Kate of the Week: Meet Katie Linn, amazing social worker and beef jerky enthusiast

Katie Linn 2011There are so many truly 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 Katie Linn, 30, of Long Island City, New York. Without further ado, 13 questions with Katie.

1. What’s your favorite thing about your name?

I love my name.  I especially like it because it goes so well with my last name. Combined it sounds so Southern. You really can’t say the whole name without having a Southern twang. Try it.

2. What’s your least favorite thing about your name?

I grew up around six other Katies, and that does not include other variations of the name. I hated that I didn’t have a more unusual name. In fact, my mom even called me by my first and last name to distinguish me from the others.

3. Who is your celebrity doppelganger?

Its a toss-up. I have been told Kirsten Dunst and the middle Hanson brother.  You pick.

4. So, what do you do for a living?

I am a social worker and programmer at the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City-Metro, otherwise known as NAMI-NYC Metro.

5. How did you get started in social work?

Honestly, NAMI-NYC Metro was one of the only agencies that offered me an interview after I moved from North Carolina to New York in 2005. And almost instantly, I was hooked. I loved the community and work so much that I haven’t left. In fact, I went back to school to get my Masters in Social Work while still working full-time because I didn’t want to leave my position at NAMI.  

6. What’s something you wish people knew or understood better about what you did?

That’s an excellent question—the most important thing I wish people knew is that people with mental illness are not their diagnosis.  They are a million things before they are sick: they are mothers, daughters, sons, fathers, partners, wives, doctors, lawyers, artists, etc.  You get the point.

 7. In an ideal world, where making a living weren’t an issue, what would you be doing?

In an ideal world, social work wouldn’t need to exist. But that’s obviously not the case. Honestly, even if money wasn’t an issue, I would definitely still do what I do. In fact, that is more of a reason to continue doing what I am doing. It’s not like I am in this for the money.

8. What’s a band, television show, book, or movie that you hope Kate-book readers will go watch, listen to, or read RIGHT NOW?

2009’s “A Single Man” showcases one of the most magnificent performances by any actor ever.  Colin Firth’s depiction of a man stricken with the grief of a love lost is so haunting that I still think of it daily two years later.

Lil' Katie Linn9. What’s your favorite stop to make on a road trip?

I love a country general store. You know, the ones that sell “homemade” jams and jerky. And an abundance of pottery with cats painted on them!

10. What’s the first concert you ever went to?

Well, I originally thought it was John Denver and the Muppets, but my mom confirmed recently that I had made that up. Does riding with your mom to pick up your brother from the Def Leppard concert and hearing the final encore, “Pour Some Sugar on Me” count? [Editor's Note: YES! That is the coolest thing ever.] If not, then I would say Regatta 69 in middle school.

11. If you were forced to get a tattoo right at this moment, what would you get?

My hubby-to-be and I discussed for five minutes getting wedding ring tattoos. So it would either be that or my cat’s name with a heart around it.

12. Who is your favorite famous Kate?

I would say Kate Winslet.  It doesn’t get much better than her in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

13. Will you tell us about a Kate out there who you wish were a household name?

I know it’s a super heavy-handed answer but, in wracking my brain, the only name that came up was Katrina—as in Hurricane Katrina.  Seven years later, one of my favorite cities still struggles and I wish it had remained a bit more on the public’s radar.

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3 thoughts on “Kate of the Week: Meet Katie Linn, amazing social worker and beef jerky enthusiast

  1. LizzTor says:

    I might be biased, but Katie Linn tied for first place with Kate Torgovnick for my favorite Kate-of-Every-Week :)

    • Larry Olin says:

      Katie Linn is so neat and I had no idea that she was a beef jerky enthusiast. In fact, I have only had beef jerky once in my life.

      This interview with her is great.

  2. Andy says:

    Not gonna lie, that Def Leppard show at the Dean Dome was Rad…….Good review of my sister…So proud..

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