Steph Adams, 39, is an author, publisher, art director and influencer but in high school she had didn’t have a clue what she wanted to do for a career. Steph has since worked with large scale magazines such as; British Vogue, Elle, Conde Nast Traveller and Grazia. Steph chats to us about her career journey.
I went to a very privileged school – St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls in Perth, WA – and was lucky to have a very good education. But despite that, school was never really my forte, I always had my head in the clouds, and therefore had absolutely no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. But after school, I attended TAFE where I studied Graphic Design and then I attended University whilst I was modelling internationally. It took a few more years to finish as I had missed quite a few classes. But I did it and got my Bachelor of Arts Degree in the end.
It took me a while in the beginning to break into the publishing industry. I remember getting back from overseas after finishing my studies and I took a couple of different jobs in Sydney. I was working at reception desks, tennis clubs, at a Chanel cosmetic counter in sales – all so I could pay my rent. It was the hardest part because I had a degree and I couldn’t get a job in my industry. Then I finally got a call from FPC publishing and that’s where it really began.
It seems like the longest road when I look back. When I first started working for Vogue Australia as a young designer, we did not have the luxury of social media. I had more than a decade in the publishing industry producing the first ever magazine for Net-a-Porter, working with British Vogue, Elle, Conde Nast Traveller, Grazia, Vogue Living, Gourmet Traveller and many more before I even started a blog that featured inspirational stories from women and places around the world. It was the blog that started to open up the most doors for me and since then I have published two books, with another one on the way.
I am an author, publisher, editor and creative director. I have two books out and another one on the way. I have my own design studio where I work with clients all over the world creating everything from logos, business cards, branding and brochures to coffee table books. I also blog in my spare time and attend events and work closely with various brands professionally.
But I still couldn’t pinpoint an exact career highlight. Maybe releasing two global coffee table books and having one printed in three different languages. Being asked to work with British Vogue and working with the publisher: Stephen Quinn. Also designing Net-a-Porter’s first ever magazine and working with Natalie Massenet the Founder.
This is definitely my dream job, because I love what I do. I work with passion and I love being creative and working with friends. My father was always very entrepreneurial and from a young age we as kids always had to help him with marketing and advertising of his business, so I guess it was a natural progression to always go out on my own after I built enough experience in the industry.
If you want to get into the industry, I encourage you to work hard and if you are really passionate and dedicated you will get there in the end. Also, know that it takes baby steps to get into your career, sometimes you have to take a different path but you will always get to where you are meant to be. You have to work for it. Things don’t fall in your lap. Write down your goals and always keep in mind what you want.