This week’s Copious Crush is Sarah Schaaf, a badass San Franciscan who spends her days jetting on her scooter and repping Imgur, the place where viral cat pictures are born. Read about Sarah’s search for the perfect burrito, her fav pop diva, and her love for Diablo.
Introduce Yourself! What’s your name, where do you live, and what do you do?
Hi! I’m Sarah. I’m originally from Ohio, but I moved to San Francisco in January. Now I live in the Haight. I do tons of things like searching for the perfect burrito, walking passed the yoga studio thinking I should join, but never doing it, playing with my dog and getting sucked into TV marathons. Most of my time is spent as the Director of Communications at Imgur. At a start-up with only six others, that basically means filling the roles of PR, social media, community manager and tech support. It’s a lot, but it’s my dream job—I love it so much!
Do you have any fashion regrets? Or vice versa, things you’ll never stop wearing?
I have no regrets! Even my worst fashion choices seemed like great ideas at the time. I will admit that I wish I had upped my shoe game a lot earlier in life. The everyday Converse trend lasted a bit too long for me. I will never stop wearing socks with cats on them. Weird socks all day, every day.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by little people who take risks to do the right thing; the person who finds a wallet and makes efforts to return it instead of stealing the money, the person who stops to ask “are you ok?” to someone crying, the person who pulls over to help a lost dog on the side of the street, workers who strike against major corporations. Thinking of times and places where people have behaved magnificently gives me the energy to act and belief in the possibility that the world can change. And my mom, duh.
Tell me about Imgur. What’s cooking over there?
For those that don’t know, Imgur is an online community and image host specific to viral images. All of those hilarious cat pictures and reaction GIFs that you love probably came from Imgur. It’s actually a really exciting time for us! We are working on a ton of new features for the community as well as mobile apps and a store. Our goal is to be a household name, kind of like the YouTube for images. We just reached 100 million daily page views, which is really amazing. Working here is a ton of fun, and I get to bring my dog!
What are you listening to right now?
I listen to a bit of everything. I like to start my morning off with happy classics like James Taylor, Petula Clark, Carole King. There’s nothing like belting that stuff out in the shower. By the time I get to work I am usually ready for something a little different like King Tuff, Hunx & His Punx, The Babies, Craft Spells. In late afternoon I am rocking hip-hop, top 40 or 90s hits.
Tell me about your ideal day. What do you do, where do you go, who are you with?
My roommate and I have an ideal Saturday that we try to achieve every weekend. Wake up well rested, make coffee and fresh juice at home, clean the apartment while listening to Solid Gold Oldies on the Music Channel, meet friends for brunch, see where the afternoon takes us (usually a park chill session or for a run) and then hit the town at night. Then hopefully wake up with a bunch of friends in our living room and start over the next day.
Anything I should have asked that I didn’t? Tell me one more thing I should know.
You can always judge a person on these essentials.
Never befriend a person if they don’t have a quick answer for all of these.
Favorite pop diva: Beyonce
My best recipe: homemade macaroni and cheese
First concert: Hanson
If I could pick any super power it would be teleportation.
What are you loving on Copious right now?
I love sheer things with black bras. The back of this dress is awesome, too.
As a badass with a motorcycle license, I can’t go wrong with moto jackets.
Mountain Dew scented? Are you kidding me?
I’m a sucker for a good crop top.
This reminds me of playing Diablo, which I did obsessively when I was younger. I think I’d feel more comfortable carrying my health and mana with me at all times. I love goofy jewelry in general.