Katy Schamberger, freelance writer and digital marketer, looks ahead to a strategic 2017 in The Pitch Questionnaire
Twitter handle: @katywrites
Hometown: Columbia, Missouri
Current neighborhood: River Market
What I do: Convince people to pay me to write things, develop a content strategy and/or manage their social media channels.
What’s your addiction: Words, Sephora, social media
What’s your game? I’m a vicious Uno opponent.
What’s your drink? Depends on where I am, but my go-tos are a glass of sauvignon blanc or a Moscow mule.
Where’s dinner? Swagat, McCoy’s or Minsky’s delivery (Hi, Todd!)
What’s on your KC postcard? A downtown skyline painting by my husband, professional artist Rob Schamberger
Finish this sentence: “Kansas City got it right when …” A voter-approved bi-state tax in 1996 helped save Union Station; the Kansas City streetcar starter line was completed; and when the city and other stakeholders funneled time, talent and money into revitalizing downtown.
“Kansas City screwed up when …” Voter opposition (among other factors) impeded the progress of a new, single-terminal Kansas City International Airport, a challenge that must be overcome.
“Kansas City needs …” A better airport, a downtown big-box tenant, consistent focus and action on improving the quality of public school education and to cease the state-line tax-incentive turf war. It’s a zero-sum game that doesn’t do much more besides change employee commutes.
“As a kid, I wanted to be …” A marine biologist.
“In five years …” I’ll have published another book and learned to cook Indian food.
“I’ve been known to binge watch …” A lot. Current favorites include The Wire, House of Cards and Veronica Mars.
“I can’t stop listening to …” George Michael. RIP.
“My dream concert lineup is …” The Backstreet Boys, Elton John and Beyoncé.
“I just read …” The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, an anthology that explores dating, love and sexuality and how those experiences and identities are often intertwined with — and informed by — creators, characters and fandom.
The best advice I ever got: “Be the lead in your own story.” — my husband, Rob
Worst advice: “Find a career besides writing.” — a college professor who will remain anonymous
My sidekick: My cats, Monkey and Korma
Who is your hero: J.K. Rowling, Natalya Neidhart and anyone who commits time and energy to making the world around them a better place.
Who (or what) is your nemesis: Ignorance, both unintentional and purposeful. A lack of understanding is the spark that feeds the infernos of hate and division.
What’s your greatest struggle right now? Training for my first 12K, building my business and identifying the best way(s) to make a positive impact in my community.
My dating triumph/tragedy: My husband and I met on Match.com. During our first date, he — a vegetarian — accidentally ate meat. “I thought prosciutto was cheese!”
My brush with fame. I’ve had many! Highlights include Beyoncé complimenting my hair and watching WrestleMania 30 from the Ultimate Warrior’s private box.
My 140-character soapbox: Don’t be a jerk online. Or in person. Respectful discourse is fast becoming a lost art. Let’s attack less and listen more.
My recent triumph: Landing several clients and an exciting project opportunity in the same week. Also, reflecting on my 2016 health and fitness accomplishments and making new goals for 2017. I have a long journey ahead, but I try to make time to celebrate what I’ve done so far so that I feel a little less overwhelmed.