Six months ago I lived a completely different life, a life that is familiar to many. It was a place where the beer flowed like wine and the weekends began on a Thursday. In that life it was normal to stay awake until 3 a.m. every night. Six months ago I was living the typical college life, where taking a break meant from the bar, not from the books. It was the final stop before growing up was inevitable. However, growing up came quicker than I had anticipated. I would be graduating sooner than I realized and career options needed to be determined – fast. What did I want to do? Doctor? Nah. Astronaut? Possibly (I would look really cool). PR specialist? I think I like the sound of that!
To begin my journey in the public relations world, I traveled from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado (a.k.a. FOCO), over the snow-capped mountains, through the cold and extremely boring Utah desert until I reached my new home – the one and only Las Vegas, Nevada. I didn’t know much when it came to PR, and I was hoping that this experience would teach me everything I wanted to know, and it did. I was lucky to be put on Team Oontz, the coolest team (with the coolest boss). You could call it the dream team. With many of our clients being nightlife-based, I was eager to begin working on the various projects my team would put forth. The work came pouring in, and it soon became clear how organization is essential in this career field. I’m not saying I am unorganized, but after having thousands of emails in my inbox and multiple tasks at a time, it was time to reevaluate my way of doing things.
I never learned much about public relations in school, but what is a better way to learn something than immersing yourself into the heart of it all? Since day one at Kirvin Doak I was able to experience the true importance and meaning of public relations, along with the professional working environment. I left the one place I knew best for a new home, a new journey. I came here to learn, and the sky was the limit. Not only is Kirvin Doak a great (the best) PR agency, but it has all of the most interesting clients in one of the most interesting places in the world, and that made learning about this business that much better. People would die for the opportunity that I was given. I was awarded with firsthand experience by some of the best professionals in the business. I will be forever grateful for all of the valuable things I learned. I don’t think it could have been any better.
When I first started, I was asked to draft a newsbyte for Lindsey for Blue Man Group. Did I know what a newsbyte was? No way. Did I know who Lindsey was? Sadly, I didn’t know that either. However, I learned it, and I did it, and I figured out who Lindsey was (I’m horrible with names). Without KDC, how would anybody know anything about everything amazing that our clients have to offer? They wouldn’t. Much of Las Vegas wouldn’t be what it is today if it wasn’t for us to relay all things newsworthy about some of Las Vegas’ best. It was so amazing to witness all of KDC’s huge accomplishments due to their hard work and dedication while I was here. The endless coverage about Ultimate Gaming, XS nightclub, and Primm (to name a few) really proves how valuable the work of Kirvin Doak is. This internship has truly tested my writing skills, because it’s all writing. When asked to write my first pitch, I had no idea what a “pitch” was. Once I discovered what this so-called “pitch” was, I typed it out and read over it probably 100 times. This was my first real PR experience and I didn’t want to mess anything up. I especially didn’t want to make Kirvin Doak look bad. “I am now in the big leagues,” I thought to myself, “This is real.” The duty of sending actual emails to real people for a real event on behalf of the one and only Kirvin Doak Communications was a very conquering feeling to me initially. As little of a task this is for everyone else in the office, this was big for me – I’m just the intern, remember? I couldn’t believe they actually trusted me to take on such an important role.
What I really cherish about moving here was that I was fortunate enough to get a glimpse of what the professional world is like. From being a busboy, bartender, lifeguard, and DJ, it is safe to say that this internship is incomparable and of more importance to anything I have ever done before. My favorite thing about my involvement at KDC was being able to learn about all of the amazing clients they represent. This company truly hits every spectrum of fun, important and meaningful organizations throughout Las Vegas. It quickly became clear to me why Kirvin Doak is so loved and appreciated by all of the people I have met while living here. I am sincerely honored to have been a part of a team that so many acknowledge. I have learned so many exceptional things about PR, as well as a lot about myself. It was a nice change of pace. It was a new life, much more different than the college life I had been living last year. I am blessed to be able to take everything I uncovered over these past five months and apply them to my future endeavors. Thanks to this experience, I see public relations in my future; but unfortunately, just when I am starting to get comfortable, it is time to return to the life I once lived.