In this week’s Meet MEDIA CONNECT profile we spotlight associate publicist Nicole Martineau, who is a part of the MEDIA CONNECT DC office.
MEDIA CONNECT: If you weren’t promoting books, what would you be doing?
Nicole Martineau: If I were not publicizing books and authors I would most likely be an entertainment reporter. I’ve always been a huge pop culture nerd and would read entertainment magazines religiously as a teenager so I could keep up with the latest industry news (and so I could win my family’s Oscar pool each year). My fascination with the entertainment industry led me to minor in both film and theatre in college, where I got to watch and analyze some of the greatest television programs, films and plays in the history of entertainment. There’s nothing better than that!
MC: What is one of your favorite quotes?
NM: “I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.” – Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl. I was in 7th grade when I first read this quote and it has stuck with me ever since.
MC: If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
NM: Roger Ebert. I became a huge fan while studying film in college and just started reading The Great Movies, a collection of essays written by Ebert on the films he considered worthy of being called “great.”
MC: If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
NM: Nancy Drew. She’s smart, independent, bold and an inspiration to young girls across the world.
MC: What was the last book you recommended to someone?
NM: I recently recommended Everything’s Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals by Steve Young and Sport Murphy. It’s a coffee table book about the bizarre, little-known world of “industrial musicals,” Broadway-style musicals commissioned by American corporations from the 1950s to the 1980s to educate and motivate employees at corporate conventions.
MC: Share one humorous childhood story, feel free to embarrass yourself:
NM: When I was around nine years old I hosted my own daytime talk show. My mother was the camerawoman and my sisters and I were in charge of brainstorming various segments (cooking, crafts, musical performances, etc.). One day I had the bright idea of having Bruce Springsteen perform on my show. I had no idea what Bruce Springsteen looked like, but I knew what he sounded like, and he sounded manly. Based off of this assumption, I put on my dad’s cowboy hat and painted a beard on my face. The exact outfit I wore has escaped my memory, but I’m pretty sure a lot of denim was involved. Once in character, I danced and lip-synced to “Born in the USA” (which were literally the only four words I knew from the song). The performance was recorded on one of our old camcorders and the tape is currently lost somewhere in our basement.