Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Qeen of P.R Melanie Jones speaks to Fashion Police

1) Please tell us a little about yourself for those who may not know you and what sort of work you do?

I am MJ and I have my eponymous public relations agency: Melanie Jones PR. I am also features writer at Unfolded Magazine.

2) What makes you different from any other Pr person?

I am bi-lingual, German/English. I studied business management and later psychology. Having worked for some market research companies has left a lasting imprint on me. So has an internship at the broadcasting channel ZDF in Germany, work at OH TV here in the UK and working at an internet service provider all of them are fast-paced sink-or-float environments. These are just some of my most invaluable experiences that relate to what I do now and have shaped me. You don’t have a choice but to learn and adapt quickly if you want to be in the industry. I have a genuine enthusiasm and passion for not only my work, but also that of my clients and my clients themselves. I break the rules (not legally of course!) but I remain passionately ethical. I also worked as model in Germany as well as London.

3) What’s one thing you cant leave your house without?

I can’t leave my house without my phone & charger!

4) What do you do in your free time when you are not working?

There is not much of that. I am always researching, brainstorming but the beauty is I can combine work & pleasure i.e. attend gigs, events However I love traveling when I have the chance and doing this on my own is particularly liberating.

5) How can someone view your work that may be living on the other side of the world?

www.unfoldedmag.com  (for articles)
and of course follow my clients via their websites & pages.

6) What are 4 things you admire in any man?

In any person I admire
  • ·       kindness (there seems to be almost an art form of being kind without being a doormat or anyone’s fool and it takes strength and level consciousness).
  • ·       non-judgmental: a pre-requisite for flexibility, understanding and acceptance: The longer people know me the more they realize how unpredictable I am I don’t take it for granted to be accepted as I am.
  • ·       driven: shows me passion vision someone that does more than just merely exist 
  • ·       fun don’t let my appearance fool you ;)

7) What advice you have for anyone thinking of going in PR?

  • ·       Find your passion there are different fields within it and as there is lots of hard work and sleepless nights waiting for you, doing it within a field that you love makes it feel less like work.
  • ·       Internships and work experience give you a good foundation.
  • ·       Research, research and research – not just for you, your field and business but this includes your client as well. I meet people who told me they have interviewed different companies but were never asked to provide information that I ask of them. Missing out on angles for publicity is just one of many repercussions.
  • ·       Don’t burn bridges you have to cross (whether intentionally or unintentionally). Industries are too small.

8) If there were 2 people you had the chance to represent, who would it be and why?

I do that right now! I love working with the clients on board now. By the time people are known, pr process has already taken place in some shape or form. Nothing is more exciting to work with new brands/talent/products. However being challenged to turn a pr nightmare in to a dream can be just as exciting. I have the pleasure to count the hottest and innovative fashion design talents as my clients: award-winning JOSE HENDO and SEROGE so keep looking out for them. I am also honoured to count award-winning celebrity make-up artist Karen Salandy as my client. There are more but currently there is a bit of re-shuffle. So there are news to come. There is a time and place for everything in this case it’s 2012.

9) What word best describes you?


10) This one is for all our male readers who would love to know. Are you single/relationship/married?

I don’t think anyone wants to know.
I am married to work and in a relationship with my friends and fam. They are my rock. DA, CL, ZD, KS, DW, AP,  – the ones concerned will know. ;)
So in short: unavailable. 

11) Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

This really relates to my clients’ as their success is my success. I see them as established, profitable international growing brands. Subsequently for me see myself in 5 years time a position of giving back; providing employment and internships. Having a recognized national and international presence and expanded portfolio and branching out in to different areas.

Melanie Jones
Melanie Jones PR

T +44(0)7961 565933

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