Editor’s note: Corporate Communications Writer Johnathan Silver conducts all Fast employee profile interviews, but this time Technical Program Manager Charlotte Hjerpe stepped in to interview Silver.
How did you get to Fast?
My background is in journalism, and Fast was interesting to me because I was looking for a full-time communications role in a new industry. I found the job posting on LinkedIn, and it was perfect. Chief Communications Officer Jason Alderman always adds in communications job postings, “Bonus points if you are a Cubs fan,” and I made it a point to joke that I had no idea what he was talking about.
What do you do when you’re not working?
I watch and read the news. I listen to music. I binge watch TV shows. Pre-COVID, I went out to clubs and bars. My only criteria: loud and good music.
What were you like as a child?
I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. I was very shy until I got to know someone well. If we’d hit it off, then we’d be the best of friends. I liked sports but wasn't very coordinated. I was always a good runner, though. Me and my friends would pretend we were in a magical forest, and my dad would always yell at me to come inside and eat.
What was your first job?
My first job was scooping ice to make snow cones out of a food truck. I was 13 or 14, and I did it for just one day. It was the summer after my mother passed away, and the owner was one of her friends. It was fun.
Is there any career or job that you wanted to pursue?
When the show “Kids Say The Darndest Things” was first on, my aunt suggested that I audition for it. I didn’t. That was the first time I thought about being on TV, and it seemed scary. Later, I fell in love with television, envisioning a career in front of the camera, but it just didn’t happen. I did do a few spots on TV when I was a journalist, though.
What public figure do you admire the most?
I admire journalist, author, and television host Tiffany D. Cross. If you want to understand racism, social unrest, media narratives, how we got to the point of insurrection, then get her book, Say It Louder!: Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy. If you don't have a diverse group of friends or consume diverse takes on current events and are surprised at the world around you, read the book. It lays it all out.
What app on your phone do you use the most?
What’s your favorite food?
I’ll eat anything with sugar.
What are some shows that you can't stop watching?
I recently watched “Bridgerton” on Netflix. Wild show.
Where do you want to be in five years?
Brendan Gibson’s answer to this question stuck with me. I don't want to retire, but it would be cool to be in a position to retire in five years. I’d focus on improving diversity across industries and giving everyone a fair shot at jobs, education, housing – all walks of life. Life would be so much better if poor people and minorities really had a fair shot. The idea that someone else has to be a loser for you to be a winner is one of the greatest lies ever told.