#TPBTH Meet: Jenny Dennis
Jenny Dennis – Publisher of skirt! magazine and Where Charleston. My handle is @chsjenny and my websites are skirt.com and wheretraveler.com
How did you get started?
I started as a skirt! reader. I would pick up skirt! at the gym when I first moved to Charleston and always loved what it had to offer. My background is in marketing and product development, so in the May issue of 2010 when I saw an ad for an Account Executive, I knew it was the job for me! From day one, I have loved the work that I do for skirt! and after a few years, when the opportunity presented itself for me to transition into the role of Publisher, I went all in. In 2014, when Morris combined the market and put skirt! and Where under one roof, it opened up a whole new world to us. It is exciting to be a part of something that started here 22 years ago and I am very grateful and humble for the position that I have.
Who or what influenced you the most while you were developing your craft?
I like to observe, listen and learn from a variety of other people doing things totally different than me. Surrounding myself with people who are smarter than me and are doing amazing things has made me better at what I do.
Why do you love your job?
There are 2 things that every publisher loves about what they do and they are the sole reasons I have a job; hearing a reader tell me how much they love the magazine and having an advertiser experience real value in their investment with us. No two days are ever the same. The work we do is organized chaos and I wouldn’t have it any other way (well, maybe some days).
What inspires you?
I find the success stories of other people extremely inspiring. I love to read about how others have used their passion, determination, failures and life experiences to reach their goals.
5 words that describe you:
Nostalgic, Hopelessly Romantic, Wannabe Optimistic, Dance Party Enthusiast, Slightly OCD
When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
A doctor. I remember when “We are the World” debuted; I was going to work in Africa and help the children.
Chief Imaginer for Walt Disney
3 things you aspire to be or do:
A Godly role model for my husband and our children, a better steward of the gifts I have been given, a visionary leader
(Fill in the blank) I appreciate ________ in my life, because _______.
I appreciate living in the United States of America because there are endless opportunities and true freedom here.
What was one of the hardest lesson or toughest obstacle you have had to overcome?
Understanding and being able to identify that I am solely responsible for the outcome of my life is something that I struggle with all the time. It is so easy to blame other people or circumstances for the results of my day. I can’t control everything, but I can control how I handle it.
Advice for someone who is looking to begin a new hobby/job/life pursuit:
I read this quote the other day and it is the best advice I could share with anyone who is looking to begin anything. “You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream” C.S. Lewis
Something your followers would be surprised to learn about you:
I run the light show/board for the worship band at Crosstowne Christian Church. It makes me feel much cooler than I actually am.
Favorite things list:
I hate questions about my favorite things because there are too many wonderful things in this world to pick just one, but these are at the top of my list:
Food – Fresh Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies
Drink – Margarita on the rocks, no salt
Quote – “Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is a beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is life, fight for it!” — Mother Teresa