In honor of career month on Man Repeller, we’re profiling the team so that you can get a better sense of who does what and how this place runs. First up is someone who’s fairly new to the crew, although you may remember her from this Round Table on plus size fashion and this GIF of Beyoncé.
Meet Emily Zirimis, Creative Assets/Graphic Designer.
Hey Emily! So, what do you do at Man Repeller?
On an average day, I make a lot of collages in Photoshop, with a twist of vector design/illustration thrown in on occasion. On other days, I’ll help style or creative direct a shoot with the lovely Krista, our photographer. Some of my other tasks include: photo sourcing, slideshow making, GIF making, social media asset creation and creation of all miscellaneous designed elements like ads, buttons, invites, etc.
This is a promo I made for Leandra’s Oh Boy episode.
What did you do before working at MR?
I was freelancing on my own, and before that I freelanced full time as a graphic designer at Refinery29. Before that, I did graphic design at Tocca.
What did you go to school for?
I studied Communications Design at Pratt Institute, which encompassed graphic design, illustration and advertising/art direction. I learned a little bit of everything in the best of ways.
When I graduated college, I thought that I was for sure going to be a package designer. I really liked working three-dimensionally and away from the computer. That’s why the hands-on, prop-styling/art direction side of this job is exciting to me.
This is from a fun shoot I worked on for the Diet Coke diet:
Not to sound like a restaurant survey, but…how’d you hear about us?
I first found Man Repeller through someone sharing an article on Facebook. I don’t remember what the article was about, but I remember finding the site and then stumbling upon Man Repeller’s Instagram. It was refreshing to see something different. Several years later, I decided to reach out to MR to inquire about illustration or design contribution as a freelancer, and found out that they were coincidentally looking to hire a graphic designer. I interviewed and here we are!
What’s the best part of your job?
That I don’t have to be afraid to get a little weird creatively. If I want to put a celebrity on a rainbow for no reason, or add a pineapple onto something, it’s okay. I also love that there are opportunities to participate in larger conversations, like the round tables.
What’s the worst part?
When there are super busy days and I’m unable to dedicate the full amount of time that I’d like to on something. It’s definitely all about time management and producing the best thing that you can within a certain amount of time, but that’s not always my favorite.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be a veterinarian, and then later discovered that too many bodily fluids would be involved. I am also allergic to most animals with fur so I don’t think that it would’ve worked out very well.
What’s one piece of advice that you would give to anyone who might want your job?
Don’t give up on doing what you want to do. If you want to pursue a creative career, keep trying until you find a place that’s right for you. Being a creative for a living is hard these days because it’s such a competitive field. And not to sound like a cheeseball, but just keep being YOU and everything will fall into place.
Any advice for the person who has no clue what they want to do?
Ask yourself: what is the one thing that you find yourself doing just because you enjoy doing it and not because you have to?
Let’s end this with a weird fact about you.
I’m kind of a hoarder — not in the “I collect used diapers and never throw away newspapers” sense, but more that I have a vast archive of objects with “creative potential.” However, it seems to have come in handy for shoots at MR…
Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis.