Hi, I’m Paige…
Welcome to Chat and Hum! I don’t know about you, but I’m thrilled to be here… And if you’re wondering why you’re being subjected to my career (and life) musings, there actually is a reason. I’ve managed to customize a career for myself doing something I absolutely love. Yup, I’m a freelance beauty writer and I also created a beauty product. I work for myself out of my house, I make my own hours and I have the flexibility to be an almost-full-time mom to my four-year-old son. (And I play with a lot of beauty products.)
The funny thing is, I never set out to do this. When I started college I was pre-med and fully intended to become a neonatologist (then organic chemistry happened). From there, I set my sights on business (but then an older, long-distance boyfriend happened—long story). Finally I decided to study what actually interested me, and I graduated in 3 years with a major in sociology and minor in classical studies.
Unsure of where I wanted to go from there, I figured graduate school was the way to go. I took what should have been my senior year to prepare for the GRE and work while living at home. I landed a job at J. Crew (I had to support my shopping habit), studied, and got into the sociology masters program at Columbia University in NYC. But something didn’t feel right and I decided not to go. (Yes, some people do turn down an Ivy League school.) In an obvious effort to avoid figuring out what to do with my life, my best friend and I went backpacking across Europe for 2 months. Sure, we had a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but I knew I had to get it together when I got home so I hatched a plan…
As you get more familiar with Chat and Hum, you’ll find that chance meetings and relationships can have a major impact on your career and its path. I met one such person while working at J. Crew. One particular woman became a client of mine, and she always talked about her daughter-in-law who did PR for Ocean Drive magazine. For whatever reason, I was drawn to the idea of working for a magazine (Sassy was my first love), so I called her when I returned home. After a few interviews, I got hired by the magazine’s offshoot in Palm Beach—and so my career began.
Over the next 10 years, I lived in New York before heading back to Florida, climbing the mastheads of various magazines. I achieved my goal of being the editor of a beauty magazine and that’s when I made a bold move… I quit my job while pregnant and decided to give the freelance thing a try. I was lucky that I have a husband who was both emotionally and financially supportive, but regardless, it was scary.
Fast-forward 5 years and my OWN business (actually two businesses) is booming. It wasn’t easy, but I did it. Today my clients include doctors, major skincare companies, e-commerce sites and women’s interest sites—and all I write about is beauty. And then as if I wasn’t busy enough, I got an idea for a self-tan remover and made it a reality. Now I’m seeing my product (and not just my words) in magazines and all over the Internet.
Are you impressed? (Heck, I am.) That’s why I’m here. I’ve been lucky to have wise, influential mentors along the way, and I’m looking to pay it forward—TO YOU. So shall we Chat and Hum?