Since the beginning of DPS in December, I felt like on a never-ending roller coaster. Not only because of the initial professor’s strikes in University that have been followed by the spread of Coronavirus around the world. These two factors have been just the frame of a Hokusai’s like painting.
FEELING ONE: COVER LETTER, WHY ME?
Being in an environment like in UAL, full of great talents and people, can make you think you are only one of the many. Actually… from time-to-time, looking at the effective things produced by my peers and around the community destroyed my self-esteem and ability to continuously experiment. Sitting in front of the laptop with this feeling of inadequacy and trying to write an effective cover letter, the biggest question resounding in my mind was: why should a studio would like to have me in the team?
I know why I want to work with them, but what should I write when it comes to the point: “make them understand why you are a good opportunity for them”?
FEELING TWO: THE EMPTY INBOX
Courageously overcoming the feelings of not being enough by listening to external feedback, and focusing on character traits that make me unique, I sent five emails a day. Each of them was perfectly tailored for the studio where I was applying, always making changes in the portfolio, CV, and cover letter to be more impressive. And then I waited.
I was continuously refreshing the email inbox, but, unfortunately, the only emails I was receiving where from UAL, The Dots, or the Medium Daily Digest.
FEELING THREE: THE SURPRISE
Every email I was sending I thought would be the winning one. But I would have to say… the fortune was not really with me :(. My biggest temptation was to do a follow-up just after a couple of days, but I knew it was not the best move. Angry about this situation, I decided to start “bothering” creative directors, stylists, photographers, and video makers directly on Instagram asking questions about their work, their career, and begging for an assistant position. I received feedback, tips, and one day, being very honest with a creative director, I received an incredibly inspiring answer followed by the internship opportunity with them for three months.
FEELING FOUR: WHAT’S NEXT?
After a more in-depth interview, I received a call from the studio manager expressing their interest in me. In a vortex of emotions, I had to realise some small but huge details.
Firstly, the internship is in Milan. This means that I will have to leave my house & flatmate, my friends, and the London lifestyle and go back to my hometown. Will I be able to change mindset and way of working continuously experimenting even if at home? Will it be hard to go back to London?
Secondly, the offered position focuses more on the graphic aspect of the editorial: I will have to deal with the layouts, fonts, weights, and print. As my course and my strongest skills are not centered on these aspects, will I be able to do it? Will I enjoy doing it? Will it be useful for my career?
Let’s see, the journey has just begun.