March 2014. Magic Mountain. Valencia, California. Ride: Goliath. Top Speed: 93 mph [Source: Goliath Wikipedia].
Our fearless leader, Darren Shuster, CEO of Pop Culture PR, is not immune to his own agency’s official Adrenaline Sessions (featured above holding on for dear life). Staffers must be willing to drop more than 300 feet at 93 miles per hour (or, as Shuster suggests, “they simply may not have the fortitude to thrive in the PR industry these days!”). Journalists, producers, bloggers and all sorts of influencers tell our staff yes, no and maybe every 5 minutes of the day, 24/7; crisis communications can’t be avoided with the most unexpected of clients; social media never sleeps; and global campaigns don’t know what dinner time for the staff means.
Here’s an arctic blast from the past.
Back in 2006, Darren Shuster, Pop Culture PR’s Founder, stayed with Eskimos in the village of White Mountain, Alaska (“it made Nome look like Anchorage”). PokerShare.com was looking to rename an Alaskan town, Bluff, to one of its own moniker — PokerShare.com, U.S.A.
Darren’s job, upon accepting this mission, was to meet with the elders of the village to have a community discussion. You see, in native Alaska, communities actually meet and discuss money, safety, development, education and other issues. As the locals were very warm and hospitable, our fearless agency leader lost more than $150 in a living room Poker game with his hosts. Upon sunrise, he joined the Dominos Pizza deliveryman on his flight back to Nome.
Darren Shuster, the founder of Pop Culture PR, was originally inspired by Andy Warhol, mass consumer media, and the entire pop culture movement. That’s where the agency gets its name.