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Get to Know Team MR: Haley, Junior Editor
05.16.16

After you get to know Haley, meet our Graphic Designer, Emily Zirimis, our Digital Director, Kate Barnett, our Managing Editor, Elizabeth Tamkin, our Audio Engineer, Quazzy, the woman who founded this website, Leandra Medine, our photographer, Krista Lewis, our senior writer, Amelia Diamond, our Social Media Editor, Harling Ross, our Content Strategist, Yvonne Dunlevie, and our Director/Filmmaker/Podcast host, Jay Buim.

If you’ve been listening to Monocycle or watching the throne then you likely know the MR team is growing. Our newest member is junior editor Haley Nahman, tester of Zappos’ customer service, investigator of sun-related happiness and rounder-upper of round ups. She moved to New York City from San Francisco and likes dogs in turtlenecks and long walks on the beach. Ready to meet? After, bug Haley with questions below.

What’s your title, what does it mean and what do you do?

I’m a Junior Editor, A.K.A. a bite-sized, wannabe version of Amelia, which is an honor because she’s my dream woman. I write stories, edit others, contribute creatively wherever I can and help organize our editorial calendar. But I spend most of my time on the first one.

Where were you before this/doing what?

Before this I was working in talent experience at a design firm in San Francisco. I would explain that in more detail if I didn’t think it would bore you. There is almost no overlap in duties between that career and this one unless you include my unpaid side-gigs which were writing for my blog, helping my friends with creative projects and vigorously reading the internet.

What did you go to school for?

I went to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and studied International Business and Spanish. DOES THAT SOUND AS RANDOM AS IT FELT TYPING IT?

How did you get started at Man Repeller?

I’ve been obsessed with Man Repeller since 2011, but it wasn’t until 2014 when I decided to get less hypothetical about ~following my dreamz~ that I even let the idea of contributing enter my field of vision. Fast track to earlier this year, after several attempts (and failures!) to contact MR, when I found myself on an email chain with Leandra and Amelia (via my friend, angel and writer Carlye Wisel). I sent them a bunch of my writing and a cheesy powerpoint deck and then hyperventilated for a few minutes. When Leandra eventually offered me the gig I quit my job and moved across the country. I’m an indecisive overthinker and I’ve never had to consider something less.

Favorite part of your job?

Getting to (1) express myself with words (2) within a context that very organically interests me (3) with a team I admired, loved and respected before I even met them (4) for a company whose ethos I align with completely. Down to every last stupid bone in my body. It takes no effort to find the joy in it and that’s nothing short of dreamy.

Least favorite part of your job?

When I know the answer or insight I’m looking for is somewhere in my brain but I don’t have the time or spark or mental energy to coax it out.

What’s one thing that surprised you in your path up until now?

That I actually could do what I wanted to do, rather than just dream of it from another career, another life, another world.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

An author with a cozy home full of soft blankets, cool hats and flat-faced animals.

What’s one piece of advice you can offer to someone who wants a job like yours?

First: care about stuff and read about stuff and learn about stuff until you have something interesting to say. Then: write. For yourself, for a blog no one reads, for your mom, for anyone who will listen. Be forgiving of your shittier tendencies because you are a person and then just keep going. Lastly: find an in, however loose it might seem.

What’s one piece of advice you have for someone who has no clue what they want to do?

As Nora Ephron said: “Everything is copy.” What you’re doing now, however pointless it might feel, is part of your story. All you have to do is keep exploring your interests and take care to evolve. In my experience, people who are willing to critically examine themselves and the world around them seem to grow and move forward much faster than those who aren’t. But also I know how annoying advice can be so feel free to ignore all of this! WHO AM I EVEN?

Tell me something weird about you.

I’m really good at winking. Not in a sexy way but in a creepy doll way. I’m also obsessed with orangutans and animals in general. I’m trying to create an animal vertical at Man Repeller but Amelia and Leandra aren’t having it.

Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis.

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  • Amelia Diamond

    ” When I know the answer or insight I’m looking for is somewhere in my brain but I don’t have the time or spark or mental energy to coax it out.” ughhh yes

    • Haley Nahman

      BUT YOU ARE A WIZARD AT THIS

      • Debbie

        when will you do a Top Shelf?

        • MildredWood

          “it was that time when i lost my job and was very desperate”…nz563 until i started with my PC and earning 89 d/hr … last month little over 28 k ,,,, my monthly income …
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  • “An author with a cozy home full of soft blankets, cool hats and flat-faced animals.” I related to this on so many levels. Although the animals don’t all need to be flat-faced – only willing to let me cuddle with them at any point in the day.

    I love reading about your dedication and what might appear to be a spontaneous decision to move cross-country, but really made perfect sense. I’m still trying to develop the guts to make a move like that.

    • Haley Nahman

      Please do it!!!

      • Haha thanks Haley! I think I need to stop dreaming and start doing 🙂

  • Hannah

    RIP hangin’ with Chelsea & Hayley </3

    • Magdalena

      Word

      • Haley Nahman

        Omg hi chelseawears fans!!

    • Lindsey Lamer

      Word squared. I will miss those insanely entertaining/educational hangouts!

  • kevynryan

    sidenote – you’re also really pretty JUSS SAYIN

    • Haley Nahman

      ^^^cool comment award^^^

  • Harling Ross

    HALEY IS EATING BABY CARROTS OUT OF A GLASS RIGHT NOW. She’s also a really good writer. Her words strum my brain + heart like a master harp player.

    • Haley Nahman

      Harling carrots are better from a glass!!!

      • Amelia Diamond

        that was weird I meant to say something about that too

  • Moa

    Oh I have missed you from Chelsea’s channel but love that you write for MR? keep up the good stories!!

  • BuffyAnneSummers97

    Yours are the lense frames I| wish I could pull off.

  • Haley, this is just in case: last time I realized my flat is lacking orangutans I grabbed my credit card, “switched on the internet” and, voila, 3 weeks later, I was a happy owner of two plush orangutans from the USA. Two because I wasn’t totally … sober when ordering. *blush*

    Other than that: turns out I’m your fan.

  • Amy Mills

    Hi Haley lovvve your voice in the articles of yours that I’ve read so far – already have fuzzy close feelings associated with ur writing style so I’m guessing as a writer that is the dream (?)

    • Haley Nahman

      This is a dreamy comment <3 <3 <3

  • I know you from Chelsea’s channel! I looking forward to reading your stuff (I already love Bug instagram)

    • Haley Nahman

      I’ve started posting on bug again just 4 u!

  • Carolina Andrade

    I first saw you on Chelsea’s channel and loved your videos together, then I started reading your blog and really liked your style of wrtiting so now I feel really proud that you are part of the MR team and it’s good to know we can enjoy your writing more frequently.
    Your doing an awesome job (in my opinion)!!

    • Kate Barnett

      yeah she is!!!!

      • Haley Nahman

        Guyssssssssssss

  • Chelsea

    I loved watching you and Chelsea on her channel! You should do a chatroom video — you’d be great!

    • Haley Nahman

      I am going to pretend you are actually Chelsea and forgot to make up a fake name. HI CHELSEA.

      • Lol, that would be THE WORST cover ever…. or the best cover. V unexpected.

        • Chelsea

          Hahah. I also have a cousin named Hailey who I was BFFs with growing up, so it was a weird parallel universe when I watched those videos. Shoutout to all the Chelseas and Haleys (and all the spelling varieties) in the world!

  • Hi Haley! You are an incredible writer and I am jealous of your skills. I also noticed that you are POUNDING OUT the articles. You must have written 50 in the past day. Are your fingers chained to a keyboard?

    • Haley Nahman

      THANK YOU and my fingers enjoy 100% freewill!

  • Grace Gaudin

    All for the animal vertical, sounds amazing!

  • Kelly

    Am I the only one kinda curious what ‘talent experience’ is?

    • Haley Nahman

      Although I’m tempted to let you stay curious…it’s a fancy stand-in for the strategic/people-management side of human resources

  • Mercedes Ayala

    AHHHHH I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT. Congrats bb girl!

    • Mercedes Ayala

      ps – hoping you still check your old email, sent it your way yesterday (take your time, you’re a big shot now. Feel free to forget about me). If not pls do and then send me a new email to harass you with my existential crises’ with~

      • Haley Nahman

        Will do bb girl I got puh-lenty

  • Super interesting! It must be so fun working at MR x

    http://www.wonkylauren.com

  • Lillian

    Happy you’re here! Just lurked the shit out of your blog. I’m a total creep but it speaks to me.

    • Haley Nahman

      I love to be lurked tho

  • Hanna Kubis

    but I want to see you eat goldfish crackers and have sporadic conversation with chealseawears…

    • Haley Nahman

      Wait I really want goldfish rn…I’ll get her to come to NY and record one with me!!

  • Omg re: your majors I was a poli sci major (and spanish minor but that feels ok) and I still occasionally have to explain why I’m not working towards being a public servant/lawyer/non profit creator and instead am decidedly more in the arts. Because I wanted a liberal arts education to apply to allll the endeavors I seek…there’s a longer answer in there for me personally but my point is I think a general education major is totally useful even if people don’t see the direct correlation right off the bat between your formal learnin’ and what ur doing for $$$

    • Haley Nahman

      Agreed! Same boat. That’s one reason I don’t regret my major (even though I kind of do?) (but I don’t) (or do I?) (hi) (i’m confused)

  • TheFastShun

    I remember reading your first post on your blog, and I love how your style has evolved over the past year! Would love you see a future post on some writing tips and tricks, as you’re one helluvaaaa writer!

    • Haley Nahman

      Thanks so much! I’ll write something on my blog soon!

  • Molly

    You hair is my hair goal! Pretty please do a #GRWM

  • Hannah Cole

    my actual life right now gurl

  • Rachel Dlugatch

    Ahhhh you went to Cal Poly?! I’m from SLO!!!!!! (Also I’m being that creeper who’s reading all about Team MR after last night’s event, buuuuut w/e.) Small world. 🙂

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