Staff Spotlight – Brittany Mizell
We love bringing new interns into the fold, especially when they have diverse and interesting experiences to draw from. Though Brittany graduated from Mississippi State (like a number of our past interns), she brings so much to the table – from foreign language competencies to experience working abroad. She’s added a spark of adventure to our office, and we can’t wait for you to meet her! Keep reading to learn a little more about Brittany.
What was the moment when you realized PR was your career path?
Back when I was an accounting major, I had an internship for a clothing manufacturing company. At the end, I realized that dealing with numbers all day wasn’t actually helping me connect with people, at least not in the way I wanted! I decided then that public relations would allow me to form relationships with people from all over, no matter the distance.
If you could spend a week on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Malta! I’ve been wanting to go for so long!
What were three things you learned while working in Asia?
Everyone should experience working abroad, especially communication majors, because of how much you learn about communication when neither party speaks the same language. You can form relationships with people without even speaking a word! We spent a day volunteering at a migrant school outside of Shanghai, and I think I bonded with more kids that day than I ever have in the United States just by playing games with them on the playground!
Having an open mind and stepping out of your comfort zone is the absolute best thing you can do for yourself. I can’t emphasize how much I learned about myself when I was in an environment I wasn’t used to (but loved!).
Learn another language. Even though I didn’t speak Mandarin well, just the effort of trying made all the difference. People appreciate that!
If you could only watch one series for the rest of time, what series would it be?
New Girl! Schmidt is my absolute favorite character of any show!
What is your favorite PR tactic to execute?
Definitely writing blog posts. I like that the writing style is not as strict as other tactics – you can be a little more creative with your words and thoughts.
Do you have a nerdy obsession or something you love to learn about?
I LOVE learning other languages. I doubled majored in public relations and French in college, and I’m teaching myself Mandarin and Korean when I have free time.
What is one thing you think will drastically change within the PR industry in the next five years?
With the rise in Gen Z, I think the biggest change will lie in how we communicate within social media platforms. We’ve already had so many changes in the past two years in Instagram and Snapchat alone, I can’t imagine what they’ll come up with in the next five.
Do you have a grammar or AP style pet peeve?
HOMONYMS! There is a difference between there, their and they’re!
What’s been your favorite part of living in Memphis?
So far, the big-city vibe! I know traffic and long lines can be annoying, but after growing up and going to college in a small town, I would happily take the lines over having miles and miles nothing big around!