Meet Molly, a San Franciscan #girlboss and the founder of lifestyle magazine and online hub, Molly My. I first met Molly in elementary school in our hometown of Manhattan Beach and recently linked back up with her after discovering her new venture on Instagram. Read all about Molly My, what it takes to become a content creator and find out her favorite thing about her job in Molly’s interview below:
TSK: I have to admit, I love stalking your IG, you have a great eye behind the lens. When did you decide you wanted to pursue a career in content creation?
MM: What a compliment, thank you! I’ve always loved content creation; it’s quite a story, but I’ll try to give the SparkNotes version! When I was about 13 years old, I pitched an idea to the Disney channel about a lifestyle series for girls in their early teens, and that’s where it all started. I was really interested in health and overall well-being at a very young age, and found that there wasn’t much of a support system for young teens going through life’s ups and downs — from knowing how to apply makeup, to battling a healthy self image, to confidently chatting up a crush; pop culture was, and still is, filled with messages that can make growing up really difficult, in my opinion. Anyways, my idea at the time was a little premature, and didn’t make it past the big guys over at Disney, but content creation continued to have a spot in my heart, especially content focused on supporting others. In college I studied Journalism, and after graduation I worked in PR and fell into Advertising shortly thereafter; I think being exposed to all of these experiences lead me to where I am now. About a year into my career in Advertising, I started helping some friends who had recently launched a new company with some product styling, and everything just sort of fell into place! I realized just how much of my every day favorite things were so closely related to content creation and how my passions as a 13 year old still applied to me in my 20s — I was simply just not sharing it out to the world. But once I did, opportunities starting coming in from all directions and I was able to transition into a career in content creation full-time.
TSK: How did the idea of turning @molly_my into a magazine come about?
MM: I’m really big on bringing back old concepts, traditions, timeless ideals, and simplicity. In fashion, you often see trends from different eras make their way back around, and I believe that’s the same with lifestyle content and how people consume it. There’s something so tangible about a magazine, and when I decided to take @molly_my into content by creating mollymy.com, I realized that while I was offering unique, original content for readers, I was using a format that was at it’s peak; a lot of really talented, unique people were creating content too and sharing it on a website/blog — so, for me, creating My Magazine was taking that modern approach to content, and packaging it in something timeless and due for a refreshing comeback for our demographic, a magazine. Also, with all these incredible sites and brands out there, having content curated for a consumer can be really helpful. My Magazine has allowed me to not only share my passions, but share others’ as well; when you’re creating content it’s important to remember you don’t have to know it all. From the designers for the magazine layout to the contributors that share their expertise, we all bring something to the table and the true reason I created a magazine was to bring passionate people together and give readers something beautiful, compelling, and informative to enjoy.
TSK: What is your favorite thing about working at Molly My?
MM: That’s a tough one! First of all, I am so grateful for every experience that has lead me to Molly My; it’s nice to be in a place where you manage your own projects, and have something that’s your own, like a business venture, but it’s surely not an easy task. Needless to say, my favorite thing about working at Molly My has been finding new ways to communicate and connect with women, and to truly appreciate the support of those around me — as well as hopefully encouraging others to do the same; be thankful, and celebrate life. I honestly could not do what I do without the kind encouragement from friends and family, dedication from my team, and care from those who offer their time and knowledge to help me do more of what I love. I really do say this a lot, but I can’t help it — who you surround yourself with matters, people can either lift you higher or drag you down. That said, I try to surround myself with the doers, the believers, and hope in return I am that to them — a doer, a believer.
TSK: You’re also the president of Greenhorn Club, can you tell me a little bit about the club and your role?
MM: Greenhorn Club is a private, members only women’s social club that was founded during my years in New York City. I was fresh out of college and a newbie in town, so I had a very small social circle — being in a city where your network is so crucial to your success, professionally and personally, I knew I needed to build a community of like-minded women if I wanted to truly enjoy my time there, and help others do the same. Greenhorn Club hosts events, and small gatherings for women in various cities to meet, mingle and build friendships. Truth be told, when I originally came up with the concept of My Magazine, it was supposed to be used as a small branding piece to distribute to Greenhorn members and potential members, but turned into much more in the process! As president, I oversee all aspects of the community from events, to member applications. I’d love one day to expand Greenhorn Club to all major U.S. cities, and other countries!
TSK: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received and how do you apply it to your life passions?
MM: I’d say first and foremost, be kind and say your please and thank you’s. Kindness goes a long way, and doesn’t go unnoticed; many of the opportunities I’ve acquired are due to the relationships and respect I’ve built with others. Additionally, believe in yourself — it sounds simple, but I think we all can agree that at times, it’s much harder than it seems. In my opinion, you really can’t chase a passion if you don’t believe in yourself, because if you don’t, know one else will; every time I doubt myself, I say the word “clear” as many times as I need to until I forget whatever it was I was doubting myself about, and I move on! Try it.
TSK: If you could host a dinner party with any 5 people (dead or alive) who would they be and what would you serve?
MM: Now, that’s an easy one! My ideal dinner party would be spent with girls in the community, readers and friends so we could share passions, goals and inspire one another. In my experience, learning from your own community is one of the most beneficial opportunities to make an impact in a big way. I’d serve the basics, always a crowd pleaser — like a colorful salad, a fish or meat dish with lemon and lots of fresh herbs, like rosemary, thyme, sea salt and pepper (my kitchen necessities), plus rosé and champagne (also necessities). In addition, I’d ask that everyone bring a favorite side dish and to keep it simple! After all, they are guests so you don’t want them to feel any pressure to make something over the top. I always enjoy sending attendees home with a little something, so, if I were to make a batch of cookies for dessert, I’d make extras and package them like goodie bags as a ‘thank you for joining’ gesture — a little goes a long way when saying thanks.
TSK: Who is your favorite person to follow on social media?
MM: Honestly, it changes pretty often! I rely on social media for a lot of news and current events, so whether it’s @wsj during primary elections, or @voguemagazine during fashion week, I’m following for information or inspiration — and that heavily includes my readers, and the community. I’m inspired by everyday women, and social media makes it easy to connect with various people, and that’s really special to me.
TSK: 2016 resolution(s)?
MM: This year I promised myself to simply just do more of what I love and to worry less about what I think I “should” do. Resolutions tend to have this stigma that you have to change something about yourself – I’m not a huge fan of that idea and have found that it’s difficult to start fresh when you’re consumed with undoing something! That said, my 2016 resolution is just to keep moving forward, and take every day for what it’s worth.