In this latest ‘meet the lorries’ blog, we chatted with Boston lorry Brianna McGarry, who’s recently joined the lorries as an account coordinator. From writing a novel to her love of the Twilight franchise and cup stacking, read on to find out what led Brianna to the lorries and a career in PR.
What advice would you give to someone who is interested working in b2b tech PR and marketing?
Not to be dramatic, but having internship experience was life-changing for me. Don’t tell my mom, but I truly believe I learned more about what it takes to be a successful PR pro throughout my internships than I did during any of my college courses. And maybe that’s just because I’m a very hands-on type of learner, but regardless, internships can give you so much exposure to a typical day on the job. And as a plus, they’re also great networking opportunities.
What skills are essential for your b2b PR role?
I think the most essential skill for a b2b PR pro is being naturally proactive. Sure, being organized and flexible are both crucial too, but you can kind of learn those types of skills on the job. At the end of the day, if you’re not proactive, you’re probably not going to get very far.
What is your favourite part of working in PR?
Writing! Ever since I was a little kid, I loved writing – whether it was drafting wildly unrealistic stories where I made myself the main character or super dramatic poems about the Jersey shore – I was always up for the job. Actually, my life goal is to author a novel. Ambitious… I know. But from a young age I knew I wanted a career that involved writing (and also had almost nothing to do with science or math). And PR doesn’t disappoint! Whether it’s drafting social posts, pitches, or long-form content like bylines – I definitely get my writing fix with the lorries.
What’s the best part of working at the lorries?
The people, of course! – said ever lorry ever. But it’s true – the people you surround yourself with at work can make or break a job. And coming from a girl who had her senior year of college interrupted by “that whole COVID-19 thing,” I was petrified of entering the adult world. But the lorries have made my first job experience everything I could have asked for. From day one everyone has been so supportive, inclusive and accommodating, and I can’t thank them enough!
How would you describe your day job to a child?
Every part of my job is centered around showing as many people as I can how incredible my clients are.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
… Twilight. I may or may not watch the entire saga every weekend to deal with the Sunday scaries. I may or may not be able to recite every line from every single one of the movies. And I may or may not have a huge crush on Charlie Swan. Charlie, if you’re reading this, you were the true star of the emotional rollercoaster that is Twilight.
What’s something not many people know about you?
I was the cup stacking champion of my middle school. Dare I say, the ultimate weird flex. I spent a whole lot of hours perfecting the 3-6-3 cup formation and I will never get that time back.
Most embarrassing moment?
Well, I could argue that my entire life is just a series of embarrassing moments, but something that unfortunately takes up a lot of mental real estate is the time my friends and I were heelying down a hallway during my senior year of high school and I wiped out. A huge gaggle of freshman boys pointed and laughed at me. I don’t know whether it’s more embarrassing that I voluntarily and happily heelyed to get from class to class, or that a lot of people saw me fall. Either way I will not be taking any further questions about the incident at this time.
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