Interview with Lauren Gantner, New Marketing Coordinator

Give us a brief overview of your background and experience:
Writer, designer, marketer, and photographer. I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2011 with a degree in Print Journalism and a minor in Design. I spent a few years after college with Aramark’s marketing teams at both Loyola University in Chicago and the University of Minnesota designing menus, catering guides, and logos, writing press releases and blogs, and managing the web and social media sites for dining and catering services on campus. On top of that, I’ve had a few adventures doing design work for my favorite small businesses and freelance writing/photography projects for local arts/fashion magazines and blogs.

Five Fun Facts:

  1. ​I’m from Minnesota, the state with snowstorms in May, festivals on the ice where we kiss frozen fish, and Prince.

  2. I’m 5’11” and I don’t play basketball.

  3. I was in a rap band in high school called Star Wars Trilogy. One time we headlined a show at the town Armory.

  4. I have a thing for fancy vintage furniture and antique picture frames.

  5. My hair has been blonde, brown, black, pink, purple, blue, teal, orange, and red.

 
Your favorite vacation destination? Why?

I can’t choose just one! Whether it’s punting on the River Cam in England, coasting on a beach cruiser through Topsail Island, or antique shopping in a tiny town in Georgia, I’m always excited to explore any new place.
 
Three places you hope to travel/live to one day?
Denmark, Australia, and Alaska.
 
What is one random fact about you that most people do not know?
I love to dance. I was given the nickname Dance Grooves at 16 and have been on various dance teams through high school and college. I also have been called the “Best Party Dancer” for my top-notch hip shaking skills, so I will probably beat you in a dance off.
 
Do you have any special talents?

I know all the lyrics to “One Week” by Barenaked Ladies.
 
What is your most embarrassing album you have on your iPod that you listen to?
Oh man. I have some very brutal screamo music from bands that were popular only in Minnesota suburbs circa 2005. I definitely still blast them when I’m feeling angst-y.  
 
What is your Theme Song in life?
“Flawless” – Beyonce… because obviously I woke up like dis.


 
Pick One…. Go!
  • Cats or Dogs? DOGS.
  • Summer or Winter? Summer.
  • Rain or Snow? Snow.
  • Water or snow sports? Water Sports (though I don’t think I’m very good at any of them)
  • Coffee or Tea? Coffee.
  • TV or books? Netflix. 
What TV show(s) can you not go a week without watching?
Girls and American Horror Story.
 
Who is your doppelganger?
I’ve heard Shelley Duvall in The Shining…
 
Have you ever met a celebrity and who?
In college, I won a trip to New York City to hang out with the cast of the teen soap opera, Degrassi. Two friends and I were put up in a swanky hotel near Times Square, spent the weekend with 16-year-old TV celebrities, and went on a $500 shopping spree at Top Shop with their stylists.

 

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