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Megan Carver & Becky Anderson of Carver PR

What’s it really like for two people to work together, day in, day out? We made separate phone calls to the women behind Carver PR, the celebrity PR agency based in Henry Wood House, and asked them to dish the dirt on each other

Megan Carver & Becky Anderson of Carver PR

Megan Carver, 38, and Becky Anderson, 30, met in 2008 at Radio 1, where Megan was a producer and Becky a trainee. Megan went on to become marketing director for Sony RCA and managing director at the entertainment PR company The Outside Organisation. Becky moved to BBC Worldwide and on to Penguin, but they stayed in touch. In 2014, Becky joined Megan to help set up Carver PR, a boutique PR agency, working with some of the biggest names in entertainment

Becky

What’s she like to work with?
She’s the big-ideas kind of creative person. I’m the “OK, that’s great, but how are we going to implement this?” kind. We did a psychometric test that proved our strengths and weaknesses are perfect for a working relationship. Whenever we recruit someone, we get them to do the test to see how they’ll fit in.

Is there a key to successful collaboration?
Listen to each other. At times it’s important to turn off your email and say, right, where are we with this?

You’ve both worked in the music industry. What’s Megan’s taste in music like?
Hahahaha! How can I answer that without getting into trouble? Cheesy. She loves an Eighties power ballad. She’s the same when she does karaoke.

What does she sing like?
She’s a much better PR. Do you need to be friends to work together? People say you shouldn’t be friends, but I don’t see how you can separate work and friendship if it’s a person you see day in, day out. Of course you’ll know about their life, their friends, how their cats are...

So how are her cats?
One’s got a gammy eye at the moment. Other than that, they’re good.

The biggest lesson she’s taught you about PR?
Just to be honest. Sometimes you have to tell your clients things they might not want to hear.

Does she have any weird habits?
Sometimes she’ll stand up and go, “I’m having a lie-down,” and she’ll lie on the rug. If you have a question, she’ll answer it, but she’ll be on the floor.

If Absolutely Fabulous was set in your office, who’d be Patsy and who’d be Edina?
She’d be Patsy; she always has a leopardprint top or shoes. And she can be a whirlwind!

Are you competitive with each other?
Never. We’ve both worked in big companies where you’re always looking over your shoulder, but because we started this together, there’s none of that. We just want to create a workplace that everyone’s happy to be in and feels rewarded by.

Megan

What’s she like to work with?
Super-organised, super on-it. Very fast. She can multi-task like a demon. And we have a laugh. That’s really, really important. We can say anything, be really inappropriate, but then we can knuckle down and not say anything to each other for hours.

Is there a key to successful collaboration?
You’ve got to be honest with each other and have complete integrity in what you’re doing. Becky and I inherently know what’s right and what’s not.

What’s her taste in music like?
Way more up to date than mine. Since I left Radio 1 and Sony, my music knowledge has gone down the pan. Becky’s way cooler than me. When the new Usher track dropped, she screamed so loudly I thought something bad had happened.

If Absolutely Fabulous was set in your office...
...I’m Patsy, obvs. But Becky’s not Edina. Actually, after two glasses of wine we can both be vying for Patsy status. On another day, she could be Patsy and I could be the grandma.

The biggest lesson she’s taught you about PR?
That it will all be OK in the end. Sometimes with clients, especially the prominent ones, I’ve felt an enormous responsibility, which gave me a feeling of utter fear. Becky taught me it’s all going to be OK.

Her weirdest habit?
She goes really northern sometimes, to the point that I’m like, “What did you just say?” Oh, I tell you what else she does, she eats food from the NutriBullet. She doesn’t juice things in the NutriBullet, she uses it as a receptacle to carry things around in. Like lettuce.

Are you competitive with each other?
Not at all. Being competitive is fine if it’s a game of Scrabble, or something with no consequences. But being competitive in the workplace, I don’t think that’s healthy. If someone says, “I’m competitive,” what they’re actually saying is they want to look like they’re better. We’ve both worked at places where people have been like that, but that’s based on their personal needs, rather than the needs of the job.

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