Hello Becky, thanks for joining us this week. We are stoked to share your experience and insight with other PAs and EAs. Let’s start off with the basics.
What’s your name?
Rebecca Campbell, most people know me as Beck or Becky
Where do you live?
I live just outside Warrington and commute into Manchester everyday
I’m vegetarian, so I find Indian and Italian food offers the most choice but you can’t beat Heinz tomato soup and a cheese buttie on a cold winter’s day!!
Best piece of advice ever given to you?
I heard from Maya Angelou that you may not always remember what someone said but you will always remember how someone makes you feel.
I try to adhere to this when relating to people.
First childhood memory?
I remember being picked up from nursery by my granddad which I loved as he used to buy me a double cone ice cream from the ice cream van (pink and white ice cream with sprinkles!!). I had to eat it before we got back to my grandparents’ house so my grandma didn’t know I’d been eating between meals
Cupcake or muffin and why?
Cupcake – muffins are too stodgy, plus I love buttercream as my racing snake figure will attest! I am, however, a fan of what our American cousins refer to as English muffins – toasted with butter. Yum!
Imdb.com – I’ve worked as a media librarian and now as PA for a cinema chain and find this site invaluable.
As a film geek it’s great too!
5 dinner party guests – alive or dead?
Ahh this is a tricky one… Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, Gene Kelly, Billy Wilder, Peter Ustinov. I’ll probably change my mind a million times on this!
App you can’t live without?
Twitter. I’m also love playing Plants vs Zombies.
Last book read?
I’m great at starting a book and never finishing it unless I start and finish a book over a weekend or a holiday, though I rarely get weekends where time is such a luxury.
I’m currently part way through “The Casual Vacancy” by J K Rowling and “The Tools” by Phil Stutz and Barry Michaels. I’d certainly recommend “The Tools” for those who feel they need to develop their confidence and would like to know how rather than simply why.
PA top tip –
Set up a network, it will be your greatest asset as a PA, whether this be with other external PAs or internally. Bonnie Low-Kramen, former PA to Olympia Dukakis said we are each other’s greatest asset and she’s right!
What is your proudest moment as a PA?
Winning the Dale Carnegie cube on a training course last year. It was voted by my cleagues on the course and revealed how respected my role was by others (non-PAs) in the company.
What is your most cringe-worthy moment?
It has to be walking through a mall in a new dress thinking everyone was looking at me to admire said dress. Oh no, they were looking to see my dress tucked in my tights giving everyone an eye full!! Mortified!
What is your favorite quote?
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think,” Buddha
Describe yourself in three words without thinking.
Kooky, dedicated, observant.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Jeremy Renner, Hugh Jackman and Nathan Fillion
What is your day like on a typical Tuesday?
I know it sounds cliché but there really aren’t two days the same. However, Monday is our busiest day as we review the weekend trading.
What are your interests/hobbies outside of work?
Cinema, gym, catching up with my friends.
Plus my parents live in France so I try to get over there as much as I can.
What would you say to your 15 year old self?
Believe in yourself. You can do whatever you set your mind to.
If you couldn’t be a PA, what would you be?
A musical theatre actress or writer
What is the most outrageous thing you have been asked to do?
I’ve been fortunate in employers in that I’ve not been asked to do any personal task which has been too outrageous.
Describe your personal style.
Relaxed, thoughtful, quiet, but with a sharp line in sarcasm.
Clothes-wise I’m a jeans and sneakers kinda gal!
Who inspires you? Who would you like to read about in future on www.donnacoulling.com?