Sasha Brookner

Who Am I ?

SASHA BROOKNER

May 2012

1: Who am I?

I am the love child of Sherry and Marvin Brookner. I am a woman who has a predilection for the familiar. I enjoy existentialists and feminists. I type 90 words per minute with acrylic nails. I have a bunch of free magazine subscriptions. I’m a Haute Couture socialist who believes big bang trumps intelligent design. I’ve had a thing for Johnny Depp since 21 Jump Street. I celebrate Chinese New Years.

2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?

I’m a publicist. I publicize. I do publicity. I would love a super exciting title like astrophysicist and be able to tell the world I’m going down in a history book but more than likely I’m not. As a marketing rep, I help share people’s narratives with the world, give them a voice and provide momentum for their goals, aspirations, and career trajectories. Currently our company is working with South African vocalist Lira, multi-platinum producer Drumma Boy, Beyonce’s choreographer Jeffrey Page, and I.S.I.S (Instituting Science in the Schools) which is a really cool project developed by NASA, Mos Def, and Ankh Marketing, working to implement science, space, and technology programs within the inner-city schools. It makes it hip for kids to be down with understanding our universe in a more Neil Tyson DeGrasse fashion, less Rick Santorum.

3: Where are you from and where are you going?

I’m from the suburbs of North Berkeley, was raised around the streets of Oakland and headed for a life of retirement twenty years from now in Redondo Beach–annoying or inspiring everyone I come in contact with along the way.

4: Who is your biggest hero?

I would say my mother but that would be so cliché and I hate cliché’s. I admire so many individuals throughout history whose shoulders I stand upon: Josephine Baker, Virginia Woolf, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Nietzsche, Socrates, Beethoven, Soraya Tarzi, Frederick Douglass, Gore Vidal, Gloria Steinem, and Voltaire, to name just a few.

5: What book is your bible?

Meditations for the Humanist; Ethics for a Secular Age by A.C. Grayling. As an existentialist sometimes I encounter that apathy towards life and his book provides inspiration for those who believe existence is completely arbitrary and subject to chance with no divine blueprint. Also two books that I’m always re-reading are Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth and Clarissa Estes’ Women Who Run with the WolvesI suggest them for any girl looking to initiate herself into womanhood.

6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?

I love The Huffington Post, The Cheesecake Factory, Planned Parenthood, Key West, Senegalese dance, and Gil Grissom from CSI Las Vegas. I hate TSA, mean girls, Tiger Sharks, emasculated men, Michele Bachmann, and people who drive over speed bumps as if they’re stop signs–you know the people who drive so slow that they actually start to roll back on them; yeah, it’s egregious.

7: What is your raison d’être?

I have no incredible cosmic purpose for being here on earth, I am not even a footnote. But I live my life by Imhotep’s proverbial quote “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we shall die.”

8: What is your favorite color?

Taupe. I actually pronounced it “Taupay” for at least a decade before I was finally corrected.

9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?

Superman. My father and his brother had all first series collections of the Superman comics that would be worth millions if they still had them. My grandmother was cleaning up one day about fifty years ago and threw them all in the trash. I like him because he reminds me how wealthy we all could have been. Plus, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster get mad props for inventing the concept of kryptonite.

10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?

I’m a west coast palm tree type of chick. I rarely venture to the northeast but would probably say S.O.B’s because they bring in dope indie musicians.

11: What turns you on?

I’m a sapiosexual. Look it up.

12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?

Did you perform a spell check for questions #1-11?

Sasha Brookner is the owner and founder of Helio Public Relations; a 13-year-old Los Angeles-based boutique PR firm enveloping an array of musicians, painters, choreographers, jewelry makers, fashion designers, thespians, producers, graphic designers, and spoken word artists. With a Bachelor’s degree in World History and an appreciation for science, her company name was inspired by the cosmology and philosophies presented by Polish astronomer Copernicus in the 16th century. Her clients have been featured in a spectrum of international publications–including Vogue Paris, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Glamour, GQ, In Style, Rolling Stone, VIBE and Oprah. Her path is one of creativity, dedication, and advocacy to more than art and entertainment, but broadening its scope to encompass the pursuit of elevating the human condition. Her written work has been published in a variety of outlets including Oprah and The Huffington Post.

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Photography by Djeneba Aduayom

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Sasha Brookner, Photography by Djeneba Aduayom

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