Rachel Myall, press assistant

 7 August 2012

Rachel Myall is press and marketing assistant at Northampton's Royal and Derngate Theatre, where dealing with the press is a daily occurence.

"Know what you want to do, and don’t give up trying to get there."


I used to live near Bracknell in Berkshire, but I now live in Northampton.

What job do you do?

I'm a press and marketing assistant at the Royal & Derngate Theatre.

What previous jobs have you done?

I worked as a sales assistant while applying for jobs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where I then worked as a press and marketing assistant at C Venues.

I also did some work experience in the marketing department at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell, Berkshire.

What qualifications do you have?

A history degree from the University of Southampton, plus A levels and GCSEs.

"I love seeing results from my work in print, on TV, or on the radio."

What do you do at work?

Dealing with press, either on the phone or via email, is a daily occurrence to arrange interviews, competitions and features for our publicity material.

I read the local papers every day to gauge and archive coverage and get ideas for future features and publicity. I also accompany actors to interviews and plan press campaigns for longer running shows.

What’s the best thing about your job?

I enjoy the opportunity to be creative with ideas for features and interviews. I like being involved in the process of putting on a production.

I also love seeing results from my work, in print, on TV, on the radio and in our sales figures. 

And the worst part of the job?

Making a mistake in front of press can be embarrassing – and have repercussions. The media is a gateway to the public, and your company's image can be affected if it is negatively portrayed.

It's also a challenge when the press are unsupportive or negative towards you and your company.

How do I get into music?

Gain work experience in the particular field you want to enter. Know what you want to do, and don’t give up trying to get there.

Apply for all jobs at your level in the field you are interested in – it’s a game of numbers. Interview experience can be very advantageous in terms of gaining experience and future contacts.

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