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A New Me for a New Job

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

6 years ago I graduated from Ohio State with big dreams of being a big time producer. I got a job (after a few months) in television working as a producer... 5 years later I had gained a lot of weight. It doesn't help that you sit for 10 hours a day... and that I ate a lot of fast food, never exercised, and worked overnights. Needless to say, it wasn't the best thing for staying in shape. But... sadly it didn't really matter. See, since you are not a face for the station, you can be fat, wear jeans and sweatshirts to work... and I got lazy when it came to my work. But that is all in the past.

After I was laid off I took some real stock in what was going on in my work life. And I decided I really didn't want to be working crazy overnight hours for little pay 10 years from now (and yes, people in tv who are not anchors DO NOT make a lot of money). So, I decided to start a new career on the other side of tv... in public relations. I THOUGHT it would be an easy transition... after all I was the person who public relations companies tried to schmooze so we would cover their stories... but alas, nothing.

I finally broke down and contacted a friend/contact of mine who owns her own small PR firm... and she offered me a position as an intern. It's unpaid, but the experience is worth millions! Heck, my future career pretty much depends on this 3 -4 month stint as a PR intern.

But here's the thing... in PR... looks matter. I will be representing the companies that hire us to promote their event. And so it has become even more important to kick this goal of being fit into gear! Also... I need to actually do my hair and makeup in the morning! I'm excited... this is something I need to do both for my career and also as a goal for weight loss. So... wish me luck in my new endeavor!!!
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    Wow, yes, small world! I'm a journalist too :) Still clinging to this side of the fence, but I can't say that crossing over hasn't crossed my mind.

    I hear you about the "looks matter" part of PR. I deal with a lot of PR folks and they are all skinny and perky!
    3794 days ago
    This is awesome - you turned a negative into a positive by picking your new career path and then you went for it! Congrats on your internship!! emoticon
    3804 days ago
    As I read your blog I couldn't help thinking "It's a small world."

    NIC 582, I quit my job as a newspaper journalist about a month ago. I am also trying to lose weight, and find a PR job.

    Don't let the weight discourage you from job hunting. Most PR folks communicate via e-mail and telephone.

    If you can survive broadcasting you can survive anything.

    3804 days ago
    3804 days ago
    Wow! I am an actor and I have had to take a "day job." In the midst of having an application in to a different department. Your blog really resonated with me.

    You go, girl!!


    Ms. Jaye
    3804 days ago
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