By Alexandra Houston
In addition to teaching Special Events Planning at Sheridan, Sam Kemp-Jackson is a strategic, senior public relations practitioner with 25 years professional work experience in the public and private sectors.
As author of the extremely popular parenting blog Multiple Mayhem Mamma, Sam also boasts the title of social media expert. Her words of wisdom have attracted a Facebook following of over 1,500 and a Twitter following of over 10,500.
Sam is the PR sensei we all need to steer us on our career paths, and ever the kind soul, she took a few moments out of her busy life to answer a few questions for us.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
It was from my mom: tomorrow is another day, a variation on “nothing is ever really that bad.” It’s true, when you think about it. What seems like a crisis right at this moment will be just a memory a moment from now. In other words, you’ll get through it, so don’t sweat it.
Who do you follow on Twitter?
Oh, I follow a lot of people. I find so many people and things interesting. Of course, there are a lot of other parents and moms, as I write and talk about parenting a lot. But I also follow a lot of tech-related accounts, as deep down, I’m a bit of a geek (shh). Finally, I’m always interested in the way things work and why, so there are quite a few science-related accounts that I follow as well.
Who are your heroes?
Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Otis Redding, Santa Claus, the Big Bad Wolf (for having the tenacity to keep trying to blow houses down, brick or not) and the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz.
What is one thing you wish you knew when you were starting out in your career?
That every job, role or position, no matter how junior, or unpleasant, will teach you and prepare you for your next role. There’s always something to be learned from our experiences.
What do you do when you’re not working?
If I’m not spending time with my family, I’m tweeting and reading the latest news, updates and inanities on social media.
(Photo courtesy of Twitter/Sam Kemp-Jackson)