Rebecca Brown is the founder of Bunchland, a site for all those super cool moms and dads you see strolling around on weekends, their kids bundled up in better outfits then you, with grins on their faces. Celebrating the cool, quirky, and creative ways to make life as a family magical, Bunchland will give you some great ideas, or a serious case of offspring envy.
What does a typical Thursday look like for you, starting from when you wake up – to heading to bed?
Our kids usually wake us up before the alarm goes off at 6. My husband gets up and I wrestle in bed with the kids until the coffee is made. Marc leaves for work at 7. I drop the kids off at school/the nanny-share at around 8:45 and then boot it home to try and tidy up the kitchen and the office before Amanda (Bunchland’s editor) and whoever else is in working that day arrive.
Office hours are 9:30-5. I try to schedule my week so I have meeting days and days where I can get lots of writing and phoning and thinking done. Thursdays are good meeting days so I’ll cab downtown to chat with whoever needs chatting with. If I’m at the office for lunch I often grab it at our local coffee shop, the super awesome Hub Locavorium. Rosie’s amazing caregiver Georgiana drops her at home at 5 and it’s sort of the highlight of everyone’s day. Rose has figured this out and she really owns the room when she comes home. I hang out with Rose until around 5:30 and then I pick Sam up from daycare and get anything we might need for dinner. Then it’’s dinner, talking, bedtime, talking and then I work for another 2-4 hours at night.
What was your first job out of school?
Right after I graduated from NYU when I was still living in NY my anthropology professor hired me to help her out with some stuff (I was a theatre major but we really hit it off); then I was a wealthy woman’s personal assistant’s assistant (I downloaded Beanie Baby screensavers for her kids). Then I came back to Toronto and assistant directed shows at the Canadian Stage Company while working for an events company called Event Spectrum. I was also a cigarette girl in New York’s meat packing district and I ran a web-site where teenage girls could post their diary entries.
What are the 3 skills you require most to do your job well?
Dot-connecting. If I’m having a good day it’s ’cause I figured out how to connect the right idea with the right client or writer or platform or venue or performer.
Inspiration. I work a 12-14 hour day. If I didn’t feel really stoked about what I was doing I couldn’t do it.
Smart folks. My business is sooo lean everyone who works here or interns here or advises us is totally crucial and has to be crazy smart which luckily they are.
What do you love most about your career?
I love that I get to learn things everyday. I’ve had to pick up all kinds of weird skills, like I’m a pretty decent self-taught graphic designer. We have some pretty big name clients and sometimes I do the creative for them to save a few dollars. I can do some basic coding. I know the best place to buy plasticine in bulk and when we created workshops for Cirque de Soleil I learned how to turn a drinking straw into a woodwind instrument. I also love that we work with the greatest and most motley crew of people ever. My regular event team includes Laura Barrett (Hidden Cameras) and Dana Snell (Gentlemen Reg) but I also hang out with really cool and interesting executives and PR peeps and bloggers. It’s awesome!
If you could try a different career on for a year, what would it be?
I’ve secretly always wanted to be a rabbi.