50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays: Mary Dooe

This is just what the name implies: Each week, I ask someone interesting a question and request that she/he respond in 50 words or less.

Or somewhere in the ballpark of 50 words. That’s why there’s an “-ish.” I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this site isn’t exactly a bastion of rigidity.

Mary DooeMy last guest of 2013 is the fabulous Mary Dooe, who is currently a freelance radio producer based in Los Angeles. Previously, she was a non-freelancer at the public radio show “Marketplace” as well as a perma-intern and freelancer for a number of years in New York. Your parents’ friends are very impressed by her career thus far.

See, Mary has done everything from running the closet at Harper’s Bazaar to blogging about Hillary Clinton to producing interviews with White House economists on the unemployment rate (she asks that you not be too jealous). But the way she sees it, her single greatest achievement came earlier this year when she finally reached Gold Medallion status on Delta.

For more updates on her Delta status, find her on Twitter (@Dooezer). If you do, you’ll see things like this that confirm she earned baller credentials way before being invited on tedfoxisawesome.com:

Probably should’ve asked her about that. But I like her answer to this question a lot, too:

Can you take us through a day in the life of a producer on public radio?

Producing is waking up at night afraid something happened in Libya. Being the dumbest person in the room at work and the smartest everywhere else. Wondering mostly whether someone can speak in full sentences (and be funny).

Learning something new every day. Knowing everything will break, and it’ll be your fault. You can never shake producer brain. No seriously, sit here, eat that, and say this. It’s better this way.

You joke, Mary, but I am currently accepting applications for life producer. And bonus: You’d no longer feel like the dumbest person in the room at work. Because I watch a hella lot of Bar Rescue.

Huge thanks to Mary for stopping by today and closing out 2013 on such a fun note. Happy holidays to all of you, stay safe, and I’ll see you in 2014.

Unless you follow @AuthorTedFox on Twitter, that is. That guy never shuts up.

Interested in being featured in “50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays” or know someone who should be? Let me know. Also, feel free to check out the archive of past guests. But no pressure.

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