Flashback: My First Event as an ELLE Canada Intern

January 12, 2012

As the Golden Globes are approaching, I’m brought back to the day that I was asked to attend my very first event on behalf of ELLE Canada. An interview with Robert Vetica, celebrity hairstylist to the stars. He was the spokesperson for the Moroccanoil Canadian launch — and he would be doing Scarlett Johansson’s hair at the Globes. No big deal. It was only my sixth day of work. Thankfully, ELLE Canada believes in a lot more than coffee runs.

When I arrived at the office that fateful morning, and was asked if I would go downtown to do the interview with Vetica, my first thought was: Oh man, the first time I wear jeans to the office and it just had to be today! My second thought: I’m going to be so late! I was assured that I was dressed appropriately, prepped on my questions for Vetica, and then I was on my way.

Getting from Yonge and Sheppard to King and Dufferin took about an hour — snowy weather made for slooow traffic. I was running 15 minutes late and had visions of missing the interview and completely screwing everything up. It felt like a movie moment as I ran from the cab through the doors of the venue.

It ended up being fine, and as my heart rate settled down I ended up chatting with Vetica for over 20 minutes. I had a blast getting the inside scoop on his plans for Scarlett at the Globes. He laughed, I laughed. It felt easy and fun.

I was, of course, terrified the whole time that the interview wasn’t properly recording, or that it would get deleted. Oh, and then I realized I forgot to ask one of my questions. It’s okay, I was assured, we could always follow up with an email. Phew.

After my interview, I joined a reception with hor d’oeuvres and wine before Vetica gave a dynamic presentation of red-carpet worthy hairstyles on models in gowns. It was quite the production. A delicious and healthy four-course lunch was next, and I enjoyed my vegetable curry and beet salad while I chatted with editors, bloggers, and PR reps.

No one looked at me strangely for being “the intern”, or questioned my presence there. Rather, they all took a genuine interest in my career plans and offered advice and their own stories about how they got to where they are now. It felt like a rite of passage, an initiation, and I had passed.

Who would be your dream interview?

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