EPISODE 5 - MAY 9, 2017

This week I get to speak with Kahlana Barfield-Brown about her journey from an intern living in NYC making $15 a day to becoming the fashion and beauty editor at large for Instyle Magazine. She shares so many stories about the grind and challenges she had to overcome to make it to where she is now.

Some things you will learn in this podcast:

  • Having people in the industry provide guidance early on in career (8:20)
  • I only have so many hrs to make an impression so if the work day starts at 10 I’m going to get there at 8. I want to be the first person everyone sees when they come in [11:32]
  • The way you dress is a reflection of howyou are and what you put out there is what people see. You create your image [19:43]
  • If you are going to do something do it at 150% or don’t do it at all [21:32]
  • If you are serious about being here take your job seriously and I promise you it will work out. It always works out [26:26]
  • The key with social media is you have to be yourself you can't try to be someone else [36:25]
  • I worked to get here. Everything that I did I wanted to do it so well and I never want to feel like I was the token black girl.  [54:14]

Some questions I asked in this podcast:

  • How did you get into the editorial industry? [1:54]
  • Where did you get your sense of style? [8:30]
  • Was there ever a point when you were discouraged? [25:18]
  • What are some of the biggest things youhave learned over your career? [28:16]
  • What changes is social media bringing to the editorial world? [33:17]

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Connect with Kahlana:  Instagram | Twitter