By Marissa Mooney |Coyote Contributor|
Graduation day is meant for a crossover into adulthood. Between the four, and however many years it actually took to walk across that stage, displays a rite of passage into the start of new beginnings.
I, fortunately started my new beginnings prior to walking across the big stage and receiving my degree in Communication Studies and Public Relations.
Exactly a year before my huge milestone, I interned with an Entertainment Public Relations firm based in Los Angeles. I grew to learn the basics of Public Relations in the Hollywood realm. I shadowed my boss, a full-time publicist and CEO of her firm.
I had come a long way since my freshman year at CSUSB. I had no direction, and no idea what I was going to do after my college career. I finally found my love for public relations and with this internship, I knew I wanted to be a Hollywood publicist.
I knew I still had a whole year before I could enter the publicist field, but my boss offered me a free-lance career as a junior publicist for her firm. I attended photo shoots, red carpet events, and glamorous parties with my clients with my boss promising me I would have a career as a publicist as soon as I graduated.
I fell in love with the idea of working behind the scenes in Hollywood and creating relationships with everyone from the media. To talent agents, actors and actresses I knew the career I was looking for had to be exciting and hard working.
Before I knew I wanted to go in the direction of working in Public Relations, I had to understand that being a publicist is like managing and maintaining a relationship with your client (whoever they may be) as a friend, mentor, and confidante.
A lot of trust goes into relationships with clients and my boss had full confidence that when she was out of town on business, I could be there for our clients when she could not.
I had the full support of my boss, friends, and parents that this was the ideal career for me.
On the first day of my internship, my boss told me, “This is a thankless career and you must have thick-skin in order to grow and become a publicist. This isn’t a career anyone can go into, you must have the desire to be an entertainment publicist.”
I used my dedication and determination to show her that I wanted to be just as successful as her in entertainment public relations. My boss has been my supporter, my mentor, and has given me so many amazing opportunities.
Since working in entertainment and talent public relations, it has opened many doors for me to grow successfully.
As I walk across that stage and receive my degree, I will be moving out to Los Angeles after graduation day and will be working as a full-time publicist. I never believed my dream of working behind the scenes as a publicist would grow so quickly.
I found what I wanted to do and I didn’t waste my time trying to live someone else’s dreams and career aspirations. I followed my heart and intuition with the support and encouragement from others.
I only hope others will use college and all of its resources offered to help you grow and find what they truly want to do.