Calgarian born Freelance Writer, Ella Clarens, has a passion for sharing others stories as she loves to learn about and connect with people. Since 2010, she has been uncovering the gems of local talent helping to boost awareness of their work and increasing their clientele. Clarens has taken her writing nationally and internationally covering Fashion Week in Toronto as well as New York. She has interviewed influencers such as Derrick Rutledge, Oprah Winfrey’s makeup artist and Lubov Azria, Chief Creative Officer for BCBGMAXAZRIA Group. You can find her monthly column in the Calgary Herald revealing the next up-and-coming local star in the beauty or fashion industry.
What was your first job?
Working at a German Deli.
Best advice for people getting started in your industry?
Build your network by going to as many events as possible. You never know who you will meet!
What are your favourite media outlets, not including your own?
I’ve been following a few YouTubers: Infinite Waters, Shameless Maya and Teal Swan. They’re great.
Best interview you’ve ever had?
I’ve had a lot of great interviews. If I had to choose, though, it would be Eco-Conscious Celebrity Make-Up Artist, Lina Hanson. She is so down to earth and is helping the planet in her own way!
Going to keep my lips sealed on this one. Good news is this does not happen very often.
What rule(s) do you live your life by?
Be kind to others. You never know what someone is going through.
People who are rude.
A good laugh!
You’re boarding a plane tomorrow. Where are you headed?
Definitely the BAHAMAS!!!
I do not have a favourite. They are all so pretty!
Who would be cast to play you in the movie version of your life?
Sarah Jessica Parker who plays Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City. We both like to write stories and get invited to events where we get to meet some really cool people.
I am not much of a TV person.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
My Dad! He such a hard worker and committed to his family.
Song of the moment?
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake. Makes me dance every time!
You are going to laugh at this one… CamScanner. It’s great for tracking/organizing documents like receipts.
One thing you can’t live without?
Being surrounded by good people!