As the blog continues to feature young, talented something’s from different cities, I wanted to introduce you to one of my very best friends, Brittany O’Brien. Brittany has been the rock I need while living in the New York City. She has this way about her that keeps her hopeful, yet grounded; she’s insanely talented with a good head on her shoulders. I have no doubt’s that her company will be designing my wedding invitations someday, and I bet you’ll want to hire her too after checking her pages out(IG: @_briobr // www.briobr.com). P.S. That beautiful logo on the top of this screen? Yep, all her.
Name: Brittany O’Brien
Define “home”: Home is Bobbink Terrace— the street I grew up on. Accompanied with the smell of garlic and olive oil, a smell that I associate with my childhood. Whenever I smelled that, my mother was either making my favorite dish, ziti with marinara sauce, or my least favorite, broccoli.
Your city: New York! Even though I’m born and raised Jersey.
What’s your day job?: I spend my days as a Web Designer for Victoria’s Secret PINK. My work has a strong focus in marketing and media— so I’m constantly working on creating emails and social media content.
First thought when you wake up in the morning: No. (I’m not exactly a morning person).
The first five words that pop into your head right now are: salsa, pink, panties, font, email (can you tell I’m currently eating salsa at work?)
Who inspires you?: Women who are boss enough to build their own brand and start their own company and make kickass decisions every day.
What are you most likely to order on a brunch menu?: The breakfast pizza. Or the breakfast cheeseburger. Who am I kidding? Both.
When did you start your career?: Even though I believe I set up a lot of framework in high school and college, I consider the summer after graduating college to truly have been the start. I interned at Free People’s Home Office in their graphic design department, focusing on both web and print. Working at Home Office was a magical experience for multiple reasons, but I believe that I learned more about graphic design in those three months than I did in two years at school.
When did you know you wanted to enter the field of graphic design?: I was extremely lucky that I attended a magnet high school and started studying graphic design at the age of fourteen. Because of this, I was able to learn basic design skills at a young age. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue to pursue art and design in college, which is why I didn’t attend an art school. A year or so into college, after being forced to sit in classes like “Plant Science for Non-Science Majors”, I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else but design.
“Would you rather” or “Never have I ever”: Never have I ever, hands down (no pun intended).
I never leave the house without…: My credit card— you never know if you’re going to walk past a dress that you absolutely need…or stop for tacos. And Glossier Balm Dot Com.
Cats or Dogs?: Dogs. Specifically a slightly overweight, charming, socially anxious Golden Lab named Crosby. The world would be a lot better of a place if more people were like him.
One 90’s trend you could never shake: I mean, NSYNC never gets old.
The perfect date includes…?: A man who actually has the courage to ask you out on a proper date. Call me a hopeless romantic, but I’m talking the works— plans ahead, picks you up, opens doors, pays, walks you home, etc. None of this “Hey. You going out tonight? Great, maybe I’ll see you.”
Guilty pleasure: CW television series. I can definitely acknowledge that I don’t watch what is typically considered “good TV” and I thoroughly enjoy watching crappy television. Some include Vampire Diaries, One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, Hart of Dixie, Veronica Mars, 90210— if they made it, I’ve watched it.
Where would we find you on a day off?: My perfect day off is sleeping in, getting breakfast by myself, ordering blueberry pancakes, working out and running all the errands you never have the time to do since you’re working. Oh and of course, some afternoon shopping.
The song you can’t get out of your head/go to karaoke: Prob some Blink-182.
What are you most proud of?: I’m extremely proud of just where I am today. As millennials, we have worked towards something our entire lives, up until this point. Whether that be to get into a good high school, college, grad school, internship and finally job. I’m proud to say that I’ve set goals, accomplished them and have worked my very hardest to get where I am today. I’ve worked for some cool companies and I’m very proud of that.
One for good luck: What advice would you give others wanting to pursue a similar career? 1) Things are going to happen that don’t make sense, but you just have to remind yourself it is not personal. You might have the perfect portfolio and the perfect interview, but for some reason the company passes. Don’t ever doubt your abilities and talent. 2) Make time for personal projects that have nothing to do with your day job. These are what keep you creative. 3) Sometimes at the end of a long stressful day, you just have to remind yourself, “its just clothes.”