Simone Giertz in 23 questions
What is your name?
Simone Luna Louise Söderlund Giertz. My life is cursed with the minor inconvenience of always running out of space when filling out government forms.
Where do you live?
San Francisco, California.
Where did you last travel to and where will you be traveling to next?
I was just in Vancouver where I got to pilot a submarine. Next week I’m going to yoga camp in Northern California and then to the Grand Canyon.
Are you traveling for business or pleasure?
I mostly travel for business. But business and pleasure go very much hand in hand for me.
No thank you. I have one already that I really like.
What is your profession?
I’m an inventor and YouTuber.
How did you become that?
I wanted to learn about electronics and realized that it was more fun to build useless things. Some Internet and a teaspoon of flukes later and I had made myself a job. My job is definitely my best invention so far.
What is your biggest accomplishment or proudest moment in your profession?
The mental switch I had when I got started with this. I used to be very duty-driven and believe that only things that were very hard were important. But then I lost my job as an editor for Sweden’s official website and was like, ‘I’ll try and only do things I think are fun from now on.’ Turns out I’m much better at things that I enjoy than things I find boring.
What else have you done?
I’ve tried out a bunch of different jobs and moved around a bunch of countries in the same way as someone in a jeans store tries on pants. I think I’ve found a good pair now.
What do you do when you don’t work?
I love to sleep. I do yoga to help me sleep better. Since my work is so extroverted I tend to just crawl in under a blanket whenever I get home.
How much cash are you carrying with you at the moment?
No cash, just credit cards. Ok, mostly debit cards.
What is in your pockets right now?
Lint. But in my bag I have a leatherman tool, a hard drive filled with robot videos and way more tampons than any situation would ever call for.
Who is your best friend? Why?
My friend Sonja. We’ve known each other since we were 12. There’s something special about someone you went through puberty with.
What is your biggest dream?
Going to space. Then coming back to planet Earth.
What is your biggest nightmare?
That I’ll run out of oomph.
What is the last movie you saw or book you read?
I just finished reading The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, by Jonathan Haidt. Can recommend.
What is your earliest memory?
The dog pattern I had on my pillowcase when I was two.
Who is your biggest idol or role model?
47-year-old me. I’ve always been convinced that I’m going to peak when I’m 47.
What would you do if you couldn’t have your current profession?
I’d be a TV producer I think.
How would your Oscar speech begin?
“Thank you and I’m sorry.”
Aisle, window, or middle seat?
Aisle! I pee a lot.
What is your party trick or hidden talent?
I know the words to almost every Disney song – in Swedish. Speaking Mandarin Chinese is a pretty good party trick too.
Finish the following sentence: “A funny thing happened to me on the way to…”
… Nairobi, when I threw up into my bag. The only thing that was funny about it was the reaction of the people sitting next to me.