If you’ve been following BOF on social media, you may have noticed that we’ve been on a bit of hiring frenzy as of late. Business is booming, our team is growing – and we love both of those things. Out of the resume pile, a Natalie emerged. Today it’s our pleasure to introduce you to our newest Community Manager, Natalie Wong.
As a kid, what did you think you were going to do when you grew up?
Other than a Pokémon trainer? I was going to be a journalist and a big installation painter with two private jets and four houses. (The irony is not lost on me on the last one, trust me.)
Most interesting/strangest job you’ve ever had?
I once volunteered for a charity office that had a program to help provide dentures for those in need. I never realized the power and confidence a literal new smile could give someone. When we had people come back and tell us their success stories, it nourished my heart in ways I never expected.
Who is your dream client and why?
Ban.do or aerie, for my loves of stationery, art, fashion, diversity and inclusion. These brands put forth the power of uniqueness in people.
What makes you grumpy at work?
I always look for a way to help keep the work process running as smooth and organized as possible, especially when it comes to group collaboration. I had an experience where a co-worker was unable to fulfill a vital component to a project and our immediate supervisor was unavailable to further assist us. Rather than diving and dwelling into sheer panic, I huddled up with the remainder of my team and we calmly mapped out our plan, one-by-one, over coffees and pastries. Those next couple of days, I got to know my co-workers a little better, how to better communicate with them, and complete a project we were proud to present.
Social media is an almost 24-7 job. How do you keep your sanity?
I’ve learned to keep my phone and camera more at bay this year and instead, put efforts to try to embrace the experiences I’m having in the moment. Social platforms can feel like a stage where you’re either awarded or lose out, but I always tell people: step back and take the pressure off. It’s about connection, not condemnation.
What marketing/social sin drives you crazy?
Brand follower bots. And #tags #for #every #single #word.
What do you wish more people knew about being a community manager?
Real life can be messy, intriguing and wonderful – as are the things that we choose to share in the digital world. I wish people remembered and valued the person behind the handle before jumping to criticism.
If you were a pantone color, which would you be?
14-4102, it goes with everything 😎
What’s your secret talent/skill?
I used to be a bit of a quiche-making connoisseur. In the summer of 2013, I ate 6 difference kinds of quiche for every meal for two weeks. Anything from: zucchini cheese, bacon onion jam, spinach, roasted tomato boursin, gruyere bacon leek—you get it!
What’s a little-known fact about you?
I was in choir for six years and competed with an acapella group in high school. We won two awards, even without having cool ‘Glee’-level dance numbers.
Three things you can’t live without?
Rice noodles. Popcorn. Song dedications.
What does your perfect Greenville Saturday look like?
For sure, breakfast at Biscuithead or scones and lattes at The Village Grind. In my 8 years of living in Greenville, I’ve still never picnicked at the park so I’d grab a few essentials from the farmer’s market and stroll through Falls Park until I found the perfect spot with some quality playlist selections. By then, I’d probably find myself at Grateful Brew waiting in front of whatever food truck is there with friends, some drinks and the board game of choice that day.
What’s your favorite series on Netflix?
Stranger Things. It’s everything that my Midwestern childhood felt like. Basically, if you combine X-Files and the Goonies, that was me between ages 6-12.