Dec 13, 2022
In this episode, Amanda Pleau, marketing and communications manager at Maine Maritime Museum, describes the career path she took to get where she is today. Amanda also talks about the work Maine Maritime Museum is doing, including an upcoming exhibit to raise awareness about what is happening in the Gulf of Maine right now. Having taught writing, Amanda explains the importance of writing in PR and communications and shares a resource she has found interesting related to Maine history.
3:16 – Amanda describes her position at Maine Maritime Museum.
5:05 – Amanda explains how her first job helped prepare her for her career.
8:15 – Amanda talks about how she had no idea she wanted to be in marketing and communications when she started her career.
14:21 – Amanda gives details about an upcoming exhibit called SeaChange.
17:05 – Amanda shares her story of moving back to Maine.
23:01 – Amanda explains how strong writing skills help with PR and communications and her background in teaching writing.
28:33 – Amanda talks about her favorite parts of working at Maine Maritime Museum.
33:29 – Amanda shares a resource that helped her learn local Maine history.
“This is kind of where the PR and marketing come in. You can’t assume that people can read your mind and you have to constantly set the stage, reset, set the tone and explain where you’re coming from and why you’re doing what you’re doing. I was thinking about this post that I did on the Maine Maritime Museum social media that was really successful. It was all of the ways you could get free admission to the museum. None of those were new. None of those had been introduced within the last year, but just reminding people of who we are, what we’re doing, why we’re doing it.” – Amanda Pleau, marketing and communications manager at Maine Maritime Museum
Maine Maritime Museum: https://www.mainemaritimemuseum.org/exhibition/seachange/
Down East Magazine: https://downeast.com/
Bull Moose: https://www.bullmoose.com/
University of Southern Maine: https://usm.maine.edu/
Toms of Maine: https://www.tomsofmaine.com/
SeaChange: Darkness and Light in the Gulf of Maine: https://www.mainemaritimemuseum.org/exhibition/seachange/
Gulf of Maine EcoArts: http://www.gulfofmaineecoarts.org/
Roxane Gay: https://roxanegay.com/
Jo Ann Beard: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/117985.Jo_Ann_Beard
Libby App: https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby
“Mill Town: Reckoning With What Remains” by Kerri Arsenault: https://www.amazon.com/Mill-Town-Reckoning-What-Remains/dp/1250155932
The Mexico Chicken Coop: http://mexicochickencoop.letseat.at/
“Vacationland: True Stories From Painful Beaches” by John Hodgman: https://www.amazon.com/Vacationland-True-Stories-Painful-Beaches/dp/0735224803
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About the guest:
Amanda’s first job in high school was working as a clerk at an independent record store. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communications from the University of Southern Maine and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from USM's Stonecoast program, where she served as managing editor of the Stonecoast Review. After college, her professional experience includes consumer relations at Tom’s of Maine, and in the communications office at Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles, one of the largest and oldest congregations in the country. For two years, she also taught writing at the Gnomon School for Visual Effects in Hollywood.
Currently, Amanda is the marketing and communications manager at Maine Maritime Museum and publishes a biweekly memoir/pop culture e-newsletter, Pleaushares. Amanda’s writing has appeared in the Portland Phoenix, Vela Magazine, and the literary journal Two Serious Ladies. She lives in Bath with her husband, their dog and cat.
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