Victoria Jackson | Part-time Magazine Editor and Lifestyle Blogger
I thought I’d bring you a new kick-ass careers to start your working week, there is nothing a love more than reading something inspiring on a Monday morning. I caught up with the fabulous Victoria Jackson who is behind the fabulous blog Apartment Number 4, oh and she also manages to find the time to be an Editor at a Menswear magazine. Want to know more about how she landed her dream career? Read on…
Introduce yourself and what you do…
Hi guys, I’m Victoria and I work as the editor-in-chief of menswear magazine, MWB. I also run an award-winning interior design and lifestyle blog called Apartment Number 4. I work 4 days a week in my 9-5 and one day a week (and let’s face it, every evening) on growing my blog.
What steps did you take to secure your dream career?
I studied journalism and fashion advertising at the University of Central Lancashire and when I left I started a blog – something which few people had actually heard of – as well as interning at every single publishing house, magazine, website I possibly could. I was determined to become an editor before I turned 30 so I knew I had six years to make it happen. I interned at Look Magazine, before being approached by a local publishing company in Yorkshire to intern for them. After 18 months of working for free up until that point, I decided to a little bit ballsy and replied saying I had over a years’ worth of experience and if they were ever looking to fill a paid position then I’d be really happy to meet with them. That could have gone two ways, but luckily for me, they asked me in for an interview for a role within the editorial team, and within one year of being with the company I was given my own magazine and I’d become an editor at 27.
Alongside working full time, I’ve been blogging now for nearly 10 years and in that time, I’ve had two name changes, too many redesigns to count and one massive overhaul where I changed focus from fashion to interior design. I think that’s when things started to fall into place for me – when I found the niche I not only loved and felt passionate about, but also when I found my feet in the blogosphere. I found confidence in what I wrote, and I started to feel proud when I pressed the ‘publish’ button.
After juggling both the blog and my full-time career for nearly 8 years, I decided to make a change this year and go down to part time hours to be able to work on both passions effectively and gain some balance back into my life. I’m only one month into that lifestyle change, but it’s been the best decision I could have made.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to pursue the same career?
In any area of the creative industry, whether that’s journalism, fashion, styling etc, I’d go as far to say that experience means more than your degree nowadays. It certainly did in my career path. I worked for free for nearly 18 months and that dedication was obvious on my CV. If you’re looking to work within publishing, then use your blog as a platform to showcase and perfect your writing style. I’d also advise to start somewhere smaller – somewhere that will let you grow and shine. If I’d have continued working at somewhere like Look Magazine, I suspect I’d still be in the fashion cupboard now, but starting at a slightly smaller firm meant I was able to make my mark and learn so much more on the job than a huge monthly glossy.
“I firmly believe that you can achieve whatever you want to achieve if you work hard for it.”
What has been your proudest moment at work to date?
I have two moments that stick out. One was being invited to St James Palace to meet Prince Charles for my work within the menswear industry, alongside Christopher Bailey, Tom Ford, Vivienne Westwood and so many other amazing, inspirational people. The second would have to be winning an Amara Interior Blog Award in 2015 – all the way up to the event I never thought for a second I could win it, so when my name was called I was in utter disbelieve.
Who or what inspires you?
I take so much inspiration from women such as Ashley Brooke – a Youtuber in New York who is amazing, Victoria from In The Frow, Megan Ellaby, Lauren Conrad and Julia Engel – women who have their own personal style and have created amazing things because of their dedication, drive and work ethic.
Last book you read…
I listen to books on Audible rather than read now. Commuting for 2 hours a day means I can utilise that time in a much more productive way. I’ve listened to two brilliant books recently, one being Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso, and the second being She Means Business by Carrie Green. If you were looking to read one book in a bid to get fired up, live your dreams and create amazing things, then She Means Business is the book for you. I can genuinely say without exaggerating that this book changed my life. If it wasn’t for listening to Carrie talk about how she went from nothing to launching multimillion pound company, The Female Entrepreneur Association, I wouldn’t have the blog and business I have right now.
Last album you listened to…
I’m an old school RnB girl and ever since watching Carpool Karaoke with James Corden and Usher, I’ve been heading back to the Noughties with Confessions on repeat.
Maybe this isn’t a mantra but I firmly believe that you can achieve whatever you want to achieve if you work hard for it. I know too many people that wait for opportunities to land in their lap, or put off chasing their dreams because it takes hard work and long hours, but if you really want something that go out there and make it happen. Life is too short!
Read Victoria’s blog here. Follow her Instagram here.