Amy Astley has the rare distinction of being handpicked by Vogue matriarch Anna Wintour to take the reins of sister pub Teen Vogue. Astley was just 34 when she was given the lofty title of editor-in-chief, and she’s held on to it for the last 11 years, while earning the mag Adweek’s Startup of the Year award, growing circulation to nearly a million right off the bat, and inspiring countless budding fashionistas along the way.
With the newly released edition of The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide To Careers in Fashion, Astley and her team are dispensing their best career advice for newbies hoping to join their glamorous ranks. Here, she shares her top tips with Mediabistro on breaking into the competitive industry.
1. How can a young journalist make a good first impression with an editor?
The thing that resonates the most with me is a good attitude. Every boss is different, but for me if someone is energetic, cheerful, excited to be there — I can forgive a lot of mistakes. That’s not true for every boss. But for me, their attitude is really, really important.