Our Biggest Career Lessons

Sep 24 2018 by
Categories : Life and Love

The ELLE Canada team on their biggest career lessons.

  • 1/5

    Vanessa Craft

    @vanessacraft

    Editor-in-Chief

    “Be known for who you are, not just what you do.” 

  • 2/5

    Jed Tallo

    @jedtallo

    Art Director

    “When something ends, it’s not always terrible. My career took off after the magazine I worked for at the time folded. It was scary—I had just signed an apartment lease—so I started freelancing and got to meet and work with truly talented people.”

  • 3/5

    Carli Whitwell

    @carliwhitwell

    Managing Editor

    “I love crossing things off a to-do list—productivity is my jam!—but an editor taught me that sometimes the best inspiration comes when you let a story or an idea percolate for a day or two.”

  • 4/5

    Ciara Rickard

    @ciara_rickard

    Production & Copy Editor

    “I tend to be quiet and avoid being ‘pushy’ in work situations, but I learned pretty early on (and I’m still learning) that sometimes you get overlooked if you’re not making people take notice. It goes against my nature, but now I try to be more vocal—and even a little demanding.”

  • 5/5

    Liz Guber

    Style Editor

    “Most of my failures have come from ignoring my gut instinct. The lesson I’ve learned from these experiences is to trust myself more. And just because I’m really nervous about an opportunity or a job doesn’t mean I won’t be good at it. For me, insane nerves power my best work. I’ve come to accept that it’s just how I’m wired.”


    This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of ELLE Canada.

Categories: Life and Love