Corynne Corbett, founder of Beauty Biz Camp, far right, on the power of building relationships: My first job was at Women's Wear Daily (WWD), and one of the responsibilities was to take obituaries over the phone. That was a really interesting experience. ... One of my bosses [eventually] got a job at a new magazine at the time called Elle. She said, 'I really want to take you with me,' and I told her 'I don't want to be a sales secretary. I want to be in editorial.'
She asked for my resume, and a few months later, I started getting calls from the editor-in-chief's assistant, saying 'We're not looking at assistants yet. We're still staffing up, but we'll call you back.' [Eventually], the beauty director offered me a job. When I started, the editor-in-chief's assistant came to me and said, '[Your ex-boss] would come down every day and talk about you,' ... and I realized [getting that job] was due to her really fighting for me.
[Remember,] success is not a fairytale. Do the work.