Inspired by Todd Snyder’s decision to leave his job as a designer at J.Crew to start his own clothing line, this Field Guide series will outline the path of others who took a chance to make their dreams come true. Keep these nuggets in your back pocket and pull them out when in need of inspiration.
The second interview in our Field Guide series is former GQ Eye writer Sean Hotchkiss who recently took his talents to J.Crew and can be seen all across New York City in the latest Gant ads.
What is your current job?
SH: I'm a writer. I write a lot about men's clothing and lifestyle.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
SH: Consciously? Probably in college. But looking back, it was much earlier. I've always been attracted to words, and love working with them.
What steps did you take to achieve that goal?
SH: I started writing every day back in 2008. I started a blog. I started networking like hell. I started to believe in myself. I didn't stop hustling until I had the job I wanted at the time. Everything that has happened since has been a result of that decision to pour everything into what I really wanted to do and was passionate about. For me, it's been the answer to a fulfilling life. But I'm just getting started, so what do I know?
What's the most rewarding aspect of your job?
SH: Making things with people I respect and enjoy.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a writer?
SH: Write every day. Do inventory of your life and clean out of the all the bullshit standing between you and your aspirations. Talk to people you respect. Get as many mentors as you can in your field and watch them. And trust your intuition.
Photo credits: Justin Chung
See Sean’s writings, pictures and follow him @SHotchkissNYC