Professional Nail Polish Namer. Is it as glamourous as it sounds?
“I spend most of my professional life quietly researching, looking for word combinations in books, magazines, like National Geographic, and I am inspired by song lyrics,” explains Peppy Jane Park of her unusual job, “It’s kind of like writing comedy for late night. You hope to get to the punch line before your competitors.”
Ms. Park studied poetry in college and worked for The Poetry Foundation. You can tell by her lapel pin she is a member of the Poetry Society of America. (The pin reads, “Poetry, I, too, like it.”)
“Sometimes I take my nail polish name rejects and rework them into poems,” says Ms. Park, thoughtfully, “I hate to see good words go to waste.” She has submitted her poems to publications such as The American Poetry Review, The Believer, and Boston Review.
Studious, yes, but Ms. Park wants to assure everyone that she has a lighter side, too. Her profession requires that she have her finger on the pulse of pop culture.
“I go out to shows once a week, people watch at cafes. I love street life,” Ms. Park adds.
Ms. Park does not cook.
“You will find takeout menus in my refrigerator in place of food,” laughs Ms. Park.
Words are her livelihood. In addition to her main gig, Ms. Park consults a major brand paint company on naming their paints. No wonder she has no time to cook!