First, thank you for agreeing to be interviewed! I truly appreciate it. If you don't mind, could you tell us briefly how it was that you came to be an official staff member, and about how long ago that was?
I joined dA staff a little over a year and-a-half ago, January 2010! I was in Community Relations, previously, as the Fan Art Gallery Moderator and applied to be on the CEA team.
At the time, and even now, what part of this job do you enjoy the most, and could you give a brief overview of what you get to do?
On the CEA team, I really try to help out where I can. I deal with harassment, policy, and ban-related cases, so it can get interesting after a while. It isn't easy, but it's rewarding when you can work towards a resolution and help people out.
What qualities do you think are necessary to have or to learn for your position on the staff?
Patience is the biggest quality anyone could need in Customer Service, period, especially on the CEA team. People are often upset, angry, and you have to be sensitive to this and make sure you're listening.
How do you think your job here compares to a similar job you might hold in another business?
While CEA and help desk tasks may be similar to job descriptions held by other companies, it's safe to say that working for deviantART changes everything into a completely unique position.
What is one big hope that you have for deviantART, whether it be as a website, community, or business?
The community is amazing. I mean. Absolutely amazing. I'm always invigorated and inspired by what the community offers, how they help, and how they support. I hope that continues to grow and share the love that has often gotten me through the harder times.
Many deviants know that you have your own online store called The Fancy Narwhal, has this been influenced by deviantART [if at all]? And would you say this influence is positive?
I grew up loving narwhals (and the ocean), but deviantART had a great deal to do with me opening the store. The creature faded from my memories until I became a member, and eventually, people who knew me would stop by and drop off links to cool narwhal artwork. The Fancy Narwhal was a group on deviantART first, and the name was thought up in a dAmn chatroom. The group didn't have much direction at that point, but I took the name and thought it would make an amazing business name. Classy, fun, oceanic. Perfect.
The support from the deviantART community is unending, and I think it gave me confidence to do something I really wanted to do and know that I would have people helping me along the way. That is immensely positive and absolutely priceless.
If you could make any change to deviantART in any way, what would you do [if anything]? It can be anything, right now!
I don't know! I hate to be a cop-out and say I just like to see how it progresses... but if I HAD to change anything, I guess it would just be.
More narwhals, plz.
conniekidd asks: if dA were a planet, what do you think it would look like?
It would be round. And all of the continents would be shaped like narwhals. Okay. Not shaped like narwhals. Shaped like. Hearts.
That about wraps up the interview! Do you have an final words for us?
deviants are the best <3
Thanks to aunjuli for answering these questions with very short notice and very little time. We very much appreciation it, and I hope that you take a minute to look through her online store, The Fancy Narwhal.
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