After you get to know Erica, meet 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 Managing Editor! What does that mean and what do you do?
I work closely with Leslie to make sure that our editorial calendar exists, our posts go up on time, our freelancers get paid and that the site doesn’t explode or anything tragic like that. You can usually find me stalking the team in Asana, lurking in the site’s CMS or color-coding Google Sheets.
Where were you before this/doing what?
Previously, I was on Vogue.com’s production team making sure that that site didn’t explode. Before that, I was a beauty editor at Birchbox where I got really addicted to dry shampoo (I’m better now).
What did you go to school for?
I studied Communication and Culture/Media/Entertainment at USC with some music industry and Italiano on the side.
How did you get started at Man Repeller?
I’d like to publicly thank Tumblr for introducing me to Leandra’s lessons in layering way back when. I’d scroll through and wonder, “Wtf is it like to live somewhere with actual weather, and have an actual need to layer multiple items of clothing and wear things like jackets.”
ANYWAY, fast forward to 2016: Tumblr and I rarely talk, but I’m still super into Man Repeller and I just happen to be living in NY. So, I decided to google “Man Repeller We’re Hiring!” as one does on a Saturday night, and ended up on the Managing Editor listing. I
freaked out did some mild internet stalking and emailed Leslie asking if the position was still available. (It was).
Favorite part of your job?
The sarcasm in the office is rampant and the pop-culture knowledge runs deep. I finally feel like I’m home.
Least favorite part of your job?
Medium to high carpal-tunnel risk.
What’s one thing that surprised you in your path up until now?
That you don’t always need to take everyone’s advice — even if they are more-whatever than you. Most of my path up until now has been a lot of internal Drake monologuing (“What am I doing? What am I doing?”), but the times I remind myself to finish the lyric (/“Oh yeah, that’s right, I’m doing meeeee, I’m doing MEEEeeeeEEee”) it’s worked out for the best.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
A TRL VJ. :’(
What’s one piece of advice you can offer to someone who wants a job like yours?
Listening is underrated — do a lot more of it. (But also maybe don’t take this advice per my Drake reference two questions ago.)
What’s one piece of advice you have for someone who has no clue what they want to do?
Don’t panic; productively chill by embracing the random. Also, listen to “Over” by Drake.
Tell me something weird about you.
I never know what I’m having for dinner any given night, but I already have my future Queen Elizabeth II-inspired, stateside corgi herd all planned out, from the individual names (first and last of U.S. Presidents with corgi-appropriate names e.g. Millard Fillmore, Grover Cleveland, Rutherford B. Hayes) to the family portrait inspo. I can’t wait for all of you to see it in like 10 years.
Photos by Krista Anna Lewis.