QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: Rebecca Smith - The Geek Factory’s Rebecca Smith is more entertaining than you are. This is a statement of fact, not opinion. Read on

Who do you most look like? A close friend told me that if Cameron Diaz lived on nothing but beer and pizza for six months, she’d look just like me.

Who do you most look like? A close friend told me that if Cameron Diaz lived on nothing but beer and pizza for six months, she’d look just like me.

Who do you most look like? A close friend told me that if Cameron

Diaz lived on nothing but beer and pizza for six months, she’d look just

like me.



What would you do if you didn’t do what you do? I would probably be

writing about the hi-tech industry. Either that, or working with a bunch

of unwashed hippies at a start-up.



What would you like to change about the PR industry? I’m sick of having

journalist friends tell me to come over to the other side - they

introduce me as PR scum. But at the same time, there are publicists out

there who earn that bad reputation. I will not engage in hair-twirling

to get a story placed.



What was your most embarrassing moment? At my first PR agency, I sent

out a release without questioning the client contact info. On the day

the release went live, my boss came into my office and asked me to test

the client’s phone number. I got, ’Hello, welcome to the Pleasure

Palace. For bondage and discipline, press 1.’



What is your favorite sport? I swam competitively for over 10 years,

which is evidence of my masochism when it comes to physical pain.



What is your best or worst habit? I’m intensely independent. I was

always the kid in group projects in school that could never quite trust

my classmates to do their share.



Who or what do you hate most? Many things annoy me, but I hate few

things beyond gefilte fish and cold pizza.



What would you do on a desert island? I would probably end up like Dr.

Zarkoff in Flash Gordon: repeating to myself the lyrics from my favorite

songs, the stanzas of my favorite poems, the paragraphs of my favorite

books, the things by which I identify myself.



Name one thing about your past that people would be surprised to learn.

Every personality test I’ve ever been forced to take has planted me

firmly in introvert territory.



What is your best ability? To persevere. Living in NYC, working in an

industry where you can make calls to 100 editors and not get a single

positive response, you have to be able to keep going. My dad used to say

that anything worth doing is worth doing well. ’Half-assed’ is a Smith

family anathema.



What is your philosophy? I’ve never been one for accepted social

niceties when it comes to conceptions of femininity. My college yearbook

quote was, ’I may not be a lady, but I’m all woman.’



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