As an editor and stylist, Michelle Hoover has had some pretty amazing jobs: while in college at Parsons, she started out as an intern with brands like ELLE magazine and Vera Wang. Later, she became a stylist at Joss & Main. Her current role is probably the most enviable of all: she’s now an editor at wedding and lifestyle blog behemoth Style Me Pretty. According to our recent conversation with Michelle, that job is every bit as fab as it sounds…
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB THAT LEAD YOU DOWN THIS CAREER PATH AND HOW DID YOU GET IT?
During my undergrad at Parsons I’d interned at ELLE Magazine and Vera Wang. Both were incredible opportunities that helped foster my passions for both writing and weddings. While there I learned the all about the wedding and publishing industry, and that’s when I realized I wanted a career that combined both of my passions!
HOW DID YOU LAND YOUR CURRENT ROLE?
My portfolio ranged from fashion news to photo styling and when SMP advertised they were looking for an editor I jumped at the opportunity and as luck would have it I got the job!
WHAT DREW YOU TO THE IDEA OF WORKING AT STYLE ME PRETTY?
Having been a longtime admirer and follower, working for SMP has always been my dream job – the ultimate package. Not only do they showcase some show-stopping weddings, but they also offer fresh tips on SMP Living and unique DIYs to boot. Basically, SMP has always been my online sanctuary!
AS AN EDITOR AT SMP, WHAT ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES?
I’m responsible for writing and editing posts and helping to come up with creative, style savvy features. Daily responsibilities involve communicating with vendors to ensure that we have all of the proper credits and details needed to put out a fabulous feature as well as helping us source exciting weddings/content to feature.
WHAT’S A TYPICAL DAY ON THE JOB LIKE?
My typical days start off early with hot coffee and emails. After I’m caffeinated I dive into content and design layouts – curating pretty pictures and beautiful real weddings!
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE WEDDING YOU’VE WRITTEN ABOUT ON SMP?
I honestly can’t choose just one! Our brides are all so unique and creative that every wedding in our archives has a special place in my heart.
WHAT HAS YOUR JOB TAUGHT YOU ABOUT WEDDINGS?
Every wedding is different, and that’s what makes them beautiful. While I love gorgeous decor as much as the next girl, it’s the love between the couple that melts my heart. The stories behind the day, how they met, etc. Nothing makes my heart happier than seeing two people in love, and luckily I have a job that makes my heart happy every single second of every single day!
WHAT’S THE COOLEST OPPORTUNITY WORK HAS EVER AFFORDED YOU?
I love the fact that I can work from anywhere wi-fi permitting. I’d say the coolest opportunity is the freedom to work from a coffee shop, or on most days my couch with the fire blazing (it’s still winter temps here in New England).
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
I love that I get to work hand in hand with some of the most talented professionals in the industry. I love seeing all the beautiful weddings that pour in everyday, and I love how they’re all so different, but most of all, I love the fact that it doesn’t feel like work. It’s truly a dream job and that’s the best part! My fiancé literally has to pull me away from the computer at the end of the day because I love what I do that much.
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU’VE HAD TO LEARN IN YOUR CAREER?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned and one that I hope to share is that if you work hard, and you’re kind, good things will happen. If you’re passionate about your career and it’s something you truly enjoy it shouldn’t feel like “work”. I’ve learned that you have to follow your heart and in the end it every will work itself out. You just have to be brave, believe in yourself, and the rest will come naturally.
WHAT’S THE BEST CAREER ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
There is a Mark Twain quote I love, “The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation”. I’ve always believed that if you’re passionate people will recognize it and opportunities will appear.
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