Today’s Focus interview is with freelancer Tola Fisher, who tells us about the importance of streamlining press releases, white leather trousers and her combination of faith and fashion…
About your journalism:
What do you write about?
Fun, Faith and Fashion. I’m a Christian and I love fashion so write about what you know right?
Where are we likely to see your work?
On my blog and in Families First, the magazine produced by charity Mothers’ Union and anywhere else that will pay me.
What’s the most memorable work you’ve done?
My favourites are my Girl About Town columns with the Birmingham Evening Mail when I was still a student but my most recent is my feature in the December issue of Company magazine on young (and still fashionable!) women turning to God.
What interview or feature would you love the chance to do?
I’d like to interview Beyonce and Angelina Jolie to find out what’s going on in their cool, calm and beautiful heads.
About you and PRs:
Where do you source ideas for articles?
Usually people and working in London there’s lots of scope for that.
How can PRs be useful to you?
On the fashion side I’d like to introduce more of a review side to my blog because as a failed model I like wearing weird things that no one else would wear. Like my skinny white leather trousers. So send me weird stuff so I can try it out and get people to wear it.
How and when do you like them to get in touch?
Email is best. And I’m closely attached to my blackberry so am usually quick to respond.
Do you find press conferences, trips, parties and other events useful or an interruption?
If they’re relevant to my work then they’re a good networking tool.
If you could make one change to the way PRs deal with you, what would it be?
Streamline products for review…I feel guilty when I get sent stuff I can’t use.
How would you pay the bills if you weren’t a journalist?
When I was younger I wanted to be a model but that didn’t really work out so that’s not a very good fall back plan is it? If I wasn’t a journalist I’d probably be in trouble.
If we gave you £1000, how would you spend it?
My husband wants an iPad so I’d get him that and spend the rest towards a second honeymoon.
What books are on your bedside table, magazines in your bag, or blogs on your screen?
I’m reading Watching the English by Kate Fox and I regularly check www.belleoftheballfashion.blogspot.com for style updates and www.mixedupmummy.blogspot.com for a look at how my life will be avec les enfants.
More about Tola Fisher can be found at her blog: www.christ-couture.blogspot.com