I've had the sublime pleasure of watching today's guest blogger grow up, mature and become a smart, young PR professional. Like her dad, though, Catharine Cody isn't shy about sharing her POV. Her guest blog concerns the iconic TV show 'Sex & the City' and how it shaped (if not, warped) her generation's view of PR. Enjoy....
"Sex & The City" ruined the image of PR for just about every girl my age. Growing up, we all thought Samantha Jones had just the coolest lifestyle possible. And, then we landed gigs in PR and, well, let's just say, the truth was a little different.
But, I wouldn't change the basic plot of Sex. It was too good to tamper with. I would, however, add a fifth character who REALLY lived a PR executive's life.
I'd call her The Goose. She'd be the youngest of the group and an intern at a hot, midsized Manhattan PR firm. But, unlike Samantha, the Goose would do lots of administrative tasks. And, afterwards, she'd decompress with her BFFs and have a conversation along these lines:
Samantha: "Oh, I'm so tired. These new Pradas are killing my heels and I've got a huge party at Lotus tonight. P'Ditty, Lady Gaga and Snoop Lion will all be there."
Carrie: "Big's MIA again. He won’t answer my calls."
The Goose: "At least it's only one person not returning your calls. Try calling 100 reporters each and every day and getting them interested in flow valves. Talk about rejection!"
Carrie: "Big was supposed to go apartment hunting with me. There's a to-die-for one bedroom in SoHo that has our name written all over it. Now, someone else will grab it."
The Goose: "Try sharing a two-bedroom apartment with four other people in a crumbling walk-up in Secaucus. You want to talk about to-die-for? My commute kills me!”
Samantha: “Ariana Huffington wants to do lunch, but I just don’t like the cut of her jib. How’d she even get my number?”
The Goose: “Wait, you’re complaining about how Ariana Huffington got your number? I give mine out to every single reporter I meet and my phone barely ever rings!”
It would definitely be interesting to see how this dynamic would play out with girls in high school and college who are just now figuring out what they want to do in life(and think PR is all about glamor.) Had I known most of my day would be full of “sorry-not interested” and “Can you just email this to me?” I might have had different expectations about the real world of public relations. Now excuse me, I need to go pitch a new cleaning product that’s safe for the environment.