What’s the scariest thing that’s ever happened to you?
Hitting a black refrigerator head-on while driving up The 163 in the darkness of 4:30am. We had Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas” blaring, our excitement for the holiday was high and then, BANG, the entire front end of her Toyota Corolla flew up and around the car. We were the only ones on the freeway. Turns out, the dripping fluid was only windshield wiper fluid and the car was drivable - so we drove home in half a car.
What’s your professional theme song?
Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ (but only for the chorus). When it comes down to the wire - a magazine’s final close date, a segment’s taping day, or an editor’s deadline – I regularly want to sing this chorus to editors, producers, reporters, you name it; “Don’t stop believin’ | Hold on to the feelin’.” I’ve also had the pleasure of working with the same team and clients for many years now and through the good and bad, I’ve never stopped believing in my clients, my colleagues, myself.
As a five-year-old, what did you say you wanted to be when you grew up?
A teacher. My Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Dankwerth was such an amazing woman. She was kind, soft spoken, and taught me that although T-H-E sounds like nothing, it is an important word. I loved her and wanted to be exactly like her.
What is the least glamorous job you’ve ever had?
In high school I worked at a very popular clothing store as the Shoplifter-Regulator. In short, I was informed over a walkie talkie which item was being “lifted” and had to approach the accused with a friendly, yet open-ended question to reclaim the item – “Oh I have the perfect bag to go with that belt that you just shoved into your jacket.” Although, in retrospect, while not glamorous, that job may have lead to my decision to go into this career that requires savvy communication skills.
What is one of your hidden talents?
I can sing with my mouth closed. Yes, you read that correctly. My hilarious cousin almost became the Oscar Mayer Weiner girl because her voice was so crisp when singing the theme song through her closed mouth…she taught me everything she knows .
If you could be any fictional character for a day, who would you be?
Hands down, J.K. Rowling’s Hermoine Granger. She remains cool, calm and collected, even in the most hysterical situations and is able to do so thanks to her quick wit, deft recall, brilliant mind, and extremely reliable friends. In addition to her charisma and intelligence, I am probably most envious of the exceptionally interesting people she surrounds herself with.
If you could marry a food, what would it be?
ICE CREAM: It’s cool, versatile, delicious and reliably good – it’s like the food version of Johnny Depp.
What is your superhero name?
– Hermoine Wall. JUST KIDDING.