Why was PR your chosen career?
My journey into the PR industry has been very serendipitous. I did a PR internship years ago when I was in university because it seemed like a very glamorous career option. It was slightly less glamorous than I had hoped, but it was still a fun learning experience!
At the same time, I was studying marketing and social studies, and always enjoyed the researching and writing involved with that. When I graduated and got some travelling out of my system, I was wondering what my next move would be, and which career path I should take.
One evening, I randomly ended up bumping into an old friend while leaving the gym, and she mentioned that the directors at her agency were looking for someone new to join their team. A few job interviews later, and I ended up working for this agency back home in Dublin for a few years. This is when I really developed an interest in PR – specifically tech PR – which has stayed with me over the years.
If you hadn’t chosen a career in PR, what would you be doing?
That’s a very good question, and I’m really not sure!
I’m a massive reality TV fan, so I think a career in TV production would have been fun. Whether that’s casting, directing, developing storylines, or hey – maybe even being in front of the camera as one of the stars, who knows?
What’s the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
“Work it and be seen!”
If you won the lottery, how would you spend it?
Besides all of the usual charity donations and giving back to family and friends, the first thing I would do is hire a stylist and personal shopper. I loathe shopping – especially in physical stores – and wish I was more naturally stylish. If I had a millionaire’s budget, I would definitely outsource this entire area of my life to a creative team who could keep me looking chic and trendy at all times. A dream!
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
There have been a few! The worst was probably this horrendous seafood restaurant I worked at in Dublin for a handful of days (I believe it has since shut down…) I had just returned from three months in Canada, not a euro or Canadian dollar to my name, and needed money fast.
This restaurant hired me as a waiter, but quickly had me preparing poke bowls (?!) and mopping floors too. The final straw was when I arrived one morning, and the restaurant was still shut (hours after it was meant to have opened) because the manager was still out partying from the night before. I didn’t walk – but ran – out of that job…
If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
I think I would be a cat. I like to think of myself as very independent and I love my own company, but I’m also very social and, most importantly, love to sleep. Perhaps a sphynx cat, for extra drama.
If you could, would you live forever and why/why not?
I would consider living forever, but only if I could live forever as 22-year-old me. What would be the point if I didn’t have an eternal youthful glow?!
Who are your top three dream dinner party guests?
I’m curating a chaotic vibe for this dinner party. Next to me would be Nicki Minaj. I’m curious to hear the freestyle raps she would produce after a few bottles of wine. Across from us, I’d like a trendy New York socialite, like Julia Fox, and Jennifer Coolidge, because she’s having a real renaissance at the moment (good for her!)