How To Become A Communications Executive for MTV

Sharlotte spilled the beans on what it takes to become a Communication Executive for MTV!

After another amazing MTV EMA event, we decided to have a chat with Sharlotte! Sharlotte is a Communications Executive for MTV and has worked on a host of events for MTV including the Isle of MTV & the EMAs!

Here’s what Sharlotte had to say about her role:

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What is your job role and what do you do day-to-day?

I’m the Communications Executive, working across UK and International. I work on both internal communications and external trade media press – so each day can often be a stark contrast to the last. I could be working on a week-long health and wellbeing event  for internal staff, to all press/press production aspects around an international event, like the Isle of MTV in Malta. In most recent times, I’ve been working on the biggest event in our international calendar – the 2016 MTV EMAs.

How did you land your current role?

I applied for an internship back in 2013 and 5 days prior to my contract ending,  I was promoted to Assistant! We have an exceptional internship scheme here, it’s called ‘One Big Year’ – where we offer up approx. 30 plus roles across the business.

What is the best thing about your job?

We stay in the know in comms – so I know all the good (and bad) stuff early on. I also love that I work on both internally and externally focused projects. Variety keeps me on my toes and that’s where I like to stay.

What is the most challenging aspect of your role?

For me, this is in direct relation to the best thing about my job. It’s quite an overarching department – a number of things can potentially be considered a ‘comms issue’, so a lot of work goes through our team. I’m often juggling things that have no relation to each other. Some days can feel like working on a puzzle with pieces that will never fit.

What other job roles exist on the EMAs?

An almost endless list… anything from producers and script writers, to event managers, set designers, lighting, talent operations, catering, hair & makeup and transport – as you can imagine, there’s a role to ensure no stone is unturned.

What are the three main skills needed to do your job?

In re to the EMAs, I would say; the ability to multi-task – days are long enough, remain composed -you have a lot of people wanting your time and energy all at once and you need to be there for them all. Finally trust your intuition – on a project like this and working in comms, if something doesn’t feel right, it often isn’t.

What is your career highlight so far?

It would have to be back in 2013, when I stepped onto my very first red carpet. I really can’t describe it, but the fear and excitement that I felt all at once – incomparable.

What do you wish you knew about the industry before you secured your job?

I often relate this question to an unwelcomed experience – and luckily I’ve had a series of expected moments and pleasant surprises.

What piece of advice would you give to anyone that wants to work in a role similar to yours?

Honestly, experience, get as much as you can. I interned for almost a year prior to my internship here, and it readied me for the crazy journey that I have been on ever since!