If I could describe Showroom Seven and Seventh House PR in three words.. shoes, glitter, and dollar $ign$. Jimmy Choo’s hitting the polished mahogany floor, going important places with important people. The energy was electric and expectations were high. Our CEO was dressed to the nines, the same age as most of our grandmothers she rocked stilettos better than most of us. My biggest concerns were to know my designers, always dress to impress, and to make sure everyone knew I ate organically…
PR is full of sharks.
They wear the best names, go the the best parties and have enough in their bank account to go to SoulCycle weekly and get a double-shot vanilla latte with skim every morning. These are the people that ultimately could move me up the ladder so being on their good side was imperative. How do you mold yourself into their perfect little drone intern? Your outfit not only needs to match, it needs to make a statement. Walk in there like you just came back from brunch with Donna Karan herself. In your dreams, (Or nightmares..) you should see designers, cuts, patterns, venues,ect..
Being BFF’s with your superiors.
Be up to ANY challenge.
Network, Network, NETWORK.
The whitest teeth and silkiest hair
Take that girl out of the PR shark tank and throw her in the middle of Wall Street and ask her to swim.
Ever watched the Wolf of Wall Street?… Okay well it’s nothing like that. No ones cares about names brands, inches on heels, or where you got your coffee. Performance and ability to execute was unspoken hierarchy. Instead of taking the extra time in the morning to perfectly blend my eyeshadow, I found myself skipping my regular beauty regime all together. I was more concerned about getting there before my supervisor to show diligence. In a more corporate setting, you naturally still need sharp social skills. But instead of SoulCycle, you need to be knowledged in the status of companies, new Ceo’s and acquisitions and projected turns in the economy.
There is no glitter, no shoes, and definitely no one in stilettos. There is however, a professionalism that I was also able to thrive in.
Everyone at this point in our 20’s, is still trying to figure “it” out. Whatever “It” is. The route I’m taking is this: try everything. Even if it’s something you are convinced isn’t and will never be you. It isn’t what you do but what you have not done. Rule things out. Ultimately, have fun with this time to experiment with environments, types of people and of course different positions. My next feat; find a place where professionalism rules, but i can also rock my highest pair of heels 😉