Branding? Comedy? Marr ’18 Explores Both Careers
Like many Hamilton students, Lucy Marr ’18 does not yet have a clear idea of what career lies in store for her after graduation. “As you can see from my various concentrations, I am interested in a whole lot and haven’t narrowed it down much,” she said.
This summer, in line with her varied interests, Marr has two internships, each one exploring different facets of her wide skillset. Five days a week, she works at Base Design, a branding studio in New York City dedicated to building personality behind “ingeniously simple” brands. Base has worked with high-profile clients from Milk to Fondation Louis Vuitton to NeueHouse. Then, three nights a week, she works at Stand Up NY, one of New York City’s premiere comedy clubs, and former host to comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock.
At Base, Marr works closely under partner Geoff Cook, who manages business development by working with new clients and maintains relations with existing and past clients. Marr is assigned a variety of tasks on the business side of things, preparing presentations, performing markets research and analysis on different bands, writing proposals for media clients, and posting on social media channels.
Hometown: Chapel Hill, N.C.
High School: Durham Academy
On the days she works at Stand Up NY, Marr takes the subway straight up from Base in the Financial District to the Upper West Side, where the club is located. After joining Yodapez, Hamilton’s improv troupe, in the spring, Marr fell in love with comedy and performing, and then emailed a bevy of clubs in NYC asking for a chance to intern.
Stand Up NY took Marr on, putting her in charge of managing different social media accounts social media management (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat) during the shows and afterwards interviewing the acts.
When she arrives at Stand Up, Marr checks the social media accounts and responds to messages, pictures and posts, and goes through the line-up for the night. During the show, she takes pictures and posts about shows in real time. Often, Marr interviews comedians after their sets asking about their entry into comedy and its biggest rewards and challenges.
Though she does not have a clear idea of a particular career, the work Marr has done this summer has made obvious a few things. “I know I want to do business of some sort, I like to write, I know I want a social job, with lots of interactions with different, interesting people. For these reasons, marketing and communication, with their ties and applications to psychology, seem to be stand-outs,” she said.