Halle Lagatta is a New York native, freelance creative producer, and works in production at Coveteur Magazine. Halle's presence is soft and elegant but her ideas and direction are commanding. Her career journey has been adventurous as many mid 20-year-olds are, but she embraces the unpredictability and excitement of the future, knowing she will always be a creative in some form.
Q:What was it like growing up in NY?
A: Growing up in Queens (and later Long Island) was strange. I grew up in a part of Queens that really doesn't feel like NYC at all.. it's really suburban and quite boring. But regardless, the proximity to NYC has its effect on you. I will never forget finally being allowed to take the train into the city by myself - I felt so adult and independent. My friends and I would hang in the West Village because we knew someone with an apartment on Houston and MacDougal. We did what all teens do (I think?) drank in the park, got our palms read, went to now defunct clubs, smoked hookah... or maybe all of that just felt normal at the time.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you have gotten?
A: Trust yourself and no one else. It's invaluable to have friends you love and trust, but loving and trusting yourself is priceless.
Q: What did younger you envision for you life at this moment?
A: I've always been bad at envisioning my future.. maybe that's why I've career jumped so much lol. Younger Halle definitely thought she would be designing couture gowns.. current Halle sort of dreams about doing this still!
Q: Is it difficult to make it as a creative in NYC?
A: Duh. Especially when everyone and their mother is a "creative director." The market is oversaturated and the jobs are few and far between.
Q: What’s the best part about your job?
A: The best part of my job is being able to help other friends find work. It's great to collaborate with people you know and love.
Q: Is it important to be in touch with your mood while you are working?
A: Totally - when I'm in a bad mood, i need to take a lap or two before responding to an email or entering a meeting. You have to put your best foot forward when you're representing yourself/your company
Q: One piece of advice from your 21 year old self?
A: Your ideas might be shit, but practice makes perfect. Just roll with what you have because it will inevitably open up bigger doors in the future. The time is now so stop getting in your own way!!
Q: How do you relax at the end of the day?
A: Hot yoga. I've become addicted to it and it really is the best thing I've ever done for my mind and body. The heat forces you to forget about everything else that might be on your mind.
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