WHAT DO YOU DO?
I herd cats, write copy, and love music. I currently project manage an in-house creative team while also being a marketing copywriter and music blogger. I help people find the right words. Because the right words can be the difference between saying you're sorry and meaning it, between cheesy clichés and hopeless romance, between "thank you" and "I owe you one."
WHAT STEPS DID YOU TAKE TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW?
My road to writing has been a winding one. I came out of RISD with a BFA in jewelry, became a gemologist by chance, moved into the world of creative project management, and then just started writing marketing copy until they gave me the job. On the side, my love of music easily translated into writing reviews, and through the stellar Seattle music scene, I’ve met so many interesting and creative people who’ve become an endlessly supportive network.
FOR OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR FIELD, WHAT DO THEY USUALLY LACK?
A sense of humor. Sometimes I feel like we take ourselves too seriously. I’d like to raise a few eyebrows and work with people who aren’t afraid to take risks and push boundaries.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
Besides trying to convince the coffee shop downstairs to install a cold brew tapline to my apartment? I’m brainstorming a new lifestyle and music blog - stay tuned - and I’ve just started a new “Movers & Shakers” profile series for Seattle Refined. I’m excited to meet fresh faces and get the word out about under-the-radar community members.
WHAT'S YOUR STYLE/PERSPECTIVE/TASTE? DO YOU HAVE A PROJECT THAT REPRESENTS THIS?
Witty. I love a tongue-in-cheek headline. Check out my website for examples of my various projects, from marketing copy and concert reviews to photography and styling.
WE ARE ALL SLASHIES WITH MULTIPLE SKILLS, WHICH ONE DO YOU WISH YOU COULD DO MORE OFTEN?
Writing! The goal right now is to go full-time creative and leave the administrative and project management by the wayside.
WHAT IS FRUSTRATING YOU RIGHT NOW?
Not having found the perfect meatball recipe.
IF YOU COULD HIRE SOMEONE FOR $20/HR, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE THEM DO TO MAKE YOUR DAY EASIER?
Clean and de-clutter my apartment! This is probably the lowest on my list of priorities and yet when it’s done, provides the most relief and head space to concentrate on the things I love.
LET'S BRING OUT THE TIME MACHINE. WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE TOLD YOURSELF, WHEN, AND WHY?
Oh man, I would tell college me to have more fun. I was way too serious for an art-school kid. I also wish I had figured out this whole gay thing earlier.
IF YOU COULD TALK TO AN EXPERT TO GAIN MORE INSIGHT ON SOMETHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?
I’m pretty sure Olivia Kim holds the secrets to the universe. I would buy her as many tacos as it takes to learn them.
WHAT KIND OF OPPORTUNITIES/PROJECTS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
Whether it’s an amazing full-time project for an awesome brand or one-off collaborations, I’m looking for opportunities that are challenging and let me stretch my creative legs.
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL JOB/CLIENT/COLLABORATION.
It definitely involves killer whiteboarding brainstorm sessions, snacks, and existential discussions on the value of pop music.
WHAT IS YOUR HOURLY RATE, RETAINER, OR SALARY RANGE?
This definitely depends on the scope. For hourly projects $40-$50/hour range. Ongoing commitments and full-time roles are a completely different animal.
HOW SHOULD SOMEONE APPROACH YOU ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER?
Send me an email with your favorite cat meme. And probably a little about yourself, your project, and your budget.
HOW DO YOU STAY CREATIVE?
By trying new things.
This member profile was originally published in April 2017.