After you get to know Ashley, meet Edith Young, Ariel Tensen, Erica Smith, Maria Jia Ling Pitt, Shari Brown, Emily Zirimis, Kate Barnett, Elizabeth Tamkin, Quazzy, Leandra Medine (the woman who founded this website), Amelia Diamond, Harling Ross, Yvonne Dunlevie, Jay Buim, Haley Nahman, Patty Carnevale, Jasmin Aujla, Matt Little and Leslie Price.
You’re the Social Media Editor! What does that mean and what do you do?
I spend all day wandering around on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and every other social media space just in case you’re on a website that isn’t Man Repeller but still want to hang out with Man Repeller.
Where were you doing before this?
I was working in dubbing and digital distribution for children’s television shows in Los Angeles. It’s not particularly related, but it was fun to watch robots speak French all day.
What did you go to school for?
I studied television, radio and film at Syracuse.
How did you get started at Man Repeller?
I was living in L.A. and had just started looking for work in New York when the role opened up. I’m a longtime reader and a longtime tweeter and the Man Repeller team was my exact mental picture of “New York cool,” so I decided to apply and didn’t uncross my fingers for weeks.
Favorite part of your job?
Being on Twitter all day is my job. I also love being surrounded by nonstop creativity and having the freedom to experiment with whatever ideas spring to mind as a result.
Least favorite part of your job?
I don’t think I have a least favorite part yet, but the hardest part is being on the internet 24/7. It can start to make everything blend together and I tend to lose track of time and space.
What’s one thing that surprised you in your path up until now?
Life is almost impossible to plan. I graduated knowing exactly what I wanted to do and all that went out the window within weeks. It’s important to keep an open mind and not let your idea of what you think you should be doing get in the way of pursuing what you actually like.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Security team at The Bachelor mansion.
What’s one piece of advice you can offer to someone who wants a job like yours?
Stay open. Most paths aren’t linear. Figure out what elements of a job you’re looking for and try to apply them to your current job, so when the right thing opens up, you’re ready.
What’s one piece of advice you have for someone who has no clue what they want to do?
You don’t have to know. Try talking to people in whatever industry you’re interested in to learn the reality behind their job. Use experiences from previous jobs to narrow down what you liked and what you didn’t like. If you’re looking for a first job or picking a major, don’t mistake your decision for permanent. You won’t be stuck there forever. It’ll be fine.
Tell me something weird about you.
I hate celebrating birthdays, but I need everyone to know yesterday was my birthday.
Photos by Edith Young.