Desi Rottman joined The Hudsucker as a contributor in April of 2013. The Michigan native now works in the sports and entertainment industry, but by night she’s an avid scrapbook maker, photographer, interior designer, Pinterest addict and music enthusiast. She holds a degree in music industry management from Ferris State University, where she was part of a team that produced concerts for artists including Taking Back Sunday, The Glitch Mob, and Third Eye Blind, among others.
Name: Desi Rottman
Nickname: I don’t have one other than Desi!
Favorite word in the English language: juxtapose
Least favorite word in the English language: pituitary
Biggest strength: I’m fearless
Biggest weakness: cookie dough
Biggest pet peeve: when someone responds to an email I sent and gets my name wrong. it is RIGHT THERE for you.
Favorite Food: Olive Garden’s Cheese Ravioli with alfredo sauce… so bad for me but so delicious!
Favorite Movie: Wonder Boys
Favorite TV Show: ER, Grey’s Anatomy, Glee, Brothers & Sisters
Favorite Musician/Band: The Hold Steady, Amos Lee, Sweet Japonic, Radiohead, the Beach Boys
Favorite item of clothing that you just can’t live without: Oh gosh, I have too many. Perhaps the one I couldn’t live without would be my skinny jeans… or a blazer.
Favorite sport: Swimming and hockey
Favorite team: Detroit Red Wings!
Favorite travel destination: Los Angeles, California
Favorite fast food joint: Gold Star Chili and In-n-Out
Favorite season: Anything but winter
Funniest thing that ever happened to you: I work in the entertainment industry, and a few years ago I was gearing up to set up for a concert. We would often play music to keep ourselves going on long days, and when WHAM’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” came on the speakers, I grabbed a friend and started dancing… only to break my ankle.
Within reason, what are your craziest goals and dreams? To move out to LA and model.
Most outrageous thing you’ve ever done: my entire study abroad trip in Germany
If you had to sing one song at a karaoke bar, which one would you choose? “Roll to Me” by Del Amitri!
What movie title best describes your life? Almost Famous
What is one of your most life-changing moments? When my boyfriend and I were shot at and almost killed by a mass-murderer in July, 2011
Describe yourself in a single sentence: Baby I just wanna dance, I don’t really care.
If you were a superhero, what would be your super power? Teleportation
If you were stuck on a deserted island, which one book, movie and person would you want to take along? The Perks of Being a Wallflower, D2: The Mighty Ducks, and my mom.
If a genie granted you 3 wishes, what would they be? To be able to run a marathon without training, to be offered a job in LA and move without any work on my part, and world peace
Last Song Played on your CD player/iTunes/iPod, etc: “Warm Summer Rain” by Sweet Japonic
What made you want to write for The Hudsucker? Getting to write among a community of talented writers, many of whom are also my friends!
What is your favorite article on the site and why? Kathleen’s piece on Mother’s Day. Not only is she one of my closest friends, but that article (and trip) in particular is a beautiful and emotional tribute
Who is your favorite author on the site and why? I really enjoyed Andrew’s American Idol series. I didn’t watch too much of it this year so I used his reports to stay up to date and really enjoyed the sarcastic spins he brought to many (deserving) performances.
What is one of your own favorite articles on the site and why? The article I wrote about songs of the summer because I am excited to see if my predictions pans out!
Where do you see The Hudsucker in 5 years? Continuing to produce quality articles to a much broader readership
What do you think of your fellow peers here at The Hudsucker? Everyone is really talented and passionate.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? A big city near water – LA or Chicago. Beyond that, I’m not really sure.
What words of advice would you give writers? If you want to write, just do it. Nothing is stopping you – start a blog and get at it!
Who do you look up to? Jim Henson, Ted Cohen, Kelly Clarkson, Joan Ganz Cooney, and a lot of other obscure music industry women.
What is one of your favorite life lessons? “And that’s why you always leave a note.”
“Living well is the best revenge.”