Wonderful Woman – Brittany Line
Meet Brittany a social media manager, from Bedminster, New Jersey but grew up in various parts of the state. She is passionate, infinitely curious, & motivated and this is her story as a young woman trying to find her place in the world.
Q: What is your title, what do you do?
A: I’m a Social Media Manager at a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company in Jersey City. I manage my company’s official social media accounts, create a variety of digital content, and build relationships with online influencers.
Q: How did you get into the business you are in today?
A: I studied communication and public relations at William Paterson University of New Jersey (WPUNJ), so I was always looking for opportunities to get involved with anything related to that field. At the end of my freshman year, I came across an application to work for WPUNJ’s student-led social media team. It seemed like such a unique opportunity, so I decided to apply despite the fact that I didn’t think I was qualified since I was only a freshman and the only relevant experience on my resume at that point was doing social media for one of the clubs on campus. I ended up getting the position, and I worked as a social media coordinator for WPUNJ from that point until I graduated. That job made me realize that I not only loved doing social media in a professional manner, but also that doing so could actually be a full-time career. It was definitely one of the most formative experiences of my college years.
Q: What is the biggest challenge you have faced & overcame?
A: I didn’t have a lot of self-confidence when I started college. I moved around a lot as a kid and changed schools several times, and I became shyer with each new school I started. By the time I was in high school, I barely talked when I was at school. I always loved learning though, and I was determined to go into college with an open mind. It was definitely a long process, but I ended college as a much more confident person. It took a lot of hard work on my part to get there – a lot of forcing myself to get out of my comfort zone. Applying to be a Resident Assistant on campus is one example of that. I was so nervous to serve in that position, but I ended up doing it for three years and it had a huge impact on my self-confidence and leadership skills.
Q: What is your work motto?
A: Be passionate about what you’re doing, always. Even if your position isn’t what you really want to be doing, find some aspect of it that you can be passionate about, even if that aspect is just the fact that you’re still working hard despite not being completely happy with what you’re doing, because hey, that’s not nothing!
Q: What’s the best advice to give someone who is interested in this industry?
A: Take advantage of opportunities. There are SO many opportunities out there for social/digital media: internships, club e-board positions, freelance work, free or cheap website hosting sites that you can post your work on. One of the things that I did a lot during college, and this is something that people looking to enter any industry can do, is go on LinkedIn and find people who were currently employed in positions that I could see myself in one day. I’d look at their experience and see what their journey to that role was, and it gave me tons of ideas for different things I could do to enhance my experience and different paths I could take to reach my end goal.
Q: What do you like most about this industry?
A: I love how it always keeps you on your toes. Social media is constantly evolving, so you really have to keep up-to-date with everything going on. I also find social media infinitely fascinating, so I’m grateful that I get to work with these tools and these platforms that are so interesting to me.
Q: What would you want to tell your 15-year-old self?
A: Stop worrying about what people think of you to the point that you don’t speak. Speak loudly, act with intention, and find what you’re passionate about and never let go of that.
Q: You started a blog, can you please tell me more about that?
A: For my senior capstone project, I decided to create a blog about LGBTQ+ representation in television. It focuses on both LGBTQ+ characters as well as LGBTQ+ people working in the industry. Media representation is one of the things that I’m really passionate about. Growing up, it was a process figuring out what my sexuality was. Once I realized I was gay, I wasn’t comfortable sharing it with the world. Watching LGBTQ+ characters on television shows that I liked had a huge impact on me. Seeing those stories let me know that there was nothing wrong with me, and that everything would be okay.
You can check out the blog at https://lgbtvblog.wixsite.com/lgbtv. I didn’t have time to optimize it for mobile when I made it, so just note that the formatting is a bit wonky if you’re viewing it on mobile. I’m working on fixing it!
Q: What does girl power mean to you?
A: The odds are stacked against women in a lot of ways, and there are so many identities that can intersect with being a woman that can make existing in this world really difficult. But take a look at the women around you – they are strong as hell despite it all.
And that’s this week’s, Wonderful Woman!
Thank you, Brittany, for being YOU & inspiring others with your talents.