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New student group builds portfolios, creates opportunities for creative student professionals

February 17, 2016

After internships with Seventeen, Cosmopolitan and Elle magazines—all in New York City—Stephens senior Kyla Cherry made it her goal to help other students have similar experiences.  

“We can make our own opportunities. We can build our portfolios right here in Columbia, Missouri,” she said. To do that, Cherry started a new student group, “STYLE: Students Transforming Your Life Experiences.”

The group works with real clients to produce editorial content for a variety of businesses and publications. They’ve already completed “The Love of Lipstick: The 10 Must-Have Shades in Your Cosmetic Bag” for COMO Living’s online magazine, and they’ve been asked back to do another project, too.

The 20+ members of the group have specialties, including photography, styling, hair, makeup, modeling and videography. Their services are free to the business community; all they seek is portfolio-building opportunities, and their projects must include credit for their work.

“The goal is to help students get the kind of experiences that lead to internships. The whole point is to be published, to build your portfolio,” Cherry says. “It’s also exposes members to dealing with real-world clients, which is excellent experience to have.”

“This club promotes teamwork—everything is collaborative. Everyone has different personalities, but we figure out what everyone can bring to the table,” she says.  

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