A Design Driven, Aesthetic Obsessed, Data Minded, Media Savvy Creative Thinker
That's me in a nutshell. By trade and by name, I'm a graphic designer, but that doesn't begin to cover my love for all things creative, media and tech-related. My bread and butter will always be the Adobe Creative Suite, but I dabble in a bit of everything: photography, video production, SEO & Google Analytics, social media marketing, copy writing & editing, advertising research, buying, coordination, conceptualization and design, blog management & WordPress customization, journalism & light reporting, photojournalism, pre-press production and layout design. It feels like there's little I haven't done or couldn't learn to do in a few days time.
Born and bred in Charleston, SC, I'm the daughter of damn Yankee and an Edisto farm girl. Art and creativity was always important to my family: my mom drew and painted beautiful flowers; my dad penned his own childhood comic book series. I graduated from the University of South Carolina and pursued my love of the facts, information and journalism in Craig, CO at a small town newspaper, working as a page designer, copy editor, photographer, video editor, online content manager and print/digital advertising designer (obviously, I wore many hats). After 2 years in the west and the newspaper industry, I moved to Long Island, NY and began working as a creative in marketing and public relations.
Describe Your Perfect Job
Above everything else that may follow, I am happiest when I know the work I'm doing makes a difference to someone and has an impact on others. Industries that interest me are non-profits, conservation/nature, advertising, consumer goods, technology and media. I'm fiercely loyal and will go to the ends of the Earth for good people who believe in me and help me flourish. Conversely, I also value my personal life and enjoy having a dedicated work-life balance that I can rely on. My attitude is best when I have clear expectations for everything; I'm an analytical worker who is most efficient when provided with lists, data, tangible goals and bullet points. I work best one-on-one with other people in a collaborative setting and enjoy being a part of a creative team that can lighten loads when needed. I'm not a good liar or public speaker- making me a nervous wreck when it comes to meetings and client phone calls. However, I'm passionate when it comes to topics I've done my research on and know a lot about and can craft an excellent and well-informed email explaining my creative process or the technical process involved in a campaign.