Jessica Katz is the CEO and Founder of Katz Public Relations, a boutique PR agency in Los Angeles, CA. We sat down with Jessica, a University of Central Florida alumni, to learn more about her career in entertainment PR and how she got to where she is now. Jessica represents a roster of over 50 actors, directors, musicians, authors and more within the entertainment industry, including Awkward stars Jillian Rose Reed and Beau Mirchoff, The Goldberg‘s Sam Lerner, and Despicable Me star and Bruin Dana Gaier.
Her Campus: What extra-curricular activities were you involved in during college?
Jessica Katz: I was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, College Democrats, and PRSA.HC: When did you know you wanted a career in entertainment PR?
JK: I was 16 and I had a friend who started at UCF that year. I visited her and asked “What’s Public Relations?” It all started from there.
HC: When/how did you start Katz Public Relations?
JK: September 2011. I was working for another boutique firm at the time and the opportunity arose to start my own agency. I took the chance, asked my friend to be my assistant, and the rest is history. That friend is now my Vice President and the company is thriving seven years later.
With Jillian Rose Reed (Awkward. & Elena of Avalar) at Gracie Awards.
HC: What is one thing you are most proud of that you worked on?
JK: The first time the company was featured in The Hollywood Reporter Rep Sheet Round Up made me so proud.
With Victoria Konefal (Days of Our Lives) at the Daytime Emmys.
HC: What piece of advice do you have for college students who are interested in this field of work?
JK: Get as much hands-on experience with internships as you can.
HC: Does Katz PR have any an internship program?
JK: Yes, we have 1-2 interns each semester. Email [email protected] for more information if you’re interested.
With Nikki Deloach (Awkward.) at Hallmark Channel’s TCA Party.
HC: What is your favorite thing about your job?
JK: Having total creative control as CEO.
HC: How can we keep up with you & the Katz PR team?