by Alyse Rohloff
Can you imagine sitting second row in a fashion show at New York Fashion Week and being in the same room as former Glee star, Naya Rivera? Well believe it or not, these things actually happened to me. Last week, my dreams came true when I was given the opportunity to volunteer with a fashion PR firm in New York City for New York Fashion Week. I worked with Agentry PR for the Claudia Li and Rubin Singer presentations and the Nicholas K and Christian Siriano shows. My duties were basically to hand out programs and help seat guests, nothing challenging. The best part was after all the guests had their seats, the volunteers were able to sit in any open seat, meaning I got to sit second row!
I couldn’t believe that I was actually at New York at Fashion Week because it had been a dream of mine for so long. But to be honest, I was terrified. I was going to New York alone to work with people I had never met before. I was scared about learning how to use the subways, what people would think about my outfits and if I would make any friends. But going alone and doing my own thing was one of the best choices I could have ever made. I proved to myself that I don’t need someone to hold my hand. I went to fashion shows, surfed the subway, made new friends and I did it by myself.
Overall, going to NYFW was one of the best experiences of my life. It made me excited to go back to New York in the summer for an internship and even more excited to (hopefully) live there someday. It also showed me what fashion PR is like and a small glimpse of what my future career will look like. It also showed me that I am strong enough to do my own thing and make the best of it. I would strongly recommend anyone that is interested in working in fashion PR in the future to volunteer for NYFW and get your foot in the door.