Get to Know Team MR: Meet Harling, Social Media Editor (Plus a Week of Her Outfits!)
TWO FOR ONE! And then some!
After you get to know Harling, meet our Graphic Designer, Emily, our Digital Director, Kate, our Managing Editor, Elizabeth, our Audio Engineer, Quazzy, the woman who founded this website, Leandra, our photographer, Krista, senior writer, Amelia and Content Strategist, Yvonne.
In honor of career month at Man Repeller, we’re profiling the team so that you can get a better sense of who does what, how this place runs and who the woman is behind the Twitter account. Oh! That’s Harling Ross, by the way. She’s our Social Media Editor, and she’s new. After you read her interview below, check out her week of outfits above. The girl’s not only so weird that we sometimes ask her via our company’s equivalent of AIM what exactly is going on in her brain, she’s got style. Killer combo, no? Meet Harling.
Hey Harling! So what does a Social Media Editor do?
I’m responsible for making MR’s social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr…) feel like distinctively awesome communities where you really want to hang out. A big part of that is figuring out how to deliver our content on these forums in a way that gets you super excited to click on it and talk about it. But I also want each platform to feel like a micro-website-cum-friendship that delivers hilarious/smart/weird/fashion-loving interaction at all hours of the day.
Where were you before this?
I worked at the Estée Lauder Companies as a Social Media Coordinator for the Global Talent division.
What did you go to school for?
To find a husband. (JK I WAS AN ENGLISH MAJOR.)
How did you get started at Man Repeller?
I’ve always been a devoted reader of Man Repeller, but when I say “reader,” I really mean “Kool-Aid drinker.” This site has had such an integral role in shaping how I think about everything from my personal style to my sense of self. That being said, I got my “start” by pitching a story to MR Writers Club, and I contributed a few one-off stories after that.
About a year later, I was offered a full-time position as Social Media Editor! Since starting, I keep thinking about a passage in Not That Kind of Girl where Lena Dunham compares canoodling with her boyfriend for the first time to “dropping my keys on the table after a long trip.” That’s kind of how it felt for me to come work at Man Repeller — like I’m finally getting the opportunity to be where I’m supposed to be and do what I’m supposed to do. It’s a really special thing.
Favorite part of your job?
In terms of my day-to-day, I’m always excited to interact with our Twitter followers, caption weekly themed Instagrams like #MRLunches and live-tweet events like the Oscars. Bigger picture, I really love being part of a company that makes women feel good about themselves.
Least favorite part of your job?
Social media is 24/7, which can be a lot. But I think about it like taking care of a newborn puppy: even though it needs tons of attention (and advance planning), it’s still supremely fun.
What’s one thing that surprised you in your path up until now?
Adult acne!! And career-wise? The importance of working with nice people. I didn’t expect it to be such a game-changer, but it is.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Beyonce’s neck pillow.
What’s one piece of advice you can offer to someone who wants a job like yours?
Develop a personal presence on social media. Follow and interact with people you admire on social platforms you enjoy. Let your freak flag fly freely (and say that 10 times fast).
What’s one piece of advice you have for someone who has no clue what they want to do?
Pick something you’re interested in or good at and start blogging about it. Even if your mom is the only reader.
Tell me something weird about you.
Melissa McCarthy was my babysitter.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Eat lots of avocados. They’re good for your brain cells, which can be helpful for pretty much any occupation.
Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis.