I remember years ago when there was a show on MTV called “PoweR Girls,” which followed young women trying to make it in NYC as PR event planners. They got to attend glamorous parties in the Hamptons and even plan a party for P. Diddy. I saw this show when I was in high school and thought to myself, what a fun job! You get paid to socialize and make decisions like what kind of food to have at a party. While the girls did actually have to do work, the show focused on the drama and politics of the public relations world. I didn’t mind so much that working in event planning would entail long nights and endless phone calls and meetings, but I did not want to be part of a career that would be centered around jealousy and cat fights. Since then, there have been several other reality shows focusing on public relations.
I was watching the Bravo Channel last night, and caught the show “Kell on Earth,” which documents popular fashion-pr mogul Kelly Cutrone. The show focuses on her company working with different clients during fashion weeks and the drama that comes with it. Although they do show some level of reality about how tough it is to work in PR, these shows seem to highlight the drama and beauty that comes along with the job, placing it in such a glamorous light. I am not sure how my personal experience will compare to the stereotypical idea that has been created in my head by watching too much television.