[Perusing the Sunday Papers over Breakfast in Quogue; Rachelle Hruska, David X Prutting, Random Girl, and Stephanie Wei. Photo by David X Prutting]
It's weird to see a photo spread of yourself in a Magazine, especially posing with Gossip Girl's Ed Westwick (better known as "Chuck Bass"). It's even crazier to be tagged by Page Six Magazine as one of three NYC's IT Girls. But I'm not going to lie, it's pretty cool and exciting!!!
I was having breakfast on Sunday morning at a diner in Quogue with Rachelle, David X Prutting, and two other friends when I remembered that the story was in Page Six Magazine. We all huddled around to see the photo and read the "blurb" about me.
I love love love the picture of Ed and I!
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It was my first photo spread in a print publication and it was surreal to see myself. Page Six Mag coined me as the "Social Networker," which is how many of my close friends describe me. A few years ago when I was still working in finance but thinking about changing careers, my older and wiser cousin, Dave and I were discussing potential opportunities. Dave said, "If there was a job out there for a professional networker, that'd be a perfect fit for you." At the time, we couldn't think of a specific "career" or "field" that would suit me.
As a newbie to being in the public eye, I still get flustered when I see myself in print. When I spoke to my friend Lydia Hearst this morning, she told me about some of her experiences and how it's hard to be objective and you always see yourself in a harsher light than others do. As Lydia put it, "You have to take everything with a grain of salt."
I know I can't worry about what everyone is going to think or say about me or else I'd never leave my apartment, but it's still nice to be reminded by a veteran.
When Rachel Syme of Page Six Magazine interviewed me, she asked, "What are you up to now?" That's always a complicated question. Honestly, I loathe the question, "What do you do?"
I've taken an unconventional path; one that I would have never predicted 3 years ago or even 2 years ago. However, I've taken risks and I've been exploring creative avenues that I'd never tried before. I've learned more about my strengths and weaknesses. I've had successes and failures. I've been living life and it's awesome.
Since I left the corporate world in April 2007, my jobs and projects have ranged from writing business plans for start-up fashion companies, doing in-house PR for FORM, organizing fundraisers for non-profits, working with downtowntv.com, playing a role in a short film, and writing for guestofaguest, etc...
By the way, does anyone know if Gossip Girl is casting? What happened to the Asian chick that was part of the crew? I've spotted the rest of the cast out and about, but where's the token Asian?! Maybe I should audition for the role; after all, I'm a "real life" Gossip Girl. ;) Just kidding...kind of...