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 Kate Kotler, 38, of Chicago. Without further ado, 13 questions with Kate.
What do you do?
I’m a writer/journalist who covers pop-culture and women’s place in pop-culture. I also co-write a “geeky dating column” (soon to be podcast!) with Elliott Serrano for Bleeding Cool. Lastly, have a 9-5 job recruiting/managing the staff for a start-up company called I Wish Lessons.
How did you get started in your line of work or study?
I’ve always been a writer, but the real start to my current career came in 2005 when I started writing a blog called “Adorkable Grrl.” Everything else spring boarded from there … now I write for four, sometimes five online publications and have a graphic novel coming out in 2013.
What’s something you wish people knew or understood better about what you do?
People seem to think that being a pop-culture journalist who goes to comic cons, etc. for work is pretty glamorous. (Editor’s note: yes, that’s a photo of Kate with Stan Lee after the jump.) Truthfully, it’s pretty exhausting (and low paying, hence the 9-5 job). While participants at comic cons are having a blast, journos and pros are up each morning at 5 a.m., then running around all day chasing down stories, sitting on panels and networking — generally to fall exhausted into bed sometime after midnight. It is fun, and I love what I do, but I almost always need a vacation (or at least, a day off) after covering a comic convention.
Running my own vintage clothing store.
What’s a band, television show, book, or movie that you hope Kate-book readers will go watch, listen to, or read RIGHT NOW?
Band — Gotye. Television Show — “Doctor Who.” Book — The Time Traveler’s Wife. Movie — “The Avengers.”
What’s your favorite stop to make on a road trip?
I love prowling around cities and checking out thrift stores.
Who is your celebrity doppelganger?
I don’t know that I have one. When I was younger, skinnier and blonder some people thought I looked like Reese Witherspoon.
What’s the first concert you ever went to?
Willie Nelson, Poplar Creek (in Illinois), 1985.
If you were forced to get a tattoo right at this moment, what would you get?
Cherry blossoms running up my left arm and around my shoulder/back.
What’s your favorite thing about your name?
Your least favorite thing about your name?
When people who don’t know me well call me “Katie” — as that’s my family nickname and I generally tend to prefer that people who are just meeting me call me Kate.
Who is your favorite famous Kate?
It’s a tie; Katie Scarlet O’ Hara or Kate Hepburn.
Tell me about a Kate out there who you wish were a household name.
My little cousin, Kate Doyle. She’s a fierce collegiate soccer player and a brilliant student of biology. Not to mention, she’s funny as hell and (supposedly) named after me. =)
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