Ever pay any attention to the credits before some of the articles from your favorite sites? Trust me, the words don't just magically appear on their own! Meet Esmesha Campbell, staff writer for Fashion Bomb Daily. Here she tells all on how she landed this great gig and gives us a peak into what the industry is like for a fashion writer.
Tell us why you decided to get into (fashion) journalism?
EC: Well, first off, writing has always been a passion. Since childhood, I can remember keeping journals and penning my own stories. It’s a God-given talent that has allowed me to capture some amazing opportunities. With that, I kind of stumbled upon fashion journalism. Fashion has always housed a special place in my heart and I thought “Why not combine the two?” After Claire announced the possibility of bringing new talent into the Fashion Bomb team, I immediately jumped at the chance to work with her. I initially started working with Fashion Bomb Daily in 2014 – I began as an intern and eventually landed a permanent slot as one of the contributing writers!
What is the writing process for you? Are you given topics to write about or do you have free reign to speak on things in the industry that interest you?
EC: There is no set structure to my writing process and I literally write what I feel. The Fashion Bomb is set to focus on a diverse spectrum of fashion. So, many of the topics discussed are geared towards grasping the attention of women and men from all walks of life, particularly African-Americans. As fashion writers, we have the power to pick and choose what we post.
How has your HBCU education shaped your development in your field?
EC: Wow! This is an excellent question. My time at Prairie View A&M University taught me the significance of taking pride in any and everything I set out to do. I believe my HBCU education also helped to cultivate this talent that I now rely on day in and day out. My professors were my backbone when it came to writing, I mean, there was never a time where they didn’t encourage me to pursue it – heck, my International Relations professor even helped me get a job as a writing tutor! The positivity was like no other. I also believe there’s a certain confidence that HBCU alumni exude and I think it stems from the love and deep respect for their institutions.
What do you think separates FashionBombDaily from other media outlets?
EC: As previously mentioned, Fashion Bomb Daily is a blog specifically designed for women and men of color. In comparison to other media outlets, it’s rare to find sites that cater to the needs and interests of our people. I think our blog fills a void that is evident within the blogosphere. Before I started working on the site, I was an avid reader and supporter. I loved the fact that I could log on and get lost in the multitude of posts! It was amazing. Not only did I enjoy the witty commentary and the women who looked like me, but I could relate as well and that was the fulfilling part.
What is your end career goal? Does it even involve what you are doing now?
EC: Ultimately, my dream career involves fashion writing. I absolutely love it! There’s no greater escape than immersing yourself within your art. Who knows, maybe I’ll end up working with Essence or Ebony! The sky is the limit. You know, life is funny. We, as humans, go through phases of growth. When I graduated college, I had an idea of what I wanted to do with my life but I wasn’t happy. Of course, I felt accomplished but that overwhelming sense of uncertainty was killer. Now, almost two years later, I’m beyond proud. I’ve gone through so many jobs and internships to get to Fashion Bomb Daily and I’m sure there is someone out there living the same struggle but just know it’s temporary – change is inevitable. Don’t be afraid to pursue your passion. Trust me.
If someone wanted to do what you are currently doing as a writer, what advice would you give them?
EC: I can’t stress this enough but my advice would be to utilize every opportunity possible while remaining consistent in your journey. You never know where life will take you, I’m a living witness. Yes, the fear of putting yourself out there is immense but the reward is even greater. People will patronize you for chasing your dreams but you have to possess a strong sense of self in order to see your goals come to fruition. So, whether it’s taking that low-paying job as a student tutor or writing papers for a little extra cash, just know that you’re conditioning your craft for greater opportunities. In addition, I’d also advise up-and-comers to get out there and network! I didn’t truly understand the power of networking until I had the chance to collaborate with Tameka Raymond via Claire Sulmers. It was beyond surreal.
Besides people like Shiona Turini or Chioma Nnadi you really don’t see many black editors in the fashion arena. What’s your view on that?
EC: It’s crazy, we actually addressed this issue not too long ago on the blog. There is a lack of African-American representation in the fashion world, period. I mean, even on the runway, the same faces are constantly portrayed. Upon realizing this, it just serves as fuel for me. It’s motivation to continue this journey. Although these are highly successful women I look up to and revere from afar, it’s comforting to know that making it to the top is within destiny’s reach. I also see this as a clarion call to minority fashion lovers everywhere! Let’s get out there and make things happen!
What is your definition of a composer? Do you think you are one in your own right?
EC: A composer is an artist. A composer is “unique”. A composer is brave. A composer is fearless. A composer is one who creates his or her own path. A composer is a rebel. A composer is innovation at its best. And, yes, I am a composer.
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