Post # 1
Totally Random, but today I’m meeting up with the founder of one of the most popular wedding blogs floating around these days. I feel like I had a reason for wanting meet her when I first e-mailed the request.
Now, months later, when we finally have a meeting scheduled, I have no idea what we are going to talk about! “Um, hey nice to meet you, I think your website is cool, and I kind of want to be you.”
Yeah that won’t make me sound like a creeper or anything. I originally wanted to talk to her because I want to be in the wedding biz, but don’t know in what capacity. How do I talk about that without sounding like some crazed fan who is asking for a job?
This probably makes no sense, but I’m nervous as all get out. ughh
Advice would be appreciated right now.
Post # 3
Pick something like 5 questions about the wedding industry and write them down on index cards.
Read her blog thoroughly and make sure you don’t ask anything she’s already covered.
Post # 4
Hey date twin! At my job, I interview people for marketing materials and internal communications. When I am preparing to meet one of my interviewees, I do a little background. I would check out her blog/website and take some notes on features you notice and some of the latest content. From that, you can pull together a list of conversation starter questions. I’m sure she will be happy to talk about what she does- sometimes it just takes a couple of thought-provoking questions to get the conversation started and it will flow organically from there. Hope that helps!
Post # 5
@KatyElle: yeah asking questions she has already answered wouldn’t make the best of impressions.
@EmeraldR: content, thought provoking questions, got it. Thanks!
Should I ask for advice on someone like me trying to get into the industry? Or would this be too forward?
Post # 6
and I have no idea why this is posted in the technology section. It said Beehive when I submitted it, weird
Post # 7
@ktisthatbees: I don’t think asking for advice would be too forward at all.
But I think you should also have some sort of plan in case she asks “Well what have you been doing?” or “What are your skills/areas of interest?” I think just saying “I want to be in the wedding biz!” might not be too helpful for her to give you advice. Be as specific as possible and don’t focus on areas you’re not interested in or wouldn’t actually be able to do (like “I want to be a dress designer but I can’t sew”).
I’m a graphic designer so I often have college students as mentees, I actually ENJOY giving them advice and sharing things I’ve learned along the way. However I expect them to have done some research and have thought about what they want to do when they come in to talk to me – if someone asked me “I want to be a designer, what do I do?” it’s a little bit broad, but if someone asked “What types of projects would a designer work on the advertising industry?” I’d be able to give them some good information.
Just out of curiosity what part of the wedding industry are you interested in?
Post # 8
@camrie: Wow, I had never thought of it that way before. I am not exactly sure which area would be the best fit for me. I know that I’m organized and adaptive, and that I love to write. I’m fairly creative in the design sense (something along the line of styling for a shoot?). I feel like I would be happy actually planning weddings or even being a contributor to a style blog as well.
Post # 9
@ktisthatbees: Well perhaps like you’ve said, since she runs a website you’d be able to have an unpaid internship just to get some experience and possibly find out what you’d like/don’t like. Although you may want to pick a few specific areas as well.
Also if you’re interested in planning – offer your services for free – I’m sure there are brides who would love to have someone make phone calls/track down vendors for them.
Or if you’d like to do styling, see if there’s a photographer in your area who does TFP with aspiring models – it would give you a chance to get some experience. Basically you’d have to put in a lot of work for free – but if you’re wanting to break into the industry then you’d have a good portfolio of work.
Post # 10
Please correct me if I’m wrong but did I just read about you on Southern Weddings? 🙂