People, Places and Things
With Michaela O’Shaughnessy
Originally from Oranmore, and based in New York, Michaela O’Shaughnessy is the editorial lead of the Creator Marketing team at Instagram where she oversees channels aimed at educating creators around the world on how they can be successful on the platform. Prior to joining Instagram, Michaela worked in audience development and social media at MTV, Teen Vogue and Glamour Magazine. We took some time out to chat with Michaela about her inspirations and what she loves about Galway and featured this interview in our Summer Issue, on shelves now.
Describe yourself in three words: Thoughtful, hardworking, persistent.
What is something our readers might not know about you? If anyone follows me on social media then they definitely know this about me, but if not then it might be a surprise to hear that I’m absolutely obsessed with Formula 1. It’s the highlight of my weekend to watch the races and keep up with what’s happening with all of the drivers.
What is your proudest accomplishment? I’m really proud of the career I’ve built! Moving from Ireland to New York with no connections or real work experience and being able to work my way into some amazing brands like MTV, Teen Vogue, Glamour and Instagram has been hard work but so rewarding.
Who is your biggest inspiration? My parents! Both of them are the loves of my life and they inspire me every day to be the best version of myself both professionally and personally.
Tell us something you love about Galway: I love everything about Galway, it’s home for me! My favourite thing to do in Galway is walking from Renville Park along the water out past the Galway Bay Sailing Club, bonus points if it’s during sunset! I also live for a bag of chips from McDonagh’s and a stroll past Yes Flowers to see their gorgeous window display.