I’ve had the distinct pleasure of knowing and working with one of Houston’s media key players, Rebecca Briscoe; National Entertainment Reporter for Houston Style Magazine. I was able to lock down a moment of her time to share with Examiner and our audience, the woman behind the name. Ms. Briscoe has established rewarding, workplace relationships within the community and is continually perfecting her craft as VIP status.
Who is Rebecca Briscoe?
I am a history maker. I am a sister, motivator, mother-figure; which defines my leadership. I am the type of woman that can hear the word can’t, and immediately turn it into CAN. I was told by Kery Davis, SVP HBO Sports that I am the hardest working woman in media. As I sit back and reflect I would agree. Nothing comes easy, so putting in the hard work is just a part of the journey.
What would you say are your biggest accomplishments are?
Overcoming a near fatal accident and making a full recovery against all odds. I had to take a medical leave; which means I sat out a semester. I was so determined that I still graduated in four years. Also, being the first minority publication ever to cover the ESPYS in their twenty year inception was a major accomplishment for me.
I would say that being a guide for others, making myself a resource, and ensuring that other media colleagues can garner a win from my advice/ mentorship.
What are your short/short term goals?
My short term goals are to continuously build relationships that turn into great partnerships, and resources for my business.
Long term goals:
Become a media mogul!!! I want to be surrounded by a loyal team that was there since day one like Oprah. I also want to be the type of leader that understands the business of media like: current trends in journalism, FCC regulations, marketing/advertising, public relations, and etc.
What would you say encouraged you to pursue a career in Journalism?
I actually started as a hobby to get out of the city. It wasn’t until I went to a major boxing match in Vegas where I was the only African American female in the press conference. I literally had to fight to make my presence known in a room with about one hundred seasoned media vets. It was that moment after interviewing both boxers, and promoters that I could take my career to the next level.
A few years later, I was at the ESPYS, and one of the boxer’s PR came up to me. She told me that she remembered me. She remembered how eloquent and precise my questions were. I was in awe because she remembered me. That moment secured my space, and confidence in the industry.
What do you like most/least about your job?
What I do treasure is the relationships you can build with a celeb, athlete, or brand on a personal level. I like how I can have the access to be a voice for the voiceless. I do love all of the perks and swag bags of course, and some of the photo opportunities.
Least Like: Things can change at any moment. You have to be prepared for anything which always keeps me on my toes.
Do you think you face any challenges as a black woman or a woman, in PR who
often times cover sporting events on a national or local level? I so, how to you handle that?
I embrace challenges. I am aware that they exist; however I do not let that deter my dreams or aspirations. I strongly believe that my role is to become a goodwill ambassador to bridge the gap from society’s lack of understanding.
What legacy do you believe you are leaving behind?
Remain humble is the key, and true leadership comes from leading by example. Most people forget, but we must give back, and do God’s work for others.
You don’t need to take credit for doing God’s work.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in Journalism for an experience?
Being patient has been the most humbling experience, lol
What inspires you and keeps you motivated?
Whenever I read a person’s story of adversity and triumph, I get motivated. I love success stories that start from dire straits. It’s not how you start, but how you finish.
You origin does not determine your outcome…
End of Interview: I would like to thank Rebecca Briscoe for her exclusive interview with usedview.com to share her take on workplace relationships. I look forward to the next chapter- as friends as well as colleagues.