I'm not sure how you found me, but I sure am glad you're here.
Since grade school I wrote stories on the backs of napkins and little scraps of paper and kept them in the Fort Knox-like security of a shoebox on the top shelf of my closet. Since then, that shoebox has expanded to an absurd storage container (because I'm an adult, damnit) that is more of a black hole where ideas go to die (again: adulting).
All I've ever wanted to do was be a writer, so, naturally, I when I went off to college I graduated with a degree in Psychology and Marketing. Because, to me, the sensible thing to do was to do get a degree anchored in reality. Fast forward four-ish years and my first job out of college was as a copywriter.
…in my face, right?
And so, much to the Internet's chagrin, here we both are.
Anyone that knows me would be quick to agree I have a difficult time expressing pretty much anything out loud. Anyone that knows me knows that I know one joke. It's short and I've told it a thousand times, which is the only reason I can tell it successfully.... 50% of the time. Here we go:
How do you find Will Smith in the snow?
You look for the fresh prints.
Though I've had about a quarter century worth of practice, I'm just not good at getting words out in a coherent way unless I can map it out meticulously on paper. I try to go in a million directions at once and end up skipping to the punch line before setting it up. On paper, I also start a new sentence halfway through before I've even finished the previous... but that's the joy of the editing process.
I love to write because it's when I have the chance to gather my thoughts and put them down on paper, it’s my rare opportunity to not only set people up for a great story, but to also test my abilities to do it in a way that’s entertaining, thought-provoking, or just funny.
My favorite people to work with and projects to work on are those that I can learn something from. Some of my favorite projects have originated from people that have struggled to find a copywriter with the ability cover their challenging topic. One such of these projects gave me some exposure to an industry I had little experience in, but one might say I was dying (hint, hint) to learn more once I got started. I loved that I could find a solution where no other could, and that, at the same time, I could learn about a new and interesting topic.
As you might be able to tell, this is my passion. I’ve been so fortunate to find a balance for my passions of writing, learning, and helping people in a role that, well… allows me to do sustainably.
Outside of work, I enjoy sports where I can abuse myself and others, like dodgeball, krav maga, running, volleyball, and non-competitive eating. Outside of those things and working, I spend a great deal of time wrangling my dog into submission or trying to take pictures of her for her adoring fans.