25 Oct Feature: Natasha Gargiulo, MTL Radio Host
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Natasha Gargiulo is one of Montreal’s most favourite radio show hosts! Between her success in the entertainment industry and her lovely personality, it’s without a doubt she could give us a little bit of advice on how to chase a career.
Keep reading to find out Natasha’s secret sauce when it comes to dressing for success and killing the game in media!
AZ: How long have you been in the entertainment business?
NG: I’ve been reporting on arts and culture for over 20 years. I always knew from an early age that I wanted to work in TV and radio, and that I wanted to report on arts and culture. I went to Vanier and Concordia with the idea that I wanted to do something with arts and Montreal culture.
I am born and raised here, and we have so many amazing attractions in our city. I felt like it would be a great job to report on it. I would watch the people I looked up to in the industry.
Jamie Orchard was covering arts and entertainment for CBC at the time, and Christine Long on CTV. Therefore, these were the people I admired in the field.
AZ: How did you get started in the industry?
I had to intern to get ahead because despite being qualified educationally, I needed hands on experience. I realized the only way I would have a chance was to network and prove I wanted to work in TV and Radio.
The first person to offer me a job in this industry was Mix 96, which is now Virgin Radio, on the promotions team. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do but I knew it would be a great opportunity to start.
I got started in TV because I knew a producer that was looking to do a documentary on Italian culture in Montreal. They wanted someone who was plugged into the Italian culture and who was on TV. Eventually, I got hired and hosted a series on CH Television called Ciao Montreal.
The show was recorded at Global Montreal Studios. Little did I know the News director was observing my work when I would tape the show. He approached me with an offer for weather presenter. Eventually, that led to a job in covering local entertainment for Global News.
Meanwhile, Virgin Radio called me and offered me the opportunity to contribute entertainment for them. Then, this lead to the high profile seat on morning show.
AZ: What would you wear to work when you first started out?
NG: Everyone always says it doesn’t matter what I wear because I’m on the radio. However, I believe that shouldn’t matter at all because first impressions mean everything. Regardless of TV, radio, or marketing job, people are going to judge you no matter what.
If they see a well put-together person, that impacts what they think of you on top of your credentials. I find black is always the best thing. I’m always dressed in black like in a little black dress.
Furthermore, when I started in radio, I would dress up all the time. I wake up at 3:45 am and my hair & makeup would be done & I would show up to the studio in heels. I feel more confident in high heels. Now, I wear more flats, I don’t come in as made up and I am dressed more casually in the morning.
What should someone wear to an interview in the media industry?
NG: For any interview, dress classic, it’s not the time to showoff skin or too much cleavage, be conservative, and I wouldn’t wear anything too trendy because I think that’s risky. A conservative black dress would be perfect for an interview. When I was in school I shopped at Le Chateau because I used to work there, Benetton and Limité.
AZ: What is the process behind getting dressed for an event?
NG: When I have an event, I make sure to get my nails, hair and makeup done. I often ask for fashion advice and tips from a fabulous stylist name Alicia Mcnamara from Toronto.
Also, I have my friend Antoinette Di Carlo from Di Carlo Couture who’s made many memorable dresses for me for noteworthy events. I trust her because she puts so much attention to detail, and she knows what works on body.
AZ: Are you a shopaholic?
NG: I am a shopaholic when it comes to my daughter’s wardrobe. (lol) I buy a lot of clothes for her and she has a great shoe collection. It’s easier to buy for her than it is for me. And sometimes I get carried away.
I love to style my daughter because I know what looks good on her, even though she has told me a couple of times she wants to start dressing herself at 8 years old!
Additionally, she does have a really good fashion sense. Better than me at times. I don’t always know what clothing pieces look good together for me. Sometimes, I count on my friend Katia Piccolino from the Ritz Carlton, who can put together a show-stopping outfit in her sleep. I don’t know how she does it!
AZ: Which Montreal designer do you love wearing the most?
NG: Antoinette Di Carlo, I will always be a fan of her work and her gowns for big events. I am a Rudsak girl. I’ve been wearing their leather jackets, coats, boots and accessories for a long time. I’ve purchased a lot of great summer dresses from 1861 and Velvet Ave . My go to boutique is Zara when I want to add pieces to my wardrobe.
AZ: Where have you found the best shopping in the world so far?
NG: London! London has amazing shopping, even if it’s more expensive. Shopping in Europe is always better! However, I’ve purchased some amazing pieces at Zara in New York because they don’t have the same selections offered here in Montreal.
Moreover, I purchased the most amazing white suit when I was in Italy, and I’ve purchased tons of amazing clothes from Primark in London as well. When I shop in New York, I always come home with lots of new dresses.
Most recently, I went to Chicago and found the shopping was amazing perhaps better than in New York City? Maybe because the city is less populated, and you feel like you have more space to shop. Whatever the reason I am going back!
AZ: How do you dress on a typical day to work?
NG: A typical day at work where we start at 5 am and end around 10:30 am for the radio station is very casual, but if I have a luncheon, or work event afterwards, then I’ll bring something else to change in.
I always plan my clothes the night before because when you get up as early as I do, I may think my outfit looks nice at 3:45 am, until I get to the station and ask myself what was I thinking?? The less I have to do in the morning, the better!
Normally, You’ll often find me in dresses, tights, skinny jeans and boots. In the fall, you’ll find me wearing lots of hats and scarves too. They’re cozy, trendy, warm, and it’s what I like to wear to work.
AZ: What is it like shopping with your daughter? Does she have a similar taste to yours?
NG: My daughter has her own style, which is a little bit more eccentric than mine. I think she is more creative with her style than I am, and I think she’s also more willing to take risks than I am when it comes to fashion, so I really admire that about her.
She’s confident, she loves wearing these really big bows on her head, and no matter how much I tell her I don’t think it looks good, she doesn’t care, she’s confident enough in her skin that she’ll still wear it.
She started trying on my heels now, which scares me a little, but she’ll ask me if I can keep a few pairs of shoes for her when she can fit into them.
Not to mention, she often has a say with what I’m wearing too and she tells when she likes something or doesn’t. What she did get from me though is a shoe and hat obsession!
AZ: What is your number one tip to dress for success and boost your confidence?
NG: Wearing high heels 100%. I think differently, I act differently, I feel more confident in heels and I also feel really good when I’m wearing a great fitted black dress! A fashionable woman wears clothes, the clothes don’t wear her 🙂
Natasha Gargiulo is one of Montreal’s biggest radio host for a reason! She worked very hard to get to where she is and truly knows a thing or two about building a career and dressing the part as an elegant young professional.
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