It’s always intimidating when visiting a new city. I’ve worked in Belfast with PR and events management company, CMPR, for almost three years and also in New York a few times at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, but it wasn’t until recently that I decided to venture to the big smoke just across the water – London. I touched base with top model agency, Storm Models, and arranged an internship. With the flights booked, internship confirmed, and apartment sorted, there was no going back! On arrival at Victoria Train Station in the centre of London, I was overwhelmed by the vast crowd of people wheeling suitcases but I finally made it to my apartment in the lovely area of Pimlico. Starting my big internship the next day, I decided it was time for lights out…at 8pm. Not so rock ‘n’ roll but I’m a great believer in working hard and being prepared so it paid off. After a more than sufficient sleep, I joined the crowds on the streets of London and made my way to Chelsea, stopping at Starbucks on the way to pick up a Chai Tea Latte. Walking into the Storm office was very intimidating but I was soon put at ease after being introduced to all the lovely members of staff. The first day seemed like a dream, seeing all the models I’ve read about and seen in magazines. During the couple of weeks I spent with Storm, I learnt so much more about the modelling industry and how the bookings department functions on a day-to-day basis. There were many highlights to my trip, a couple of which included meeting the managing director Sarah Doukas and also meeting my favourite fashion model, Cara Delevingne, before the British Fashion Awards. Something bigger was to follow in the next few days though… Whispers filled the office as everyone discussed that top supermodel Kate Moss would be visiting the office to sign copies of her latest book – I was ecstatic! I rushed straight out to the Bluebird Shop and bought two copies, one for myself and one for my boss, Cathy Martin. Kate was an absolute pleasure to meet, very accommodating with my signature requests as well as being down to earth and absolutely stunning – it was amazing to meet the woman I had read about and seen on the cover of so many magazines. But all in a flash it came to an end. The time flew, the lessons were well and truly learnt and I picked up so many tips from my time working in London. Words can’t describe how fantastic it was but at the same time, I was glad to get back home to my work family at CMPR for a catch up with the team. Here’s to New York in February& Belfast FASHIONWEEK in March. Hopefully, 2013 will be as amazing as 2012 has been.
Image by Khara Pringle Photography