How old are you?
I was born June 10, 1994, so I’m currently 23.
What camera do you use?
Most times I just use my iPhone 8, but I also have a Canon Rebel T5 that I use for more planned shoots.
Who takes your photos?
Melanie Foster takes my fashion photos. She’s amazing!
How did you get into PR?
I got into PR because I had been blogging for so long! A friend in my sorority was in PR, but she was the year above me, and she convinced me to give it a shot as a freshman. I was an English major, then I thought about Professional Writing before finally landing on PR with a minor in Communication in my second semester of my freshman year. Lucky for me, I knew the area I wanted to be in and I had a friend that helped me find the perfect fit. Plus, Gaylord College at the University of Oklahoma is one of the top journalism schools in the country!
How did you get into marketing?
I started out working in PR, but media pitching wasn’t my favorite. I was more interested in social media and the creative side of communications. I did love the aspect of PR where I got to help others. Media coaching and helping a client with a communications problem was really fun. I decided that it was time to make the jump into marketing. I didn’t take any math classes in college (my one credit was Intro to Logic…), so I worried that marketing would be out of my wheelhouse. Luckily, I found a spot in a strategy and client service role. It’s a lot like PR, except there are bigger budgets involved because the strategies involve media spends. I still get to write, which I love, but I also get to work on some really cool creative pieces.
Tips for working in PR or marketing?
Write and READ a ton. Read different types of newspapers for different writing styles. Write a lot to find your style and voice. Know your AP style. Use your online resources and social media as an advertisement that you are a bright, well-read, level-headed young professional. Follow PR and marketing websites like PR Week, AD Week, PR Daily, etc. to stay up to date with the industry. Network everywhere you go and send thank you notes after interviews. Learn as much as you can about each sector of marketing if you’re in an account service role. In PR, learn about writing social media and content marketing. Always think three steps ahead and you’ll be set!