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How God and Rent the Runway Got Me a New Job

I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Write down your thoughts and touch up your make up.”

I’m a TV producer working for a major cable network. Fashion in the media industry is pretty casual. Replace the suit and tie for jeans and sneakers instead. Depending on what area of the industry you’re working in, you can either be on your feet for over 16 hours in a day or sitting on your butt for 8. So comfy is our style, and I really embodied that. Why would I dress up if I’m either at my computer or in the edit suite? Yet, around November 2018, I got the urge to dress up. I traded my flats for heels, T-shirts and jeans for layers and prints. Okay, not really prints. I haven’t mastered that yet.

At first, I was reluctant to dress up, but one day I sat in the audience for The View, Tiffany Haddish was the guest, and she explained how important fashion was in the world of media/celebredom. I knew God was speaking directly to me because days before I kept asking my friend why do I need to dress up? I’m a TV producer my work should speak for itself. The reality is, our work speaks, but what gets us noticed is our appearance and how we carry ourselves. That old saying, “Never judge a book by its cover,” is now outdated. People aren’t checking for you, unless you look like your successful. So I started dressing up. The more I dressed up the more confident I felt. People took notice. I received comments like “she’s so fashionable.” “She always looks good.” It even inspired my friends to dress up. We were the “Too Fly Crew.” Ok, not really lol.

My VPs took notice and one of them requested a meeting with me. I’m not saying it’s because of how I dressed, but I do believe it’s because I stood out. I was a breath of fresh air. In the meeting, I had a list of things I wanted to discuss, but I felt too nervous to say it. However, the Holy Spirit nudged me, “Just say it.” So, I told my VP that I wanted to create my own job. I wanted to work in a space where I am creating content and bridging the gap between digital and broadcast. My VP was impressed and recommended I meet with the VP of Digital.

The same day I had my meeting with the VP of Digital, I got invited to sit in the Audience of Good Morning America. I always take it up a notch whenever I’m going to be on TV. Hair done, make up done, and my outfit on fleek. I wore a beautiful gray jumpsuit. I received so many compliments, even Robin Roberts complimented my outfit. However, when I got to work I put on a blazer, so I could look a little more professional.

My meeting was fast approaching and I felt a little unprepared. I had so many ideas. How could I communicate it without rambling? I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Write down your thoughts and touch up your make up.” I knew I had to oblige. Finally, I walked into the meeting and I only had thirty minutes to communicate my thoughts. I said hello, and jumped right in. We vybed the entire time. The VP explained that I had great ideas and the team was already implementing some of it. Towards the end of the meeting, I said to the VP, “I wish I could help your team.” And that’s when the VP told me about two openings on the team. The VP told me that I should look at both and select which one best suits me. The VP also introduced me to the Manager on the team whom I spoke to for an hour and a half and we hit it off very well. I walked out feeling so confident. I had no idea that my informational interview would turn into an actual interview. I dressed the part; therefore, the part was presented to me. 2 weeks later, I was offered the new position and I accepted it.

This opportunity came at the right time. I was feeling stuck at my job and I was ready to grow. My obedience to God is what got me the new job. He used Rent the Runway as an outlet to supply my needs. After all, God doesn’t give a vision without provision.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Yani
    March 13, 2019 / 5:40 pm

    This was such a good read. Thanks for sharing. “Don’t judge a book by its cover” really stood out to me bc it really is something that we have been taught growing up but the reality is we initiate conversations based on appearance. We don’t have to judge ppl negatively but the way you look can get you thru the door. The same way we wouldn’t show up to a job interview looking any ole way is the same we should go about our day to day.

    • Shamara
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      March 13, 2019 / 5:53 pm

      Exactly. That’s a good point. You wouldn’t show up to an interview dressed any type of way because you know that they are also judging you on how you look. I’ve sat in the audience for several live tapings and I was seated in the front because of how I was dressed. Appearance matters.

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