Are you interested in a fragrance industry career? Lauren shares her insights and tips.
As a fragrance evaluator, the question I am asked most often is: How did you get into that career? Some people mean this in a non-literal sense and are really asking me, What on earth made you decide to turn your interest in perfume into a full-blown profession? This is casual conversation, amusement expressed plainly through twinkling eyes and grinning lips. But there is another set of people who ask me this question literally. They want to know how they can get a job in the fragrance industry, too. They want to turn their passion for perfume into an everyday reality, and I recognize what we have in common: they want it is as badly as I wanted it.
When I was in college, I loved writing, so much that I considered pursuing it as my main profession. My professor said, “Don’t pursue creative writing unless you truly cannot imagine doing anything else.” Now, I would offer the same advice for those interested in a fragrance career: go after it only if you cannot imagine doing anything else. If you keep this in mind and stay open to what you learn each day, there’s really no way to fail. No matter what your job title may be.