Be yourself and be heard.
While it’s definitely important to know when to take a step back and just listen (A tip from Tyler: “What was really important–and what I would tell anyone who wants to get a job–is that I had to learn how to listen and just soak up what the people around me were doing rather than always trying to be a part of the action.”), it definitely doesn’t benefit you to be completely silent, or try to be someone you’re not.
“Be humble, but don’t compromise yourself,” suggests Tiffany, wisely. “Be humble because the glamour of what we do is attractive, but it’s a very small portion of what we do. If you go out too much and focus more on your social ethic than your work ethic, it’ll show at the office. But be yourself. That’s the best quality an employer can invest in. If you’re trying to be an idea of what it means to be a publicist [for example], then you’re working against yourself.”
“I always made sure my voice and opinions were heard,” said Nora. “I think it’s really important to make yourself a part of wherever you are (though truth be told, I can be quite a Chatty Cathy).” It’s true, but we find it super entertaining.