27% want to be mag­a­zine ed­i­tors

Cosmopolitan (India) - - CAREER -

Leather top, Koovs; skirt, Pankaj & Nidhi; shoes, Steve Mad­den; bracelets, Nan­dini’s own

Nan­dini Bhalla, Edi­tor, Cos­mopoli­tan In­dia

Nan­dini started at the Cosmo of­fice at the age of 21, moved to Grazia to launch it, then re­turned to

Cosmo 3 years later, to head the mag­a­zine.

When did you know you wanted to work for a mag­a­zine?

“I launched my own mag­a­zine at 9! It was ba­si­cally a few sheets of pink paper that had been pho­to­copied and sta­pled to­gether, but I loved cre­at­ing it. Later, I was made Edi­tor of my school mag­a­zine, and in col­lege, I free­lanced for the In­dian Ex­press. I al­ways en­joyed writ­ing, so the ca­reer choice was nat­u­ral.”

What is your ad­vice to some­one who wishes to work for a mag­a­zine?

“I see a lot of people stuck on the col­lege and de­gree, but work ex­pe­ri­ence is most im­por­tant. Get a job, get an in­tern­ship, then work like you’ve never worked be­fore.”

What does it take to be a suc­cess­ful edi­tor?

“Hard work—per­fect your writ­ing skills, hone your edit­ing skills, work hard on your in­ter­view­ing skills. Be­ing able to net­work well is also crit­i­cal, as is be­ing dig­i­tally savvy.”

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