Tyra Banks: The Mogul Who Can Model
Many young women today are familiar with Tyra Banks’ story - she began modeling at age 15, booking 25 shows at her first fashion week, has had multiple TV shows, inspirational books, produced music and movies, and even has a guest lecturing spot at Stanford University. However, she is one of those celebrities that always seems to stay humble and wants to help the next generation move forward. Below are some of our favorite pieces of advice from the queen of the “smize”.
On Getting through Bad Days:
“One thing my mom used to tell me was to look to the other side, and know that my present is not going to be everything. So if I'm having a bad day, she goes, 'Just imagine tomorrow. This is going to be over. This is going to be done with.' “-Tyra Banks
On the Importance of Showing Up:
“It's so important to understand your good attendance ups your chances of graduating.” - Tyra Banks
On Brains and Beauty:
“We are often told we can't have brains and beauty, and I really hope that my message is that you can put on that red lip and curl your hair and put on that power dress - you don't have to sacrifice one for the other.” - Tyra Banks
On Money Versus Passion:
“Don't chase the money... chase the passion. Because that's what is going to keep you happy and motivated and jumping out of that bed Monday morning.” - Tyra Banks
On Knowing When to Stop Pushing:
“When you step Out of Your Comfort Zone, it is important to stop stepping before you get into the Uncomfy Zone. Out of Your Comfort Zone feels new and exciting, and you’re discovering aspects of yourself you never knew existed. The No-Go Zone is where you do things that make you feel worse (not better) about yourself, and where you make choices you might regret. Avoid the No-Go Zone at all costs.” - Tyra Banks
Written by: Amy Minemier
BG Client + BG Blog Intern
Q: “I'm in the process of applying to my dream job and one of the questions was to "please write up a marketing/branding strategy." I'm trying to get the best answer and I could really use your help! The position is as a marketing strategist where I will be working with over 200 brands.”
A: “Take a close look at what they originally sent to be sure this is what they meant by Branding/Marketing strategy. In my current marketing role, that would be more of an outline of not just who we are, but what we plan to do. For example - patient safety is a priority to our CEO, so I would craft a marketing strategy that outlines how we will showcase our commitment to patient safety by doing X, Y and Z. (These may be things like focusing on becoming industry thought leaders, sponsoring events, and launching a new patient education website).” - Team BG
Q: “The other day for a school-related interview, they asked me the dreaded “What’s your greatest weakness?” I️ feel like I️ never answer this eloquently and is always just untrue and/or silly. How do you go about answering this question?”
A: “DO: Be honest - share something that is a truthful weakness of yours AND how you’re addressing it. Bonus points if you can show how you’ve already improved on it! DON’T: Give the same answers they always hear such as, “I’m a perfectionist” or “I’m a workaholic” or “I get too passionate about my work.” These may be true, but they’re not really ‘weaknesses’ and that can risk you sounding like you don’t think you have ANYTHING you could improve on.” - Team BG
Q: “I was approached the other day by the VP of Human Resources at a nation wide design firm, asking if I would be interested in setting up a call to discuss a possible opportunity in their architecture department. I want to gather my current professional work to showcase prior to the call, however, I’m not aware of the proper way to do so since my company has ownership of that work. I heard a coworker mention you simply give credit in the bottom corner of the project to the firm that owns it but I wanted to know if there are more proper ways to display it in a portfolio. Do you have experience with this issue changing jobs as a professional? Thanks for the help!”
A: “I would absolutely make sure that you connect with your boss + let them know you want to feature it in a digital portfolio and want to know the best way to cite their work. Great job pre-planning + being respectful and thoughtful.” - Team BG
Written by: Amy Minemier
BG Client + BG Blog Intern
Isabella Arjomand - Tommy Hilfiger
Isabella Arjomand is a 21-year-old college student who is is studying Public Relations at the University of Florida.
This past summer, Isabella was a special events intern with Tommy Hilfiger. In this position, Isabella learned how to create decks, do research, assist with budgets, and plan events.
Isabella credits The Brand Girls for guiding her to her dream career path.
“The Brand Girls are never too far away. Family is the most comforting source of support, which is why the BG community has become a second family. This community gave me the tools and love to land my first dream internship, but never stopped thinking of me and pushing me to land my second. At BG, no one is ever left behind."
We are so proud of all the wonderful work Isabella is doing. We can’t wait to hear more about all the great work she goes on to do!
"Why is it the older we get the more competition we feel with other women?
We can all rise to the top by lifting each-other up. The first step in igniting any sort of change is #awareness - next time you notice yourself making a not so kind (let's be honest...rude) comment about a fellow female. Check yourself WHY did you do that - to make yourself feel "accepted" in a group? To boost your own ego?
Get clear on your intention - forgive yourself (you're only human) and make a CHOICE to change your words in the future. And... hey! Don't forget the little playful girl inside of you - hug a friend today. " - Rachael Bozsik, Founder and CEO of The Brand Girls
Written by: Amy Minemier
BG Client + BG Blog Intern
Experts say that 1 in 5 college students struggle with anxiety or depression and The Brand Girls team knows that no one is immune. If you’re a college gal who is feeling mega-anxious about the uncertainty of your future, our program is here to help!
Check out these additional tips to help build your confidence while learning to manage your feelings of anxiety.
Know your triggers and prepare BEFORE them: This is a big one! Whether you’re anxious, stressed, or just feelin’ like you want to crawl back into bed, the key is getting to the root of why you feel that way. What situations, people, or things are making you feel worse?
Once you acknowledge that studying for finals always kicks your anxiety into overdrive, you can come up with a plan to start studying earlier this year so it's more manageable.
Grab a buddy: It's true, almost EVERYTHING is harder to get through solo!
Having a go-to gal to help you through the hard days, especially if she’s struggled with anxiety herself, can be a game-changer that makes you feel supported and understood.
Focus on things you can control: Psychology Today shares that a major part of anxiety is stressing over things that we can't control. Acknowledge the things you can’t control, but then flip the script on your negative thoughts by focusing on the things you can control.
Try making a list to remind yourself even though many things are outside of your control, there are also many things that you have the power to change.
Find your outlet: Many people struggling with anxiety swear by yoga, reading, walking and even meditation.
Our advice? Be open to trying new outlets to release some of your anxious energy until you find whatever works for you!
We hope these tips help ease your anxieties. Remember, The Brand Girls team is always here to help if you need it!
Written By: Jasmine Williams
Brand Girls Client + BG Blog Intern
Kelsey Velucci- Condé Nast
Kelsey Velucci is a 21-year-old Communications major with a Marketing minor.
This summer, Kelsey worked a job for a term with Condé Nast, an American mass media company. In this position, Kelsey assisted the company by emailing, scheduling, planning events, and collaborating with others on her team.
Kelsey credits The Brand Girls for guiding her to her dream career path.
“The Brand Girls helped me better identify myself in a professional environment. I started the program saying how I was a Communications Major with no direction of interest, but now I know my areas of interest and where I want to explore in my future job searches. I know how to pitch whether it is from my resume, to a meet up for coffee, or a formal interview. I enjoyed learning great ways to network through the program and how to use what makes YOU unique and bringing that to the forefront of the conversation to stand out. ”
We are so proud of all the wonderful work Kelsey is doing. We can’t wait to hear what she will do next!
Deirdre Fairly-Tory Burch
Deirdre Fairly is a 21-year-old Marketing major at Elon University.
This summer, Deirdre is worked with the fashion brand Tory Burch as a brand marketing intern. In this position, Deirdre learned about fashion marketing while organizing still life and on figure photo shoots as well as conducting marketing research.
Deirdre credits The Brand Girls for guiding her to her dream career path.
“The Brand Girls helped me figure out what career path I wanted to take back when I was a sophomore and was pretty clueless about what I wanted to do and how I could get there. The program helped me feel comfortable about my resume and cover letter and helped me get over my fear of interviews. I don't think I would've been able to have this amazing opportunity without the help of BG!”
We are so proud of all the wonderful work Deirdre did in this position. We can’t wait to hear more about all the great work she goes on to do
Tuesday Tips: 3 Ways to Kick Your Crutch Words to the Curb
What is your crutch word? You know what we’re talking about. That word you always use. That word that helps fill the space while your mind plays catch up. That word that you don’t even realize you say anymore.
Yep. We’re talking about these words: like, um, actually, literally - you know the ones.
Ring any bells? The Brand Girls team knows that putting your best foot forward is crucial for your personal brand, so we’re here to help you kick your crutch words to the curb.
Identify them: Do you know what your crutch words are? You can’t solve a problem if you don’t know what it is!
Ask others who know you well what words you overuse. You can also read back over your papers and social media posts - chances are you’re using the same words there too.
Pro tip: Set up your iPhone and take a video of yourself speaking + play it back. Not only will this help you realize what words you may rely on too much, but you’ll also get a glimpse at your body language.
Start thinking about WHY you use these words: Now let’s get to the root of the problem. Why do you keep leaning on these same phrases over and over? A lot of times, we revert to crutch words because we're not prepared.
How many times have you said “um” during a presentation because you forgot what came next? How often do you say “like” when you’re trying to fill more time, but have nothing else to say? The more you prepare, the less you'll rely on crutch words!
Try a new technique: Whether it’s a business presentation or a speech in class, many of us tend to use filler words to fill the silence. *face-palm*
Taking a pause is one of the most powerful things you can do when you’re speaking. It gives your listeners time to reflect on your insight and think through it. Another way to do that? Ask them a question.
These two techniques allow you to give yourself a break instead of using one of your default words.
You’ve likely been using these words for a long time, which is why they’ve become second nature to you. Remember, it takes time and practice to break our bad habits. But if you start to address them now, you can only improve.
Written By: Jasmine Williams
Brand Girls Client + BG Blog Intern
4 Tips for Juggling a Job or Internship as a Full-Time Student
You’re a full-time student, a leader on your campus, an intern for your dream company - all while trying to have a social life, workout and get enough sleep.
Sounds like you’re living the life, right? Trust us, The Brand Girls team knows it’s not that easy.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed from trying to do everything, check out The Brand Girls tips for juggling it all with grace.
Choose your priorities: I’m an all or nothing kinda gal, and so many of our brilliant Brand Girls are too! I like to remind myself, “You should be all in for a few things, but you can’t be all in for everything.”
Everyone wants to work out 5 days a week, nail it at their dream job, save more $, travel the world, spend time with family/friends, and also never leave the couch… but we can’t do it ALL flawlessly.
Choose your priorities - it helps if you write them down as a reminder of what you’re committed to the most right now.
Consistency is key: Once you choose what priorities you’re keeping your focus on, you have to stick with it in order to be successful.
Schedule time on your calendar and set reminders to hold yourself accountable! (An accountability partner never hurts either).
Stop beating yourself up already: No one looks back and had their life all together by 22. It’s time to stop expecting yourself to be perfect at EVERYTHING.
If you’re really struggling, try this: Pick one area of your life at a time that you want to see yourself improve and write out a plan to reach your goals in that area. Rinse and repeat!
Embrace the chaos with gratitude: Do you ever feel like you have way too many things going on at once? Like your head is going to explode from the endless to-do lists and deadlines? Take a deep breath.
Remember how badly you wanted to get into that college. Think back to the number of job applications you sent out before landing that position. Don’t forget how hard you worked to get where you are.
Let the craziness of right now turn into gratitude for how far you’ve come and how far you’re going. You’ve got this!
Written By: Jasmine Williams
Brand Girls Client + BG Blog Intern
Barrett Janney- ISO New England
Barrette Janney, a 20-year-old junior, is a Communication and English major with a minor in Marketing at Boston College.
This past summer, Barrette is interned with ISO New England, a company that operates New England’s power grid. In this position, Barrette was responsible for writing press releases/articles, promoting the company’s new mobile app, and video ideation and creation.
Barrette credits The Brand Girls for guiding her to her dream career path.
“ My training with BG constantly reminds me to step out of my comfort zone and set my sights on opportunities that will challenge me. ISO New England operates New England's power grid, a mission that seemed relevant to STEM girls and maybe not to me. However, harnessing the #girlboss power I gained from BG, I realized that working in Corporate Communications for this company would put my writing skills to the test and challenge me to communicate to the general public the complex story of a corporation so essential to their daily lives. I credit BG with pushing me to seek out unique opportunities like this.”
We are so proud of all the wonderful work Barrette is doing to further her career. We can’t wait to hear more about all the great work she continues to do!
Bethany Reeves-Woz U
Bethany Reeves is a 21-year-old Electronic Media Entrepreneurship and Graphic Design major who has an amazing summer internship!
This summer, Bethany was a Graphic Design Intern and Executive Assistant at Woz U, the tech education platform launched by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. In this position, Bethany was responsible for creating graphics and videos for print and the company’s website. In addition to that, she assisted with high-profile visitors such as Steve Wozniak and Pitbull.
Bethany credits The Brand Girls for guiding her to her dream career path.
“ Before BG, I didn’t even know what networking meant. The Brand Girls worked with me A LOT when it came to building up my confidence to make cold calls and send out emails to contacts. BG helped me gain confidence in myself, which allowed me to focus on the person I was speaking to, rather than feeling self-conscious about my abilities during our conversations. Networking is how I landed this position at Woz U and I couldn’t be more grateful for BG for helping get me here.”
We are so proud of all the wonderful work Bethany is doing. We can’t wait to hear more about all the great work she will continue to do!
6 Female Millennial Entrepreneurs to Watch
As a member of The Brand Girls, it’s likely that you strive for certain things: a challenging and fulfilling professional life is at the top of the list. Well, we hear you - and while it’s always good to look up to those who have become household names, it’s also important to know about the women in OUR GENERATION that are getting things done the #girlboss way. Whether they are in the boardroom or working in the field, these ladies are making some big moves and seriously impacting the world for the better. Below, you’ll find six female millennial entrepreneurs to watch.
Rachael Bozsik - The Brand Girls
Of course, we have to start this list with The Brand Girls CEO and Founder, Rachael Bozsik. Rachael started The Brand Girls out of her college dorm senior year, and as you can see that business is going strong. We love her passion for empowering college women so they have the head start they need to get their dream jobs.
Jess Ekstrom - Headbands of Hope
Another college start-up, Jess was inspired to help the world when she noticed a lot of children wearing headbands to help with their confidence after losing their hair to chemotherapy. Driven by her desire to help these children, Jess started Headbands of Hope, which went from a single order in 2012 to a wildly successful international brand that is supported by major organizations and donates headbands to 16 countries.
Monique Lindner - Unlimited U
Monique is another lady who believes in one of Team BG’s favorite catchphrases: empowered women empower women. Her journey began when she started her podcast, Unlimited U, as a way to help build a sense of community through interviews with women who had overcome terrible things. She now has given a TEDx talk, became a coach for other entrepreneurs, and supports women’s efforts worldwide.
Justine Ezarik - iJustine
This woman is every aspiring YouTuber’s dream. Justine Ezarik, or iJustine, has managed to rack up over 5 million subscribers and almost 1 BILLION views. While her path to entrepreneur goals was a slow climb (she started her channel in 2006), Justine proves that sometimes it really does pay to be funny.
Lauren Bush - FEED
Remember those bags and t-shirts in Target from a few years back? The ones that had little numbers at the bottom? Well, those items were produced by Lauren Bush’s FEED, and those numbers tell you how much food you are giving back to those in need by purchasing that item. Straightforward, and so so awesome. Thanks, Lauren!
Lisa Wang - SheWorx
Lisa graduated from Yale, worked on Wall Street, AND became a USA Hall of Fame Gymnast all before 30, but that’s not why she is on this list. Lisa is also the CEO and Founder of SheWorx, a platform designed to help female entrepreneurs get the support and funding they need to be as successful as possible. How awesome!
We hope you’ve taken inspiration from the fabulous ladies above as you continue to break boundaries and glass ceilings while you work towards your goals. Maybe next time, The Brand Girls will be talking about YOU.
Tuesday Tips: 4 Secrets to Help You Nail Your Work or School Presentations
Whether you’re still in college or your second job post-grad, perfecting your presentation skills is an important skill.
Presenting isn’t something that comes naturally to everyone, so The Brand Girls are sharing our 4 secrets to help you nail your work or school presentations.
Keep it simple: One problem with a lot of presentations is they’re too complicated for the audience to follow. You want to make it as easy as possible for your listeners to connect the dots.
Get to the point: Here’s one of our quick guides to check if your presentation gets to the point:
If your friend didn’t get the point of your presentation, go back to #1 and simplify until your point is clear.
Find the WHY for your audience: Spend a few minutes thinking about your audience and WHY they should care about your presentation.
Ask yourself questions ahead of time like “How will this affect them?” “Are there any actions they need to take after this presentation?” “What questions might they have?”
You want to do as much of the work for your audience ahead of time as possible.
Practice, practice, practice: We’ve all seen a presentation that someone threw together the night before… The most important thing you can do to perfect your presentation is PRACTICE.
Pro tip: Practice in front of your mirror or take a video of yourself so you can check your body language and pace of the speech!
With The Brand Girls’ easy tips, you’ll be a flawless presenter in no time!
Peyton Brooks-SEC Network
Peyton Brooks, a 20-year-old rising senior, is studying Communications at Furman University.
This summer, Peyton is interning with The SEC Network, a branch of ESPN. In this position, Peyton is getting hands on experience with digital editing, marketing and content strategy, and film shoot setup and equipment.
Peyton credits The Brand Girls for guiding her to her dream career path.
“I went from a girl afraid of rejection to a woman who makes her own path. The Brand Girls didn’t just tell me what I could learn - they saw my strengths, identified my insecurities and what I wanted to further develop, and built upon the foundation I already had within me. My coaches had genuine passion and faith in me and took time to personalize a program that worked for me - and me only- which supported my growth. The Brand Girls taught me about confidence, girl power, and instilled that “go-getter” attitude I already had, but was too nervous to use.”
We are so proud of all the wonderful work Peyton is doing. We can’t wait to hear more about all the great work she does this summer!
4 Things You Need to Do Before Your Summer Internship Ends
Wow, where has the summer gone?! The Brand Girls team certainly can’t believe that we’re halfway through it. In a month, so many of us will be getting ready to go back to college, so this is a great time to think about how to gracefully exit your banging summer internship. Here is our advice on what to do before your internships ends so you can leave as a total #girlboss!
Complete your brag sheet: This one is super important to do BEFORE the end of your internship. Write down everything you’ve accomplished at your internship with concrete numbers and facts so you can wow future employers.
Send out thank you notes: Kindness goes so far today, and in the work world something as simple as a thank you note can go even farther. Show your team that you have enjoyed and appreciated the opportunities that you have had with and because of them. This will boost your networking credibility!
Collect letters of reference or recommendation: Another tip that is super important BEFORE the end of your internship. You want to make sure that your references are able to write about you while all the amazing skills you’ve showcased are still fresh in their minds.
Update your resume: This is kind of a given, but you would be surprised by the number of women who wait too long to update their resume and then look out of date. This doesn’t just apply to experience by the way; if you learned something new on the job, it could be a great addition to your skills section!
We hope you have a great rest of your internship and you use these tips to help land your next one!
The First Job Etiquette Rules All College Grads Should Live By
Having your first job out of college can feel freeing. Money in your bank account? Check. Food in your fridge? Check. New work friends? Check.
But your first job also sets the tone for your entire career, so it’s important to make a lasting impression. Here are The Brand Girls’ first job etiquette rules that all college grads should follow.
Go easy at happy hour: Having work friends to grab dinner with can be a fun break from the office, but go easy at happy hour. While every industry and company is different, Business Insider recommends staying in ‘professional mode’ even when you’re not in the office.
The Brand Girls team agrees - that means sticking to the tried and true two-drink maximum rule for any happy hours or work events.
P.S. Always be responsible and share an Uber home!
Put your phone away: In college, we’re used to being able to talk to our friends whenever we want. While sending a silly Snapchat in class may have been funny, it can be seen as unprofessional at work.
Our BG pro tip: Flip your phone down on the table during meetings so you won’t be tempted to check what your cousin just tagged you in on Facebook!
Eye contact and handshakes aren’t old school: Our friends at Forbes share that body language reveals the ‘true meaning’ behind what you say.
Actions like nodding, making consistent eye contact, giving handshakes and thanking people for their time go a LONG way for making (and keeping) relationships in the business world.
Keep The Brand Girls’ first job etiquette rules in mind and you’ll be destined for the boardroom in no time - you go girl!
Toni Julianelle-Neville Wisdom
Toni Julianelle, a 20-year-old college student, is studying Textile, Marketing, and Design with a minor in Italian at University of Rhode Island.
This summer, Toni is a Design Intern with Neville Wisdom, a fashion design studio in New Haven, CT. In this position, Toni is learning about the design process, specifically the construction and and fitting aspect.
Toni credits The Brand Girls for guiding her to her dream career path.
“The Brand Girls gave me the confidence to approach potential employers and wow them with my fabulous resume and personal pitch. Each coach I worked with was incredibly knowledgeable and gave me great advice specific to my goals. I feel much more confident going into my next interview.”
We are so proud of all the wonderful work Toni is doing. We can’t wait to hear more about all the great work she does this summer!
Gwyneth Paltrow Tells It Like It Is
I know what you’re thinking - this woman has been more polarizing than the ice caps. While it is true that some of her statements have seemed to miss the mark, no one can deny that Gwyneth Paltrow is a Hollywood success story. From her massive movie career (cough cough, Oscar win) to her book line and beauty products, Gwyneth Paltrow is a woman on the go. Check out some of her more inspirational words of wisdom below.
On the Good Life:“My life is good because I am not passive about it. I invest in what is real. Like real people, to do real things, for the real me.”
On Being Yourself:“I feel my most beautiful when I am truly myself. Meaning, when I accept exactly where I am in time and space, and I’m not judging myself in any way, and I feel that I have the peace that comes with loving yourself and all of your flaws, I see so much now how beauty really does, as cliché as it sounds, emanate from within.”
On Female Power: “Today, the power of women rings a bit differently and you can feel the shift. There no longer seems to be the fear of retribution, we are empowering each other. We are encouraging each other to change business models, to try new ventures. We are banding together to support each other, to give each other advice, to change our existing culture. I believe that we are on the verge of creating a new antitype.”
3 Tricks for Overcoming Anxiety and Rocking Your First Job
As unfortunate as it is, anxiety is a very common issue in society today, and millennials are dealing with it at much higher rates than previous generations. Your first job is no exception. There are many different types of the disorder and dealing with it can feel annoying, tiring, and even embarrassing, especially in the workforce. While there is no cure all for anxiety, The Brand Girls want to offer you these three tips to help you overcome anxiety around your first job and in the rest of your life too!
Stay Busy: Most people who suffer with anxiety get so tired out from their stressors that they just want to sleep it off. However, it is much better to make plans after work so that you can have some work/life balance and your job isn’t your sole focus.
Fake It Till You Make It: When you’re anxious, it feels like the world can see what’s going on. Luckily, it’s been proven that faking a smile, saying affirmations or even doing some “power poses” can help you get into the mindset that you need!
Ask For Help: This tip can be the scariest of all. No one wants to feel weak, and it’s easy to think that seeking help does just that. It’s important to remember though, that you’re not alone, and there are many people who want to help you.
We hope these tips can help you fight off your anxiety - work-related or otherwise. For more information on anxiety, you can visit https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety
As millennial women we are known for wanting it all - our dream jobs (and salaries, hello!), strong relationships, travel, you name it.
Despite our big plans, we’re still notorious for putting the needs of others first and taking care of ourselves last. And It can be easy for us to get so caught up in helping others that we lose sight of our own goals and passions.
The Brand Girls is here to help you finally make your dreams a reality with three reasons college women need to starting putting themselves first.
Your future is just that - your own: No matter who else is along for the ride, your future truly belongs to YOU. Putting yourself first empowers you to take the reigns in your own life!
Now is the time to decide what you want and then make. It. happen.
At The Brand Girls, our Founder and CEO, Rachael Bozsik, strives to make all millennial women realize “you are a chooser of opportunities.”
Prioritizing builds strength: The Herald Sun shares, “You slowly leak confidence as you start to question your abilities.” And The Brand Girls couldn’t agree more.
By prioritizing yourself and your own needs FIRST - you’re breaking the mold and setting your own tone as a bold, fearless, young professional who can do it all. No room for doubt here, ladies!
You can’t fill from an empty cup: Focusing on yourself and your own goals first will only give you more energy + inspiration to help others later.
“...by tending to our own needs and practicing good self-care, we alter the very quality of how we relate to others,” Psychology Today shares. “Our families, friends, and coworkers get to experience us as the best and fullest versions of ourselves—happy and present.”
Remember, working on yourself and your own dreams is healthy. Focusing on your goals first will only strengthen your relationships and leave a better version of you to others!
Kailee Morris -Opry Entertainment Group
Kailee Morris a 22-year-old recent graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where she studied Video & Film Production.
Just recently, Kailee accepted a job as a Digital Content Coordinator with Opry Entertainment Group in Nashville after interning for the company last year. In this position, Kailee is responsible for managing Opry’s Youtube channel, growing the channel’s audience through brand awareness and creating original video content.
Kailee credits The Brand Girls for guiding her to her dream career path.
“The Brand Girls helped me realize my true passion for film can become my career. I have always wanted to start my career in Nashville, so when an internship opportunity came up for Opry Entertainment Group, I was thrilled! BG helped me properly prepare, pitch & present my experience to land the internship! And the BG community was there for constant support & resources along the way. A year later, I was offered to work with them full time, working alongside various industry professionals, award-winning and upcoming artists, and various departments of the Opry company. I have learned so much working with this company, and excited to continue to grow with them!"
We are so proud of all the wonderful work Kailee is doing. We can’t wait to hear more about all the great work she does with The Grand Ole Opry!
Q: “I am wanting to order business cards but not exactly sure what do put on them. Any suggestions? My first thoughts were name, school (year of graduation), major, email, cell number + LinkedIn URL, but I’m not sure.”
A: “Thanks for asking! Some things to include are your name, logo, email, phone number and LinkedIn URL (make sure it is the clean, shortened version)! In terms of theme, 100% have it mirror your resume in terms of colors, fonts, etc.” - Team BG
Q: “I landed a networking phone call with a high-profile sports photographer. I've drafted some questions, but they're somewhat generic (how did you start out, how did you get here, etc) and I know that I'm not as strong a communicator on the phone as I am in person. What I really want to get out of this is a professional contact in the industry & down the line is to take pictures with the organization he works with. Any tips on how to structure smart questions to get a conversation pointed to where you want it to go?”
A: “Great question! Something I LOVE that other people do before calls with me is have something specific I’ve done that they like & let the convo stem organically from there. For example, if he is a sports photographer look through his online portfolio or Instagram (I’m sure he has one in this industry) and pick a favorite photo or two + share why they are meaningful to you!” - Team BG
Q: “I’m looking for recommendations on daily planning - does anyone use an app or website to organize their day (preferably hour-by-hour). I currently use an agenda, and have tried Apple's calendar, but looking for something new. In particular, looking for an online planner to organize study habits/schedule for law school.”
A: “Awesome submission! I swear by my bullet journals. They work so well for me that I have four now! The biggest thing is to start to get a routine down. I sit down every night and update my tasks for the next day (color coding and cute fonts/stencils/stickers) is such a game changer for me. Doing it at the end of the day helps me unwind too - I see how much I accomplished today and what I need to tackle tomorrow! Also a huge fan of setting iPhone + laptop reminders for really big to-dos. Hope that helps you.” - Team BG
Our 3 Favorite Ways to Make Your Break From School Productive
Now that we are into the second month of summer (I know, time flies), it’s time to start getting back into the grind. However, if you’re like me, you can sometimes really need some motivation to get it in gear, especially if you’ve been pushing yourself for the last few months.
To ease that burden, The Brand Girls has put together our three favorite ways to make your break from school more productive. So roll up your sleeves girly, because it’s time to get moving!
Do something that you have been putting off: Remember that gallery wall you were going to create in your bedroom, or the yoga class you keep “forgetting” to sign up for? Summer is the perfect opportunity to switch some things from “to do” to “it’s done”!
Network your sandals off: This is a repeating theme here at The Brand Girls, but we say it for a reason. Now that most companies are out of their busy season, the time is right to send out emails to moguls you admire and check off informational interviews.
Get into new habits: Since this season is one that is out of routine for most of us, the change creates a perfect storm to start your healthier habits! Maybe you want to start habit tracking or juicing in the morning, but whatever it is, the best time to start it is now.
We hope these tips provide you the support and motivation you need to get into a productive groove for the rest of the summer and school year!
"Do your thing
Do it unapologetically
Do not ask for permission
And DO NOT apologize for being yourself after" - Rachael Bozsik, Founder and CEO of The Brand Girls
4 Reasons to Give Back Over Your College Summer Break
Summer is finally in full swing! You know what that means - vacations, internships, and tons of iced coffee! BUT have you thought about spending some time serving your community? There are a ton of different ways to get involved, from cooking for a soup kitchen to spending time at a local animal rescue, and everything in between! We’re here to give you four reasons that giving back this break might just be the best way to spend your summer.
New People: Volunteering is a great way to get out into your community and meet people that you wouldn’t otherwise. This is so beneficial because you’re meeting people who care about the same causes that you do!
Mental Health Benefits: There have been a number of studies that prove that volunteering can help with a variety of mental health concerns including anxiety and depression. It’s a wonderful way to shift your focus off of yourself.
A Sense of Purpose: Volunteering is fantastic to help you through a rough patch in your life. If you are unsure how to move in the next stage of your life, helping others can give you an excellent sense of perspective and purpose.
Experience: Getting out of your comfort zone through volunteer work can help you learn skills and have new experiences in a creative and fun way. These open so many doors to opportunities and allow you to grow even more as a person!
These are just a few of the things you can accomplish through volunteer work. Volunteering is an incredible way to spread joy this summer, and we hope you will give it a try!
Written by: Amy Minemier
BG Client + BG Blog Intern