Born in 1986, Sami Promisloff has been occasionally blowing people away since she knew how to insert a VHS tape and press play on a VCR at 18 months old without previous instruction. Contrary to popular belief, however, she did not grow up without parents and the presence of other children and the sole company of a television set. She just likes the stuff. A lot.
Foregoing the starring roles and solos of her childhood in community theater and honors choruses, she has been spinning around the wheel of life and the world of media since age 15, when she interviewed John Mayer with a Talkboy tape recorder for a school project. A winner of local and national editorial awards, she has covered breaking bands, festivals, and various instances of pop culture zeitgeist for outlets including Spin, Billboard, and Paste.
In 2008, she moved to New York City and started her first "big girl job" on the very day that everyone discovered the Wall Street Monster ate everyone’s money, and then asked for a second helping. A handful of years and two layoffs later, she been fortunate to bring her resilience, resourcefulness, and encyclopedic pop culture perspective to marketing efforts for Google, Disney, MTV, HBO, and AMC among others.
Sami has also been an active part of the music scenes in each city she's been proud to call home. As an assistant at Athens, Georgia's 40 Watt Club, she booked local showcases and national tours; at the height of which she painted a life-sized mermaid onto a bedsheet and blew up countless balloons for My Morning Jacket's 2007 Under The Sea Prom. In New York City, she continues to develop her cultural criticism and consultancy practice, striving to cultivate unique entertainment experiences, and to creatively and sustainably solve problems for artists.
Aside from professional pursuits, she takes pride in her show-going sea legs, "Oh Lilo!" - a years-long email chain celebrating the best and more often the worst of contemporary celebrity culture; and most recently, Tom Haverfoods - a tribute to the brilliance of Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari and writer Alan Yang. Time Magazine, alongside many other critical outlets, and over one hundred thousand of her closest and dearest (Facebook) friends thought it was pretty genius.
Sami is currently keeping the Internet alive one day at a time as a copywriter in the creative department at Buzzfeed, and is the producer/promoter of Big Terrific - a free weekly stand up showcase in Brooklyn, New York hosted by Max Silvestri and Gabe Liedman. She forever clings to her undying faith that she will maintain her profoundly strange track record of winning life-alteringly amazing shit from completely random sweepstakes entries.
[Background Image: the back cover of Pink Floyd's Obscured By Clouds (1972)]