What started as a website offering behind-the-scenes access to celeb and influencer closets, has now grown into being a go-to source for all things fashion, beauty, travel, and lifestyle. Coveteur came onto the fashion scene in 2011 and we’re proud to say that Toronto was its original home. If you’re looking to break into the fashion biz, or are looking for some solid career advice, we caught up with Coveteur’s editor, Jodi Taylor, to find out just how she got her job.
Keep reading to get to know Coveteur’s editor, Jodi Taylor!
First thing’s first, what was the very first job you ever had?
My first job was working at a strawberry field and vegetable stand in my hometown. Can you tell that I grew up in a small town, AKA the middle of nowhere? I used to post up with a book, some sudoku, and my iPod in between customers. Cool Whip and ranch were also always on hand so that I could snack throughout the day. I definitely had the best tan of my life that summer — shoutout outdoor jobs.
What does a typical day at work look like?
My day starts while I’m still in bed. I check my emails and answer anything urgent. Once I make it to the office, normally around 9 or 9:30, I do a deeper dive into my emails before jumping on our daily editorial meeting (we do a video call as our team is split between Toronto and New York).
The afternoon can be spent a number of different ways. I’m either writing stories, interviewing talent, planning shoots, meetings, brainstorms, or I’m on set. My job involves a lot of reach outs and wrangling of talent for features so emails end up being done towards the end of the day as well.
Have you had any ‘OMG’ moments while on the job?
This is always such a tough question to answer as there have been so many. My absolute favorite part of my job is being able to tell people’s stories, especially the stories of some of my idols. I can’t really pinpoint my first ‘omg’ moment, but a few that I’ve had over the years have been getting the chance to work with Lionel Richie and Young Jeezy (on separate occasions) — two artists who I grew up listening to. Also, my first ever editorial trip was to Saint Barts, so that was incredibly chic.
What are some of the more challenging parts of the job?
Given I’m a Virgo, I’m a huge planner. I had to learn to be more comfortable with spontaneity given my work schedule is pretty fluid — you can easily have a flight booked 24 – 48 hours out.
What’s something you wish you’d known before entering this industry?
That more people are willing to lend you a hand than you think. The fashion and media industries have always been viewed as very Devil Wears Prada, and while there are still moments like that (unfortunately), there are more people open to giving you advice and helping you grow than you think.
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What’s your advice for those looking to break into the industry?
Figure out exactly what it is that you want to do and give it all you’ve got. Create a lane for yourself and make people aware of that lane. There are a lot of people wanting to work in this industry so you have to find a way to stand out. I find that the best way to do that is to be yourself, focus on what you believe in, and don’t allow those around you to deter you. If you don’t know where to start, interning is, in my opinion, the best way. Yes, sometimes that means working for free, but the experience you will gain from the experience is invaluable.
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How would you describe your personal style?
This may sound cliché, but my style is super dependent on my mood. One day you might find me in a matching tracksuit and Nikes, the next in a pair of Levi’s and heels. I’ll throw a dress into the mix here and there as well, but overall, I like to be cozy and comfortable — 90% of the time I’m in sneakers.
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