A small town girl at heart from the province of Alberta, Natasha Bruno is a freelance writer and the assistant beauty and fashion editor at The Kit magazine. She made her way to Toronto a few years back to study and to land a job in the fashion and beauty industry after she realized that there were minimal opportunities to really pursue a career in her desired field back home—and she has never looked back.

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Did you always want to be in the media? If not, what other careers were on the horizon?
I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the fashion and beauty industry in some way, but being in the media was never front of mind. Originally, I thought about going into buying or into the marketing side of things when I first moved to Toronto for school, but then an internship in the style department of a leading national women’s magazine halfway through college changed everything. I loved every task that was thrown my way, and never felt so passionate about a job before. Plus, I was fortunate to have met an amazing mentor while there, who I felt really took me under her wing, and showed me what it takes to succeed. And for that I am forever grateful.

Where would you like to be five years from now?
Having a senior editor title and being involved in the television and broadcasting world. Eventually, I also want to be working fully for myself, calling my own shots. I can see myself owning my own boutique agency of some sorts.

Any advice for people getting started in your industry?
Educate yourself through hands-on experience like internships. School is very valuable, but there’s only so much that you can learn from a textbook. I believe internships are one of the best ways to really figure out what you like and dislike, and what career path suits you best. I owe so much to my past internships. And hey, why pass up an opportunity to learn more about yourself and the industries around you.

What are your favourite media outlets, not including your own?
A lot, but Nylon, New York Magazine’s The Cut, Refinery29, POPSUGAR, Intelligent Life, W Magazine and Byrdie.com to name a few.

Best interview you’ve ever had?
A phone interview with Halle Berry earlier this year. For as long as I can remember, my dad has called me his little “Halle Berry.” So when I got the opportunity to speak to woman herself, and someone I consider a beauty icon, it was a dream come true. She was so, so lovely.

Best advice you’ve ever been given?
You’re too unique to compare yourself fairly to others. Don’t waste precious time and energy.

What rule(s) do you live your life by?
Stop underestimating yourself and don’t ever be afraid to dream big.

What’s the most important tip you can give PR pros?
Don’t get names wrong.

Best experience you’ve had with a PR pro? We love to hear about wins.
When an event is well executed from beginning to end. I love when I’m always greeted right away, explained fully what the event is about and what is being shown/presented, and when PR pros are well informed about their clients products and can answer any questions I have, or someone else can, like a brand expert.

I hate?
Pretentious people.

I love?
My parents good ol’ home cookin’. They are both from the Caribbean and make a lot of traditional and fusion dishes, and are two fantastic cooks. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Can’t wait for my next trip home!

Reading?
I’ve joined a book club to give me a push and motivation to read more. Next up for discussion is Play it as it Lays by Joan Didion.

Best place on earth?
There are still so many places I’m dying to explore, but Barcelona is high up there.

Dinner guest?
Ellen Degeneres

Hero?
My brothers.

Favourite app?
Instagram, and I am warming up more and more to Snapchat.

Pool or ocean?
Ocean by far.

Voicemail or email?
Email.