In order to get my degree in fashion merchandising, it is a requirement to complete an internship. And as hard as it is to believe, I am at that point in my college career. My internship is at a company called TalentPlus Universal, which was originally intended to be solely a summer thing. But, I am excited to say it has been extended into the fall! I am glad that they like me enough to keep me. I first found out about this internship opportunity back in February when I was at the National Association for Campus Activities conference in Boston. I spoke with a TalentPlus representative at a booth that was set up at a fair, and applied as soon as I got back home to St. Louis. My first official day was May 15.
TalentPlus Universal is an agency that is only located in St. Louis (in the Central West End, to be specific). There are four divisions within the company: TalentPlus Entertainment, Centro Models, TalentPlus Commercial, and TalentPlus Production Services. The agents at TalentPlus represent talent, which includes musicians, comedians, models, actors, hair/makeup stylists, and more. They are responsible for getting the talent bookings and handling their marketing. There are only 12 employees, plus three interns. It is like a family around the office because everyone works so closely with one another. There is even a TalentPlus pool party coming up. I’m really looking forward to that and getting to know everyone better outside the work environment.
Honestly, I can say I learn something new every day I am there. So much goes on between all four divisions. And I’ve never been in a setting such as this before, so it’s like a new world to me. Luckily, I’ve had the opportunity to see the way each division operates. I primarily work with Entertainment, analyzing and handling client social media and marketing. Within the Commercial division, I’ve helped film videos and edit them myself. This was a completely new and very exciting experience to me. Last, but not least, most days I work on my projects while sitting at the front desk. While there, I answer phone calls, process payments, and greet and direct visitors. I especially enjoy greeting models when they come in for photo shoots and model scouters traveling from other major fashion cities. There is definitely never a dull moment at TalentPlus!
You may not know it, but St. Louis is somewhat of a force in the fashion industry. As a student in the fashion merchandising department here at Fontbonne, it was my turn this semester to enroll in the “Promotion in the Merchandising Environment” course. A group of fourteen students, myself included, have been working on our fashion show “Strutting St. Louis” since the beginning of the semester.
“Strutting St. Louis” was an idea the class came up with together as a team through much debate and thought. Our show, as one can tell by the name, is St. Louis themed. Each scene of the show was influenced and inspired by a local landmark of the city. Such scenes include Forest Park, The Loop, Ballpark Village, Botanical Garden, and The Fabulous Fox.
Model casting calls, rehearsals, promotions, and a lot of hard work later and it was showtime. This year the fashion show collaborated with FAB’s Springfest. We held “Strutting St. Louis” outside in the quad of Fontbonne’s Library at 4 p.m. on the 25th of April.
The show was great! I was placed on the promotions committee for the show, therefore the majority of work I had to do was before the day of the show. I worked with the flyers, program, press release, and other “public relation” type aspects of Strutting St. Louis. I was thoroughly pleased with the work my class put in and delivered to the university. It was great to see it all come together last Friday. Check out a few of the photos and promotional items below. Fontbonne’s Instagram page also has some great images of the day! http://instagram.com/fontbonneu#
A promotional email image for the window display advertising the show
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“Why did you chose Fashion Merchandising, why did you chose theater?” Questions I hear quite frequently from people wanting to know the reason behind my two very creative major choices. Well personally I’d like to think that my majors chose me. I say this because since I was a small child these two things just seemed so right for me. At the age of three I knew I wanted to be inside of the TV, it felt like when I finally got to go to performing arts school that this is what I needed in my life to make me feel whole. When it comes to fashion I felt that same feeling, I wanted to create, sell, style, any and everything I could possibly think of in the fashion world. All in all I could never see myself doing anything but staying in these two fields, they make who I am and I am completely dedicated to making lasting careers out of the majors I have chosen. I feel amazingly blessed that I can peruse my two loves at the awesome university we call Fontbonne!