Here at DRAFT HQ, we're almost at the half way mark for issue one and thought it was important while we're busy working away behind the scenes that we introduce you to the people behind every issue. Every fortnight, I, Darcey Ward, will be bringing you an interview with a member of the [D]RAFT family.
In the style of Man Repellers ‘Get to Know Team MR’ series we will be picking the brains of the guys and gals that make up our team. To begin, I turn the microphone on myself.
You’re the Deputy Editor! What does that mean and what do you do?
What a brilliant question. It pretty much means I wear all of the hats, I’ve got my finger in every [D] flavoured pie (sounds foul but the metaphor works.) I am Summer’s right hand woman. I oversee all things DRAFT. From PR to the more logistical side of things like shipping and distribution. I work closely with Sum and converse with her daily. We are two peas in a very arty, #cool pod. As we’re such a small team, each person in the [D] family has a super important role and a number of responsibilities. We’re a little team making a big statement.
Where were you before this/doing what?
I was writing my little blog YECRAD. I began that site when I was about 16 and was completely swept up in the world of fashion. I frequented style.com and knew exactly who was wearing what. I loved writing my blog, going to fashion week and meeting people I had admired from afar. I thoroughly enjoyed interviewing different people. However, I soon became bored with the materialist nature of fashion blogging and was looking for something more challenging. I had mentioned this to Sum and soon enough, DRAFT was born.
What did you go to school for?
I am currently at RMIT University studying a Bachelor of Communication majoring in Public Relations. I have only just begun my degree this year but am enjoying it thus far. I am contemplating a gap year next year though, I'm desperate to go overseas.
How did you get started at DRAFT?
It was quite literally a Facebook message from Summer. I pretty much gave her no choice other than allowing me to be involved. It took about a month until we settled on a name and concept, and ‘DRAFT’ was born.
Favourite part of your job?
I get to work with a tribe of cool cats who are cooler, more intelligent and far less funny than me. On a more serious note, being able to work alongside Summer is such a pleasure. She is so intelligent and shares my passion for creating with a purpose. I feel so lucky to be involved in such an exciting, innovative project with some of my favourite people.
Least favourite part of your job?
My endless to-do list. It can be super overwhelming, especially on top of full time university and working two jobs.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be happy, healthy and having fun.
What’s one piece of advice you can offer to someone who wants a job like yours?
Create it! So many people I know say how lucky I am to be able to do the things I do whether it be writing my blog or for the magazine. If you want to do something, just do it! Create a blog, start an online store, join a football team, do a short course. Stop making excuses, take control and forge your own path.
Tell me something weird about you.
I genuinely celebrate left handers day every year. #lefthandedlegends (August 13th, fyi)
Darcey is a 19 year old Public Relations student at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). At 16, she began writing her fashion and lifestyle blog YECRAD.com, where her passion for writing and connecting with young like-minded creatives began. For more, follow her @darceyward or at yecrad.com