Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Leap of faith

Last week as I reached for the phone to conduct my first interview as an intern for Family Circle, I realized something.

Going on a blind date and getting ready for an interview are nearly identical.

You do your background research and come up with potential talking points (doesn't everyone do this?), but you can never predict exactly how it's going to go until you take that leap of faith and pick up the phone.

It was probably the flurry of butterflies having a raging dance party in my stomach that prompted this discovery. But those few moments before dialing while I waited for the clock on my computer screen to hit exactly 11:30 a.m. produced nerves I could only compare to the awful uncertainty of a blind date.  

I couldn’t believe that in a few moments I would be representing a national magazine brand with decades of history to a source on the phone.

No pressure, right?

But throughout the past month that I've been in the city I've found myself taking these small leaps of faith every day in and outside of the office. 

On the first day of my internship I walked in not even really knowing what a magazine pitch looked like. Four weeks later, one I wrote got passed around among top editors for consideration for the print publication. 

So whether it’s salivating over our Pinterest recipe boards or brainstorming headlines or sitting down with an editor to go over my writing — I can honestly say I’m learning something new every day.

There's a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt that says, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” A friend told me this before I went abroad last summer, but I’ve tried to stick to that motto ever since.  

It could be something as simple as tasting a new recipe that’s come out of the magazine’s test kitchen — one staffer referred to it as the “Family Circle fifteen.” Or, living out my “Center Stage” dreams (like I’m about to do tonight) and taking a 10:30 p.m. hip-hop class where the teacher brings his own DJ.

Either way, after my interview last week, I’ve realized one other thing besides the blind date epiphany — sometimes a leap of faith can be as simple as picking up the phone.

By Michela Tindera, Indiana University, Family Circle
Edited by Sara Gentzler, Creighton University, Parents  

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