I started interning for an e-commerce company last week who are involved in photographing and styling products for some very well known brands such as Ben Sherman, New Look, Matalan and Harrods (to name a few). Last week was a bank holiday so I started on the Tuesday and I was very excited to get stuck in. I’ve interned once before at a PR Company and I had an amazing experience there, I'm not sure any other internship will match how great that one was but I hope any internship I do is similar! The company I'm interning with at the moment is very different to my last internship, they have lots of people working for them including stylists, photographers, retouchers, models… the list goes on… whereas my last internship there were three ladies I was working with so it was much more personal and I learnt so much.
Anyway, on Tuesday I basically felt like I had been chucked head first in the deep end, I was given no direction on what to do at the start of the day and wasn’t even sure who to speak to about anything. Another intern had to ‘show me the ropes’ in a sense. To find a task to do, I basically had to walk round the extremely big studio and ask all the stylists and photographers if they needed any help with anything, I hadn’t been introduced to any of them and I was a little nervous at this stage, I was wondering around aimlessly. I was then given the task of steaming for a stylist which is what you can expect to do as an intern. After finishing steaming and soon realising there was no more tasks for me to get on with, I actually didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, how do you make yourself look keen to intern when you don’t know anyone and no one has anything for you to do? For the rest of the day I managed to find a few tasks to get on with and I went home at the end of the day feeling pretty shitty and I wanted to have a little cry but I thought, no I will stick at this, it can only get better, right?
Well one week on, and on more of a positive note, I'm glad I didn’t run for the hills. Once I had been there for a few days people started to recognise me more and once you’ve helped out a stylist once they know they can trust you to do things correctly and they’re more likely to let you help them out on the next shoot. I’ve only been there a week and a couple of days and I’ve learnt a pretty good amount, I’ve assisted on body model shoots, a little awkward I must say when the male models are stripping off in front of you… I literally didn’t know where the hell to look!! I’ve also helped with styling shoes, accessories and clothing for mannequin shots, there are some lovely girls there who always let me help out on their shoot and I'm learning lots from them so far. My time there has got a whole lot better since I started last week, I think once you know that you have to ask around for tasks it’s not so scary and you just get on with it! I'm looking forward to learning more at the moment and will be doing weekly blog post for my intern diaries for the next 4 weeks! (I promise next week I won’t talk so much, I get carried away when I'm typing).
I thought I would finish the post with what I wore for my first day! It’s always scary knowing what to wear on your first day of anything; you need to dress appropriate to the workplace because you can’t mirror other people’s image until you’ve been there.
Top | Topshop
Trousers | H&M £5 (sale)
Jacket | Primark £12 (sale)
Boots | Topshop £45