In each installment of The 4-1-1, we interview a different member of the House Party Team, asking the big questions that are on everyone's minds. Meet Danielle, our Senior Copywriter. Danielle is responsible for a lot of the words you read on our site at House Party, from the party descriptions to the emails and announcements you get when you apply or host. She's also co-editorial director of the blog and a frequent contributor. Alex, our Senior Program Manager, has worked with Danielle for her three years here, so she knew exactly what to ask...
How is it you came to be a writer? Was this what you always wanted to do? I actually went to school to be an Art Director and got my BFA in Graphic Communications. But in our program, we had to do both the copy and design and at some point it became clear I was a much better writer than designer!
What do you enjoy most about working at House Party? The free M&Ms. But seriously, I love the fact that no day is the same. I work on such diverse campaigns that it's impossible to get bored. And it keeps my creative juices flowing. Plus, I've developed some great friendships here so I actually enjoy coming to work and hanging with my co-workers.
We understand you're an avid tennis player. How long has this been your favorite hobby? I grew up playing and was on the high school team but despite lessons I was never that good. After my son was born, I wanted to be active again but needed to not feel guilty, so I turned to tennis since it's something I love. It made me excited to get back in the swing of things (pun intended) and thanks to the USTA teams, I now play competitively.
Just how big of a NY Giants fan are you? Be honest! Well, let's just say that I don't let anyone watch the game with me unless they're ok with expletives and violence.
You are a dedicated single mom to an 8-year old boy. What advice do you have for moms on raising boys? I used to imagine I would want a girl so we could do girly things like dress in pink and wear makeup, but boys are awesome! There's something so special about a boy and his mom; boys are so lovey-dovey! But I think the most important thing has been being active with him. Taking him to the park, throwing the football, pitching him balls for baseball, even hitting the tennis ball against the wall; it's fun and we bond when we just get out and play. I try to make sure our time is precious and I'm not on the phone or computer. This way he knows I have his full attention, because these moments are fleeting.
You have an impressive dedication to working out. What's your favorite workout these days? For me the key is mixing it up. If I get bored, I'm done. So while every week I run, do cardio and weights and of course, play tennis, lately I really love Zumba. I am completely uncoordinated and won't be giving anyone on "Dancing with the Stars" a run for their money, but I just lose myself in the class. The music is thumping, I toss out my inhibitions and I sweat like a man! And the class goes so quickly you feel like it wasn't even a workout, more like a fun party.
What's your favorite party memory? I've been surprised twice in my life. Once was in my late 20's by my roommate. I always taunted her that no one could ever surprise me. Well she got me good! The party was weeks before my birthday and at an apartment of someone I didn't know. Even when I walked in, I still didn't know it was for me. She still reminds me of it to this day! And then when I was pregnant with my son and thought I knew when my office baby shower would be, they completely fooled me with a fake meeting. Both times I was overwhelmed and felt completely loved.
If you had a superpower what would it be? Wait, I don't?
Is there a book, sitcom or movie script in your future? I've actually written multiple scripts back in the day, and one was a finalist in some competitions. And while I've started books here and there, I may or may not ever complete them. I think writing for a living takes away the need to write for pleasure. Wait, that came out wrong...
Got any questions for Danielle? Post them and we'll try and make her answer them.