on NBA trade deals. To quote the Gilmore Girls, to me podcasts are “a lifestyle, a religion”.
But why the obsession? Oh you beautiful, naïve, sophisticated new born baby. This shouldn’t even be a question! You see, podcasts aren’t just a neat way to pretend you’re friends with people who don’t know you exist but are happy for you to eavesdrop on their interesting conversations. No sir! Podcasts are scientifically proven (probably) to improve your life! With just a couple clicks you can have experts whispering in your ears about how to practice mindfulness or sharing a bunch of random facts you’ll oh-so-subtly bring up at the next barbeque to impress your mates. And for those wanting to kickstart their careers in the fashion industry, podcasts are a gold mine of Sovereign Hill proportion.
Convinced? Fantastic, let’s dive in! The sheer number of shows out there can be a tad overwhelming so I’ve done the hard (read: extremely fun) work for you. From learning how top dogs nabbed the job, talks that keep you in a motivated head space, and practical advice from the pros, consider the following pods your launching pad for success.
The only Office Hours you will actually want to attend. In each episode, College Fashionista's Founder, Amy Levin Klein, chats with inspiring fashion and beauty insiders about the industry, career paths and what they have learned along the way. Listeners can expect to gain invaluable insight and inspiration on furthering their own careers while getting access to conversations you won't hear anywhere else. Get ready to get schooled in style - and learn a thing or two in the process!
Prepare to binge the entire back catalogue of this baby. College Fashionista is an online community of college kids, or ‘style gurus’, dedicated to building careers in the fashion industry and sharing insights along the way. It’s podcast, Office Hours, has the same commitment to the grind. Host Amy Levin Klein asks guests – from magazine editors and designers to Instagram influencers and models – the questions (What did you study in college? Where did you intern? How did you get your first job?) you’d give a limb to hear the answer to. Except you don’t have to! Yay! She’s also an enthusiastic advocate of the ‘you don’t have to live in New York to make it in the fashion industry’ message which is always reassuring for us folk Down Under.
Dive in with: Alyssa Coscarelli of Refinery29 on How to Advance in the Fashion Industry
UnStyled is a weekly podcast hosted by Refinery29 Global Editor-in-Chief & Co-founder, Christene Barberich, that explores the funny, inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking tales of life, work, and love—as told through the things that we wear.
Refinery29 is all about helping women to claim their power and realise their potential, and UnStyled is no exception. Host Christene Barberich chats with a catwalk of stylish ladies about their careers but isn’t afraid to get a little personal too, touching on topics like fear and heartbreak. It’s this candidness that makes UnStyled feel like an intimate conversation between best friends, one where we listeners get to learn about what life is really like in the industry and how to navigate it.
Dive in with: Alexa Chung on the very stylish life of the ultimate outsider-insider
Do you want to step up and do something epic? Follow your dreams, take action, change the world? In The Call, former political strategist Erica Williams Simon hosts intimate conversations with women who have answered their own call. What are the costs and challenges of taking the leap, of living your politics, of being unapologetic? How do you go from wishful thinking to real impact? What is the journey really like? Tune in, get inspired.
While The Call isn’t strictly fashion focused (though has featured A+ industry voices like blogger Gabi Gregg and Teen Vogue’sExecutive Editor Samhita Mukhopadhyay), it can always be counted on to dish out quality career advice. Produced by Man Repeller, The Call shares the stories of those who’ve felt fundamentally pulled to do something big. Guests are given the space to be vulnerable and it’s encouraging to know you’re not alone in the struggles that come with the hustle. For those who want to make a change in the fashion industry, do something radical, or challenge the norm, The Call is your go-to for navigating the often-difficult journey of following your dream. Think of this podcast like your new big sister, the cool one that reminds you to make time to meditate while lending you her lipstick.