You grew up in NJ, right? Why do you live in VA now?
Yes, I grew up in Clifton, NJ — which is about 15 minutes outside of NYC. You may think I’m crazy for moving away from NYC, but it was one of the best decisions I ever made.
October 2006 was when I decided to relocate to Virginia, and it was because I was in love (go figure). I wasn’t thrilled with the job I had at the time, so Ben and I decided that it would be best for our relationship (we had been in a long distance relationship for about 2 years at that point), if we lived close to one another so we could take it to the next level.
Why didn’t Ben move up to NJ you ask? Well, he was touring with the band Mae at the time, and they are located out of VA, plus he had another side job (which is now his full time job) that he also enjoyed. I was the unhappy one so I wanted to make the move. Then, about 2 weeks after moving down here Ben proposed ;]
I think you said you used to work in NYC… what did you do?
It’s true, right after I graduated college I landed a job at Cornerstone Promotion. I worked in the digital music department as a Grassroots Online Marketing Manager. Basically what I did was market bands to blogs and online websites. I’d set up contests and just basically be the means to getting album release and tour information out into the digital realm. I was good at my job, and I met a ton of great industry people (and friends) while working there, but it just wasn’t for me. Without that job though, I would have never landed the job I have now, so I certainly don’t regret it one bit.
You’re the Project Manager at Grow Interactive? Cool! You guys do great work!
Thank you! I’d like to think so as well ;] And yes, that’s what I do now, and I love my job. Sure it gets stressful, but I feel really blessed to be part of such an awesome company and work with such talented people on a daily basis.
Thanks for these questions! Keep ’em coming if you want to know more!