Lucie Fink, Producer + Host of R29
Lucie Fink is every lifestyle obsessive's familiar face when procrastinating at work and checking Refinery29 1000x a day. She is a millennial spokesperson, best know for her "5 day challenges". You may have also seen Lucie on The Today Show or taking YouTube by storm with her witty music videos. She is an all around #GIRLBOSS New Yorker and it's been a dream to dive in deeper with Lucie.
1. Lucie, did you always want to be in front of the camera growing up? If not, what was your dream job?
I didn't! I wanted to be a doctor and was pre-med at Johns Hopkins University for a little while. I had dreams of becoming a neurosurgeon, a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist.
2. Wow! Can you tell us a little bit about your day to day at R29? Our readers are curious on the time your ideas are pitched to when they come to life.
My daily routine is always different; some days I'm running around NYC filming "Try Living with Lucie" and other days I'm in the office organizing my upcoming production shoots. It usually takes a few weeks to get a video live on YouTube (one week to shoot and a couple of weeks to edit).
3. Many of your pieces are DIY stories and personal challenges (our favorite was watching you give up coffee- that takes skill). What is your personal favorite and what did you get out of it?
My personal favorite was 5 days of hydration -- that week changed my life. I have always wanted to be a hydrated person who drank water regularly, but I could never get myself to drink frequently enough. I was rattled with headaches and constant dehydration. Now, I am a PRO at drinking water and I carry my fruit-infused water bottle everywhere I go.
4. Many people, especially women, struggle with their confidence making it hard to put themselves out there for the world to see or read. What was the best advice you can give to girls who want to pursue such big dreams , like yours?
Keep doing you. Do not let others get in your way. There are people who try to do BIG things and wind up shrinking back because it's tough to put yourself out there. But it's the people who persevere and keep moving forward who become successful.
5. What is next for you, Lucie?
Oh man, I have no idea! I love my job and I plan to keep doing what I'm doing for a long time. However, I love not knowing what the future holds. A mentor of mine once asked where I saw myself in 5 years, and when I started answering, he cut me off and said, "You shouldn't know where you'll be in 5 years!" He was so right. Life is about the unknown and enjoying the journey.
Interviewed by Emily