McCanners of New York | 79th Edition

McCanners of New York | 79th Edition


How long have you been at McCann and what do you do here?

I’ve been at McCann for almost a year now as a baby Strategist for Verizon and Choice Hotels. I still don’t know how to explain what I do to my parents. I don’t know how to explain it to myself.

What do you do when you’re not working?

Every Monday, I play bar trivia with my roommates as team “Helena Bottom Farter” at Ryan’s Daughter in Yorkville. On the weekends I get way too aggressive playing flag football and use my brand spanking new MoviePass to watch every piece of Oscar-bait I can.

What's your favorite scary movie? 

I have a special love for “The Exorcist”. It held a mythical quality in my house when I was growing up - my older siblings said it was the scariest movie of all time and that it would ruin me if I watched it. I believed them to the point that if I even heard the theme song, “Tubular Bells”, I would sprint out of the room. I finally bit the bullet and watched it when I was in high school and had nightmares for weeks. It was awesome.

First ever job?

I was a sales associate at Petland in Fair City Mall. Our job was to sell people puppies (I later found out that that was a no-no) and scoop crickets. I loved it because we got to try rabbit treats (the yogurt ones are the best IMO) and it was where my family bought our Australian Shepherd, Roo, and Golden Retriever, Daisy.

What was your first ever concert?

The HFStival (RIP) in 2004. I got to see My Chemical Romance, The Offspring, and New Found Glory – I got to mosh for the first time and my 13-year-old twin brother got suplexed by a 30-year-old which was interesting to watch. 

What movie makes you cry?

“Marley and Me”. Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston loved that crazy dog so much. I’m welling up just thinking about it.

Current song on repeat?

“How We Met, The Long Version” by Jens Lekman. It’s an evolution/history lesson AND a disco love song.

Go to Karaoke song?

“I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness. I can’t hit that high note, but I sure like trying.

What advice would you tell your high school self?

Stop waiting to fill up your car until the very last minute. It doesn’t save you any money and you will avoid so many stall-outs and unnecessary walks to the gas station with a gas can in your hand and your tail between your legs.

Your most bizarre talent?

Cooking and eating an entire box of bowtie pasta in under 45 minutes.

What is the fanciest thing you’ve ever done?

See above.

What are you currently obsessed with?

@TheAidsMemorial on Instagram – every post is a story of an AIDS victim submitted by a friend or family member and they’re all really beautiful. I’d forgotten the impact that AIDS had on the world in the 80s and 90s and how many amazing people were taken at such a young age.

Iced coffee or hot coffee? From where?

It could be -45 degrees outside and I’d still be drinking a jumbo iced coffee from Delmonico’s.

Name a character trait you’ve inherited from your parents.

Intense tardiness and optimism.

What would be your last meal?

Stuffed shells, lobster bisque, scallops, mushroom stroganoff and a bottle of Tums.

What is your greatest fear?

Never being able to fall asleep.

Who are your heroes in real life?

Oliver Sacks – he seemed willing to try absolutely everything while he was alive and he never gave up on his most puzzling patients.

Your worst habit?

Spending two weeks learning an instrument and then never touching it again.

Pick two celebrities to be your parents.

Holly Hunter and Mr. Clean. They kind of look like my parents so I could adjust to that change pretty easily.

First celebrity crush?

The guys from the Bod Man Body Spray commercials.

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