FIDM Alumna Jacqueline Haupt works at Intercos in NY as the Assistant Manager of Sales & Marketing. She participated in the NYC Beauty Study Tour in June '07. One of the Intercos executives said that Jacqueline Haupt stood out in her mind on that particular study tour because she asked so many questions, so when a position opened up six months later, Jacqueline got the call for an interview.
Name: Jacqueline Haupt
FIDM Grad Year: 2007
Campus: Los Angeles
Major: Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing
Job Title: Sales & Marketing, Assistant Manager
Location: New York City
Tell us a little about yourself: I am originally from St. Louis, MO and surprisingly am the middle of nine children. My whole life I have possessed a natural love for the beauty industry and have also always been attracted to urban lifestyles. I decided to attend FIDM for my college education. Six months after graduation, I relocated to NY and began working for Intercos!
Describe what you do at Intercos. I work in Sales & Marketing for Intercos America. Here we work with U.S. clients (cosmetic brands) from various distribution channels including prestige, mass, direct sales, and private label. We meet with clients on a regular basis for new product presentations, in which we present new formulas and technologies to Product Development and Marketing teams with a goal of generating new projects.
Since Intercos is an Italian company (headquartered in Milan), the New York office (along with other key offices around the world) is also responsible for monitoring the U.S. market to provide the headquarters and clients with marketing and trend Information on a regular basis.
What do you love about your work? I love that my everyday work surrounds a subject that I have passion for—cosmetics. I also love that my field involves creativity and art while still being extremely business oriented.
What beauty websites/blogs do you love to visit? Trend Hunter Magazine, Fashionista, designboom
What's the hottest trend in cosmetics right now? nude skin/"no-makeup" makeup (simplicity), color and skin care together, and extreme wear (24hr+)
What inspires you? I find inspiration in a variety of places. I often look to other industries such as technology, food, art/design, and fashion (of course!) to find inspiration. The streets of NY also inspire me.
What is it about the beauty industry that draws you to it? When I was a little girl I was fascinated by the beauty of models in magazines and on runways. Today, I am attracted to the power of cosmetics and the role that makeup plays in the everyday lives of women.
How did you know FIDM was the right college for you? FIDM was very attractive to me since they offered such a unique program that I felt could help me take a more direct approach into the beauty industry.
How did you decide on your major? There was no question for me—the beauty industry is my passion.
I understand that part of the reason you're working for Intercos is due to your participation in the FIDM Beauty Study Tour. Yes, the study tour was a key element for me in starting my career. I was a participant in June 2007, directly following graduation. Myself and 12 other recent graduates were in NYC to visit 16 different key cosmetic companies, one of which was Intercos. I researched all of the companies prior to our visits and made sure to ask at least a few intelligent and well thought-out questions at each appointment. After the Intercos presentation, I started a side conversation with one of the executives and expressed my eagerness to work in the industry for a company like Intercos, and we exchanged business cards.
Six months later, back in L.A., I received an email from that same executive at Intercos. She remembered me from the Study Tour appointment and asked me if I could come to NY for an interview since there was an opening in the office. We made the arrangements to meet in NY for the interview. One week later, I was offered the position and one month later I moved to NY to start working for Intercos in January of 2008.
How did it feel giving a presentation to the FIDM Beauty Study Tour group having been there yourself just a few years ago? It feels like a huge accomplishment. It makes me feel very proud of myself. It is also a great reminder to be grateful every day that I am doing something that I love.
How do you feel FIDM prepared you for what you’re doing now? FIDM helped to build a strong understanding of marketing, which is very relevant to my work. Learning at a fashion college also helped me to build very strong visual communications skills which is crucial.
Any advice for current FIDM students? Take classes seriously—what you put in, is what you get out. When it comes to networking—yes, follow up; no, don't stalk! Also, any work that you do before starting your career, should be related to your end-goal.
What is your biggest dream right now? I plan to work my way up and continue to build my expertise and industry experience to reach an executive position someday. I also dream of eventually having my own company—perhaps a brand or retail boutique.
Anything else you’d like to share? I believe following your passion is a huge accomplishment in and of itself. If you pursue your passion, it results in success.