As Dane’s new Social Media intern, there’s still so much I have yet to learn from him personally and professionally. To get to know him a little better, here’s a deeper look into the Social Media expert himself!
Q: Where did you grow up, go to school, study?
A: I was born in Michigan, then when I was 11 I moved to Indiana. So I essentially grew up in both states. I went to college at Indiana University where I studied journalism and theatre & drama.
Q: What brought you to Chicago, if that’s not where you’re from?
A: After spending more than a decade in Indiana, I was ready to move to a big city. But I also didn’t want to be too far from my family, which made Chicago a solid compromise. It also didn’t hurt that my boyfriend lived here.
Q: What hobbies do you enjoy?
A: I’m a huge, huge, huge pop culture nerd. So I spend a lot of time watching movies, binging television, reading books… basically inhaling popular art. It’s my passion. I also like to stay active and cook, even though that sounds so vanilla when I say it out loud.
Q: What are your absolute favorite books/movies/plays/musicals?
A: My favorite books are either the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman or the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. My favorite movie is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. My favorite musical is Spring Awakening. I’m not sure if I have a favorite play, I’m sure I do but I’m blanking right now.
Q: If you were a Disney character, who would it be and why?
A: The Disney character I identify with most is Woody from the Toy Story series. That’s probably surprising because we aren’t exactly alike in personality, but I think Woody is the most loyal character ever created, and I value loyalty above all other traits.
Q: If you could meet anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?
A: This answer could change for me literally every hour. But right now I’m going to say Carrie Fisher.
Q: What was the last dream you had?
A: I think I was hanging out with this screenwriter who I really admire, and he was flirting with me? I have weird dreams.
Q: Do you have any embarrassing stories that you don’t mind sharing?
A: One time my boyfriend’s parents were having their front lawn spruced up for a party and I accidentally drove over a bunch of new flowers they were having planted. Luckily, they weren’t that mad. At least… I think they weren’t that mad.
Q: Why did you decide to go into social media marketing?
A: It’s something I just had a natural talent for from using it myself growing up. Plus I’ve been writing all my life. It just made sense to combine the two.
Q: Do you have any advice for beginners who are trying to get into the same field?
A: Be more proactive about internships and other freelance opportunities during college, or even high school. That’s my biggest regret from school, I wish I had put myself out there more and not been afraid to fail.
Q: What’s the hardest part about your job?
A: I’m someone who really likes routine, so starting a new project always gives me a little bit of anxiety. It’s something I’ve definitely improved on, but I always have that slight apprehension before I jump in. But once I do, it’s usually smooth sailing.
Q: What makes you love your job?
A: I love JB’s work environment. I benefit from having a relaxed office where everyone can truly be themselves and not have to feel like they’re faking it when they come to work. It helps me feel comfortable, which leads to greater creativity.
Q: Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all the new technologies and apps that are constantly being upgraded in the social media community?
A: Oh wow, constantly. I used to think not being able to keep up meant you were failing behind the times. But it’s also exciting once you get the hang of it. Like a few years ago, when I heard somebody was “on fleek,” I thought that “fleek” was a new social media app. That’s when I knew I was no longer on the cutting edge of trends.
Q: Would you rather spend a day with Beyoncé and never go to Disneyland again, or get to go to Disneyland whenever you want to but can never listen to her sweet, sweet music for as long as you live?
A: Man, that is a Sophie’s choice if I ever heard one. As horrible as it would be, I would go to Disneyland whenever I want and forgo Beyonce’s music. It would be horrible, but not as horrible as never visiting my favorite place on Earth.