Welcome Our Fall Interns: Heather and Paige

We were sad to say goodbye to our summer interns, but their departure was made slightly sweeter when they sent us Tiff’s Treats to say thanks for a great internship! Needless to say, our fall interns have some big shoes to fill. We’re not too worried though. As you’ll see from their interviews below, they were referred by myself and Robynne, so you know they are the best of the best!

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Where did you grow up?

Heather: I grew up in the small town of Pampa, Texas which is an hour Northeast of Amarillo.

Paige: I spent 12 years growing up in Corpus Christi, Texas. I finished my last three years of high school in a tiny beach town called New Smyrna Beach, Florida (my parents really wanted to live on the water).

What is your favorite thing about Austin, Texas?

Heather: I love the positive culture of the city (especially how dog-friendly it is)!

Paige: How you can be in a city and surrounded by nature at the same time.

Where did/do you go to school? What did/do you study?

Heather: I graduated from the University of Texas in 2016 with a degree in English, and a minor in Sociology.

Paige: I got my Associate of Arts in Journalism at Austin Community College, and transferred to Texas State University in the Fall of 2014 to major in Advertising.

What’s your go-to Karaoke song?

Heather: I Believe in a Thing Called Love by The Darkness

Paige: Dixie Chicks “Some Days You Gotta Dance”

What brought you to Social Distillery?

Heather: I met Shelly through an improv class at the Hideout Theater. Once I learned more about the company culture and the job itself, I applied to be an intern.

Paige: I worked with Robynne at Billy Reid. We always chatted about marketing and design so when SD was looking for a Fall intern, she gave me a heads up, and viola! Here I am, answering questions about myself!

What exotic pet would you like to have?

Heather: I would love to have a Fennec Fox!

Paige: Does a chocolate lab count?

This is Savannah the Fennec Fox! She's only 10 months old. She's training to be an animal actor.

What hobbies do you have and do you think they make you better at your job?

Heather: I love to write and perform improv comedy in my free time, and I think both hobbies serve me well as a community manager intern. Writing plays a major role in what we do at Social Distillery, and improv has helped my ability to present information to people in an interesting and entertaining way.

Paige: I am a fashion nerd/geek/girl through and through. Someone passed me a Teen Vogue when I was about 12, and pretty soon I was making wall sized collages full of magazine clippings. Most of the things I tore out were actually ads (and when you think about it, a magazine really is a book full of ads). Those years of absorbing magazines got me into writing, photography, editorial direction, and it introduced me to ads in a way that felt relevant to me. I was introduced to a new world through the magazine platform and I was curious about the process of discovering new things and bringing that to the public. That experience and a few others lead me to study advertising in school.

What’s one fun fact most people don’t know about you?

Heather: I’m ambidextrous.

Paige: I collect pressed flowers… every place I visit I pick some flowers and press them. Its turned into this sort of collage of things collected from different parts of the world. I’ve had friends bring me back flowers from Iceland and India. I’ve collected flowers from Russia and Switzerland. It’s fun. Try it!

What’s your favorite social media platform? Why?

Heather: My favorite social media platform is Instagram. I’m a visual person, and I love that Instagram brings people, stories, and even entire communities together simply through sharing pictures.

Paige: I love Instagram. Way too much. I love browsing and finding new artists and designers to follow. The best part is when they’re insanely creative and a bit funny.

What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

Heather: I’d wake up leisurely and do some writing. Next, I’d head to a yoga class, and afterwards, grab lunch with a close friend. Then, I’d take my dog Olive to the greenbelt for the afternoon. I’d end the day by cooking a big dinner for my friends and playing fishbowl.

Paige: Coffee. Yoga. Swim. Smoothie. Show.

 

We’re excited to see how these two are able to help us grow in creativity over the next semester, not only for Social Distillery’s channels but the various clients they will be helping with. Who knows, maybe we will even incorporate some pressed flowers or improvised comedy into our work!

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