Business, Politics & Society

Starting Out: Finding Your Voice and Succeeding

Anna Wintour

Lesson time 11:00 min

Anna discusses her dos and don’ts for interviewing. She also shares practical tips for those starting out in their careers, including how to discover your creative voice and the best ways to interact with your mentors.

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[MUSIC PLAYING] CREW: A/B mark, soft sticks. INTERVIEWER: What do you expect of your assistants? And has that criteria changed over the years? - Well, I hope my assistants won't write books about me. [MUSIC PLAYING] Well, when you are interviewing for a job, first of all, always tell the truth. Second, don't say, I love the theater, because you happen to know that whoever is interviewing you loves the theater unless you really do, and you can give an example. Don't go on an interview unprepared. Be on time, and be yourself. Somebody showed me a video recently-- I think was on "The Cut"-- where they interviewed 10 young women who were interviewed by me, and how much care they had put into what they were going to wear for the interview process. And to be honest, I don't ever really notice what people are wearing when I'm in an interview with them. I'm much more interested in finding out what they've read, the movies they're interested in, why they want to be at Vogue or another title within the company. I'm much more interested in finding out more deeply who they are than anything that they have put on that morning. I mean, I certainly will notice it, but it's not something that I focus on. So I think when you're coming in for an interview with whoever it might be, much more important to be clear in your replies, to be honest in your replies. Don't pretend that you're somebody that you're not. I can't tell you how many people have told me they love tennis, and they've obviously never been to a tennis match in their life-- than to be concerned about surface appearances. You need to be direct. You need to be honest. And you need to be very clear about what it is you want to do with your life, as much as you can answer the questions that are asked. [MUSIC PLAYING] Developing a creative eye or developing taste-- I think that's something that you have within you from a very early age. But it is also something that you can develop through exposure to culture, to the arts, through reading, visiting museums, looking at what's going on in the world around you. I think that there are so many ways to tap into creativity. And particularly in today's world, when information is so readily available, there are many ways to grow one's eye and to expand one's creative vision. I also think it's very important not spend the time glued to your phone or glued to your computer. There is nothing as rewarding as the seeing something in person. Creative exposure, cultural exposure, I think, is so important to spend as much time on that as you possibly can. And of course, it comes with maturity, and it comes with time. When you look back at early collections, for an instance, there may be a kernel of what a designer may have become or a writer may have become. But it isn't all-- it's rare that somebody is great from the word go, unless maybe you're an athlete, when you have to be good a...

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Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

thats just on time cause we started to make a magazine and last chapter touched me to tears

learned a lot about leadership and direction

I'm not into fashion like that. However, I take inspiration by anyone who is a proven effective leader. There are many things to take from this class that transcend any particular industry and relate directly with how I can be a more effective leader in my own.

I enjoyed the class but wishing that there were more details shared or a more thorough walk through of their creative process.


A fellow student

I have only gotten to lesson 3, but I thought this class would have more of a "direct teaching" style. So far it seems like an in-depth interview into "Anna Wintour's personal leadership style as editor of Vogue." Do the lessons get more "teachy" later on? :)


Hi Anna, I really appreciate this particular lesson. I get extremely frustrated with vagueness or indecisiveness when it comes to making a decision. I also get super agitated with people who cannot provide clear answers or simply cannot be honest. My question to you is : 1. How do you be direct, a straight shooter without sounding abrasive? 2. How do you overcome the doubt in yourself when you feel insecure about your strong personality and that you may rub people the wrong way with your tone or speech? From my personal experience, I am aware it is the need to feel liked and that I do not want others to think anything ill of me. I am in constant internal battle with myself when others cannot be upfront, make decision or seem quite confused/lazy in providing an answer or results because I lack skillfulness in showing my frustration very quickly.

A fellow student

I love Anna, she makes my day. Helping a lot of things ideas come to my business .

Graeme R.

I have no interest in fashion, but I love Anna Wintour's advice. Any creative person or enterprise can benefit from her wisdom.


Love Anna in these videos! I've been waiting for a management video. The Diana Von Furstenburg video was more for wannabe designers. I have my own (small) company and need tips for that. Notice how in this video she is missing a few necklaces at the start..

A fellow student

Confusing about team management and talent inspiring. These words just save me.

A O.

This is an annoying interface. Where is the complete table of contents to re-watch videos. Where is the back button?

A fellow student

I love her openness I mean, she is direct, there’s only one meaning of her word, I do respect it!


“I hope my assistants won’t write books about me.” Nearly lost it. Amazing.


She's amazing... had my doubts checking out this class, her experience is way outside of my reality, but there's a lot of value to take in and apply to my business. I like her as a person and admire her leadership style.