When first thinking about how applied PR has affected my personal life, I struggled to come up with a way it did. I mean, I’ve only been in the class for a half a semester and the first half I dreaded the class.
My first thoughts went to how the class caused stress in my life. Last semester in applied TV I was stressed, but not like this. In TV, I was stressed because, how the heck am I supposed to write something funny enough that everyone was going to laugh? I know how to work a camera and use editing software so that wasn’t a problem. But in PR the few tactics I had to complete were things I never really done before and it was overwhelming. I was out of my comfort zone.
But, as fate would have it (and after chilling in the Top Dog office and realizing how cool and helpful everyone is) I learned to enjoy the class and started to apply it to my life more. My ultimate goal is to work in the entertainment business. I try my best to reach out to bands and filmmakers I know and see if they need help of any kind. One band I follow recently announced a new album and tour so my friend and I immediately emailed their manager asking if it would be possible to make a few stops on tour with them. I mentioned that I am currently working in the school’s student run PR firm and it sparked his interest. He told me to keep in touch and see if it would be possible to work something out next year.
But by far the coolest thing to happen to me is that I get to help Dakota Laden, a YouTuber/filmmaker I follow on his documentary called “Trail to Terror.” As soon as he made the announcement about the film, I shot him an email offering him my help. I told him about both my experience in TV and PR. After about a month of waiting for a reply, I thought he either wasn’t interested or weren’t receiving my messages. I wasn’t too disappointed. I was just proud of myself for reaching out. Then, as I was trick or treating Halloween night with my younger cousin, I finally received an email from Dakota saying he’d love my help! He said he was impressed with my motivation and work so far and thinks I’d be a helpful part in making his film. I’ll be meeting with him later this month to finalize what aspects he’d like me to help in.
I’m really excited to see where these opportunities take me and can’t wait to see what other opportunities are ahead of me!