Cathryn's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Spring Break Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Redondo Beach, CA

CATHRYN COLLINS

Senior Account Manager
Pistol & Stamen

“Whatever it is inside of you that you just love, go towards it.”

INTERESTS:

Education Fashion

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Chance Experience Exploration Individualism Fulfillment Passion Transitions Opportunity Choices Community Support & Encouragement

FOUNDATION:

Working with Others

TAGS:

art, comfort zone, communication, design, different direction, education, fashion, graphic design, internship, leaving home, public relations, public relations firm, support system, teaching yourself, trying new things

BIOGRAPHY:

  • She grew up in Denver, Colorado and attended college nearby at Colorado Christian University.
  • Got her bachelor’s degree in elementary education because her mom was a teacher and it seemed like a secure career path.
  • After graduating, she started teaching and realized she didn’t like it as much as she’d thought she would.
  • Her dream had always been to move to Los Angeles and break into fashion but she wasn’t sure where she’d fit into the industry.
  • At one point, she had a conversation with her mother where she expressed interest in connecting celebrities with magazines, but at the time, she didn’t even know that job existed.
  • One day, she came home from work and her dad said to her, “You’re not loving this. You need to move to Los Angeles.”
  • She made the move, and once she was living in L.A., she met a friend who got her an internship at a boutique fashion public relations agency—she loved it.
  • After doing the work for free for over a year, a job opportunity opened up, and she got her first job in fashion PR—the field she’d unknowingly discussed with her mom all those years ago.

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