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Meet Trailblazer Jamie Killin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamie Killin.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School with my Master’s in Mass Communications and my Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 2014 and was lucky enough to almost immediately begin a career in public relations and marketing. I have since worked for a few agencies and am currently the Public Relations and Marketing Manager at Evans Communications where I work primarily with nonprofit and education clients. I began freelance writing in 2013 while I was still in school and my first client was Up Close Publications, which I still write for today. I have also written for Thrillist for several years and currently serve as the Web Editor for Frontdoors Media. My work has also appeared in several other publications such as the Arizona Republic, Phoenix Magazine, So Scottsdale! and Arcadia News.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
While I’ve lucked into a lot of great opportunities, like writing for Thrillist when it first launched in Phoenix, building a career is never easy and balancing a full-time public relations job with freelance writing jobs can be difficult. I think women especially need to set clear boundaries with their employer to find a work/life balance that works for them. In our society it’s easy to buy into the belief that working more means being more productive, when in reality taking time for yourself and your personal life will make you a more efficient, cooperative and creative worker. If you’re freelancing, I think it’s also important to be as transparent as possible with all parties to avoid any possible conflicts of interest or misunderstandings.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about your business – what should we know?
I have my hands in a lot of different things from various freelance clients to my full-time public relations career and I’m proud of my ability to not only manage both, but create a media-centered life that’s fun and fulfilling. I specialize in public relations, all forms of marketing, branding and features writing. I think my ability to easily transition from public relations professional to news writer and understand both sides sets me apart from others in my industry.

So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well positioned for?
As women become increasingly vocal about the challenges they face in the workplace I think those challenges are more easily overcome. I think there are a lot of opportunities for women to come together, support each other and help each other succeed. I think every woman is unique in her set of talents and interests, so I wouldn’t say there are any opportunities women, in general, are particularly well positioned for.

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