Meet Jill Thorpe: NSCC grad who aspires to be Britney Spears

We just celebrated Jill’s one-year anniversary at PR Hive as a Communications Specialist! We had a chat about her passion for photography and her secret desire to become Britney Spears – never say never Jill!

Why did you decide to pursue a career in public relations?

I’ve always enjoyed writing but wasn’t sure if it was going to be a career path. After studying English and drama in university, I worked in the mental health field for a few years. Eventually, I found myself editing and writing training documents and policies, which reignited my desire to write. Even though writing isn’t the only aspect of PR, it’s important – and it led me here. I also probably have a few dozen unfinished novels kicking around if anyone wants to buy the film rights and collab on some of my childhood masterpieces😉.

Photography by Jill Thorpe

What is one thing you love about working in PR?

Working with The PR Hive mascot and dog, Archie, of course! But really – the ability to share stories and engage audiences through humour and emotion, when applicable. I also love that it takes you out of yourself and allows you to view things from the perspective of others; what do others care about, what can they learn, what do they want to know?

What’s it like working at an agency?

One thing I love is that I’m surrounded by a team of people who have different strengths than I do. Sometimes I hear an idea, for example, and think, “I wish I thought of that!” But then I realize how lucky I am to have heard it at all because I can take that idea and learn from it, or it can spark an idea of my own that I wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.

If you weren’t doing public relations, what would you be doing right now?

I always wanted to be Britney Spears when I was younger, but when I realized I had two left feet I knew I needed a plan B. I considered journalism or theatre, and also thought of studying photography – but now just dabble in it as a hobby.

Do you have a favourite spot in the North End?

I like to hang out at local cafes and restaurants with friends – but to be honest, my #1 spot would have to be my own balcony. It has a breathtaking view of the Halifax Harbour, and I spend a good chunk of my summers reading and watching sailboats drift by, or gazing at the Dartmouth waterfront while my cat Pumpkin chirps at birds. And I’m not opposed to the occasional people-watching session, either.

Photography by Jill Thorpe

Last and final question. As a member of the PR Hive, we have to ask – what is your favourite flower and why?

Realistically, anything artificial because my thumbs are the opposite of green. But if I had to pick, I’d say lilacs because my grandmother used to have beautiful lilac bushes outside of my mom’s childhood home. Now, my mom has lilacs outside of my childhood home – so I’ll probably try to continue that tradition…if my thumbs will allow it.

Want to learn more about the PR Hive Team? Stay tuned!