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The Surprising Way I Started My Media Career | Lucie Fink Vlogs | Refinery29


Hi guys! It’s Lucie. I’ve received a ton of questions on Instagram and YouTube and Twitter about my career path and how I got to do what I’m doing today for Refinery29. So I’m hoping to answer all of your questions right now. In order to tell the story of how I got to where I am, I have to go back in time and take you back to Childhood Lucie. I was never shy in front of the camera. I always loved performing. In high school, I did theater. In college, I was an in a capella group. And performing was always a really big part of who I was. The other side of me was able to stomach really gory open heart surgery on TV. So for a while, as a young child, I thought maybe I’m meant to be a doctor. But when it came time to go to college and I ended up getting into Johns Hopkins and deciding to go there, I figured this much be a sign. If I want to be a doctor, Johns Hopkins University is one of the best medical institutions in the entire world. I had a couple of conversations with some friends of mine who are also pre-med and it just didn’t seem that we had the same reason for wanting to be a doctor. Which made me think: maybe I made the wrong decision. When I decided to switch my major away from neuroscience, I needed to figure out what I was actually going to major in. I’ve always loved writing. So when I discovered that the writing seminars department at Johns Hopkins was one of the strongest writing programs in the whole country, I knew that that needed to be my new major. A lot of people asked where I got my production experience and what classes I took to learn these skills. The truth is: I did not take any classes on video production. I learned every single thing that I know about production from making videos for YouTube. So as a freshman at Hopkins, I decided to pitch a YouTube series to the Admissions Office. That was essentially a Travel Channel show about the city of Baltimore. Now let me just say, I had no production experience when I pitched this show. Truly I was going in blind, but I had an idea and I thought I could do it. And I pitched it. And the Admissions Office loved it. Once I had been in college for a couple of years and I had been producing all of this video content, I kept sending it over to the Today Show because I wanted to show them that if they ever needed a teen to come onto the show, I was a comfortable teen on camera. Then one day, my junior year, I guess I sent enough videos over, that a producer from the Today Show reached out and invited me to come on the show. They were doing a segment about parents and teens and they wanted to talk to teens directly. Over the course of the year, I was on the Today Show six or seven times. Then it came time to graduate from college and I remember really thinking that I was heading towards a career of being on-camera in a TV environment. But unfortunately the only on-camera opportunity that I got was a bootcamp program to be a news reporter. And that really didn’t seem to align with the exact type of on-camera work that I wanted to do. So instead of taking that, I wound up going the complete opposite route and going into the production side. I started at a giant ad agency as a PA, a production assistant. And I worked my way up over the course of the year to being an AP, an associate producer. The environment at this ad agency really fostered creativity and being a maker. And I remember them telling us to just pick up a camera and do something. And so I really have this ad agency to thank for my current stop motion love. I didn’t know anyone else that made stop motions. I didn’t ever take a class on it. I didn’t use any apps to make stop motions. I learned it just through doing it and through practicing it. And over time, I was able to really perfect the art of the craft. My love for stop motion ended up turning into a side hustle and I had brands coming to me asking me to create stop motions for their social media channels, for their websites. And at the time when I was working at that ad agency, the stop motion videos on my Instagram were paying for my rent in New York City. So how did I get to Refinery29? I was at this ad agency and I really still had my on-camera dream. Somebody who I met at my ad agency actually gave me a connection to the video team at Refinery29. Now this was in 2015 when the video team at Refinery was tiny and was just getting started. And I remember showing them all of my video reels, everything I did at school, on the Today Show, all of my stop motion videos. And it was absolutely right place, right time. So I whipped out my notebook which had a whole bunch of shows that I had wanted to produce since high school. One of them being the 5 Day Challenge format, Try Living With Lucie. And thankfully Refinery was looking for just that. They needed content. They needed producers. They needed editors. And we were a match made in heaven. And now I’m still here today. So if you’re looking for a career in media or something creative and you want a similar career path to me, here are my three main takeaways: 1. Constantly create. You don’t need a fancy website. If you want to put your work out into the world, just put it on social media. And you don’t need a lot of money. 2. Do not be afraid to take internships or low entry positions when you’re starting in this field. This field is totally DIY. You just got to go in, start at the bottom, work your way up, and really, really bust your @$#. And 3. Never ever stop learning and growing. Even when you think that you’ve learned all there is to know, there is so much more knowledge and so many people all around you at all times that can teach you something new that can just advance your career to the next level. So never think that you’ve hit the top. The most important thing to keep in mind is that everyone’s career path is different and the timing is different for everyone so you cannot compare yourself to people around you. I hope that was helpful and I hope you learned a lot about my career path. But as always, if you have any questions that I didn’t answer comment below and I’ll try to answer them now. See ya next time! Thanks so much for watching. Click here to watch another video on Refinery. Here to subscribe to us on YouTube. And right here for my personal YouTube channel.

67 Replies to “The Surprising Way I Started My Media Career | Lucie Fink Vlogs | Refinery29”

  • Hi lucie! I've had this dream of becoming a youtube ever since I was twelve. I am 21 years old now, and working and studying to become a teacher. I've started a blog a couple of times, tried to film a video… I love the creative side of the whole video producing world, but I don't want to feel like I've wasted 4 years in college studying something it's not me. How can I start a youtube channel/blog if I am a teacher?

  • Loved this! Been watching you since the beginning, when you started your first segment with Refinery, and I have been loving your growth! Your positivity always makes my days better and encourage me to keep learning and creating! I hope to have a successful job in the social media community, and your videos always keep me going. Love ya, Lucie! (:

  • That's really interesting, I love finding out about people's career path, like you said, everyone has their own path and for some reason I find it so inspiring and reassuring to hear everyone stories πŸ™‚ thanks for the video!

  • I loved this advice Lucie! I am really young yes however I believe that doing this might be really really helpful! Thank you from the heart.
    Xx

  • That is so cool ! I want, to hire someone for my blog ( www.chelsealoveMAG.com) who does similar videos ) Great vid! πŸ’•

  • I love this Lucie! My favorite is telling people exactly how to get to thier dream job! I talk at lots of conferences and noticed most people want to know really how to do it with definitive tips, you do just that..the in between πŸ˜‰

  • I really enjoy your videos πŸ˜€ Thank you for sharing your experiences – they're super helpful πŸ˜€

  • Since the first time I saw you I feel that my career goes that way. I've been following you since your first #TryLivingWithLucie and your videos always give me the power to understand and work for what I want to do. U are the best!!! I will always be inspire by you and I'll be grateful to you for who you are and everything you do. <3

  • This is so insperational and it really resonated with me. I'm doing my pre reqs for dental hygiene right now and feeling like I made the wrong choice. I would love for there to be more how to videos about figuring all this out!

  • Amen sista. I went from being a professional ballet dancer to taking a digital marketing internship (with 0 experience) and now I'm an actual Digital Marketer! Take chances and learn every day!

  • THANKS AGAIN FOR THIS! MD REPRESENT πŸ™‚ Lucie please show more about stop motion. I want to use it for my intros!

  • this is so interesting πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ it's been great seeing the progression of this channel over the years

  • I really admire how you chose ur career with confidence. Cuz i am thinking of changing it as well but dont have enough confidence if it will work out.

  • Loved it! I just don't think this is DIY all the Way. A lot of people study A LOT. Not to mention cinema. πŸ˜‚

  • how to make a video trend on YouTube with 9,677 views ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Every you tuber ever either attempted college and quit or was born an attractive female and start s a shitty blog about makeup and their profoundly churlish political views.

  • Hi Lucie ! Thanks for all of your videos ! Your speech is so inspiring ! I'm also a video maker and I was wondering, what do you use to film your videos ? What kind of camera, which accessories ? What are your tips to do great camera move ? Thanks already ! Keep going !! πŸ˜€

  • Lucie, what you do is my dream job!! REFINERY29 IS WHERE I WANT TO BE!! I absolutely love video producing, creative writing, social media, ect… Do you have any advice for a major that encompasses the kind of work that you do? I am a senior in high school and am considering majoring in marketing and minoring in creative writing, but was wondering if now, since you are out of college and working, you had any suggestions!! Thanks!! xoxo

  • I'm so amazed to know that the "Try Living With Lucie" was ur original idea! I've always wondered πŸ˜„ Loving you even more! ❀

  • Thanks for your insight Lucie πŸ™‚ This video is super helpful! I lovee TLWL I always feel inspired to let something new in my life when I watch it!

    Would you say that for jobs at places like R29 its generally better to make a connection first or is it okay to apply to listings on job sites? Do those get noticed as much?

  • I was wondering how you started working there Ladylike did a couple videos like that.

    I was always a ham in front of a camera too (my parents filmed every birthday) and I was normally a very shy kid. I went to college for advertising and which included public speaking classes where my final assignment was filmed (basically two fears right there because I had to talk about the small business I started to pay for my schooling and had to fully memorize the speech). I ended up loving the video production and social media side of things…so I'm working at a store/running their social media plus running a YouTube channel πŸ˜€. It's a lot of work but I love it.

  • Hi Lucia, I just discovered your channel today, I'm 21 and a language student from Nigeria I want to build a career in media industry please help πŸ™‚

  • Very Nice, I like they way you telling about your career. I want to start my Channel as Vlogger, so I am searching different people, i find you perfect for my inspiration. You wel done Lucie.

  • Thanks for sharing. Wish me luck on my journey. I was just thinking the last refinery video I watched that I see a lot of things on here I would love to be a part of. Have to build a portfolio first before I go anywhere but I digress, thanks for sharing. I kinda realize I just need to figure out what area of the field I want to go into though. Music videos is really my passion.

  • Right now I am a teenager and have a hugr dream of living in New York and working at Refinery29. If you are still able, what is some extra advice that I could take for the growing years that will soon come?

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