Yay, you’re here! Welcome.
Technically, I’m Bernadette.
But unless you’re my mom and you’re mad at me, I go by Berna.
Here’s my face!
I’m sorry/Thanks for looking at it!
BUT WhO ARE YOU, EVEN
I’m a writer, a video producer, a youth advocate, a fairly good auntie and a very easily excitable human. I live/work/twerk in the San Francisco Bay Area. My favorite things include serving and empowering teens, fighting with Final Cut, and falling asleep while playing my ukulele.
BUT WHAT DO YOU EVEN DO
I am currently a producer on the Community team at Instagram, focusing on Teens & Emerging Trends. Confirmed: It is just as ~amaze~ as it sounds. Just before this, I was in New York City working as a teen advisor & teen camp program director (basically a Cool Aunt version of a high school teacher) for the YMCA, and doing freelance writing/video producing when I should’ve been sleeping. My portfolio includes work for Seventeen & Seventeen.com, Glamour & Glamour.com, Shape.com, The Huffington Post, SundanceTV and Scholastic, to name a few.
BUT HOW ARE YOU EVEN USEFUL TO ME
Well, a lot of very kind people have recruited me to do some incredible things.
I’m often asked:
- To produce fun videos; I’ve done ones for travel, education, corporate sponsorships, teen advice, even a few bar mitzvahs
- To write web articles on topics ranging from flirty Snapchats to bartender etiquette
- To design youth-focused lesson plans and curriculum, answering questions like “How do we, adults at a major beauty brand, discuss social media with a panel of youngin’z?” or “How could a group of social workers inform NYC teens about their rights when interacting with police?”
- To get lunch and consult upon “what teens are even up to these days” (My personal favorite.)
I’ve also been told I’m really, really good at being happy for you.
If you need me for any of the above, I’d love to hear it!
You can keep hearing me talk about myself here. What’s new with you?
Back in ye olde publishing days, some nice people asked me some nice questions:
Seventeen.com | From Freshman 15 to Seventeen!
Daily Front Row | The Assistant Files, Vol. 32: Berna Anat, Seventeen