There are so many fascinating Kates out there. And every week, Kate-book.com is resolving to introduce you to a new one. This week, I would like you to meet Caitlin Abber, 28, of Brooklyn, NY. Without further ado, 13 questions with Caitlin.
What do you do for a living?
I am a marketing consultant and a writer. I work with brands to help grow their businesses and make them more popular on the Internet. As a writer, I am my own marketing manager – though the process is slightly different for a person than a company.
How did you get started doing PR?
I’ve always been a blogger, and about 6 years ago I was living in San Francisco and working at a receptionist job that gave me ample time to write. A startup found my site, and asked me to help them out with content development and outreach. It was sort of like a pretty girl being discovered by a modeling scout at a pizza parlor – only I am way less leggy.
What’s something you wish people knew or understood better about what you do?
Right now my main focus is writing. There are a lot of critics and commenters out there who want to say that I don’t deserve to write because I don’t “have anything new to say.” One commenter even said, “Who names their kid Caitlin?!” – which is funny, because there are entire soccer teams in the Midwest with my name. I guess what I’d like people to understand about what I do is that I love it so much, very little is going to make me want to stop.
In an ideal world, where making a living weren’t an issue, what would you be doing?
I am a warm weather person. I am never happier than when I am in shorts and a tank top, on a roof somewhere with a cold beverage on hand. I reckon I would do that until I got bored, and then maybe go do that somewhere else. There are so many warm, lovely places in the world. It’s my goal to siesta in all of them.
Since I write primarily for the Internet, bloggers are sort of my wheelhouse. I’ve always been a fan of Emily Gould and I contribute to the site Thought Catalog, so I am just going to give a shout out to them. As far as books go, I recently finished Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman. I loved it because it took place in my area of Brooklyn, and I grew up half Jewish in a small town in Massachusetts with a big Hassidic population. You know how some entrepreneurs obsessively read books about their idols, like Steve Jobs and Donald Trump? I am like that with young female authors. We all measure success differently, I suppose.
What’s your favorite stop to make on a road trip?
The local diner. I hear Guy Fieri is a total jerk, but I love watching “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” just because I like looking at food. I Google image search things I am craving and look at pictures of them until I lose interest. A greasy burger joint or pizza place in the middle of nowhere is a very special thing.
Who is your celebrity doppelganger?
I don’t really think I look like anyone in particular, which I guess is neither good nor bad.
What’s the first concert you ever went to?
When I was in grade school all of the girls in my class were going to the Kiss 108 concert (a total Massachusetts thing), and I was unpopular so they didn’t invite me. My dad decided to be a total hero and get me tickets and I went and chilled with him. I think Blues Traveler and Boys II Men played, which is awesome in retrospect. Thanks Dad!
If you were forced to get a tattoo right at this moment, what would you get?
I have four tattoos so far, and am fairly certain I will get more. But if someone forced me to make a decision right now? That’s easy, my cat Henry Littleboots wearing a fireman’s outfit (because he is a real lifesaver).
What’s your favorite thing about your name?
I’m a Caitlin, not a Kate (except to my family and hosts when I make a reservation at a restaurant). My favorite thing about my name is that I have made a rule about it – no one can call me Cait unless we are super close. When people start breaking this rule and I don’t mind it, I know they are part of my inner-circle. They have wormed their way in, and I have another cadet in my Cait Army.
Your least favorite thing about your name?
I’ve never met a 60-year-old Caitlin, so I am a little nervous about how this name will age.
Who is your favorite famous Kate?
There are so many of us, it is so hard to pick just one! I think I like Kate Moss, just because she is so pretty and yet, so imperfect. I like a Kate that doesn’t try to be all-cute about it.
Tell me about a Kate out there who you wish were a household name.
There are a bunch of Kate’s out there who are doing their own thing and making themselves household names, which is awesome. Even though we don’t have the most unique name, I think it is important for all of us to find a way to stand out. The name Kate (or Kathleen) comes from the idea of chastity, but I don’t think Kates should be chaste about anything. Put it all out there, that’s what I say!
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