What did you want to be growing up? I discovered I loved to write early on. I also loved animals. A lot. So, young me thought I would be an author and a veterinarian, until I realized that anatomy and blood weren't really my forte. Now, I am happy in my PR career where I get to write every day. I've even worked with clients on pet-friendly events, from dog parties to Santa pet photos. So I count myself pretty lucky.
What did you learn from your first job? In high school, I worked for the flagship store of a retail company that's very well known for its customer service. You can probably guess which one it was, but it goes without saying that customer service was our number one priority. People are insanely brand loyal to that company because they know they can always trust them, and they put their customers first. Ever since then, going above and beyond to solve problems for my clients and their consumers has been an essential part of the way I work.
Describe your first day at Curator. Well, my first day at Curator was actually my second-first day at Curator. I interned with the team the summer prior. First off, instead of a regular desk chair, like everyone else, I was welcomed by a brand new, state-of-the-art balance ball seat. You know, an exercise ball on wheels. Talk about ergonomics.
Not too long after that, I opened my top drawer, and lo and behold:
For the record, according to science, ball chairs don’t actually do anything for you. And, that Ice remains unopened, probably tucked in the back of the office fridge still to this day. Needless to say I had a memorable first day on the job. The people who make up Curator's culture are what makes coming to work every day so much fun.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Honestly, Seattle is exactly where I want to be right now. I went across the country for school, and it's really nice being back home. I'm still in awe of this beautiful place. I love it. But, if I could have a vacation house, it would probably be a small cottage somewhere in Provence, the French countryside. Then I would take weekend trips to London and small villages in Italy.
What's one piece of advice you have for someone getting out of school or in the interview/job search process? Never get complacent. Do everything the very best way you know how, and then look for ways to improve, and to do more. In this industry, there's so much room for creativity, and forging your own path. There are no right answers, there's not one right way to do most things. Sometimes it can be easy to slip into a routine and feel satisfied with every day tasks, shutting down the computer once you've checked off your to-do list. That's great, but there's always more you can put into your role, and the agency, to reach that next level. I've always believed that you get out what you put in.