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Alternative Career, 5: Stylist

Posted on 10 July 2013 by BMMBoxer

– By Mariya Sethjiwala, Sophia BMM

Dressing up is something we all love to do. Whether it is for parties, functions or social gatherings, what you wear reflects on your personality. The same goes with your favourite celebrities!  You judge them so much on the basis of what they wear. Whether the apparel a celebrity wears is a hit or a miss, depends a lot on the kind of stylist they hire. A fashion stylist is what we are talking about here.

Do not confuse a Fashion Stylist with a fashion designer. A designer designs the clothes a person wears. A fashion stylist smartly puts together an entire outfit for you, complete with accessories and bags and even hair and make-up. A fashion stylist is responsible for putting together clothing ensembles to meet the demands of specific clients. They work to get a person ready for a particular event or lifestyle choice.

To be a fashion stylist, it is a no-brainer first up to have a unique sense of fashion. You should be confident enough to experiment with your wardrobe in order to stand out at a function. A course in fashion designing is not necessarily a criterion here. A good understanding of latest trends, colours and hues and what-goes-with-what is! Therefore reading high-end fashion magazines is highly recommended.

To get you noticed in this field, like most other fields in the fashion industry remains a challenge. For beginners, working with a magazine or other lifestyle organisation helps. You should stick around with one organisation for a good period of time in order to build relations with people who might hire you as their stylist in future. Also another great way to begin would be assisting an established stylist. Working under a known stylist can you help you gain clients of your own as you tend to meet a lot of people and get to spread the word that “You are here!!”

As a stylist to a celebrity, you are always under constant pressure to give your client fresh looks every time they step out for an event. With the ever growing sense of fashion of the audiences and with the fashion police always looking for its next victim, being on your toes always is a must. You should also be willing to experiment and invent your own fashion trends to make your client stand out rather than always following the rule book.

A stylist needs to be a good communicator as you are required work with a team of professionals to style your client. Also, once you start working, it is advisable to ask some models styled by you to pose in order to create a portfolio that you can show to people. One of the most demanded professionals in the fashion industry, Stylists are being widely recognised as a key factor in building an image for celebrities.

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Alternative Careers, 4: Event Management

Posted on 22 June 2013 by BMMBoxer

– By Mariya Sethjiwala, Sophia BMM

Ever thought what went on behind the scenes to create that awesome concert you were at last weekend? Or how did they manage to come up with that well co-ordinated award function your father was talking about? The answer lies with an event co-ordinator! Most successful events are the result of an efficient and hard working event management team that works day and night to make sure nothing is out of place on the day of their event.

An event coordinator is a person who develops plans, coordinates and completes functions within business organizations. The job always keeps you busy and on your toes when the event actually happens. A knack of managing people, co-ordinating with various professionals and making sure everything goes on smoothly is on your job specifics.

To be an event manager, a basic course in Mass Media helps as it gives you insightful knowledge of various aspects of the media industry. You can start off by volunteering for various events during your holidays between semesters. This will help you test yourself if the field is suited for you or not.

Coordinating special events requires skills in overseeing, planning, coordinating, executing, and overseeing the day-to-day operations of events, whether social, educational, internal or external. The event coordinator must follow financial constraints and adhere to guest requests and schedules. Most importantly, you should be ready to work for long hours in the run up to a big event. But that shouldn’t be looked as a con, because working with a team of creative people can actually be lot of fun.

No event coordinating company organises all kinds of events. So it becomes important to select at the start of your career what sort of events you want to organise and then plan your career according to that. This field offers a lot of scope to be an entrepreneur as well. Once you think you have enough experience, you can make use of the various contacts and relations you have built, to start your company and innovate and sell various events to bag sponsors.

Today around 500 big and 1,800 small event management companies are operating in India and the ambit is widening with even occasions like birthday parties, seminars, exhibitions and stage shows being taken up by independent event managers. This means ample of job opportunities for event management enthusiasts.

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Alumni Interview with Upasana Makati, Founder & Publisher, White Print

Posted on 10 June 2013 by BMMBoxer

My Name is: Upasana Makati

BMM College: Jai Hind College

BMM Specialisation: Journalism

Currently Working at: Founder & Publisher, White Print

Q1. Does being a BMMite give you an edge over others in the field of media?

The experience and exposure that a BMM student might get through the projects, shoots, trips, college fests can certainly be of great use when he or she enters the real world.

Q2. Do the subjects in BMM help you know the reality of the job? Is there any place for theory in the creative world?

Well, a few subjects in BMM and textbooks may not really be applicable in the real world. However, in my opinion having theoretical knowledge is very essential since it helps you build a great foundation. Once the theory is powerful, application and grasping practical skills becomes an easier task. Knowingly or unknowingly you do end up using or referring to the theory you once studied in the three years of BMM or even before that in school or college. Having said that, the practical skills that each job demands cannot be learnt from any textbook. Experience can be your only tutor.

Q3. BMM or BMM from a particular college? Does it make a difference?

Definitely BMM from a particular college. The quality of projects and faculty is of utmost importance in a course like BMM. After hearing stories from students of BMM from other colleges, I certainly feel that my experience in Jai Hind was extremely enriching, quality driven and exciting.

Q4. Internships during colleges – are they relevant in the long run?

Internships are like a trailer to a film. They can certainly give you a taste of the field and help you make decisions about your future. It might help you decide if you are cut out for taking up a job in a particular sector. Also, how seriously and honestly you deal with an internship is also a crucial factor. You need to be sincere and go with an intention of extracting the most out of it.

Q5. Work Experience or Higher Studies? What’s your pick? Why?

For me work experience comes before further education. What a job can teach you, books cannot. Once you have a strong foundation, working for a while can only make the further education more meaningful and gratifying. Understanding of theory must be followed by its application in the real world. You can extract the maximum out of the higher education only once you are aware about the nuances of the real world.

Tips for BMMBoxers:

BMM is…A tumultuous three-year journey!

Your favourite subjects in BMM: Marketing, Management, Journalism & Public Opinion and Understanding Cinema.


5 Must-Follow Tips for BMMites:

  • Live the three years of BMM to the fullest
  • Participate in every college fest!
  • Don’t stick to text books
  • Don’t try finding the meaning of the word ‘Creative’. You won’t find it!
  • Explore, Experiment and Enjoy

Current BMM students can connect with you on: You could write to me at upasana@whiteprint.in or drop in a message on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/WhitePrint

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Photo Essay: Ladies Coupe by Shreya Shetty

Posted on 04 June 2013 by BMMBoxer

– By Shreya Shetty, Sophia College

I present this Photo-Essay in a very intimate and personal form, exactly in the way I’d see people or their experiences. I name this essay ‘Ladies Coupé’ after being inspired by novelist Anita Nair who has written a book which is titled so. But this essay focuses on the various moments women, as travelers, face throughout their journey. Eve-teasing, frustrations, being scared, being happy, are a few moments I’ve tried to capture of the daily commuters of the Western Railway, Mumbai Local. This is a whole different level of Candid photography! The crowds, the women, their priceless expressions and the daily photography sessions helped me see traveling in a completely different light. Hope you enjoy my work!

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Alternative Careers, 2: Wildlife Photography

Posted on 01 June 2013 by BMMBoxer

– By Mariya Sethjiwala, Sophia College

Nature, in all its forms, presents not only a great escape from the hustles of city, but if you look through your lenses closely, it can provide various career opportunities. Ever thought YOU could be a wildlife photographer? Today, photography has become a common hobby for the metro youth. The great thing is it is a highly diverse profession. One of the most interesting and challenging streams of photography surely is Wildlife Photography.


A passion for photography and a great deal of knowledge about cameras and lenses is a must to start with when you talk about becoming a wildlife photographer. Apart from that, you need to have a genuine love for animals, birds, forests and everything natural. This profession, whether taken up as a hobby or a profession, requires a great deal of perseverance and patience from the photographer. Moreover, it is imperative that you respect your subjects. Awareness about the various laws of forest and environment and their compliance is a necessity.
As such, being a wildlife photographer requires no formal training. Most wildlife photographers would tell you they started doing it just by chance on some camping trip or a family holiday to forest reserves! If you are intrigued by nature, start as soon as you lay your hands on a camera. Who says you have to get to a forest? Begin by observing closely your surroundings and environment and the creatures that live around.


When you decide on turning a pro, a journey that might well change the way you see the tiniest of things awaits you. Getting close to nature also involves communicating well with the forest officials and even local tribesmen. You have to get information from these people as to what is the most suitable time and place to shoot the animals, birds or any aspect of nature you are looking to capture. Doing your homework before you start shooting and drawing up a schedule is also an important aspect of shooting in the wild.
After you have done your shooting and finished working for the day, the important task of getting your work noticed lies ahead. It is advisable to do as much independent work as possible when you have just started off. You can share your work with magazines, newspapers or even wildlife NGOs. You can even use your pictures as cards and calendar backgrounds. Hosting exhibitions and booking gallery shows to display your work once you get known in the local market is what will follow.


Fortunately, India’s rich and diverse wildlife offers great opportunities to photographers to capture breath-taking images. After all the hard-work and, just one amazing image is enough to make your day!

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Alternative Careers, 1: DJ

Posted on 25 May 2013 by BMMBoxer

- By Mariya Sethjiwala, Sophia College

The scratching sound of a disc, the innumerable keys on the sound board, the lights of the dance floor, the thump of the music – if this gives you an adrenaline rush, then surely, a part of you wants to make people dance to your tunes and take a party by storm. To be a DJ is the career you need to zero in on then!

Not regarded as a mainstream career option till a while back, Disc Jockeying or DJ-ing today has emerged to be a successful career option for people who know their music and can create foot-tapping numbers to dance on. With the increase in per capita income and the willingness of people to spend on celebrations- no matter big or small, music remains the key. The soaring high awareness of good music among the party-goers and party-hosts has made a good DJ one of the most sought after people in the media industry.

To give you a very basic explanation, a DJ is the person who selects and plays pre-recorded music for a gathered audience for a variety of events and functions. Most professional DJs do much more than just play music: they are responsible for mixing tunes, forming beats, setting the right mood in the club, understanding the clientele and playing music according to their likes and dislikes.

To become successful in any profession isn’t a piece of cake and DJ-ing is no exception. Knowledge of the technicalities of sound is a must if you want to be a DJ; that means concentrating hard in your Radio and Television lectures in the fourth semester of BMM. But let me tell you that these lectures will simply give you a sketchy base. There’s a sea of things you will need to know and learn about like cartridges, needles, mixers, tables and the list is endless.

I’d advise you to follow the current trends of music. A DJ should know at the tip of his fingers what sort of music is in and what is out. Stay glued to top music channels and keep a track on what’s playing on the radio stations as well. Practice is what will make or break your career. Wouldn’t it be really uncool if people are staring at the ceiling when you are playing your music instead of dancing? You need to get hands on training to prepare for your big night. So if you really are sure you want to be a DJ and are willing to spend massive amounts on equipment, then go ahead and buy your own tools. But a wiser option would be to work as an assistant to a DJ and get to used his equipment and learn from him.

The bottom line is that you must strike the right chord with your audience. Once you do then a life of fun, music and a lot of ‘scratching’ awaits you!

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Job Alert: Media Sales Executive at BMMBox.com

Posted on 23 May 2013 by BMMBoxer

Organization Name: BMMBox.com

Organization Description: The one-stop shop for BMM students

Location: Mumbai

Role Title: Media Sales Executive

Role Description:

  • Talk to direct clients and sell ad space as well as custom brand packages (media schools, institutes, animation workshops, overseas media schools)
  • Talk to agencies and work with them to get BMMBox.com on the media plans for their relevant clients
  • Be a thinker, marketer who can come up with smart, creative ideas to grow the revenue

Qualification Requirement: BMM, BMS, B.Com

Experience Requirement: 1-2 years of advertising industry, not necessary sales

Compensation/Stipend: Rs.15,000/month

Application Process: Send in fully updated resume to connect@bmmbox.com. The subject line must read ‘Sales Profile’.

Selection Process: Resume screening followed by interview

Key Dates: Candidate must join ASAP.

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Photo Essay: Hardwork by Aditya Dhakore

Posted on 16 May 2013 by BMMBoxer

I believe life is all about hardwork. It is a common thing recognised everyday. One works hard to fulfill his/her basic needs, to live life comfortably. It is the key to all the locks that stop one from achieving his/her aim.

These photographs not only depict how hard people work so as to achieve success but also to get through life, one day at a time.


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