After having a good laugh about 3 of the funniest misconceptions we’ve heard about ourselves we had to create a post and also wanted to include others around Chicago that wanted to share with us as it seems everybody has misconceptions!
Our personal funniest misconceptions:
1. Being asked if we are lesbians.
While we absolutely support the gay community and have so many friends of this nature we ourselves are not lesbians.
Not sure where this came from. While we support all women with working jobs to provide for their families we met in 2006 in ‘Corporate America’ when working together for a leading international testing, inspection, certification and technological services company servicing 14 sectors on 5 continents in over 40 countries. We started our company with no investors, no capital, no sugar daddies, just ourselves! We are minority business women owned and proud of it and are down-to-earth aside from the hair, makeup and heels! We have also been asked frequently what else we do or if this is our only job. We work full time for our own company and do not hold any other jobs. We work around the clock on our signature events and projects for clients, there’s no time for anything else!
Most of the time people know Cece is from South America but are not sure of the specific country. While Cece loves the food, music and culture from Brazil and Colombia she is from Peru and is 100% Peruvian!
Lastly, we’ve often been labeled as ‘good cop’/'bad cop’ with the Ying Yang dynamic of Melinda offering a more well mannered approach and Cece using her ‘Fiery Latina’ approach. This one is for the most part true. Although we really prefer being an addition to the ‘fire department’ than the ‘police force’ – Cece creates the fires and Melinda puts them out! lol Our opposite dynamic helps us to successfully run our business.
AND we are not the only ones..
Below take a minute to read more outrageous misconceptions from many other Chicagoans! We hope to set the record straight from funny things that that have been said or heard that have no merit or truth!
WGN-TV, Reporter/Fill-in Anchor
Much shorter than I look on TV. 5’1″. On a good day.
Host Watch312.com, author CandidCandace.com, Chicago Now blogger, Tribune Society Columnist
People think my home décor is modern but when they visit, they find that it’s very traditional filled with antiques and sentimental objects…..I’m a huge romanticist and can’t throw anything away that’s been touched by someone I love.
Host/Executive Producer of 24/7 Chicago on NBC5
My misconception is that people think I am just the “on-air” talent of 24/7 when in actuality, I own / operate and executive produce 24/7 as well. (did I mention I am a wife, mother, and a terrible cook!)
Host of CelebTV.com
All I do for a living is go to parties. Truth: I actually work in our studio from about 8am till 5pm daily- plus I do numerous national TV hits as well as work red carpets in the evenings and on weekends. My job is truly 24-7 and I love it.
Owner and Founder, eDrop-Off
That I don’t like to get my hands dirty. Just because you are wearing 6 inch heels doesn’t mean that you aren’t on the floor packing boxes and doing whatever it takes in the day to ensure your company is running smoothly. Photo by eBay.
A common misconception about me is since I work for a Top 40 station this must mean I listen to everything that we play! Don’t get me wrong I dig the music that we play but I’m a BIG supporter of anything local in Chicago on the come up. I also LOVE me some great hip hop that isn’t exactly mainstream. Look out for artists such as the OH-MY’s, Chance the Rapper, and Kids These Days all our of Chicago. On a broader scale I dig Macklemore, Mac Miller, and Machine Gun Kelly to name a few. Don’t get me wrong I still rock out to my Carly Ray Jepsen, Justin Bieber, and Taylor Swift! Photo by Tommie Nguyen MV//
Multimedia Entertainment Reporter, NBC 5
“I tend to live by the adage that whatever you think of me is really none of my business. That being said, the biggest misconception I get is when people find me on Twitter, where I’m listed as Mr. Marcus Riley. No, I’m not THAT Mr. Marcus. That was my previous profession.”
Chicago Social Brides – Group Publisher
I am often mistaken for an intern in our office when I am really the Publisher. This is not because I look young, but rather than I am always schlepping magazine and lending a helping hand at events. It is kind of nice though.
EVP of Public Relations – XA, The Experiential Agency
Everyone thinks that doing PR/Events is so glamorous, but us professionals just really make it look that way. There is so much behind the scenes “nitty gritty” prep work, but when it is showtime, it is showtime! Just recently at the NRA show, a client and I were setting up for a cooking demo that took them hours to prepare, miles to transport and we had to be meticulous in our set-up. Of course it went without a hitch, and we got to enjoy a cocktail afterwards. Photo by Caleb Condit
People think I like fundraising because i work for a non-profit. SOOOOOO not true! That’s why I’m the Chief Mission Officer, because I love spreading the word and finding people with cancer, meeting survivors, visiting people with cancer in the hospital and giving pump-ups, and connecting the dots and interacting with the people we serve! But I don’t like asking anyone for ANYTHING. Fundraising is my LEAST favorite of all, and so I’ve never asked anyone directly for $1 for anything including IA. but we have fundraising consultants who handle it for us so we can afford 5 full-time employees and do our word, but I make SURE it’s done zero-pressure and very tactfully, as I believe giving should always be:)
Today’s Chicago Woman
“Woman About Town” blogger
Misconception about me: That I have a split personality, reality is that I have a twin sister.
Co-owner minibar and DS Tequila Co.
Misconception is that I am married to my business partner. It’s confusing in the gay world to introduce people as your “partner” when you are business partners but not life partners. Many times I have received mail to “Mr. and Mr. (Insert last Name of my business partner).” Hopefully with the President’s support of Gay Marriage, that won’t have to be an issue in the future.
News Anchor Telemundo Chicago
The biggest misconception about me is the origin of my name. The right spelling is Tsi-tsi-ki and people think its Greek name because of the sauce Tzatziki, or Chinese because of the pronunciation, but it’s actually ethnic Mexican from the purepechas in Michoacán south of Mexico where I’m from. It’s from the dialect “tarasco” and it means ‘flower’. You can imagine how many variations of my name appear in my credit report!
Founder and President of Maven, Marketing Director/Partner of Social Gravity and Philanthropist for One Hope United
That I am party girl who goes out all the time and have always been the popular girl. Yes, I do enjoy throwing parties and certainly enjoy being social and outgoing. I can also be the life of the party. But I am also shy and very spiritual. I really enjoy hanging out with small groups of friends or with people on a one on one basis. Needless to say, I am actually somewhat of a nerd and enjoy staying home on the weekends to watch the History Channel (anything with quantum physics) and like quiet dinners with friends. Because I wasn’t always popular growing up, I think that’s helped me relate to people more as an adult and has actually helped me become more likable now. My upcoming book “Life Is Your Party” will really combine both my social and spiritual identities.
President NetupNow and Creator of #Foodiechats The Twitter Show
A misconception of me is that I am super outgoing. I am actually shy and reserved. I actually work a little harder than people think to be outgoing. I am naturally a loner and keep to myself. One day I decided to say HI to everyone and that helped me get out of my shell.
Founder and CEO Digital Megaphone
People assume that I’m social since I own a networking business and am out fairly often. I’m actually very shy and avoid situations where I won’t know anyone. I typically make a point of introducing myself to 2 – 3 people whenever I’m out, which puts me outside of my comfort zone. The next time you see me out, make sure to come up and introduce yourself if I don’t get to you first!
Brand owner of Mafia Hairdresser (Novels, Mafia Hairdresser, and The Glow Stick Gods, Murder, There’s An App For That, 50 Days of 50, and Social Media for Stylists, Salon & Spas.)
Most of my women clients think that I am actually writing about them in my novels or critiquing their hair when I see them out and about at social functions. Not so True! I would *never* write anything, even “cleverly veiled,” that might be found out; and when I’m out of the salon I don’t even think about hair.
Julee B. White
President and CEO Testarossa Entertainment
The most often repeated misconception about me is in regards to whom I am dating. It appears there is a group of ladies, which I fondly refer to as the “mean girls” aka opportunistic socialite wannabes that don’t even really know me, but appear to be absolutely intrigued with my social life. It seems that if I attend an event with a male friend or colleague, it could literally set off a chain of emails, phone calls and discussions about whom I am (or am not) dating. I actually find this incredibly amusing that people have so much free time or that they care about my dating life so much they feel the need to discuss it, even though it is clearly none of their business. Trust me, there is not really much to discuss! I think Coco Chanel said it best “I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.”
PR Guru at Wagstaff Worldwide
That all those in my industry do is go to parties and plan events. 99% of my time is spent meeting with clients, at my desk working on campaign strategy and marketing initiatives, and account management. 90% of the time I end up eating alone at my desk because I’m so busy, but I love every minute of it!
Chief Creative Officer A Perfect Event
Misconception: most think I’m from New York and Jewish, but I’m neither! I get it so much, that now I just go with it! Mazel Tov! I’m actually from Grosse Pointe MI and I’m a mix of French, German, Irish and Italian!
Lettuce Entertain You/ VIP Services
The biggest misconception of me is that I’m a party girl because I work in a nightclub. When I’m not at work I’m home cooking dinner with friends or spending time with my family and 2 dogs. Yes I like to have fun, but it’s not who I am as a person.
The Local Tourist, Founder & Publisher
People think I’m an extrovert, when really I’m quite the opposite! I consider myself an “extroverted introvert”.
People often assume that I am a designer – specifically a bowtie designer. This, of course, is not true – I’m just a huge advocate of wearing bowties!
Margaret J O’Connor
MarCon Communications, Founder & Owner
Most people assume I’m American because I have no discernible accent other than an American one. I was born in Ethiopia of Australian parents, and raised in both Ethiopia and Australia. When we came to the US, it wasn’t to immigrate but for my father to obtain his Ph.D, which he did. He received two great job offers, my sisters and I were in high school, and it was important to our parents that we go to university. We stayed in the US. Back then, I wanted to blend and really practiced to sound “American.” The follies of youth – I wish I still had my Australian accent.
Underground – Manager
Here’s my misconception- that I party all the time when actually I am busy doing whatever it takes to make sure everyone else is partying and having a great time. When I go home I unwind by watching cartoons and reading comic books.
Freelance Publicist & Marketing Specialist Co-Creator, Luxe File Chicago
Misconception: When people first meet me, they think I hail from Los Angeles or took one too many diction classes. Actually, I was born and raised in Chicago and have been talking this way for as long as I can remember!
Co-Creator/Blogger, Luxe File Chicago
Most people think my sister, Kerry, and I are identical twins. Actually we’re fraternal twins (when two different eggs are fertilized by two different sperm). People also ask us “who’s older?” Technically we’re the same age, since we were conceived at the same time. However, since I was delivered first, I’m “older” – which makes Kerry very happy!
The Darling Company – Proprietor at Argent Restaurant and Raw Bar
That I take life too seriously and my life is all about “glam”. I’m intense and will fully admit that I constantly strive for the very best from those that surround me. Really, I’m a Midwestern girl that loves life and all it has to offer. My PR and event marketing company is my love but my true passion lies in hospitality. Argent allows me that opportunity.
Here’s to setting the record straight!
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