Ladies and Gents, I, Kadia Kimberly Scott, am tired. So, so, so tired. “Tired of what”, you may ask. I’m tired of explaining to people what my intentions are for my future public relations career. I want this job because I enjoy being busy. I want this job because I love feeling that great sense of accomplishment when I get a lot of things done in a short period of time. I want this job because I enjoy planning things, problem solving, clearing my to-do-list, being creative, getting stuff done, the list goes on and on. I never get tired of explaining that. What I get tired of is peoples Skeptical reactions. People say things like “what celebrities do you want to work for?” and “I bet your excited about all the partying you get to do.” and my least favorite “I bet you like lying to the public too, huh?”
Seriously people? I’m going to address these one at time so that my head doesn’t explode from anger.
“What celebrities do you want to work with?” Okay, it is true that SOME people that get in to public relations become publicist, but becoming a publicist is not my only option. When I say “I want to be a public relations practitioner” that is referring to more than just work with celebrities. One of the major assumptions people have about the field is that we all represent celebrities. That is very not true. I had to explain to my sister the other day the other aspects of P.R. She had no idea that it was more than celebrity work! People don’t realize that any and every company has a major need for public relations practitioners to help manage their relationships. I personally do not care to do damage control for Lindsey Lohans awful image (I feel sorry for the person that does). It’s not what I’m about.
“I bet your excited about all the partying.” Uh… WHAT! It is true that public relations practitioners may have to do event planning. It is also true that some of those events will be parties. But there is no chance I, as professional, will be able to participate in any dancing, singing, socializing, and especially drinking. I’m at work! I’ll be too busy holding the event together to actually enjoy it! A dear friend of mine sent me a job posting that she thought I would want to see shortly after I changed my major to public relations. It was essentially a job that hired attractive girls to work at their bars. The dress code was a little clothing as possible and it required a photo with the application. I am not in college to do that!!! I can do that now with out the degree! That is not public relations! I have since forgiven my friend but I hate that people assume that I’m going through 4 years of school to get drunk and party. It’s not what I want and neither do my colleagues.
Lastly, “I bet you like lying to the public too, huh?”. Ladies and Gents, the job of the public relations practitioner is build and maintain healthy and positive relationships with and organization and it’s stakeholders. Please explain to me how lying to the public would help with this at all! Many people assume my job will be to lie to everyone in order to make my company look good. This may be true for the movies but in real life if you constantly lie to the public about your client you’ll make the company look bad, yourself look bad, and lose all credibility. According to our definition this is not our job. Yes, it is true that SOME P.R. practitioners lie to the public sometime. But when they get caught all hell breaks loose!!!
Now that I’ve set that straight I feel a little less… tired.