Being clever isn’t the craft anymore. It’s a prerequisite. Writers have to be agile, able to move with not only swiftness and speed – but pinpoint accuracy, in the dark, while wearing a blindfold and doing a handstand with two hands tied behind their back.
Ideation is where true writers shine. They have the ability to not only create ideas, but to absorb other’s ideas and regurgitate them into written form so elegantly, they leave the one who spoke it – speechless. If silence is golden then head nods are platinum infused with plutonium to a writer. But writers don’t seek approval, it is an unintended benefit of their endless pursuit of disruption.
After portfolio school I almost left Chicago. Then I made this video instead. Turn up your speakers and enjoy.
Places I've been
Copywriter <= Jr. Copywriter <= Freelance Jr. Copywriter | August 2015 - present
I’ve written words for a lot of brands at Burnett. That includes but is not limited to Intel, P&G, Kellogg’s, ComEd, Altria, UnitedHealthcare, Cronos and any new business I can get my sanitized hands on. From annoying web banners to TV, I’ve had the pleasure of working with and learning from – the best, bar none.
Stand Up Comic
2015 - Present
You couldn’t pay most people to get on a stage and tell jokes to strangers. I can’t paid enough! But I love it, it’s the closest thing to Catholic confession I’ve ever gone to.
Transporter of Civilians | May 2014 – July 2015
It was a great side gig for bouncing ideas off of complete strangers – if you’re into that kind of thing. I drove for about a year while building my book, walking dogs, and attending Chicago Portfolio School.
The Nielsen Company
Internal Communications Writer | June 2013 - May 2014
I made data sound sexy. I worked on a team that wrote internal news updates about current and upcoming projects, success stories, interviews, product launches and more for our platinum clients; P&G, Unilever, PepsiCo, Coke, Kraft, and Mondelez. It reminded me of my college newspaper days, minus my opinion column. I miss that column.
Freelance Writer / Web Design | January 2013 - June 2013
They needed a new brand identity and I wanted to work in the suburbs. Ok, the second part isn’t true. But while there I made them a killer new website, re-wrote all their digital content, wrote and produced product videos, and learned waaay too much about data center software. Not bad for a six-month stint.
Copywriter/Marketing Guru | November 2011 - December 2013
College Intern turned full-time marketing machine. My first gig out of college. I handled the bulk of their marketing for two products with radically different audiences in the realm of sales catalogs, trade show articles, social media posts, and email blasts.
People I've learned from
Chicago Portfolio School
Graduated December 2014 |Focus: Copywriting
University of Illinois at Chicago
Graduated May 2012 | Major: Marketing