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Interning, assisting, blogging, socialising, pretending to go to soccer practice whilst really going to sewing class and reading i-D under the covers at night with a flashlight... It might have taken blood, sweat and tears to get here but we all started somewhere! Read on to find out how everyone at team i-D broke into the industry.

"When I was at university, I used to buy i-D religiously and keep it in pride of place on our student coffee table. I knew I wanted to work there, but I thought I wanted to be a graphic designer or photographer, it never occurred to me to be on the editorial team. When I finished uni, I wrote to i-D asking for a work placement, which I undertook at their offices on Tabernacle Street for three months. I left because I needed to earn money, but I was called back when a job became available on the front desk. From there - with the amazing support and guidance of Terry and Tricia Jones and then Editor Ben Reardon - I worked my way up from front desk to Editorial Assistant, to Assistant Editor, to Deputy Editor to Editor, to my new role as Editor-in-Chief under i-D's new incarnation as part of the Vice Media Group. There isn't a secret formula to making it work in the fashion industry, it's all about hard work, making yourself indispensable to those around you and being 100% dedicated and passionate about what you do. If you truly believe in the magazine you're working for and the people you're working with, it comes across in everything you do." Holly Shackleton, Editor-in-Chief

"Growing up with i-D and The Face, I began working in clubs, making art for flyers and started contributing to music and fashion magazines. No one was really interviewed for jobs, if you had the right spirit you were a part of it. Everybody worked for nothing, there was no big plan, the energy and spirit of the city just fuelled you. I went to work at The Face, had an amazing time working with brilliantly talented people, and eventually wound up over at the big rivals i-D, back where it all started!" Graham Rounthwaite, Creative Director

"I showed up at i-D with my portfolio two days after I graduated thinking I could be a stylist. That's eventually how I met Edward Enninful and became his assistant." Alastair McKimm, New York Fashion Director

"I was lucky enough to help Washington Post fashion reporter Robin Givhan during fashion week while I was living in Paris. She encouraged me to write about fashion and suggested I explore the possibility of working at Self Service. I applied to be the receptionist at Self Service but they hired me as an editor instead. Within the first few weeks I was helping organise shoots for the Chloe Sevigny special issue around the world. It was a dream come true!" Rory Satran, New York Editorial Director

"I met the artist Matthew Stone when I was interning at the Serpentine Gallery, and through him I met Sohrab Golsorkhi from Tank magazine (they're both still my mates today). One day I hadn't slept but I dragged myself out to one of Matthew's dinners, and I talked to Sohrab most of the evening about writing for the magazine. I was just out of university and working a job I hated, so I took a couple days off "sick" and helped out at Tank instead. I liked it a lot there. I thought they'd pay me but they didn't, but then a few months later they offered me the job of Editor... I had no idea what I was doing, but they were so supportive and taught me everything about the industry." Dean Kissick, Senior Digital Editor

"I had read i-D for years and loved Alastair McKimm's work I wanted to be part of it so badly. I packed my bags and moved to New York from Dublin, where out of sheer luck and naivety I managed to meet his agent. Lord knows why, but Alastair took a chance on me. I worked for him for a couple of seasons and then he got me into i-D when I moved to London. I was very lucky... thanks Alastair!" Ger Tierney, Executive Fashion Editor

"Um... God knows!! Ten years of steaming and bag carrying. I assisted Edward Enninful for nearly seven years prior so was lucky enough to have a very good teacher, combined with patience, hard work and probably a little bit of luck for good measure." Jack Borkett, Fashion Editor

"I started at i-D, I was only meant to be here on a two week placement and ended up staying a year!" Julia Sarr-Jamois, Fashion Editor at Large

"In a nutshell - blood, sweat and tears! If you're not 'connected' you have to work twice as hard!" Laura Liggins, Designer

"Following the lead of my girlfriend Susie Bubble, I tentatively walked through a forgotten back door wedged ajar by the internet. My growing thirst for the bubbling cocktail of London menswear talent became a blogspot addiction which, over time and after office hours effort, duly evolved into editorial opportunities for magazines that had long offered escape from my mundane reality (I grew up in a quiet seaside enclave in Kent on a diet of The Face and i-D). It wasn't planned, it wasn't typical and there are times that I look up and am surprised to find myself here but I wouldn't have it any other way." Steve Salter, Head of Social Media

"I started out interning at i-D whilst still at uni but dropped out after second year when I was offered the job of Office Coordinator. I thought I wanted to work in the art team but didn't know how I could get my name in the mag or on the website that way. I hadn't written anything before but when I was asked if I was a writer I said yes and spent my whole time in that position writing for the magazine and website and I think they eventually realised I was so un-coordinated they would either have to fire me or move me into the editorial team!" Felicity Kinsella, Assistant Editor

"By working hard and making friends." Francesca Dunn, Staff Writer

"I read i-D one night and there was a story about rave culture atop a mountain in Goa. I knew I couldn't get to India so I moved to London and wanted to work at i-D instead." Declan Higgins, Associate Producer

"I was lucky enough to intern at i-D while I was studying. I knew it was the only place I wanted to work, so I begged them to have me back after my degree, 3 months later I got a job. I worked loads of weekends and late nights, so I think they felt they had too!" Rebecca Boyd-Wallis, Design Assistant

"I got pretty drunk at an i-D party and spent some time in a corner talking about how rubbish fashion films were. Less than a year later I’m working for i-D." Jack Robinson, Senior Video Commissioner

"By accident really. When I left uni, a friend of mine knew a music producer who was setting up his own label and was looking for a PA. I worked with him for a couple of years before moving to the production company Endemol to work in their commercial department. During my time there I made a lot of contacts who worked in TV production and made the move over to production. Since then I’ve worked on productions including pop world, T4, Transmission with T-Mobile, NME Awards, T4 on the Beach, various music videos, E4 Music, various MTV shows, Dream School, Showboaters and Jimmy’s Forest. My advice to young people trying to break into the industry would be to get as much work experience as possible, especially during holidays when studying, as by the time you qualify/graduate you will already have a wealth of experience that employers will be impressed by and maybe also a job waiting for you. Go over and above what is expected of you." Lucy Day, Production Manager

"It was on someone else's advice. Talking to people helps a lot." James Lowrey, Producer

"Assisting, assisting and just genuinely loving it and getting as much experience as possible. I also stalked Simon Foxton and he relented lol." Bojana Kozarevic, Fashion Assistant

"I was actually very lucky. I managed to join as an intern at just the right time and after my month was over, I asked if I could stay on. Eight months later I was a fully fledged member of the i-D team! It seems hard work and hustle pay off." James Hutchins, Editorial Assistant

"Completely by accident. I was studying to become a lawyer and wanted to get some practical experience in my chosen specialist area of media & entertainment law. I landed a job at one of the large consumer publishing houses in a sales role on their fashion titles and I never looked back. I use a lot of the skills my degree taught me - strategy, analysis and advocacy are all key!" Nicky Gray, Advertising Director 

"I previously worked at design title Creative Review and having wanted to move into style press since I started in media jumped at the chance to join i-D in September 2011!" Daniel Fitzgerald, Senior Account Manager

"After escaping Denmark a long time ago, I set up a menswear label with a friend in London. I did various PR jobs next to it, met a tonne of people, and began writing, which ended in a position at Dansk Magazine alongside my sister, Susanne. While I was there, Dean Mayo Davies, who was the Deputy Editor at i-D at the time, commissioned me to do some interviews, which led to me meeting Sean Baker, i-D's former Online Editor, who introduced me to the magazine's founders, Terry and Tricia Jones, and current Editor-in-Chief, Holly Shackleton. They brought me on as Fashion Features Editor. I also did a BA in Fashion Journalism but that's all a bit blurry." Anders Christian Madsen, Fashion Features Editor

"I think in fashion everybody feels like they're still waiting for their big break. Uhmm. Writing about Femen and feminism in the context of fashion week for the Observer was the first time I really felt like I'd achieved my goal of making fashion journalism relevant and interesting to people who otherwise might feel alienated or ambivalent towards it. And having my blog when I was starting out was an invaluable tool for revisiting and objectively analysing my voice." Bertie Brandes, Features Editor

"I arrived at i-D around 2002, via a Missy Elliot review commissioned by then Music Ed Dan Stacey. My adventures in journalism had begun the previous year, via to a cliff top in Portugal, an audition for Choice FM, an application to NYU and the B-Boy Championships in Brixton. I'm forever grateful to Ben, Terry and Holly for allowing me the freedom to wander the world, writing about the music, people and places that have excited me." Hattie Collins, Music Editor at Large

"Interviewed Larry Clark about his new boy muse back in 2006 and have been interviewing people ever since." Kathy Grayson, Arts Editor

"My curiosity (or is it just plain nosiness?) has always occupied my mind. Highbrow literature to pop trash culture and everything in between seems to captivate my imagination. What people do, where they're from and how they've arrived at their chosen endeavor fascinates and inspires me. I loved reading as a child and devoured everything that came my way. Later I made notes, kept a diary and wrote stories. I don't have any formal training but have picked up tips along the way, I'm still doing it now. I remember writing captions to go with Kate Garners 'straight up' photos in the Evening Standard in the 80s. Later I had a club column in DJ Mag, nobody knew what I was going on about so that didn't last long. I started writing a weekly club and music column for QX with Mark Moore, which I still do today. When Hanna Hanra and I started music zine The P.i.X we worked to a deadline and crammed in as much information as possible. At i-D Hanna and I were given the opportunity to edit the back section of an issue. A learning curve I enjoyed immensely. From there and with the internet providing a platform for self-published ramblings, writing has taken over my life. I am continually learning, setting myself challenges and finding new ways of expressing myself." Princess Julia, Culture Correspondent

"I had a slow build; university magazine, reviewing am-dram for the Sheffield Star (a tenner a go), then shifts on the news desk, journalism school, living with my Grandma and doing an unpaid internship on a film magazine in London, writing for free or peanuts, and eventually getting a bit of an idea how the whole industry operates. A struggle, but worth it I think." Tom Seymour, Film Editor

"I started making my own zine at university with a friend, and from there we ended up djing, running club nights and putting on exhibitions for a few years whilst I interned and wrote free articles for magazines. Eventually one of the editors I worked for moved to a new job and they offered me his old one. I’ve been employed ever since." Felix Petty, Content Manager

"By asking nicely." Jacqui Kavanagh, Head of Strategy 

"Through watching a lot of videos and convincing friends to make our own content." Ella Hart, Production Coordinator

"Started working as a kids face painter for a bit of cash and a photographer asked me to paint his model girlfriend as a sexy tiger!" Isamaya Ffrench, Beauty Editor