Here’s How Veganism Turned Into My Career

I’ve always been an animal lover, so the summer after my sophomore year at the Fashion Institute of Technology I landed my dream internship at the ASPCA.

I got to work beside some of the most talented animal advocates in the field and even helped launch the ASPCA’s farm campaign. I saw firsthand that protecting animals doesn’t have to be just a passion; it can also be a career.

I realized that I could take the marketing and communications strategies I was learning at FIT and apply them to a nonprofit’s mission and help create a kinder world.

Come spring of my junior year I was looking to intern for another animal protection organization. I discovered Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION), a nonprofit that advocated for all animals. I interviewed with Julie Cappiello, one of the founders, and received an offer.

From social media strategy to messaging, Julie taught me a lot about working in animal rights. She went from being my boss to being one of my closest friends. Her drive and passion to do as much good as possible for animals inspire me to this day.

Like most college students, at the end of my senior year I was looking at jobs. I came across Mercy For Animals. The positions listed weren’t good fits, but that didn’t stop me. I found someone on LinkedIn who worked in hiring and reached out.

Jake Morton from MFA responded to my message. He said that MFA was in the beginning stages of seeking a new member of its social media team and that I would be a good candidate. A few rounds of interviews, a working test, and a flight to Los Angeles later, I received a job offer. I was ecstatic!

But I soon realized moving across the country right after college was financially unrealistic. Turning down the job was one of the hardest things I’d ever had to do.

In October 2015, while working for a major food and beverage public relations agency in New York, the United Nations listed processed meats as a carcinogen. Like many animal rights activists, I took to Facebook to post the announcement. The next day I showed up to work and got my knuckles rapped for disregarding one of the agency’s largest clients—a major processed meat producer.

Needless to say, I wasn’t thrilled.

So I reached out to Ari Solomon. He said that MFA was still looking to fill the social media role and that the position could be remote.

It’s been nearly two years since I started working for MFA, and I still can’t believe that my passion to protect animals is my career. I love working for MFA so much—my boyfriend, Brian, even works as an MFA graphic designer, and Julie, my boss from LION, works with me on the social media team!

“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life, the saying goes. I truly believe that. Challenges come with every job, but at the end of the day I know that my work helps the billions of animals who suffer at factory farms.

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