Early next month we’re growing our Vango family and welcoming (back) a familiar face to our San Francisco office. A summer savior (our awesome version of an “intern”) with us last summer, Stephanie proved that even her east-coastyness couldn’t stand in the way of a full-time gig helping us spread the paint across the country and bring original art to all those bare walls in need. You may have noticed her in our curated collection emails and as the our main blog writer, and well, pretty soon you’ll probably be noticing Vango’s newest member even more. We asked her a few questions, some relevant, some not so much. Get to know her here and ask your own questions by tweeting @VangoApp and @StephLong14.
: Stephanie LongAge
: 22 Homeland
Creative Catalyst at VangoCollege
: Cornell University (Go Big Red!)Favorite color
: Blue…which now seems weird after the last answer.Favorite food
: Mexican food and ice cream…not together.Likes
: Songs with high dancability
, m&m’s, art that makes me look twice, anything/one that makes me laugh (not difficult), wordplay, the beach, a sincerely stellar latté, How I Met Your Mother.Dislikes
: Coming up with dislikes…and pessimists.
What’s your favorite piece of art?
Okay this is difficult. Right now, I’ll go with Dreamcatcher no. 2 by Jen Dacota. I tend to lean toward abstract art…and this piece is just the perfect mix of simplicity, detail, light, and color for me. I almost don’t want to say that publicly because as soon as I find a piece I like on Vango, some one buys it! Great minds people, great minds.
Dreamcatcher no. 2 by Jen Dacota (16” x 20”) $250
What was your intro to the “Art World”?
I was extremely fortunate to attend a high school with its own art museum, which was pretty incredible and rare. We had plaster casts of sculptures at the Louvre and a gallery full of great local artists. There, I began to see how art shapes civilizations, serves as a lens into every aspect of life, and functions as more than just a visual stimulant. When I went to college I decided to study art history and then explored more of the contemporary developments and cross-over between art/technology in my own time.
What’s one thing you’ve learned in the last year?
It’s okay to be a fool, sometimes. Ed Helms spoke to our class of ‘14 just a little while ago and said:
“Only a fool would work hard with no clear objective.”
“When you try hard at everything you do, even if it feels utterly foolish to do so, you’re opening up future doors and possibilities that you might not be seeing in the moment.”
I loved that, and I think he eloquently put into words something that has always been floating around in my mind. Also, his speech was hilarious. Thanks, Ed.
What’s something people don’t expect when they meet you?
I played college basketball. If I say I played sports in college I usually get soccer or lacrosse…people expect to see 6’0” giants as basketball players. I’m 5’7” and despite many elbow shots to the face (yes, I have broken my nose) I eventually learned how to be scrappy and play much bigger than I am…mostly by being hyper-active and just an altogether nuisance to opponents.
If you weren’t in the art world, what would you be doing?
Probably something related to sports or lifestyle brands…maybe even getting into coaching college basketball. Working with people and improving how they live is something I’m very passionate about, no matter what I’m doing.
What are you most looking forward to with Vango?
In-office snacks…that is all.
No, in all seriousness I love the company’s mission, the genuine people, and the super creative and collaborative environment. I’m looking forward to getting to know our users, artists, and community better and making sure we’re always interacting and talking with them — they know best. There’s going to be a lot of new features and more insight into the life of Vango in the next few months, and I’m hoping to be the catalyst behind that. Hence the title, “Creative Catalyst.”
What are you going to miss about home?
How old everything is. I grew up in a really historic town, we’re talking colonial-times old, and I’ve grown to appreciate the charm. Oh, and my family…they’re fantastic too. Not going to miss the winters, see ya snow.
What’s on your bucket list?
Traveling to six of seven continents…I’m going to pass on Antarctica. I’ve got a long way to go, but I’m up for the adventure.
Want to know more? Ask away. Tweet @VangoApp with questions for our Creative Catalyst and mention #vangoSF #askSteph.
In the meantime, be sure to update to v4.1 to keep being original.