What made you switch majors?
"I started out as a photo major at Parsons, but my blog readership expanded a lot during my freshman year, and I became fascinated with the fashion industry. That’s when I decided to make the switch to learning more about the cultural side of fashion."
Did your parents support your career choices?
"Always. My dad is a photographer and I used to help him out on photoshoots — I used to hold up reflectors while he taught me how the camera worked. My mom is a graphic designer and painter, and she encouraged my love of fashion and design history. I feel really lucky to have been raised by artists."
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
"I’ve always loved history and good food, but I didn’t know how to combine the two! In high school I worked as a restaurant busser – I learned to never refill a glass of water over someone's lap!"
Where do you find inspiration?
"The freedom and independence that New Yorkers have is incredibly inspiring. I love visiting art galleries, window shopping on 5th Avenue. Even walking down the street is fun because it’s like live street style!"
What are your professional and creative mantras?
"Always try for another right answer. And don’t be afraid to eat lunch alone!"
Where do you want to be in 10 years?
"I’m still figuring that out! I want to work at a publication, and continue growing through my blog."
What’s your advice to people juggling school and a career?
"Schoolwork has to come first. No matter how many hours your job is asking of you, you need to stay on top of classes, so you can fully dive into your career later."
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