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Jess Anderson - Chief of Staff, Creative Director
You may know Jess from her TikTok or her aquatics business, but we know her for running employee game nights and being on top of every move we make. When she was little, she wanted to become a marine biologist, which, unfortunately, didn’t happen. And don’t get her wrong - she’s happy with where she has ended up and still holds her love of all things aquatic.
If Jess could be any animal, she’d be a cat because sleeping all day, having someone else bring her food, and not having to pay bills sounds like a pretty sweet deal - but she completed her Master’s degree in 201, so being a cat really is out of the question now.
Below are Jess’s answers to random questions that will help you get to know him better.
- In another life, I'm pretty sure I was fish or something. It would explain why I love fish and other aquatics so much and why I love swimming and kayaking so much.
- Do you have any skills or talents most people don't know about? I'm actually a very good painter and ceramics artist. I used to paint and sculpt all the time, but it's hard to find time to do things these days.
- What is the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you that you still tell people about today? The first time I was riding the green line in Chicago I saw some guy staring at me, so instead of moving, I decided to try and make him uncomfortable by staring straight back at him. It turned into a staring contest and eventually, he started laughing uncontrollably. I think I won.
- What is your personal motto? Fake it til you make it. It's worked so far.
- What is the craziest (LEGAL) thing you've ever done? I really like to climb on things and feel tall. So anytime I see a wall, a big tree, or a steep hill I like to climb it and make it to the top to feel like I accomplished something. Well, one day I went hiking with some friends and we found a tree that was leaning over a stream. I decided I needed to climb on it and get out above the steam, which when you got the spot was about 30 feet from the water/banks of the stream. My friends kept telling me no, but my heart said YES. I made it out just fine, and sat down for a bit and laughed. But as soon as I got up I promptly slipped and fell about 20-25 feet onto the muddy, damp bank of the steam. Shockingly I was okay... Just a couple of bruises and a twisted ankle. But that was the day I decided climbing things probably wasn't my best past-time anymore. Don't get me wrong, I still climb on things, just not things that tall anymore.