May 31, 2011
Kellye Crane is the principal of Crane Communications, LLC and is the blogger/guide at Solo PR Pro, a resource for those interested in working independently as PR consultants. Crane, a 20-year PR veteran, is chair of the Atlanta Social Media Club and co-chair of the Georgia Chapter’s Social Media Committee.
Name: Kellye Crane
As a young child, I wanted to be a novelist. But as I grew older, I realized that my favorite writers went insane or developed substance abuse problems, so I decided not to go that route!
Principal at Crane Communications,LLC and blogger/guide at Solo PR Pro
What changed (i.e., how you became interested in public relations):
I was always interested in communications and the different ways people express themselves. I decided I wanted to be in public relations at the age of 12, so I was an early bloomer.
First public relations job:
I worked in the promotions department of a radio station, which provided me with some interesting experiences to say the least.
What you know now that you wish you’d known then:
You are the architect of your own career, and it will be full of amazing discoveries about yourself.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received:
Slow and steady wins the race.
Greatest professional accomplishment:
I’m most proud of starting the Solo PR Pro blog and community. Being entrusted with helping other people achieve their dreams is something I never take for granted.
If you weren’t in public relations, you would be:
I’d be a serial entrepreneur — finding creative approaches to problems is a passion.
To raise the visibility and esteem for those working as independent PR consultants, and to help those pursuing this path surpass their goals
Make a “business case” for public relations:
Today’s consumers and other stakeholders are sophisticated and demand straight talk and real-time communications from all levels. Public relations provides essential strategic direction and facilitates the two-way relationships that are required for an organization to achieve its goals in this environment.