Sure, you’ve seen snapshots of our employees on our blog and Instagram, but have you ever wondered what makes them tick? Today, we’re focusing on another fab ModEmployee who makes ModCloth the amazing place that it is.
Tell us what you do as a Merchandise Planner at ModCloth.
I make sure our inventory is managed appropriately — that items our customers love are always in stock, and items they don’t love (or that they loved so much we only have a size or two left) are marked down or replenished at the right time.
I like to think I am managing my own little empire and I am the CEO of my category: bottoms (which includes pants, denim, shorts, rompers, jumpsuits, skirts, and leggings). My buying counterpart team (who are in charge of picking the most beautiful, unique, and awesome clothing our customers will love), and I are constantly in communication about what’s working, what isn’t, and what actions we will take to continue to deliver new and different items we know they’ll like. It’s an exciting time for our empire, as we are seeing our customers dressing in new and unique ways.
Let’s go back to day one on the job. What’s your first ModCloth memory?
My team made a “Welcome to ModCloth” banner, which included my favorite comedian, Amy Schumer, a Colorado state logo (where I was born and raised), and Caitlyn Jenner…because why not, right? It made me feel so welcome, and I loved how considerate it was. I still have it at my desk to this day.
What’s your favorite thing about what you do?
The people I work with! Everyone on my team is so talented, driven, and motivated to contribute to this amazing brand. I’m consistently inspired to drive my category, look deeper into my business, and learn how I can contribute to my team in new and meaningful ways. It really is a culture where you are valued not only for your smarts, but also for the unique individual that you are. I really value that and haven’t found that anywhere else. I always feel comfortable knowing I can be completely and utterly myself, weirdness included!
When you’re not on the clock, where can we find you?
You can usually find me walking in San Francisco, listening to podcasts, and checking out a new coffeeshop or restaurant. Listening to stories while I admire the beautiful landscape (with a croissant in one hand and a dark-roasted coffee in the other) makes me one happy lady!
I also find the occasional estate sale that is bound to have some treasures. I have slowly grown a collection of vintage costume jewelry, pins, and clothing. I’m also a huge film buff, and I especially love French thrillers and German dramas. Every year, I participate in the San Francisco Film Festival, and my goal is to go to Sundance next year!
Tell us about your lucky charm bracelet and your love of vintage costume jewelry.
My mom had a charm bracelet when she was growing up and it was her favorite, most-important accessory. One year, she bought a chain for me and gave me a charm from her own bracelet — a piece from a necklace owned by the grandmother who had given it to her — so she felt it was fitting to pass it to me. It is such a special reminder of who I am and the most precious memories of my family.
I uncover my treasures in the most unlikely of places, but a lot has come from my mom, aunt, and grandma. They are also huge lovers of costume jewelry, so they always pass along a piece that they know I will love, usually with a lot of pink! I gathered the rest of my collection on my travels.
We heard a rumor that you’re a bit of a comedienne. Do tell!
I always touted that my one bucket list item was to try stand up comedy. One day, it hit me that if I don’t try this now, I don’t know if I ever will. I found a comedy college a couple blocks from my apartment that had a beginner stand-up class, so I emailed the instructor, and he suggested I come to the first class and observe to see if it was right for me. So that’s just what I did, and immediately I was hooked! At the end of the 6-week class, I signed up for another where we developed and performed a 6-minute set. Every week, I worked on new jokes and material, took criticism, and built my set. It should be noted that at this time, I broke up with my boyfriend and lost my job, so I had plenty of material to work with!
Comedy helped me immensely through my grieving and understanding the humor in my terrible situation. I performed in my graduation show on February 14th, 2015. Ironic, isn’t it, that a day of love was the day for my first show? Here I was, single and laughing through the pain, but I got raucous applause, and people even came up to me afterwards and told me how funny I was. For the rest of the night, adrenaline flowed through my veins, and I was happier than I have ever been. That’s when I knew stand-up comedy was perfect for me.
What are some cool comedy projects you’ve worked on?
I recently put on a charity comedy show with an all-female lineup benefiting an organization that is near and dear to me, Girls on the Run. Comedy gave me confidence I never knew I could have, and I want all girls to realize that for themselves. I participated as an assistant coach for GOTR, a nonprofit aligned with my goals for all girls/women to know that they can achieve their dreams.
I gathered an all-star lineup of 7 female performers who I thought were pretty amazing and bold in pursuing their dreams and who had some funny things to say. I hosted it at a great venue in the heart of North Beach last December, and we had over 50 attendees and raised $850+ and awareness. The night was incredible — all of the comedians were hilarious and I got so many compliments on what a great night everyone had.
Any advice for others aspiring to try out comedy?
- Be completely yourself, don’t try to pretend to be someone else who you think is funny — just be you. Be in constant observation of your world around you and start to think about the way things are, what you like or don’t like about life. Jot down topics or go on rants about a given topic.
- Have a buddy who supports you and encourages you to go up on stage or goes to see you.
- Look up classes or beginner open mics in your area where you can try it out. Comedy gets easier the more you keep getting on stage.
- Find the reasons why you want to do comedy. For me, it is a form of self-expression, therapy, and feeling connected to others. For the times I feel discouraged it helps to remind myself why I am doing this and to just keep on keepin’ on. Life’s a journey but it sure is better when you can have a good laugh, even if it is just you laughing at yourself, I say!