Habits: Susan Blond, President, Susan Blond Inc.

This business is about relationships as much as it is results.

Morning ritual 
I pray, then it's time for coffee and Cheerios with blueberries. Then, I put together a perfect outfit that mixes vintage Chanel and Derek Lam. I don't believe in casual and don't even own a pair of pants.

Required reading
Every day, I read the standards: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, New York Daily News, but also head to CNN.com and the Huffington Post.

Proudest career achievement
Becoming the first woman VP at a record company, Epic/CBS, was a great achievement. If I had to choose just one though, it would be the moment I started representing clients beyond music, as you really have a chance to be a part of something special.

Most regrettable career moment
I regret it every time I can't make someone see a client I love the way I do - that and not sleeping with Paul Simonon from The Clash many years ago.

First PR job
I left Andy Warhol's Interview magazine to go to United Artist Records.

Favorite city to travel to on business?
I've loved Los Angeles, London, Paris, Tel Aviv, and Toronto, but lately I'm the most comfortable in Miami and have been spending a lot of time in DC, where, if I'm lucky, I get to see my son Jack.

Most distinct aspect of your personal office
Either the painting that Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat painted for me or the Keith Haring that hangs above my desk.

Best career advice you've ever received?
Perception is everything. You can get the greatest coverage in the world for a client, but if they feel neglected they will be unhappy. This business is about relationships as much as it is results. I learned that from Adam Ant, who told me that I talked too much about Michael Jackson. Everyone should be the biggest star in your world when you're around them.

Person to call in a crisis
I turn to the top executives at my company. I will also always call my husband, Barry Bloom, and even though, like most women, I'd rather he just listen, his advice tends to be the best.

Ideal job, if not in PR
I would have been a painter as I first came to New York as an artist with the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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