Roger: Reilly, what is something you do that no one knows about?
Reilly: I constantly apply for jobs I’m unqualified for. All the time. Not like manager positions or anything, but on a Friday night when I’m chilling out in my bed, I’ll look at open positions at Vogue, for example, and apply. I’m fully aware that there will be 600 applicants, but it just makes me feel better to be in the systems of dream companies I want to work for one day. I do that pretty much every week because you never know! One of the 100 might just want me!
Rog: If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Rei: I would choose something really bad-ass, like a Joan Jett song or something. Like something that not a lot of people really, really know well, but like they get the vibe when they hear the intro.
Rog: So in one word how do you describe that song? Empowering?
Rei: Yeah, I would say empowering.
Rog: Okay, cool. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
Rei: The funniest thing that has happened to me recently… the fact that I literally bought Cheetos to eat for my dinner. Like, I did that. I fully bought myself Cheetos for dinner.
Rog: Okay, good. You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?
Rei: Oh, I’d be like a magenta. Like a cross between a wine and a magenta because I really think the pink family is underrepresented. And I have very strong opinions about colors. And I feel like that color is really flattering on a lot of people and it’s fun to use and I always reach towards it when I need to use colors.
Rog: Do you keep up with like the Pantone color of the year?
Rei: Yeah I do, it’s ultra-violet this year.
Rog: What do you feel about that?
Rei: I think it’s wonderful. I also like what purple represents to a lot of people, which is inclusivity and a lot of different movements are kind of under the color purple, which is exciting. Plus, if you put the colors of the rainbow together, like it- I mean it turns brown, but purple is the clear winner. I think it’s pretty cool.
Rog: Do you have a favorite Super-Bowl commercial?
Rei: I have not been able to stop thinking about the one with the little Darth Vader and the Volkswagen. I thought that was the cutest thing. That’s the best one.
Rog: Best piece of advice a student has given you? And the best piece of advice an older person has given to you?
Rei: Student – Go to bed.
Rog: Go to bed.
Rei: Just go to bed. Like it will work itself out, go to bed. The older person is, “the moment you stop caring about what other people think of you, you’re able to actually operate through who you really are. So, just stop.”
Rog: Who told you both of those quotes?
Rei: My ex-roommate, who I adore. And Sophia Amoruso, who’s actually the founder of Girl Boss.
Ro: Oh, shoot, okay cool.
Rei: I know, I’m fully branding myself here.
Ro: I got it. Do you have a dream company for after graduation?
Rei: Um, I have multiple. I have lots of dream companies for sure. I think a lot of them would be at the top like Madewell, like Netflix, but they are all over many different industries, which is why I like marketing because I think you can do a lot of different things with it.
Ro: If money was no object and you could just do whatever job you want, what would you be doing?
Rei: A librarian.
Ro: A librarian?
Rei: Yeah, I’d be a librarian. Or a florist.
Ro: A florist.
Rei: A florist-librarian, floral librarian. That’s what I would do.
Ro: Have you been to the top floor of the Central Public Library in Austin?
Rei: Yes, it’s fabulous. I went this weekend actually. It was really fun.
Ro: What’s your best memory from a library? Do you have one?
Rei: From that specific library or any library?
Ro: Like what made you want to become a librarian?
Rei: Okay so, I’ve never told this to anyone about myself. In middle school, I was the President of the library club and the reading club. And that was my middle school library. And I have really fond memories of that. I would get to school early and I’d go in the reading corner and I’d open a magazine or a book or whatever, and I would just sit there and read before class and that was always just a really fun time for me. Cause I think, you know what they say about the beginning and ends of your life, that’s when you’re truly you. You don’t know how to be anyone else, you’re just doing what feels really good and really natural to you. In the middle, you’re influenced by a lot of different things and sometimes you try to be who you’re not, and you get distracted by weird things. But at the beginning and the end, you give no cares at all. So, that was a really nice time.