In 2005, nearing the end of my collegiate career, I landed an internship with ZUMA Press, the world’s largest independent press agency and wire service. In layman’s terms, it’s kinda like a sports agent, only ZUMA reps photographers, promoting and selling their images all over the world. I was like a nerdy 16-yr-old getting asked to prom. It was huge! I was thrilled!
Then they hired me full time. Cause duh, I was like totally awesome in all my freshly out of school hard working cool(ness). I moved from my internship in the finance department (geh, numbers) to the Picturedesk as an ahem, Editor. Yea, I was proud of that title at the bottom of my emails.
Then came awards season. You know, red carpets, gowns, glitz and all of Hollywood’s finest in all their sparkling fabulousness. Think People Magazine, Entertainment Tonight and basically every publication and show that covers the lime light, all ZUMA clients. I got added to the on-site transmission team for ZUMA. Again in non-photog-terms, we take the memory cards straight out of our photographers cameras on the red carpet and in the press room, straight to our editor(s) at their computers to transmit to the world on the spot. Cause as you know, people need their red carpet juice like ASAP!
So now that I’ve taken Lovato Images full time and no longer edit for ZUMA, they still keep calling me to help rock the transmission team for the big awards shows and I couldn’t be more happy about it. It’s a super fun gig and I work with super cool people and I get uber opportunity to jump on Mr. Draper and make an honest man out of him. Oh wait, scratch that last part. Kinda.
So yes, Kate Winslet really is that lovely (and much tinier than perceived!) in real life, Angelina isn’t as tiny as you’d think, Brad wears make up and Ryan Seacrest just needs to relax. We kicked off this year’s award season on Sunday with the Emmys and our ZUMA team rocked it yet again. Too fun. One more press pass to add to the Lovato pile…
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