Pimp my profession

For the past 18+ years, I’ve worked in the field of public relations. A flack. A spin doctor. And, apparently, not much different than your average, everyday hooker.

You see, years ago I came across a top 10 list of reasons PR is similar to prostitution. Along the way, I lost the list. No amount of Google searching could find it. Until today.

So, in the spirit of David Letterman, I present you “The Top 10 Ways PR is Like Prostitution”:

1. Your ‘customers’ are called clients…like a prostitute.
2. You work in weird shifts…like a prostitute.
3. You get paid to make clients happy…like a prostitute.
4. The client pays a lot of money, but your employer keeps almost every penny…like a prostitute.
5. You are rewarded for fulfilling your client’s dreams…like a prostitute.
6. When you meet the client you always have to be perfectly groomed…like a prostitute.
7. But when you go back home it seems like you are coming back from hell…like a prostitute.
8. The client always wants to pay less but expects incredible things from you…like a prostitute.
9. When people ask you about your job, you have difficulty explaining it…like a prostitute.
10. Everyday when you wake up, you say “I’m not going to spend the rest of my life doing this”…like a prostitute.

(Image via Creative Commons courtesy of Davide Ferro.)

11 responses to “Pimp my profession”

  1. Thanks for sharing this Mike. The list made my day and got me out of the pissed rut I was in.

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  2. Thanks this made my day as well. The list cheered me up and I’m ready to get through the rest of the week!

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  3. […] Pimp my profession – Wednesday started off as a shitty day. I was loaded with meetings until around two and the first email I read was saying that the work I did for a top-tiered pub was for naught as we were cut out of the story. So it looked like the day was going to be spent stewing. That was until @RachelWells passed along this gem via Twitter with the subject line Top 10 ways PR is like Prostitution. The short post made my day – so enjoy. […]

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  4. Haha this was hilarious- thanks for sharing!

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  5. Hilarious list! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Unbelievably funny and very true! Thanks for sharing this. I especially like No. 7 coming right off No. 6:

    6. When you meet the client you always have to be perfectly groomed…like a prostitute.
    7. But when you go back home it seems like you are coming back from hell…like a prostitute.

    That last part is oh so true. You get all cleaned up nice, you’re on your best behavior, you nod and shake your head even while the client grills you, and then, when it’s all said and done, you just feel like shit afterwards. So true.

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  7. Glad everyone enjoyed. It still cracks me up (sadly) every time I read it. So glad I found it again.

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  8. This honestly made my Friday. Very funny and true.

    I particularly enjoyed:

    9. When people ask you about your job, you have difficulty explaining it…like a prostitute.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Love it. I would just add one more;

    You usually do some of your best work after a couple of cocktails … like a prostitute.

    Merry Christmas to all my friends in “The Biz.”

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  10. Comical list, but isn’t the ‘….like a prostitute’ after each entry redundant? The list is reaons why pr is like prostitution, so is that repetative line necessary?

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