#ImAGirlBoss: Traci Stumpf

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There is not a single female host in late night television.

When Jay Leno and David Letterman, respectively, announced their retirements, their positions were promptly filled by Jimmy Fallon (“The Tonight Show”) and Stephen Colbert (the “Late Show.”) And it’s not for lack of options. Ellen Degeneres, Chelsea Handler, Kathy Griffin, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler are all more than qualified, but yet, here we are.

Traci Stumpf reached out to me in early November to commend me for the #ImAGirlBoss series, and I quickly discovered that Traci is both a talented TV host and a [very] funny comedian. I wanted to feature her, not only because she’s a #GIRLBOSS, but also because female comedians deserve WAY more spotlight than is shone upon them in mainstream pop culture. So, aspiring comediennes — this one’s for you.

NAME: TRACI STUMPF 
AGE: 28
CITY: 
LOS ANGELES 
HOMETOWN: LOS ANGELES + SAN DIEGO
INDUSTRY: COMEDY + TV 
TWITTER: @TraciStumpf
INSTAGRAM: @TraciStumpf
WEBSITE: www.TraciStumpf.com

Tell us what you do!

I’m a stand-up comedian and a TV host.

Did you go to college? If so, where?

No. After high school, I wasn’t 100% sure as to what I wanted to do, and my very supportive parents encouraged me to go get a skill. So I did that. I went to “the Harvard of Hair” — Vidal Sassoon — and got my cosmetology license. Looking back, it was a good choice. I have a lifelong skill, no debt, and I’m living my dream. Granted my dream has nothing to do with that skill.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

I wish I could say, “I always knew comedic hosting was for me.” But that’s not really what happened. Growing up, it would change almost every day. One day, I wanted to be a pilot, and the next day, I wanted to be a pediatrician. The only thing I knew I never wanted to do was nothing. I never idolized Disney princesses. I always knew I was meant to do something out of the box.

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How did you get to where you are now? Tell us your story!

Well, I was a young orphan with a million-dollar smile, who was tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York. It was a hard-knock life until one day, a hard-nosed tycoon with a heart of gold took me in, and…. oh wait, that’s Annie. For me, there was no tycoon — just a LOT of open mic nights and days spent driving to auditions 40 miles away from my house. This is a tricky question for me to answer, because I have so far to go (or at least I think I do). I don’t think I can do my “E! True Hollywood Story” justice yet. With that said, I have made a big dent in my career, and I got this far with a lot of work and a great support system.

Any obstacles along the way?

So many — mostly self-inflicted. Everyday, I have to fight the mean voices in my head that tell me I’m not good enough, or funny enough, or pretty enough. I do believe we create our own obstacles. No one else is really in our heads saying those mean things to us. How to get on the other side of that, I’m not 100% sure yet, but you guys will be the first people I tweet when I find out.

Who is your idol?

Hmm, that’s tricky for me. I feel like the second you “idolize” someone, you’re bound to be let down when they don’t do what you expect them to do. At the end of the day, we are all just people trying our best. But I do love the idea of idolizing Ellen and Neil Patrick Harris.

What are three personal traits/qualities that helped you get to where you are?

Being positive is huge for me (I can get dark fast). And being on time. And the ability to laugh at yourself.

Where would you like to be in five years?

I’m open to where ever life takes me. I try not to put too much pressure on the future, HOWEVER, my vision board consists of a six bedroom house on the beach, Kelly Ripa’s body with my face on it, and an Emmy (my own Emmy, not Kelly Ripa’s Emmy. She can keep hers.)

Define “Girl Boss” in your own words:

Waking up every morning, and showing up for your own life. And being nice. Just be nice.

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Describe your style/fashion sense:

Tomboy chic — I just made that up! I host a show every night, and they only shoot me chest up, so the bottom half of me is ripped jeans and boots (that’s the tomboy part), and the chic part is the top. I just really love classic looking things.

Fav clothing item/accessory right now?

A denim jacket.

What’s your can’t-live-without beauty product?

Bobbie Brown mascara (makes my eyelashes look like Muppets) and a great blow-out.

Go-to nail color?

Dark red.

Sophia Amoruso’s #GIRLBOSS inspired me. What book has inspired you?

I love a good self-help book. My favorite at the moment is The Laws Of a Lifetime Of Growth by Dan Sullivan. Another great self-help book is If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (ages 4-8). It’s about knowing your boundaries, and not letting people walk all over you, even if it’s just a mouse.

No Girl Boss is perfect. What’s your vice?

Internet stalking — I can go into such a rabbit hole! It’s so bad, but I’M SO GOOD AT IT! Oh, and M&M’s.

Which artist/band/DJ are you really into right now?

At the moment, Taylor Swift and her new “1989” album. Holy smokes! So good!

What song makes you feel like a Girl Boss?

Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn.” I feel very inspired whenever I can roll my windows down and sing a random 90s song. 

What’s a quote that inspires/motivates you?

“Just keep swimming.” – Dory, Finding Nemo

Best advice you’ve ever received? And who gave it to you?

“Be more interested than you are interesting.” -My dad

Advice to future girl bosses:

Be nice to people. And not because of “karma,” or because they might have something to offer you later in life, just do it to be nice. 

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#GIRLBOSS: Christina Garibaldi

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Christina Garibaldi has one of the most highly-coveted jobs in the media industry — she’s an MTV VJ. In true Cinderella story fashion, Christina climbed the corporate ranks from intern, to producer, to — at long last — on-camera reporter. A red carpet veteran, this Girl Boss has been a host at the VMAs and MTV Movie Awards,  has interviewed the likes of Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Ariana Grande, and is giving Giuliana Rancic a run for her money. 

NAME: CHRISTINA GARIBALDI
CITY: NEW YORK
INDUSTRY: ENTERTAINMENT
TWITTER: @ChristinaMTV
INSTAGRAM: @ChristinaMTV
WEBSITE: MTVnews.com

Tell us what you do!

I am an on-camera reporter for MTV News! I cover a lot of pop music, which has led me to interview some of Top 40’s biggest musicians, including Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, One Direction, Taylor Swift, and my personal favorite, Britney Spears. I’ve co-hosted the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show, the MTV Movie Awards pre-show, have been the social media correspondent on the popular “Catfish” after-show, and was recently part of the panel on MTV’s “House of Style” VMA recap. Every single day, something new pops up, but if I’m not traveling to a shoot, I am most likely writing articles for our website!

Did you go to college? If so, where?

Yes! I went to Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, and majored in Communications with a concentration in Radio, TV and Film.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

Well, when I was younger I dreamt of being a pop star, but when I realized I couldn’t sing — like, really couldn’t sing — I thought, “Why not interview them instead?” So I feel like I was always meant to do something in this industry.

How did you get to where you are now? Tell us your story!

It’s actually a pretty funny story. I started my career with MTV News as an intern my senior year of college (I interned with MSNBC before that). As soon as I graduated, I got a call from both MTV and MSNBC for a job, and I ultimately decided to go with MTV. I started as an assistant, and from there, I was a segment producer and a producer until one day my boss asked if I would try to do some on-camera work. And I did! Three years later, I’m still doing it and I love it!

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Any obstacles along the way?

Yes, and lots of them. Being that I didn’t really do too much on-camera work before I got my job — I was an anchor for my college news station — there was a lot I had to learn. In the beginning, I had to overcome my fears, prove the doubters wrong, and build my confidence. I’m still trying to do that every single day, and I know I still have a lot to learn, but working with such an amazing team definitely helps!

Who is your idol?

There are so many! First off, I would have to say my mom. She is the ultimate Girl Boss in my eyes! But in the TV world, I would have to say Ellen DeGeneres. Her interviews are creative, insightful, and most importantly, fun! There is also Meredith Vieira who I absolutely adore, and of course, the queen — Oprah. Bow down. 

What are three personal traits/qualities that helped you get to where you are?

Is it OK if I do more than three? I would have to say motivation, confidence, a good outlook, and not being afraid to take risks —  even if, sometimes, you fail when you take those risks. Other wise, you’ll always wonder ‘what if.’

Where would you like to be in five years?

I would love to either still be with MTV News or possibly hosting at another entertainment TV channel. My biggest goal is to one day be on one of the morning shows like “Today” or “Good Morning America.” 

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Define “Girl Boss” in your own words.

A Girl Boss is someone who is confident and someone that takes charge. They don’t wait for an opportunity to be handed to them — they work hard to achieve their dreams.

Describe your style/fashion sense:

Fun, comfortable, and colorful. 

Fav clothing item/accessory right now?

I’m kind of loving jumpsuits right now. Also, I’ve broken out my boots for the fall and was reminded why I love them oh so much.

What’s your can’t-live-without beauty product?

Aveeno body lotion. It may be weird, but for some reason it loves my skin, so I love it. Also, a great mascara for those days you just can’t put on a full face of make-up.

Go-to nail color?

I rarely do the same color twice, but at the moment I love dark purples.

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Sophia Amoruso’s #GIRLBOSS inspired me. What book has inspired you?

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

No Girl Boss is perfect. What’s your vice?

It’s very Olivia Pope of me, but a great bottle of red wine gets me every time.

Which artist/band/DJ are you really into right now?

I’m sort of obsessed with Taylor Swift’s new album 1989. I feel like it’s the first album in a long time that I can listen all the way through and not skip a song. I also love me some Ed Sheeran, One Direction, and I’m really liking Hozier right now.

What song makes you feel like a Girl Boss?

An oldie but a goodie — “Fighter” Christina Aguilera

What’s a quote that inspires/motivates you?

I have two!

1. “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible.” -Audrey Hepburn
2. “So many of our dreams seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”- Christopher Reeve

Best advice you’ve ever received? And who gave it to you?

My parents always told me, “If you can dream it, you can be it.”

Advice to future Girl Bosses:

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. If you believe in yourself, that’s all that matters. Be confident, be humble, keep an open-mind, and don’t ever expect something to be handed to you. Remember that hard work does pay off, and always be good to people.

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#ImAGirlBoss: Grasie Mercedes

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NAME: GRASIE MERCEDES
CITY:LOS ANGELES
INDUSTRY: TV/FILM + FASHION
TWITTER: @grasiemercedes
INSTAGRAM: @grasiemercedes
BLOG: stylemegrasie.com

Tell us what you do! I’m an actress and TV host with a personal style blog called Style Me Grasie.

Did you go to college? If so, where? Yup! NYU. 

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? Oh man, so many things! At first, I wanted to be a lawyer, then I wanted to work in finance like my parents (even though I had no idea what that meant), and then I wanted to be a reporter. I went to school for broadcast journalism, worked as a producer at MTV for three years after graduation, and then gave it all up to pursue acting and TV hosting, which is what I do now.

How did you get to where you are now? Tell us your story! Oops, I think I just did in the last question! Ha! But I’ll continue the story. I moved to LA to pursue acting and hosting, and quickly (and luckily) landed commercial and hosting agents. Booked some national commercials and hosted a music show (that never aired) in my first few years. Then, I started styling on the side so I didn’t have to wait tables anymore, which is what a lot of actors do to supplement their income. It was the styling that kicked off my fashion blog, and what lead to lots of hosting gigs in that space. Now almost 10 years later, I’m a full-time slasher — an actress/TV host/fashion blogger, and it’s awesome!

Grasie-Mercedes-Recycled-Novelty-ImAGirlBoss-GIRLBOSS-3 Any obstacles along the way? There are always a ton of highs and lows when you work in entertainment, but I think that’s a good thing. Everyone thinks they want to be an actor, but when the going gets tough, the majority gives up. It’s what separates the lovers of the work from the fame seekers. You got to really love it and live for it, or otherwise don’t do it. If you have that mindset, the lows are fewer and farther between.

Who is your idol? 

 My mom. She’s truly my idol, and the woman I respect most in the world. With that said, there are definitely a number of women in entertainment that I admire for various reasons. Meryl Streep for her unbelievable honesty in everything she does. Alexa Chung for her ridiculously good style sense. Beyonce for being unstoppable, and Oprah and Ellen for making everyone feel great all the time.

What are three personal traits/qualities that helped you get to where you are? I’m super organized, hardworking, and nice.

Where would you like to be in five years? On a hit TV show and a mom.

Define “Girl Boss” in your own words. A girl or woman who’s taking charge of her own destiny; who’s going after all her dreams and aspirations without compromising on anything. Someone who’s getting it done!

Describe your style/fashion sense: Fun, colorful, comfy, interesting, yet simple.

Fav clothing item/accessory right now? Flat, patent leather booties from Dolce Vita. They go with everything, and are super comfortable, which I love!

What’s your can’t-live-without beauty product? Red lipstick.

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Go-to nail color? Clear these days. Boring, I know.

Sophia Amoruso’s #GIRLBOSS inspired me. What book has inspired you? Hmm, I’m sad to admit I’m a terrible reader. I’m lucky if I read two books a year. I’m just so busy these days! But the last three books I read were all autobiographies of sorts from funny, successful women I admire — Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman and Mindy Kaling. I loved learning about their journeys, and they are all great reads.

No Girl Boss is perfect. What’s your vice? Tequila. In-N-Out. Instagram.

Which artist/band/DJ are you really into right now? I’m always into classics like Fleetwood Mac and Bruce Springsteen, but lately Pharrell and Beyonce’s latest albums have been on constant rotation.

What song makes you feel like a Girl Boss? FLAWLESS!!! Bow down bitches! Lol.

What’s a quote that inspires/motivates you? “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs. AMEN! Go for your dreams, not the ones others place on you. It’s your life and it doesn’t last forever, so make the difference now.

Best advice you’ve ever received? And who gave it to you? “No one else knows what they’re doing either.” – Ricky Gervais. I don’t know Ricky Gervais, nor did he give me that advice, but he was quoted as saying that’s the best advice he’s ever got, and I love it so much. I mean, it’s just perfect. When you feel insecure, unsure or just terrible at something, know that you’re not alone. We all have those moments! Just keep on keeping on!

Advice to future Girl Bosses: Work hard, be nice, and it will all pay off.

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Do YOU know a Girl Boss? Nominate her in the comments! And, HEY — if you share this article, be sure to use #ImAGirlBoss!