Where are you based?
What job do you do?
I work in Houston, Texas and I am a publicist
How did you get into marketing/communications?
Two colleagues and I started Fashion Week/Career week at my university, Texas State University, my sophomore, and junior year. We worked to develop a week that focused on exposing the talent and creatives at our university, while also exposing like-minded individuals to a variety of careers by bringing real-people to host a panel for our peers. It was a wonderful experience! A publicist was in attendance in which we learned more about communications; this opened up my eyes to the skills and talents that I had and wanted to give PR a try. It was the best decision I ever made. I believe I was meant to meet those individuals and be there in those moments. It truly shaped who I am today as a professional.
What are you most proud of in your career as a marketing/communications professional?
I am most proud of the fact that when people work with me, they tell me how grateful they are and how much working with me as impacted them professionally and personally. Most times we think of other accomplishments such as rewards or certificates of some sort, but for me, the proudest moments I’ve had have all been regarding what I’ve brought individually to people’s lives. It’s why I continue to work in this field even when the going gets tough!
How has marketing/communications helped the organisations you’ve worked for?
Communications have helped me view the world from a different perspective.
What challenges have you overcome on your professional journey to where you are today?
As a young, African American woman entering this field, it can be a bit difficult at times. When you look different from others in this profession and you’re young, it can be unnerving and troubling. Most people underestimate me. However, I have overcome this challenge – which is at times, still a challenge – by being the best version of myself and showcasing my talents and skills. When people see how professional, poised, and confident I am in my skin and talents, they perk up and I’m able to show the greatness I have inside of me.
Do you have any words of wisdom for someone starting out in the marketing/communications industry?
For anyone starting out in the communications industry, I say this:
1. Don’t be scared to ask questions or fail
2. Although you may look different from your peers, you have just as much value to contribute
3. Build relationships now with journalists and thought leaders in your community
4. Come up with your own version of success – never compare yourself to others
5. You will get better at what you do; I promise. Dream, create, have faith and never give up.
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