BABE #46: LUCIE FINK,
Video Producer + Lifestyle Host @ Refinery29
You might know her from the Try Living with Lucie series that she writes, produces and stars in with Refinery29. Perhaps you recognize her from multiple appearances as a millennial spokesperson for the Today Show, or maybe from the super impressive stop motion videos that she makes. Whatever the case, I can't imagine that anyone who follows Lucie Fink's work isn't a fan. She's a a role model and a class act who seems to always stay positive while constantly producing quality content. (We're not sure how she does it!) Thanks so much for chatting with us, Lucie!
Hometown: Westchester, NY
Current city: New York, NY
Alma mater: Johns Hopkins University
Degree: B.A. in Creative Writing
Hustle: Video Producer, Lifestyle Host @ Refinery29
Babe you admire and why?
Piera Gelardi, the Creative Director of Refinery29. She is a powerhouse creative with a colorful and entirely original mind.
How do you spend your free time?
Relaxing with my twin sister and boyfriend. I love to watch cooking shows, bake sweets and try new workout classes.
Favorite beauty item?
Micellar Cleansing Water.
What would you eat for your very last meal?
An Oreo cookie cake.
Biggest pet peeve?
Slow walkers on the sidewalk!
If you could have coffee with anyone in the world, who would it be?
Lin-Manuel Miranda. OR the real Alexander Hamilton! Either would suffice.
East Love, my brother's band. They are SOOOO good!
What’s one thing you wish you knew more about?
Space and the universe.
Tell us about your hustle:
I am a video producer and lifestyle host at Refinery29 where I create video content for several of our social platforms (YouTube, Snapchat Discover, Facebook and more.) I also create stop motion videos on the side and have grown my Instagram account to over 50k followers along the way!
What does your typical workday look like?
Every day is different. Some days I’m running around NYC filming in the streets and other days I’m sitting at my desk planning shoots. Both are incredibly fun and exciting.
What was the interview and application process like for your role at R29?
When I learned that R29 was hiring in the video department, I was working at Ogilvy & Mather as an Associate Producer. I applied to R29 and showed them the video series that I hosted and produced at Johns Hopkins, as well as clips of me on the Today Show, as my work samples. They thought I’d be a great fit.
Were your video and editing (etc) skills self-taught, or did you learn them in school/at home?
I learned all that I know by creating my own content for my series at school and on my own at home. I didn’t take any video editing or video production courses; I just did a ton of research.
You began college at Johns Hopkins University as a Neuroscience major. When did you decide to make the transition to a creative career?
During my Sophomore year, I decided that I preferred a career in entertainment. I changed my major to creative writing and the rest is history!
What advice would you give to a Babe who is trying to break into your industry?
Keep creating content and don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do something. Prove them wrong!
Who are some creators (in any medium) that you look to for inspiration?
Artists who use Instagram as a creative tool.
Did you come up with the “Try Living with Lucie” series idea on your own?
Yes, I came up with the idea and I am the series’ writer, producer and host. Each episode comes together differently but they’re all incredibly fun and I wind up learning a lot. Every shoot starts with a lot of research and ends with amazing findings.
What has your favorite experience during the series been so far?
Definitely 5 Days of Hydration because I’m now an avid water-drinker!
What are some common misconceptions about your job?
Some people think I was just chosen to be the series’ on-camera host, but the truth is that I created the concept and produce each episode myself. People also often think it’s all fun all the time, but it can definitely get stressful with tight deadlines and lots of content to produce constantly.
What are some of the everyday struggles with your job that we might not see?
Producing content for the Internet means being okay with reading negative comments about yourself from Internet trolls! It’s definitely not an everyday struggle, but it’s something that any on-camera host needs to be comfortable with.
What is the culture and environment like at the R29 offices?
R29 is filled with so many strong, powerful women. The office is chic, fast-paced and fun to be at every day.
What motivates you to do what you do?
My fans. The comments I receive are so uplifting and inspire me to keep pushing out new videos.
What does success look like to you?
A huge smile on my face and the faces around me.
How do you find a work-life balance?
I sometimes struggle with this one, but I try to close my laptop when I get home at night. If my laptop is open, I will keep answering emails.
What helps you wind down + manage stress?
Meditation and deep breathing. Also, drinking tons of water.
What are your goals for the future?
Keep doing what makes me happy. I have no idea where I’ll end up, but I’m loving the ride.
Career and/or life advice for other babes?
Don’t worry too much. Everything happens for a reason and good things will come if you work for them.
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