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Getting to know you...Alex Blakelock
19 Nov 2015 ·
We all know how important people and personalities are in PR, so take some time to get to know the Jaywing PR team. We're starting with one of our Account Directors, Alex Blakelock.
How long have you been working for Jaywing PR?
Almost three years, having joined just after the agency launched in late 2012. We've changed so much since then, from a team of just four, working in a little square room with a tiny window and a daily soundtrack of Radio 1's Charlie Sloth...
What made you apply for the job at Jaywing PR?
I wanted to get back to agency life, challenge myself and learn. I knew that Epiphany was a pretty decent setup and got the feeling that Jaywing PR would be the same, so it felt like the right agency and the right time to make the leap.
How is Jaywing PR different to where you’ve worked before?
I've never known a team feel and ethos like it, where we work really hard and come across some really tight deadlines and challenges, but everyone just pulls together, has a quick joke and then delivers. After the hard work comes a chat, a coffee, as genuine friends. We are also very organised, with lots of sensible processes in place to make sure things run smoothly for everyone.
What does a standard working day look like for you?
I'm most productive in the mornings, so after sifting through emails first thing I'll get on with key tasks, usually in bold (and then red, bold and in capitals!) on my to-do list. It could be costing up a campaign, checking that we're on track with targets or timings for a client, or just helping to get stuff done. I'll often check through content or reports for members of the team, which is a great way of staying in touch with what everyone's on with. We'll usually also have a few new business projects in the pipeline, so I might run a brainstorm or plan pitch content with the team.
What’s the best part of your job?
Getting involved in and learning about so much cool stuff. We're researching different period housing styles for a client at the moment, and I now can't help announcing how old a house is (probably completely incorrectly) wherever we go.
Describe your job in three words
Busy, varied, interesting
What would you take to a desert island ?
Loads of books, as I haven't sat down and got totally sucked into one for years. Also, a hammock and some cringey pop music to sing along to.
What GIF best describes you?
Finally, tell us one thing someone would NOT be able to find about you from looking at your social media profiles.
I would love to write a book - the rom com type - but the plot hasn't come to me yet. Lots of writers seem to figure it out at about 40 so I'm hoping that's me too.