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Miley Cyrus: VMA’s 2015 Host

Yes, that’s right. You read that title right. Miley Cyrus, one of the most controversial music artists of the moment, is returning to the very place that started her controversial cycle… The MTV Video Music Awards.

I don’t think a lot of people saw this coming to be honest. She announced it via her social media sites and as soon as she did the press blew up on the announcement and drove the story as far down that road as they could and it isn’t as if they didn’t think it would go anywhere. Everyone was talking about it. Everyone and they still are. This is what MTV wanted wasn’t it? Publicity hype before the event. Well, they won.

I personally just don’t get it. I see it from both sides, as a music fan and as a music PR professional. On the one hand, as a fan I’m thinking why would they do that, she’s gone crazy and her performance was wacky last year but as a professional I’m thinking good move so far for MTV. The amount of people they are going to get tuning into the show just to see what crazy stuff Miley Cyrus will do next… it’s going to be millions! Great publicity too for Miley, who will be eager to draw in publicity from her ‘out of the ordinary’ hosting.

However, I can’t help but wonder whether they have thought this through. Have they signed a contract with her to limit what she can do? Is the show going to be pre-rehearsed so they know what is coming? What if she goes all ‘ad lip’ on them and turns what they thought was going be an alright show that people would want to watch, into something they have to ‘bleep’ most of the contact out of?

I just hope that within the behind the scenes they have planned this to the T… because if it is done well, MTV will be rolling in it. Literally.

What is your perception of the situation? Do you think this was a smart PR move or do you think it could be another viewing disaster for MTV but another controversal plus for Miley Cyrus?

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Q&A: A little bit about me…

So this is a little different to my usual posts but I thought… if you’re reading my posts you might want to get to know me a little more?

Well, either way, you’re going to with this next post. A Q&A about me, so let’s go…

1) Did you always know you wanted to go to University?

Hmmm, Yes and No. At first I wanted to be a Chef. I studied catering at school and pictured myself going off to catering school but then that changed when I realised it was a tough industry to get into. So I then decided university would be a great option to learn something new and gain some independence. I chose Southampton Solent University by chance actually, I was originally going to Falmouth University to study Events Management but then later changed after visiting someone in Southampton who attended Southampton Solent University. I fell in love with the city and how small yet busy it was. I then made the bold decision of removing my application from Falmouth and starting over again. I got in at Solent and it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

2) Why did you choose PR?

Again, PR was slightly by chance. I wanted to be an organiser, I loved project management and organising things so I decided on Events management but then I sort of thought about it and wanted to be able to branch out and do other things if I decided too later down the line in my career. PR was the better options because it allowed me to go into events management if I wanted to but also things like PR, advertising, marketing and promotions. I was also sold on the PR and communication course at Southampton Solent University after I ended the open day, the lecturers were so ‘into’ their job, so willing to help students and all had fantastic careers in PR before becoming lecturers. I was sold!

3) Will you miss university, now that you have graduated?

People keep asking me this at the moment and my answer usually is no, no mainly because of the stress that you entail or rather I entailed because I wanted to do as well as I possibly could. That stress was worth it for the outcome I have achieved so far and hopefully will achieve when I get my results in July but I will miss the people. The friends, the university lecturers and the course as well. It was such a great time and experience and I loved being independent and being able to do my own thing. However, I am ready to move on now. I have learned everything I could at University and along with my work placements and jobs. I now want to work full time and put all those skills to use. Show people what I can do and learn more!

4) What did you miss most whilst at university?

Family time! The countryside! My home friends! Not having to do my washing 😉 The homely things mainly but then again, when I was home for long periods of time like the summer break, I missed plenty of things in Southampton too.

5) Where do you see yourself being in 5 years time?

If I am able to do this, then I would love to have worked for a company or two, depending on whether there is the opportunity to grow within them. I’d like to start off at a graduate level and then work my way up and grow within the company. I’d also like to eventually move to America to work; however, if this isn’t an option, being able to travel within a job is just as good.

6) Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?

America. It always has and for now always will. Most likely because it is the only place I really go on holiday to with families. I have been to places in Europe like Cyprus, France, Germany and Switzerland but I have always loved America, the people are so friendly and I have family and friends there so that’s where I would choose to go.

7) What is your favourite food?

This is a tough one because I love all food but i’ll give it a go. Let’s split this one into too. My favourite savoury food would probably be pasta because you can literally have anything with pasta! My favourite meat would be steak and my favourite sweet would be molten chocolate cake. YUM!

8) What do you like to do in your spare time?

My main things to do during my spare time are going to gigs and festivals as much as I can! However, I do have other interests too.I have done Bell ringing (Campanology) since I was about 10 years old, I did Ballet, Tap and Ballroom dance from when I was 3 years old until I was 19, this stopped because of University. Obviously I love to hang out with friends, go to cute little coffee shops, go for walks and explore places! I love cute little villages with old shops and little narrow streets. I also like to make cards, I attempted to learn to play guitar but that never went anywhere. I LOVE to bake! Literally, give me the ingredients and I would make cakes all day if I could. 

9) What is your favourite film?

Forest Gump! Hands down!! “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what ya gonna get!”

11) What are your favourite TV shows to watch?

I have many…. ready? Here it goes: Orange is the new black, CSI, CSI: New York, How I met your mother, The Big Bang Theory, Keeping up with the Kardashians (not ashamed to say this is my guilty pleasure), Damages, Prison Break, 24, Board Walk Empire, Home Fires…. The list could go on but I’ll stop now.

So there you have it! A little bit about me, just incase you wanted to know.

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PR Girl is off to the city…

So, just a quick update on myself. It’s not long now until I’m venturing off to London for a month to work alongside two amazing teams of employees for two major companies. For myself, i’ll be taking the intern role onboard and providing my own knowledge and skills towards their own, hoping to achieve a lot during my time there.

I’ve always like the hustle and bustle of a busy job role, even with my part-time job, I much prefer a busy day than a slow one. The time goes quicker and your brain works harder, it also helps to make it a bit more interesting; well as interesting as a part-time retail job can be. With these aspects put together, this is why I came to the decision to study Public Relations. The range of tasks, and brands/companies you can work for is very vast and has my name written all over it.

How did I get to narrowing down PR to Entertainment PR? My love for Films, Music, Gigs, Festivals and events; this helped a lot. I’ve always thought ‘There is no point working for a job you don’t love’, with this being said, why not work in an industry that has your favourite things in? A better, happier employee is one who loves there job. I know i’m going to love my internships, purely for this reason.

Being able to work at the offices of a Major record label and a renowned Publicity agency, is a dream. For months I spent so much time sending out CV’s and personalised cover letters hoping to receive opportunities for the summer. Yet, for the two I actually received places with, I got them by chance. For the major record label, I was actually looking at my favourite bands Facebook page, where I came across an employee of the record label’s e-mail. I e-mailed my CV with minimal hope that I’d actually get offered anything because it was such a big company, yet I was. Wahoo!

For the second company, I came across the e-mail and brand through an article I was reading on the company on a PR blog site. Again, not thinking I’d have a chance, I sent off my CV and what do you know? I received an offer. Both of which i’m eternally grateful for. This is my chance to gain real working PR experience and I’m so excited and ready to put what i’ve learn’t at University to use, and ready to learn new skills as well.

So, wish me luck everyone, as this country born PR girl is off to the city for a big adventure!!

I’ll be sure to keep you all posted.

– P –