Aug 9, 2010

Back to school

Well guys, I am proud to finally announce that I have a new job!  I started today as Office Manager Associate at Weber Shandwick, a global, corporate PR firm.  My new gig (albeit it's currently in temp-to-perm status) is something I have envisioned for awhile now.  I told myself by September I would be out of the salon and at a PR firm, part of my 10-year-plan to be the next (new and improved) Oprah.

It felt like the first day of school.  I picked out my clothes last night, went to bed early, had trouble sleeping --  all normal things for me when I'm starting something new.  For 17 years of my life, all I have known is school.  Five years of elementary.  Three years of middle school.  Four years of high school.  Four years of college.  Now what?  I decided last year was my "freshman year" here at Hollywood University, getting my ME: Masters in Entertainment.  This is a four year ordeal, but it certainly isn't undergrad.  This is the big leagues.  And just like freshman year of high school and college, I hated it.  I wanted to quit.  But I have very fond memories of sophomore year: coming into my own, learning the ropes, feeling more free and independent.  I'm excited to see what this next year has in store for me!

Back to the job: I had no idea what to expect.  The last corporate job I had was two years ago, and between gossipy bosses and no responsibility, it was the worst experience of my life.  Going into this, I was incredibly anxious.  How would I fare in the corporate PR world?

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised!  My boss and coworkers are amazing and everyone else that works on my floor has been welcoming.  They all stopped by to give me a friendly hello, which was a nice gesture on their part.  Granted, this was my first day, but I didn't have that pit in my stomach like I did a few years ago.

While I'm employed by Weber Shandwick, I cover the phone/desk not only for them, but for Jack Morton and Rogers & Cowan, a strategic branding company and entertainment PR firm, respectively.  Jack Morton had me in awe as I went through their clients and their projects.  They are responsible for:

- ESPN Sportscenter's broadcast set
- MLB Network's broadcast environment
- Nike's Jordan brand 23/25 experience
- NBC's Martha Stewart broadcast set
- Comedy Central's Daily Show with Jon Stewart set
- FIFA World Cup Opening and Closing ceremonies

Sweet, right?  I can only hope that one day I'll have a set designed and created for my show that's as advanced and beautiful as these.  :)

Rogers and Cowan represents everyone and their brother: today I was sorting mail for some people you may have heard of:  Beyonce, Denzel, Mel Gibson, Matthew McConaughey, Mick Jagger and Bruce Willis among others.  This task was a great way for me to learn who represented who.  I've already learned so much!  I was truly inspired and honored to meet a few their top publicists today, people I had actually written to my senior year of college in hopes of getting some advice.  Now I'm working among them.  Crazy how life works out.

In addition to these great companies, I'm also working with a firm called Octagon.  They are primarily sports and entertainment and do a lot of hockey PR.  Today, I got my fill of learning hockey players' names... not an easy feat when most are foreign.  Looks like I'm going to be doing some serious research on ESPN.com tonight.

And, to top things off, Fridays are not only casual but we get a free, catered hot breakfast!  Now that's what I'm talking about.  This job is helping my eating habits as well: they provide oatmeal and cereal in the mornings -- a meal I hate to admit that I lose track of.

Anyway, I'm so glad that today turned out on the sunny side.  I'm looking forward to learning a lot and working hard!  Also, if any of you live in LA or are considering the move, please look into Weber Shandwick, Jack Morton, Octagon and Rogers and Cowan for job opportunities!  Like I mentioned, it's not just PR, but sports, management, etc.  I'm sure once I get settled I can find some connections and recommend you!

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