An OU PRSSA Member's Take on Her Public Relations Experience

Hello everyone! My name is Natalie Blakley and I am a member of OU PRSSA’s Social Media committee!

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What on earth is PR? If you are like me, my initial thought was, “Oh, it’s probably some boring job where you sit at a desk all day in a cubicle.” Well, lesson learned. Do not judge a book by its cover.

Two years ago I was attending OSU majoring in apparel design. Long story short, I did not love it. It was too limited upon what I could do and where I could live in order to be successful. I am a rare breed who loves the concept of change because I get bored fairly easily. I interviewed people and talked with friends about my crisis of choosing a major that would suit my personality. One of my best friends, explained why she admired her degree in PR and the unlimited possibilities it holds. Just like that, I was convinced.

Junior year I transferred to OU knowing Gaylord has an outstanding PR program that will prepare me for my future career. I still was uneasy of what exactly public relation practitioners do; though I had a surface level understanding, I was fearful of what PR had in store.

I am now a senior in the program, and I can confidently say the courses I have taken have enhanced my skills, cleared my understanding and has well prepared me for my future career.
— Natalie Blakley

I am involved in OU PRSSA, a member of its social media committee and help create content for the OU PRSSA social media. Attending the meetings has allowed me to gain insight from previous OU PR students and being apart of the committee has enhanced my graphic design and social media marketing skills. I highly recommend getting involved with the Gaylord community because it is an opportunity to connect with classmates, mentors and programs, which will be beneficial for your future.

I have always been fascinated by the entertainment business, specifically the music industry. I could go on and on about my love for music and the industry, but I will spare you the time. My ideal career is to be a public relations practitioner for artists and music labels in Nashville, TN. I recently accepted a summer internship with Music City Media in Nashville, which brings me one step closer to my goal. Music City Media is a public relations boutique for artists in Nashville; their clients have consisted of Keith Urban, Eddie Money, Alabama and etc. As an intern, I will work hands on with the clients creating content, such as graphics and tour press for artists. Words cannot describe my excitement for this opportunity and I cannot wait to see what the summer has in store.

Internships are like “dipping your toes in the water” to the industry you want to pursue. It is the chance to develop your skills and find your interests before entering the “real” world after graduation.
— Natalie Blakley

If you are applying for internships, my advice for you is to not be afraid to put yourself out there. For example, making cold calls to a company and asking for information about an internship. Also, connect with as many people as possible because you never know if they will help you get your dream job. These are the steps I took to get my internship and now I on the road to my future career.

Author: Natalie Blakley, Social Media Committee