Natasha Valdes

Natasha Valdes

Social Media Content Coordinator

Nickname: Tash

Why did you join the BLM crew? What drew you to the business?

After leaving the marketing department for a trendy retail brand, constantly traveling my first two years out of college, and practically living out of a suitcase, I wanted to come back to my stomping grounds and stay firmly planted in South Florida. What initially drew me to the business was Kendall's passion for BLM when we first chatted over the phone. I give her all the credit because it really felt like I was talking to one of my girlfriends. So kind, so welcoming, so friendly! Sometimes that's hard to find in Florida. From then on, I knew BLM was a place, and family, I wanted to be a part of.

What is your favorite part of coming to BLM everyday?

My favorite part of coming to BLM every day is hands down my Social Media girls in the media pit! We HOLD IT DOWN (while sometimes terrorizing the boys). I'm so proud of the work we collaborate on together and I honestly couldn't have asked for two funnier, hardworking, and motivated team players who have welcomed me with the most open, warmest arms. Shoutout to them!

What do you most enjoy about being on the BLM team?

The thing I enjoy most would have to be the family dynamic and comradery I experience every day in the office. We go to bat for each other. We hold each other accountable. We praise each other when we've done a good job. And we give advice and constructive feedback to each other when something could've maybe been done better. There's not a day that goes by where our hard work, collectively, doesn't go unnoticed.

Who would you cast to play you in a movie about your life? What genre would it be?

*Unpopular opinion* I'm not a huge movie fan, I tend to watch a lot more TV series. So I think I would cast Rashida Jones to play me in a satire/comedy that has really witty, dry, sarcastic, dark, and twisty humor. Definitely wouldn't be allowed to be aired on a family network. I have the mouth of a truck driver and I feel like only HBO or Showtime allows that kinda thing.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Why?

To nap with my eyes open. I feel like this one is self-explanatory. Creepy, but self-explanatory. And yes, in my eyes (no pun intended) that is a superpower.

What word would you add to the dictionary? What does it mean?

Easy -- cheugy. Not even a second thought. A quick lesson on Millennial/Gen Z colloquialism -- "Cheugy is a catch-all word to describe anything that is basic, uncool, or untrendy. According to The New York Times, "cheugy (pronounced chew-gee) can be used, broadly, to describe someone who is out of date or trying too hard." I am the ultimate cheug. I own a 'live, laugh, love' mug and I use it every morning.

What was your favorite cartoon growing up?

Don't judge me, but I was never much of a cartoon girl. I was more of a Maury or Jerry Springer kinda gal.

How do they get the deer to cross at that yellow road sign?

Honestly, I don't think I've been in a location where deer were even a remote possibility. At least not willingly #floridathings. But if I had to guess, they tell his or her deer friends to peer pressure him into crossing.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an obstetrician. The idea of bringing adorable little babies into the world sounded like a dream. Until 6th grade when I watched that 'Gift of Life' video in health class. If you know, you know. Then it sounded more like a nightmare.

Where can we find you when you aren’t at BLM?

Dependent on the day of the week I'm either chock full o'martinis at my favorite bar for happy hour, testing my life's limits at a boxing class, or at the beach knee-deep in spiked seltzer cans and tanning oil.

You're stuck in the woods for three days, do you survive?

Probably not, but I'll give it a pathetic excuse of a try.

If you weren’t working for BLM, what would you be doing?

If I wasn't working for BLM, I'd like to think I'd be off traveling the world, living my best life (another cheugy answer). But in all reality, I'd probably be staring down a family-size bag of Cheeto puffs, in the same pajama shirt from three days ago, binging The Real Housewives of Orange County on my couch. Also living my best life.