dcsimg

Career Story: Public Relations Consultant And Playwright

Public Relations Consultant And Playwright

Job Title: PR Consultant, Creativity Consultant, Artist, Director

Type of Company: I am a freelance consultant. As an artist my mission is to create both visual and theatrical works which elicit a response.

Education: BA, Theatre/Communications, Western Illinois University •• graduate credits in theatre, Southern Oregon University

Previous Experience: Ten years as a radio journalist in Denver, Milwaukee, San Jose and Sacramento gave me the public relations skills to work as a consultant. I began as a radio journalist after hurting my back and going back to school. I've always been a visual and theatrical artist. Ten years of working in a news room honed my writing skills for both PR and plays.

Job Tasks: As an artist, my job is to "keep the channel open" for any and all creativity. It's important to do the work every day whether as a visual or theatrical artist. Being an artist is hard work that demands honesty and dedication.

As a public relations consultant, my job is to write news releases for events and products. A news release, which contains the who, what, where, when and why of the event or product is then sent to editors at newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations in hopes that they will want to do a piece about the event or product.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The hardest part of being an artist is to keep creating, no matter what. The other hard part of being an artist is being able to sell the work, whether it's a theatrical concept or a piece of visual art.

The hardest part of being a PR Consultant is reminding the client that there are many other things going on in the world and sometimes the media will ignore you.

Job Tips: Because being an artist is difficult financially, all artists should have a "day job". You need to be able to support yourself when your art doesn't sell. And don't believe the person who said that voice-overs are easier to get than other acting jobs. They are NOT. Take as many classes in the arts as you can and if you intend to go to graduate school, make sure that the school has an internship program for students at either a museum, art center or theatre.

For PR jobs, study journalism and marketing in college as well as the humanities. Work on the college newspaper or radio station or try to get an internship with local media.

As any kind of a consultant, it's sometimes difficult to get the clients to pay in a timely manner.

Additional Thoughts: It surprises me that I learn something new with each show I direct and each piece of art I make. If I could do things over again, I would not have dropped out of college in my sophomore year and taken 20 years to complete my degree.

The most important personal qualities for my careers, or any job for that matter, are honesty, loyalty and the ability to be a self-starter.

Popular Schools offering Marketing Programs

quickinfoClick the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab. .

Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school

Matching School Ads

Push Your Creativity To The Next Level

  • Programs: Internet Marketing, Master of Science (Online)
  • Degrees: Master

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: Marketing - PhD in Bus. Admin., Marketing - D.B.A., General Business - D.B.A., more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master
Argosy University
Ontario, Orange, Phoenix, San Diego

Welcome to Argosy University

Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.

  • Programs: Business Administration - Marketing (BS) (Online), Business Administration (BS) (Online), Business Administration (BS), more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Associate

Congratulations! Your interest in Independence University is an important first step toward changing your life. A career-focused degree is the key to a career with a potentially higher income, better benefits, and more satisfaction.

  • Programs: Business Administration (BS), Business Administration - New Media Marketing (BS)
  • Degrees: Bachelor
San Joaquin Valley College
Bakersfield, Delano, Fresno, Hanford, Lancaster, Madera, Ontario, Temecula, Visalia

San Joaquin Valley College - A Private Junior College.

  • Programs: Certificate - Business Administration (Management), Degree - Business Administration (Management)
  • Degrees: Certificate, Associate
ABCO Technology
Los Angeles

ABCO Technology is an accredited computer training academy that offers diploma programs for individual students, professionals and companies to learn different areas of Information technology and seek gainful employment.

  • Programs: E-commerce
  • Degrees: Certificate

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Online Master's Programs

At Saint Mary's, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you. Get an affordable, convenient education from a top-ranked university that's grounded in real-world applications.

  • Programs: Accelerated MBA
  • Degrees: Master

Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.

  • Programs: Master of Business Administration, Associate of Arts in Business - Agribusiness
  • Degrees: Master, Associate

You can advance your career with a degree from Charter College Online.

  • Programs: Certificate - Business Office Administration
  • Degrees: Certificate
Platt College
Alhambra, Anaheim, Ontario, Riverside

Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.

  • Programs: Business Management , Medical Administrative Specialist
  • Degrees: Associate
Matching School Ads

Additional Career Stories for Marketing Managers

The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.

All Types

You are visiting:

Find a school near you

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Marketing Managers, including:

Back to Top