When I started strolling through careers and people I would like to feature – Jodi was at the top of the list. Finding the ins and outs of Editor in Chief of the stylish, funky, in trend SA Style Magazine was intriguing and her words will find you captivated. Jodi is not only an editor, she is a photographer, make up artist, super creative… jack of all trades which is exactly what is required in her line of work. Introducing to you Jodi Nash…
Jodi Nash, Editor, SA Style Magazine
Brief description of your role:
I am the Editor In Chief of South Australian Style Magazine. My role is wide and varied. I am in charge of planning each issue from cover to cover, coming up with story ideas planning and executing the photos and content for every piece. I also help with the art direction and lay out of the magazine working with our designer and coordinate the delivery and web presence for the brand.
So… what do you actually do?
6am Wake up, shower, apply full hair and makeup and multiple outfit changes J. My look depends on whether it’s a “meetings/office day”(heels essential) or a “physical/photo shoot” type day (flats and pants). 7am Wake my son, brekkie, school lunch and school drop off 8.45am Grab a coffee at Kicco and pick up the mail hoping that Loreal, or Napoleon remembered me in their makeup mail outs! 9am Meeting with sales team, ideas and planning 9.30am Go through emails and start checking off my own checklist. It involves booking shoots, meetings, interviews, calling people back, social media posts, going through press releases and more! 5pm Home. Only on a normal office day, if we are on deadline or are doing a fashion shoot the time can be as late as 10pm.
How did you get to your position of being?
I am the publisher of the magazine and also the Editor, but my position isn’t a typical Editor role. I am much more involved in the creative side of the business as the photographer, stylist and art director as well.
Have you always wanted to work in the Fashion Industry area?
Yes I have always loved fashion and discovered I loved styling and shooting fashion in 1993 when I was studying and photographed a group of friends “90’s supermodel style”. My lecturer said I have an eye for portraits and fashion and should pursue this field.
What do you love about your role?
The people I meet, working with a creative team, the privileges of being invited to amazing events and being able to communicate my point of view to our readers.
In your current role, what has been your biggest achievement?
Getting this publication off the ground with no financial backing and building our audience. It’s our 20th Birthday edition next issue.
Over your career, what has been your ‘love this’ moment?
Lots of these moments! Shooting and interviewing celebrities is always fun, trialing hundreds of new beauty products and going to spectacular fashion shows. I recently went backstage at a strip club for a story… that was amazing but in a curious way. I get to see and hear things that most people would never get to experience in their life time. It is an amazing job.
What would be the least favourite aspect of your role?
By far the deadlines are harsh! I feel like a little mouse on a wheel sometimes. In this job there are no excuses, no second chances and no extensions!
Any advice for anyone aspiring to work in the Fashion / Media industry?
- Up skill all the time and get jobs in the fashion industry wherever you can, even starting in a fashion retail store is great experience.
- Build a solid skill set. The more strings to your bow the more employable you will be.
- Work for people you are inspired by, and be loyal to those who gave you a start in the industry.
- Professionalism, being polite and friendly, showing up, standing out from the crowd, dotting your I’s and crossing your T’s, will get you more places than emailed resume ever will.
- The people you stomp on on your way up will be the same people you meet on your way down, so don’t burn bridges.
- Use your gut and do things you believe in. Be original and go your own way.
- Success won’t happen overnight, but if you never take no for an answer, it will happen eventually.
- I have never given up an any project I started, see everything through to the end, it is an invaluable lesson.
Doesn’t is make you want to jump out there and become an editor (I know I do). If you have any questions about this world, or for Jodi… please join the conversation below.