Meet Our New Storyteller Guru, Lexie Sharabianlou!

Internal · February 7, 2018

Lexie Sharabianlou’s love for storytelling is as boundless as her last name is long.

After graduating with distinction from the University of Edinburgh’s Masters in Literature program, Lexie went back to her hometown in the Bay Area to teach and design English, History, Spanish, and Creative Writing high school courses. She loved finding new ways to make dry material interesting and entertaining to her captive adolescent audience. Lexie then headed down to San Diego to put her creative and analytical thinking skills to use as a digital marketer. A lover of food, comics, books, and travel, Lexie’s excitement for Guru’s mission will cultivate compelling narratives and engage audiences across generations.

What do you hope to contribute to the team?

As a former English teacher, I hope to bring my zealotry for learning, words, and field trips to the Guru team. Also copious amounts of tea and comic books.

What about Guru makes you the most excited?

The Gurus themselves! The Guru community is just a bunch of crazy smart dorks who love what they do (and a couple of accomplished foodies to boot!). I’m thrilled to learn from them and be one of them. Plus, I get to write about incredible cultural institutions and work with people who are passionate about their places of learning–a dream come true.

What do you foresee for Guru in the coming months/year?

I foresee Guru continuing to blow my mind with incredible AR concepts. I know our content team and AR/VR/Video experts will continue to create evocative and engaging stories. It’s pretty much magic what happens here at Guru. I’m expecting to receive my wizarding hat, owl, and wand any day now.

Favorite movie/book/quote? Why?

“If you trust in yourself…and believe in your dreams…and follow your star…you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy.”

-Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men

The English teacher in me loves this line and I laugh every time I read it (and quoted it to my students often). The playful dismantling of these cliches is done masterfully by a witch to her young apprentice. This implies that there is no magic without hard work, determination, and planning. But at the end of the day, having dreams and working to achieve them is the real magic.

Plus, the snark level of this speech is off the charts.