So Kimmie, I noticed that you have worked in the editor position since 16-Bit Sirens back in 2012, but you also seemed to be working also at Sub-Culture too. Was this your 1st time being and Editor for two sites?
That is a 100% resounding yes. My time definitely was not my own at a lot of points, but building something you're proud of is always worth the lack of sleep.
But before we get into the details of 16-Bit Sirens to Sub-Culture.com. Lets learn a little more about yourself for our readers. So before we start Kimmie, tell us a little about yourself?
Well, my name is Kimmie. The spelling has always gotten on my nerves, I'll probably change that soon. And there's a million things I haven't done. But just you wait. Just you wait.
How did you decide that you wanted to become and editor?
I don't necessarily think it is anything that I actively decided to do. I never got up one day and said, "Man, I really want to double check grammar and SEO today!" I tend to fall into roles where my extremely analytical Type A brain thrives. You get together with a group of friends and say, "Hey, we all like making content. Let's play to our individual strengths and see what happens." And it so happens my strengths are leadership and a borderline obsessive need for structure in chaos.
Back in 2011 it shows that you where working with Sub-Cultured & 16-Bit Sirens (2012) from what I could find. Your seem to be a talented person with a curtain set of skills, how to you juggle so many aspects of running two sites?
Prioritize, prioritize, priorities. Essentially, I am the khaleesi of lists. I use paper lists and list apps to keep to a production schedule. Seriously, my lists have lists.
What are the biggest challenges that you face with working with your job, can it stressful at times?
Stress is so second nature to me that I am more concerned when it is not around. I have a day job as well, so the work vs social times can be difficult to balance. But if I didn't have anything to channel my overactive brain into, I would probably be more stressed out.
Now what happened to IHO Geek.com? Because I noticed on you bio that it was changed to SubCulture?
Sub Cultured and IHOGeek are two sides of the same coin, one is just shinier than the other. We felt that it was time to take our tiny site and give it a face lift, so to speak. The content is the same, the voices are the same, but the look and name have changed. For the better, I think.
So between all the work you did for these sites, like you mention for Charisma+2 how or did it seem like it was the right the career path for you to jump in?
My interests are so broad that I'm not sure any one direction will ever feel "right," however, I am content as long as I am moving forward.
Now with everything that you have been doing between 16-bit to sub-culture you are now hosting in some of the content for Sub-Culture. But I noticed that you where by Girl on Girl with Rika 6 years ago and going over your history in gaming. Was that your first experience being the subject matter?
How do you come across, or did you team up with others to help or form 16-Bite Sirens?
Well, that is an interesting story. Back in 2012, Maxim ran a contest called "Maxim Gamer Girl," which I jokingly entered, and thank the Old Gods I did. Oddly enough, I finished in the top 10 finalists, and had been chatting back and forth with some of the other girls who made it to the finals. We became friends and decided to throw together a spur of the moment cosplay group for those attending San Diego Comic Con. When I say spur of the moment, I mean it. I had less than two weeks to throw together something that vaguely looked like a gender bent Loki. We all got together in our hastily made costumes, and after walking around the convention for hours in platform heels and downing a bottle of rum at the end of the night, that was the day I fell in love with Hawkeye. Laura La Vito was the Hawkeye cosplayer in our group, and is a veritable wizard when it comes to content, graphics, and basically anything she tries. The details on how 16-Bit Sirens came to be elude me, but I can say with certainty that leading the charge was 90% Laura's sheer willpower.
Editor In Chief, Media Manager
April 2011 – Present
(5 years 9 months)
Dallas/Fort Worth Area
Co-Founder, Editor :
Organize, maintain, and oversee
content for Sub-Cultured.com
(formerly IHOGeek.com), an
e-magazine and online community.
Now after 16-Bit Sirens you where also working for Charisma +2 as a Media Manager, but at Sirens you where Managing Editor. How where able to manage so much content for two different sites?
Again, prioritizing. While I'm making lists, I ask myself questions as I reorganize. What is the most important, is this more urgent or can it wait, which deadline is coming up first and how does it weigh against the next project. Then just power through the list, one by one. And by the time you're done with that list, you have a new one to work on. Neverending cycle.
Now Charisma +2 you where handling the content for a You Tube back in 2012 to 2013, for our readers what does that entail?
In 2012, I was the Media Manager for Charisma+2, in addition to the other hats I wore while working with that company. I would maintain a presence and activity on their YouTube channel, handle the social content, and make sure their blog looked clean and polished. My main goal was to make sure that the content the models contributed looked cohesive and stayed true to the brand.
Interviewed by D.Goins Jan '17
Man, I haven't seen that in years. First experience, "Girl on Girl" with Rika. She would appreciate the innuendo. I was happy to be part of that particular vlog and it definitely shaped some things over the next few years.
Now with Sub-Culture.com you have become quite the expert with Game of Theories. Lets go over how did you come across wanted to do Game of Theories? Because that's not a subject that many can tackle George R. R. Martin books are....well lengthy.
Lengthy is a good word. I started reading A Song of Ice and Fire before HBO came out with their adaption and fell headfirst into that world. Chatting with friends about it led to joining forums, which progressed to chat rooms and collecting merchandise. Our "Theories" project was the next logical step to take and it has been a fun endeavor. We have experienced a few hiccups in learning how to write, host, film, edit and produce a series, but the lessons from it were invaluable. With a new strategy in mind, we plan to release more episodes in the beginning of 2017.
Thank you for you time, and wish you the best. Please check out Sub-Culture.com They are an amazing & creative team.