From CUA To Fashion Week
Though she only graduated two months ago, Taylor Boozan, B.A. 2014, has already found a place in the high-glamour world of New York City, where she works in public relations and fashion.
With a job that includes interviewing designers and schmoozing with celebrities, Boozan loves what she does, but her life in New York is nothing she could have anticipated. Only a few years ago, Boozan planned to become a high school history teacher.
While at Catholic University, Boozan threw herself into campus life, taking on a leadership role as the first-ever president of Flather Hall during her freshman year. In the next few years, she took on roles in the Student Association General Assembly, the Center for Global Education, and the Student Fee Allocation Board, where she served as director her senior year.
Though she majored in history and minored in philosophy, Boozan realized early on that teaching wasn’t for her. After some friends suggested public relations, she began pursuing internships in the field.
During the fall of her junior year, Boozan spent a semester abroad in Dublin, where she worked in public relations for the Irish Parliament. Upon her return to the United States, she interned for an entertainment public relations agency in New York City. The following summer, she had another internship in New York City with Company Agenda, a fashion public relations firm. Her senior year, she interned for the D.C. office of BrandLink Communications.
It was through these internships that Boozan found a job possibility that excited her.
“I was born and raised in New York City, one of the fashion capitols of the world and I religiously read Vogue, but I never saw myself actually getting into fashion,” Boozan said. “Fashion P.R. was never an option for a career path.”
After her successful internship, Boozan maintained a relationship with Company Agenda and continued to cover events throughout the year. During her senior year, she commuted back and forth between D.C. and New York once or twice a month and provided assistance at New York Fashion Week in September and February.
“I was really committed and I knew if I wanted to end up back in New York, I would have to continue building my relationships and expanding my network,” she said. “It paid off in the end.”
Today, Boozan works full time at Company Agenda. Among other things, her job allows her to work fashion shoots, attend events, and coordinate press placements for designers. She also does freelance event coverage work for Guest of a Guest, a fashion and lifestyle website.
Although her work is very fast-paced, Boozan says she loves what she does.
“Every day is completely different. I could be covering an art exhibition in the Hamptons one day, working a fashion show in Miami, and then meeting journalists for press appointments in New York City the next day,” she said. “It’s a pace of life that most people can’t handle, but I really feel like I was born to do this. I never knew this was my dream job, but now that I have it, this is everything I never knew I wanted.”
Even though her career is not directly tied to her major, Boozan says her Catholic University education has helped her in many ways.
Through her history classes, Boozan says she learned to write — a skill that has proven invaluable in her career. A digital photography class with Matthew Barrick has also been rewarding. Photography is one of her favorite hobbies now and she is often hired to take photos of clients or events.
Even more helpful have been the friends and connections she made at Catholic University.
“I realized I would 100 percent not be where I am today unless I chose Catholic,” Boozan said. “The people I met while I was at school really helped me figure out what direction I wanted to take career-wise. A smaller school allowed me to foster such close relationships with classmates and even professors. Everyone I met along my journey at CUA really helped me find this hidden passion.”
Degree: B.A. in History, 2014
Favorite class at CUA: Digital Photography with Matthew Barrick
Favorite restaurants in D.C.: Logan’s Tavern for brunch, The Brixton on U Street.
Favorite fashion designers: Alexander McQueen and Isabel Marant
Favorite place to shop in DC: CUSP in Georgetown