This is the tenth installment of interviews with the Crew members of Simpatico Studios. The interviews are conducted by Veronica Mattaboni, your kindly narrator and interviewer.
Jill sits at her table, which acts most of the time as her desk, that resides in her and Steve’s office, across from their little couch, which also frequently acts as her desk. At her side is her trusty Dunkin’ Iced Tea. She asks me if it is all right for her to multitask during this interview.
VM: How would you define the Jill Brand™?
JW: I would probably describe it as “A Tale of Two Redheads.”
Steve Whiskeyman, from his desk three feet away, joins the conversation.
SW: Who’s the second redhead?
JW: It’s me.
VM: Who’s the first redhead?
JW: Still me. She laughs. I guess what I mean is I am equal parts introvert and extrovert. People energize me, but I am fiercely independent. I think there’s a bit of dichotomy there that you don’t often find in one person, which I chose to define by my most outwardly given feature: my hair color.
VM: What are some things that are characteristically you?
JW: Perfectionism, but also an easygoingness. My general disposition is to be happy and positive, but I’m also extremely irreverent, which definitely catches people off guard at times.
SW: …That was my word…
VM: What’s your favorite song right now?
JW: My favorite song at the moment is City Lights by Sara Bareilles. I’m generally obsessed with that album; it’s an oldie but a goody. And Gorgeous by Taylor Swift. Can’t get it out of my head.
Can’t Get You Out Of My Head by Kylie Minogue starts playing in my head.
VM: Do you consider yourself a good gift giver and what was the last gift you got someone?
JW: She takes a long pause. Ok. So I’m not sure if I actually live up to being a good gift giver (that’s up to the receiver), but I love to give gifts. I gave wanderer bracelets to my sister and our best friend Chelsea. They’re the coordinates of the childhood street we grew up on, so we never forget where we came from.
VM: If you could teach a class on literally anything, what would it be and why?
JW: Well I taught a class at Lebanon Valley College on entrepreneurship and advertising. If I had my say, it would’ve been specifically for women. Women in advertising has, unfortunately and fortunately, been given a spotlight since the advent of Madmen. We’re carving spots in a male dominated industry but we are not yet keeping pace with women executives.
VM: What’s your all-time favorite tv show?
JW: My all time favorite is Dawson’s Creek. If I had to do a hands down, that’s my hands down.
She then went on to list Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and The Affair on Showtime as some other notable guilty pleasures.
VM: Describe one good thing that happened recently.
JW: There’s been lots of good lately. I think something that stands out for me is getting to go away for a long weekend with friends. I was reminded that we have such wonderful people in our lives.
VM: What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever made with your hands?
JW: My mind initially went to arts and crafts, but I actually think it’s the Christmas after my mom passed away. It was a tough one for our family. I digitized her thumb print and name from my wedding guest book, and my dads, over a picture of them on their wedding day. I didn’t realize how much of an impact it would have on everyone, but it was wonderful.
VM: If you had to pick a new name for yourself what would it be?
JW: Whats a good sailor name? ‘Cause I curse like a sailor. I’m gonna look it up.
SW: Captain Jill Sparrow
JW: We could go with Cordelia… or Catalina… I can’t pick!
VM: Tell me something I don’t know!
JW: I broke my own finger in the fourth grade by—shockingly—talking to someone down the hall in school. I closed the classroom door on my pinky finger and broke the growth plate.