Working for a magazine is the ultimate dream job for most writers especially for girls who dream of getting those freebies and attending those exclusive events. But magazine publishing is not just about the events and the giveaways, it is about writing articles that readers of the magazines will respond to and relate to. This can be hard to do especially if your events are not really worth writing about.
Behind every page of the magazine is blood sweat and tears of the stuff. After all the fun, staffers will need to get back to reality and work on the material that they have gathered. They now have to write the article, do follow up interviews and even stay for layout and proofreading.
So before you apply for any magazines, here are some things that you need to know first. Read on and it might save you from going into a field that is not really for you.
1. Hard work
People only see the glamour behind the job but work in a magazine publishing is far from glamorous. For instance, you may get all the freebies for skin care but you have to sacrifice sleep in order to finish a deadline, harming your skin even more. With their stressful jobs and odd hours, these people really need skin care products!
2. Additional expenses
Pulling out clothes for fashion shoots may seem fun. After all, it’s like shopping without having to pay for your choices. But wait until you yourself do the deed. You will be carrying armloads of clothes, shoes and accessories all in one day or look for unique fashion finds until your feet kills you. And be careful with staining the dress or ruining the material of the shoes. A small damage will mean paying for clothes that are beyond your monthly clothing budget. Some clothes will even be more expensive than your annual income.
3. Socializing with people you don’t know
The job will also entail attending events and parties. This is great for people who love the party scene and those who are exactly into the party circuit. But if you are the kind of person who would rather stay at home and read a book, this job may not be for you. Hobnobbing with the rich and the famous without genuine interest may come out as contrived and false. This is not good for your reputation and for reputation of the magazine that you work for.
4. Overlapping deadlines
If you think you will just be given one assignment in a week, think again. Most writers will have several coverage in a day! And what is more, they are expected to write all of them. If it has a time element, the stories may even be published in one issue.
5. Boring coverage
Not all events are fun and happening. In your job, there will be events that are super boring and worthless. But no matter how bad the event is, you need to write about it as it is your job. So if you are not creative enough to come out with something out of nothing, magazine publishing is not for you. You need to be able to find a connection between things that are not really there in the first place.
Sounds tough? It is. So it’s definitely not for everyone.