She has interviewed everyone from Simon Cowell to TOWIE’s Mark Wright, and now Lucy Gornall, 24, reveals to us what it’s like to work at a showbiz magazine.
Having impressed staff at Now during her work experience stint, Lucy landed a job straight out of university. She offers her advice for other budding showbiz journos.
1. How did you know you wanted to do your job?
I’ve always loved writing and I even used to make magazines for my best friend when I was about 9. I also used to make TV shows in my living room and interview my mum…although she was often reluctant to join in! After studying journalism at Nottingham Trent University, I was 100 per cent sure that this was the job for me!
2. How did you get started?
After uni, I did various unpaid internships at Now, Nuts, Cosmopolitan UK and Cosmopolitan Australia. I also wrote various pieces for local publications. During my month’s internship at Now in January 2014 I helped out in the office and at various events. I absolutely loved it and cried when I left! Afterwards, I kept in touch with various members of the team, regularly emailing them to see if there were any work opportunities coming up. Then, out of the blue, there was! From that day on, I’ve never looked back.
3. What’s been the most important moment in your career so far?
I’ll never forget the moment when I received an e-mail from Now‘s Showbiz Editor Amy saying that the magazine needed a freelancer to come in – it was unreal! It’s safe to say that it was one of THE happiest moments of my life. Seeing my first big piece published in Cosmopolitan Australia back in 2012 – that was also a serious pinch-yourself moment.
4. Talk us through your day…
As a major morning person, I get up at 6.15am, work-out, get ready (whilst watching last night’s Corrie) and get into work for 9am. The day could be spent at my desk writing up a story or I might head out for an interview or an event. Some evenings I will go to an event – I’ve covered everything from the Brits to the Baftas. They’re always fun.
5. Most shareable advice you’d give anyone who wants to ‘do a you’!?
Just keep at it. You’re going to face set-backs and it’s horrible when you do, but just soldier on! Be prepared to work for nothing for a while and try and do everything with a smile. My boss once told me that ‘stress gets you nowhere’, and that’s stuck in my head ever since.
6. What’s been your #MadeIt moment?
Just seeing my stuff in print every week makes me proud and covering some of the coolest events such as the Baftas – that’s just jaw dropping! When I’m told that I’ve done something well, that always puts a smile on my face. Oh, and when my parents tell me that they’re proud…well that makes it all worthwhile!