More than just a cool sounding drink, Jen gives FSTV flava.
How does where you live influence who/what you write about and how you go about doing it?
I have lived in Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area. Both places are filled with completely insane, but wonderful people. You get a very random mix of characters that can spark an article in an instant. Truth is stranger than fiction, so the folks I have met in these places have definitely given me some material to work with. I think that if you keep your eyes and ears open in any given place you can find people or situations that inspire you. I guess that is my method, being curious and interested in the freak show we call humanity.
You've written a lot about two things: Sex and alcohol. Care to explain?
An English teacher once told me that I should only ever write about two things: stuff I am an expert on, and stuff I love. I think we can all agree that sex and alcohol fit in to both categories. In all seriousness, I try to write about things that people can relate to. Sure, being obscure and misunderstood has its advantages, but that's not why I got in to writing. I wanted to be able to entertain people, and give them that moment when they laugh at the absurdity of every day life. If I can do that, I have succeeded. Sex and alcohol are two basic subjects that most people have experienced, or at least know something about. So no, it is not because I am a raging nymphomaniac with an alcohol problem.
What is the favorite story you ever written about on these topics?
My favorite story about sex would have to be the Tang story. I got quite a response with that one, and am still proud I came up with some decent faux auction items. What a great world we live in when a prostitute is willing to auction herself off for charity. My favorite story about liquor is how Applebee's got a kid drunk after spiking his juice accidentally. Every single time I've gone to Applebee's, my I.Q. has lowered just a bit. It doesn't surprise me at all that this happened, and I had to make fun of it.
You are one of the more vocal personalities here at FSTV: What do you attribute that to? What would you say to somebody who is brand new to the Broo?
Believe it or not, I was painfully shy growing up. You know that person who walked across the stage at graduation, and you had no idea they existed, let alone were in the same year? That was me. I was a total outcast, and never fit in anywhere. I moved up to Seattle for a few years, and when I came back to California I came out of my shell. I realized I had spent years in Seattle, but had not totally experienced it. I decided that I would just be myself, and let everything else fall in to place. I apply that same mentality to the Broo all of the time. I know sometimes people get offended by my humor, but it doesn't bother me. I'm not for everyone, and neither is my writing. I suppose my advice to new writers is just that. Have fun with your writing, and write from the heart. This can be a tough crowd, but their support never wanes. Continue being true to the voice you have as a writer, but listen to the constructive criticism they give to you.
In the time you've been part of FSTV, how have you grown as a writer or interviewer? Maybe you can tell us about your first article, your favorite article to write and your most recent.
My very first article is strange for two reasons: (1) I originally wrote it for a blog I had and (2) It is my only serious article to date. I guess I published it to prove to people that I have a softer side like Sears. My favorite article was obviously the one about my co-workers, and it is not just because I have 40,000+ hits on it. I laughed the whole way through typing it, and I still laugh when I read it. I think I accomplished something with that article. It made a name for me here on Broo, and through your kindness, helped me gain some serious exposure on Digg. My most recent article is about the experience of being at a nightclub, and the oddballs that frequent these places. I will always be an outsider looking in at the life of the beautiful and fabulous, or tacky and washed up. I guess it depends on how you look at it. I used to resent that, but I like it now. I'm unique. Maybe weird. No, let's go with unique.
If you could write about anyone or any situation, what would it be?
I want to spend an afternoon with Britney Spears. Just an afternoon of two women doing normal women things. We could cry over K-Fed, shave our heads, hit cars with umbrellas, and flash our crotches to the paparazzi with Paris Hilton. Maybe a menage a trois with Adnan? The sky is the limit really. That is comedy gold waiting to happen.
What artist (musician, author, painter etc) inspires you?
Basically any woman who has made a career out of being funny. I want to be able to sit down and spend an evening with Laurie Notaro, Chelsea Handler, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Joan Rivers. Comedy is a business built on men, and to make it as a woman is incredibly difficult. I think there is a stigma that women aren't funny. Is that true? I have heard it so much recently from both men and women. We laugh at women, but we laugh with men. That's terrible. We need more women to let go and be goofy. We need to build a support network. I want to call it Laughing At Boys Isn't Always Smarter, or L.A.B.I.A.S. for short.
Of our topics (city life, night life, culture, sports, etc) what is your favorite? Is there a reason why you tend to write/read more articles in that section?
I think probably the Opinion section. Everyone has an opinion something, and I know I definitely do. You can be more creative, and I think what you write about, or even how you write it, says something about who you are as a person. I've gone back and read all of my articles in this section, and I think really convey what a complainer I am, how immature I can be, and that I'm an arrogant little snot. Sounds about right, doesn't it?