Cool Peep: Jessica Schirripa
WHO IS THIS COOL PEEP?
Digital Editor of The Insider Magazine: Jessica Schirripa
Originally from Queens Jackson Heights, NY, my family moved us to New Jersey for a more suburban lifestyle- and once I became a Jersey Girl, there was no looking back! As a self-proclaimed entertainment and pop culture junkie, I always try to connect with people through any means necessary. This led to my degree in radio & television broadcasting, PR, and journalism where I vowed to be the next Giuliana Rancic (Depandi at the time…). I guess you can say I dream big.
After some interning in music and fashion PR, I made the jump into the magazine realm. I learned so much being on both ends of the spectrum. I created a blog, CoffeeTawkNJ, highlighting celebrity driven events, mixed with my own personal rants on hot topics and trending features. I never generated income from it, but it certainly got me noticed! Enter my radio co-hosting and hosting gigs… By far one of my most powerful, professional moves and innovative experiences. There is definitely a feeling of freedom that comes from behind the microphone and I embraced it. My interviews and panel discussions lead me back to writing- another thirst I needed quenched- as I said before, “connect with people through any means necessary!” I became a contributor for some of the most well-known online media and content outlets like Elite Daily, Examiner, and more. The Insider Magazine was truly a chance for me to marry together everything I’ve learned. It is an opportunity for me to relate to my peers, showcase my view and personality, and combine all of my creative passions.
WHAT ARE A FEW OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS?
I’m obsessed with stand-up comedy. I truly believe when someone has the ability to make people laugh and turn some negatives into something hilarious- that is a gift. I follow comedians like they are rock-stars and I reference one-liners and movies quotes as if part of basic language. I also love music, traveling and adventure- and scrapbooking every memory in my life.
WHEN YOU ARE ALONE AND YOU THINK NO ONE IS WATCHING YOU…WHAT QUIRKY THINGS ARE YOU DOING?
I’m either pretending I am Whitney Houston or someone fabulous and timeless singing in front of a mirror, or I am binge watching Lifetime movies because they are just suspenseful and psychotic in the best way possible. The unauthorized cuts are also a guilty pleasure. But doesn’t everyone do this when no one is watching?
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE HAUNTS?
You can usually find me down the shore. I love Asbury Park so pretty much any establishment there is a fav and frequent there. I used to enjoy the club scene, bars and loud music, but now I much rather prefer a nice restaurant, good food, great drinks and conversing with friends- especially after a long work week!
EMPTY YOUR POCKETS RIGHT NOW…WHAT DID YOU FIND?
Literally nothing. My pants are way too tight for that. LOL However, my purse is a fortress. It a smaller doctors-style Michael Kors with the capabilities of Mary Poppins. My life is in there and probably anything that could help out another person’s life in a pinch.
WHAT IS ONE THING NO ONE WOULD EVER GUESS ABOUT YOU?
I’m pretty athletic. Growing up I was the only girl in Little League. I was the pitcher. I pretty much tried playing every sport I could (I wanted to be like my big brother, I guess). However, I found a strong craft and the most camaraderie with competitive cheerleading – you know the ESPN stuff? The movie Bring It On spoke to me on different levels.
WHAT IS PLAYING ON iTUNES, RIGHT NOW?
Right now, Marc Anthony’s Vivir Mi Vida… I believe him to be one of the most talented artists of our time. Voice is like butter, the most swaggalicious moves, and his musicality is genius!
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU NEXT?
Most of my features, articles, podcasts and videos can be found on TheInsiderMagazine.com!
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