The passion paths of PR

I binged watched a YouTube series today called “Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party”. It’s about Edgar Allen Poe throwing a murder mystery-themed dinner party with an array of other famous authors like H.G. Wells, Mary Shelley, Oscar Wilde, etc. until a real murder occurs. First off let me say that it is wonderful and hilarious, go watch it.

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Chapter One for all those interested.

Now that may seem a bit random a bit review-ish, which it is. But I am a literary nerd so anything that puts a bunch of authors together excites me. It’s this point that I want to focus on.

In P.R. it’s important to be excited by what you work with. You must be able to not only throw yourself into the subjects your discussing but willing do it with the same passion of binge watching your favorite tv show. That’s what makes a P.R. professional good at their job. Passion. The fact that you read a book cover to cover and then look up the author’s other works means indicates your passion for publishing. If you have every app on your fun updating you about March Madness so you can check your several brackets look into sports.  There’s a market for everything and the best part about P.R. is it can be done for anyone and for anything.

There’s a market for everything and the best part about P.R. is it can be done for anyone and for anything so go find your passion and make a career out of it. It’s an advantage we have in our field.

ECCC kicks off Con season

The first weekend in March will start Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle which means Con season is upon us!  From now on all “nerd”, pop culture,  and “hip” news sites and blogs will be posting cosplay photos from Cons all over America while geeks spend their tax returns on resin statue.

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Being one of these geeks who walks away from Con season with an empty wallet have a new focus. Conventions are a great way to network if one is looking into the comic book world. Artists, writers, professionals from all over the industry will be hosting panels, and doing signings and roaming the floors. Of course at the major cons like San Diego, Chicago, New York getting to chit-chat with someone like Brian Michael Bendis is probably not going to be possible. That’s why I always support the medium sized convention. Rose City Con in Portland, Wonder-Con in Anaheim, Calif. are just a few examples of conventions that pack big industry names without the sardine-like crowds of San Diego.

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Big name companies are usually in attendance as well. The big two, Marvel and DC, are a bit harder to talk to since they’re own by media conglomerates Disney and Time Warner, but Image, Dark Horse, Boom!, IDW and more are more accessible.

So this year as a personal goal I will be the fan roaming the floors of the convention but tactfully. The comic industry is a small world and you never known who could be hiding behind that Spiderman mask.

The different slices of PR

Entertainment PR is a popular and difficult field to jump into straight from college.

I thought I’d talk about this because I was job searching and found an application for an internship for CBS Showtime. The job posting talked about the upcoming season Showtime and asking for an intern.

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In many classes, I hear many students say they’re interested in doing entertainment PR. I think this is an interesting choice and probably stuck behind the glamor of showbiz.

Another one I hear a lot is food or tech. But what does this all really mean and how does one actually accomplish their goal?

I honestly think the question of your “dream career” in college is dumb. By creating this idea that we have to strive for one area of PR really limits the options. I would hope that most students would realize that and be open to a variety of experience but the more time I’m in these classes the more I realize that people are missing out on opportunities because they don’t think they will benefit them on the road to their dream.

So my advice is to stay open, allow any opportunity at this time in life to teach you something new.

 

 

Publicist break down

I recently came across an article from PR Daily that talked about why you should feel great to be a publicist. Read it here:

15 reasons to feel great about being a publicist

As a music publicist, this list from PR Daily was…well…interesting. I thought I’d go through it and put my opinion in because that’s what you do on a blog.

1. We preserve people’s stories in a lasting way.

Okay, this is a pretty cool way to look at it. It’s pretty rad to think about how long lasting an article is. On the flipside, this seems a bit grandiose. Unless you’re pitching the honest to goodness best life-saving article out there about the latest breakthrough that will cure us all, then cool here’s a pat on the back. Now get back to work.

2. We are the rainmakers.

Debatable, though interesting, it is debatable. I suppose from a music perspective our focus is to create awareness for an artist, if we do our jobs right hopefully, they make more money. Struggling musicians could always use more money and I am more than happy to try and help out that cause.

3. We’re the ever-patient go-betweens.

YES. I think this idea is the most confusing for our new clients who have never had someone set up interviews, podcasts or features for them. I believe they think they need to be more involved, but nope. Let us work our magic and we’ll remind you of your time and send you the article when it out.

4. What other job lets you know what’s going to happen in advance, and usually before the press even knows?

As a music junky, this is my favorite part of the job. Hearing new music and getting to hold a CD or vinyl before it’s out, releases a little maniacal laugh in the core of my stomach. It is the ultimate perk job.

5. The job title has cachet.

I try to be hush-hush about my job title if I’m around musicians. My circle of friends is filled with musician types that make it difficult to expose this. It’s no fun when people you hang out with start talking you up to and want you to work them. Even around people who are not musicians, everyone has a musician friend they want you to know about. It’s a bit of a bummer.

6. How about those benefits?

I may be too new and small to know anything about benefits. I mean my skills from PR are helpful all over but I haven’t had too many opportunities to use them in this way.

But I will say as a music publicist I do not mind the hanging out with musicians all the time and going to shows. But I would do that regardless of my job title. The job just puts me in new circles which are more interesting.

7. We have superpowers, but like Superman, we use them responsibly.

For one I think the article means to reference Spiderman and not Superman. Though Superman is the central hero for all, Spiderman has the famous “With great power comes great responsibility” line from Uncle Ben. Besides that, this statement is a bit intense and for the power hungry. Also, the “superpowers” are very delicate powers that can easily disappear if not used correctly. So don’t get in over your head.

8. We can’t turn their brains off, and that’s a good thing.

This is tiringly true. I can say with absolute certainty, that this can cause brains to melt. For instance, I have no memory of getting on and off the buses that took me school and back home today. Our brains hold so much that stuff eventually spills out. Be wary of this.

9. We are good conversationalists.

As awkward as I am yes. Publicists are publicist almost because of this reason. We’d be horrible if we couldn’t talk.

10. The side effects.

This takes us back to perks. Yes, in my short publicist life I have already had the opportunity to do many cool things. Going to Seattle to “see” one of my client’s play was one them. Did I mention he just happened to be opening for the guitarist of Pearl Jam? One of my favorite bands. The bassist from Guns’ N Roses just happened to be there as well. How random.

If you can’t tell there is a lot of joyful sarcasm in those last notes.

11. We’ll never forget the first time our article or photo ended up in The New York Times.

Well, I’ve never had that happen…yet. But I have got some pretty rad music magazines to cover artists so I’ll take that as a win. 

12. There is no better feeling than introducing something wonderful to the world.

This is the best point on the list. If there is anything about publicity or public relations, I love most it is the fact you get to push the things you enjoy. That’s the real superpower.
In music, when you fall for a musician and their spirit it is rewarding to be able to help them grow. Like a baby bird learning to fly but more so a little musician, getting to sell more albums. Or something like that.

Of course, this is not always the case. But sometimes you do and it’s wonderful.

13. We can multitask and problem-solve like nobody’s business.

Another superpower. I never knew how much I could do until I became a publicist.

14. We aren’t afraid to take risks. 

Eh. Calculated risks. Research is very key in things like this. You don’t want to take risks that won’t amount to anything/ They might end up negative. On the other hand staying plain old vanilla all the time is no fun. So I say yes, but after research.

15. No day is ever the same. 

Welp, yep, I can agree with that. Not much to add there.

Round Two…Fight!

notebooks.pngI am a notebook person. My hands have borne the weight of paper cuts and dark pen slashes since I was 11-years-old. Writing is more than a hobby of mine, it is who I am.
With that said, I am (once again) attempting a blog. This time with purpose and a semi-plan. Much like the writers, I spend the majority of my time reading. Ironically for all the reading and writing I do, I am not one for writing publically. Due to my interest in most things writing related, I thought to discuss happenings with the world of writers, comics, and communications of publishers.

As a geek, I will cover comics from time to time. For instance, the University of Oregon is hosting writer Ta-Nehisi Coates. Coates won the 2015 National Book Award winner for his book, “Between the World and Me” and the school is excited to have him speak. I became aware of Ta-Nehisi Coates when Marvel announced he would be writing “Black Panther”. When Marvel revealed Coates as the new writer of this series, the praise came in waves. Marvel has a history of making bold progressive decisions. They can be a “two steps forward one step back” company.  I respect the company and the majority of their decisions, but they are not innocent of flubs. A prime example is the disastrous Spider-Woman variant cover done by Milo Manara. But that is the past, but I believe this blog may steer in these directions often. I look forward to Coates addresses and a writer of both books and comics.

And for all those concerned, I will not say goodbye to my notebooks. The pages hold the development of my individual creative process. My notebooks, collected in piles, grow like the trees that gave them life. My raw handwritten words will go unerased. Blogs are just a new venue for new beginnings.