A native New Yorker, Deidre attended the locally based Hunter College to complete a degree in media studies, but found herself in retail and service-industry jobs soon after graduating. Then, aged 25, we hear how Deidre made a major career shift, moving into editorial work for Nylon Magazine and The Fader, where she progressed from style assistant to style editor between 2011 and 2015.
Deidre shares how the twists and turns of her path have all led to this point, including the ways that unlikely skills and knowledge continue to feed into her work. We also hear her thoughts for budding writers and editors, why it’s important to learn from those you admire, and why waiting for validation is a waste of time.
“If you want to do something, don’t wait on someone else to do it. For a long time I was waiting for validation, as writer or as an editor… But with the internet, you can just do it and make it a reality. Sometimes being your own proof of concept is the best pitch to others.”