I write this as a cautionary note; an open letter to college students thinking of a career in PR and others, dissatisfied with current careers who think that communications might be the way to go, for them.
The following are actual activities in which I’ve taken part or been involved with either under duress or voluntarily.
- I created, with help, the world’s largest bouquet of flowers, thus earning a Guinness Book World Record.
- I had to dress up as Mickey Mouse for a store grand opening event, except NOT in a Mickey Mouse costume but in an unlicensed mouse knock-off costume. The head smelled terrible. From the inside.
- I’ve had to pitch “not news” as news to media outlets because clients/the agency that gave me a paycheck demanded it.
gave cigarettes to schoolchildren on playgrounds.did government relations work on behalf of a tobacco company.
- I mailed (via the U.S. Postal Service) news releases printed on pink paper to media outlets across the country.
Sort of reads like a list of confessions, doesn’t it?
How about you? What ridiculous moments have you had on your work journey?