Meet our new account assistant, Jenna Taylor! A recent graduate of Mississippi State University, Jenna blew everyone away during her time as Obsidian’s level 2 intern last fall. In February, Jenna joined us full-time as an account assistant. To help you get to know Jenna, we asked her a few questions:
What’s the most important thing you learned as an intern that you’ll take with you in your full-time role?
I learned so much through my internship with Obsidian, but I would say the most important things I learned included how to work with different accounts and account managers, becoming more versatile in how I work and manage time, and learning to hone each unique client voice.
Where would we most likely find you on a Friday night?
Ideally, I’m with my puppy and boyfriend at Loflin Yard, drinking frozen whiskey lemonade and eating chicken tenders.
Who is your role model and why?
I’ve never had a specific role model, but there are a lot of awesome women who inspire me every day like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman elected to the House of Representatives; Michelle Obama, double Ivy-league education; Emma Watson, goodwill ambassador of UN Women; and of course, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, associate justice of the Supreme Court. I love powerful women who know what they’re talking about and stand by their beliefs no matter the opposition that they face. That inspires me.
Who do you think will sit on The Iron Throne? (Game of Thrones premieres this month!!)
This is a tough one. I just want all of my favorites to survive. I want to say Daenerys Targaryen or Jon Snow, but I know that’s being optimistic. As Ramsey Bolton once said, “If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.”
You originally began your college career studying theater. What moved you to switch majors to public relations?
As much as I love theater, I knew I wasn’t going to be the next Idina Menzel. I wanted to explore something different. I would do little things for the theater department at school, tasks that later I came to realize were in the realm of public relations, like event planning, social media content development and graphic design. My mom was the person who told me that I would be perfect for PR. Once I got to MSU and learned more about the industry, I knew that I had found exactly what I was meant to do.
Tell us about your new dog, Sugar!
Sugar, or as my 2-year-old niece calls her, SHERGER, is my 8-month-old English Bulldog/child. She’s a Leo, so she loves attention and kisses. She sounds like she’s part potbelly pig, and she’s literally the perfect little bundle of wrinkles. Follow her on Instagram, @lilsug901!
What is an achievement or milestone you’d say you’re most proud of?
One of the coolest, boldest things I’ve ever done was take a chance on myself and move to Seattle the summer before my senior year of college. I found an apartment to sublet and interviewed for an internship with a PR firm. Without the promise of a job, with no one else’s help, I moved, landed my internship and lived my best life for the summer. I am proud of myself for finding the strength to go for it.
What’s something you always keep in your fridge?
I live with two guys, so my fridge is rarely ever stocked. But when it is, it’s mostly made up of blueberry bagels, ginger beer and apples.
What’s your favorite part about working at OPR?
My favorite part about working at OPR is working with a team of super intelligent go-getters. I think we all complement each other so well, and I feel like I can learn a lot from each and every one of them. Working in the heart of Downtown Memphis is pretty awesome, too!