My Journey to Date

I knew I was going to be a writer at a very young age. When most kids in my grade-school class cringed at the thought of creative-writing essays as homework assignments, I’d rub my hands together (well, in my head at least), looking forward to the next story I could create out of pure imagination. Roald Dahl and his magical tales was a huge influence in those days.
As a pre-teen, I got hooked on reading magazines and wrote a letter (remember when people wrote letters?) to about 10 different editors, including the ladies who helmed Vogue, Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan, asking about their own journeys and how to become a magazine editor. I only received one response—another letter—from Marie Claire’s EIC, but it was all the inspiration I needed.
Journey to DateFlash forward to New York University, where I studied Communications and had multiple terribly paid magazine internships, all the while knowing in my heart that the next step was going to be an amazing full-time job at a magazine. After graduating Magna Cum Laude, the next step was indeed…waitress.
But slinging cocktails wasn’t completely fruitless. It was in that neighborhood pub on the Upper East Side that I met an older gentleman who inquired as to my professional path in this world. The self-made millionaire had once been homeless and took a particular interest in individuals’ paths because of it. He gave me his card and true to his word, set me up on an interview with a friend of his at Time Inc.
The Time magazine journalist, another friendly old dude, helped me get my foot in the door with a Research Assistant gig at InStyle that led to an Assistant Editor role at Health. And so the career of my dreams was born. Since then—13 years ago—I’ve worked on-staff at several media companies culminating in a role as Editor in Chief of Get Married Media, comprised of a national magazine, website and television show, before launching my freelance company three years ago.
Journey to Date I continue to write in an editorial capacity, but now I also lend my skills to copywriting marketing and digital content for various clients. It is a beautiful, organic progression of my career and I love the challenges and fun this new chapter brings. I feel so fortunate to play with words every day. Best of all? There’s no telling what’s next. A book? An editorial site of my own? We’ll just have to see.
“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog.” – Roald Dahl’s Matilda
Karina Antenucci