Camille Styles

Dream Job :: Garden & Gun’s Senior Editor

June 19th, 2014

“Be fearless. If you really want to make it in this field, you have to go for it,” says Jessica Mischner, the smart as a whip, and full of authentic Southern charm senior editor of Garden & Gun, on making it in the competitive magazine industry. She moved to NYC after college and landed her first job at Travel & Leisure. She spent almost eight years in the Big Apple, working for the likes of Food & Wine, Plenty and Metropolitan Home before moving back to her home state in 2011. At G&G, Jessica handles everything from managing front of the book pieces focused on art, design, travel, food and drinks to editing features. In the first installment of our latest new series, Dream Job, Jessica shares where she finds inspiration for all the creative stories she fills the magazine with, advice for other aspiring magazine editors and how she juggles life as a working mom to her busy 18-month-old son, Camp. “To be away from him all day every day, I have to love my job and it has be something worth the sacrifice,” she says. “Women fought so hard to have the right to work, and I want to make my son proud of me.”

photography by olivia rae james

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  1. abby says:

    Garden and Gun editor is my dream job– and even more so now!

  2. This is a really insightful post. I would so love to write for a magazine!

  3. Love this! The office, her attitude, that calendar and those shoes! Just moved to Charleston last week and I’m looking forward to getting to know the soul of the south a little better!

  4. So so cool!! Thanks for sharing and love G&G!!

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  7. I loved everything about this interview! I love hearing from strong women with children too. I also have a wild 18 month old so it’s nice to hear from someone who gets it! I have never read Garden & Gun. Now I want to go get a copy at lunch!

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