For a recent new business pitch, I had to think back to when I was a kid and list all the things I wanted to be when I grew up. It was a humorous exercise, since the list was kind of long and very far from what I ended up doing in my life. But it’s also kind of funny to see how a PR girl is a culmination of all the things I wanted to be, wrapped into one whirlwind job. Everyone has this list, but I thought I’d share mine to get a little nostalgic:
When I was young, I wanted to be:
A ballerina – This was what every little girl wanted to be, but I actually danced until I was about 20 years old. “Real life” called, and I had to get off stage. My lack of stage fright still helps me in new business presentations and meetings every day. Not to mention AMAZING moves for spontaneous dance parties over the weekend.
A novelist – Pretty much the dorkiest thing a kid could want to be. All I wanted to do was write when I was little. I would turn in the LONGEST writing assignments in my class. I pictured myself alone in a log cabin with my dog or on the beach in a breezy house writing fiction until I was 100 years old. Now I write press releases.
A country singer – I still believe in a past life I was a country singer. I don’t know why. I don’t know how this applies to PR. I don’t think it does.
A fashion buyer – I think this comes from watching Friends and being jealous of Rachel’s job. Working at Bloomingdale’s and buying clothes all day sounded perfect to me. Now I pitch beauty products to magazines to get the stores to want to buy the product. Still involved in the process!
A magazine editor – As you can tell from this list already, apparently childhood Meg pretty much wanted to be on stage or in New York City. Magazine editor fell into the last category. I pretty much thought this was my calling until I got to college and realized how nuts an editor’s job is (a LOT of respect for them). I turned to PR to work with more people and form relationships, while still writing and working for brands I cared for (and magazines are involved too!)
What did you want to be when you grew up?
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