During my trek through college, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I started out wanting to pursue education, because I have teachers in my family and i've enjoyed helping others learn. I found out that while teaching was personally satisfying, something didn't feel right about it for me. I knew I wanted to get into music somehow, but did not know how to physically play. That lead me to media.
The next step in my journey led me down a journalism, turned communications path. When internships became available, I jumped at the opportunity to apply for the local Alternative Rock station in Kansas City. At the time, I just wanted to be an on-air personality. I landed the internship in hopes of working my way up to DJ. During my internship, I picked up as many skills as I could along the way.
After my internship, I was offered a part-time promotions job. I took it immediately and was now getting paid to learn. I did everything from random errands to engineering live radio remote events. I found I really liked any of the design projects the best. I also got into a little development work, little did I know at the time. I became familiar with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Got some basic HTML & CSS experience through running a couple stations MySpace pages...God, that dates me. I’m sorry for that.
Anyways, I work for a little bit at the stations and finally get my first shot at design and development work. It also happened the same I was offered a part-time on-air spot on the top Rock station in town. I was stoked and worked both a full-time shift and part-time weekend shift for a year or so. I was practically living at the station and got burned out. I had a tough decision to make, but in the end it was the best one for me. I found what I wanted to do.
I worked as the “Webmaster” for a few years and picked up a TON of experience and new skill sets. I was able to learn photography, videography, editing...a whole new world had opened up for me. I learned as much as I could and was ready for the next step. Got a job that was straight up front end web development and felt a bit over my head, but I had very supportive co-workers and I was able to grow, develop and advance up to a manager before leaving.
After leveling up, I was ready for the next opportunity with a small start-up in the Marketing department. I viewed marketing as the culmination of my acquired skills over my professional career. I used a little bit of all my experience and helped build up their online presence and presentation.
I’m not sure where I really fit in the professional world. The university I went to didn’t really prepare me for all my twists and turns, nor did they offer computer science or design classes. Everything I’ve found that I really enjoy working on, are random skill sets that I picked up in the background, while trying to complete another task handed to me. I dig problem solving, creative thinking, applying design to code and vice versa.
In my free time, I enjoy design, photography, filming/editing video, listening to and creating music, spending time with family and consuming as many comic books as possible.
I have an incrediby supportive family and wife. Family always comes first in my book. My wife is my best friend, mother to our awesome son and my partner in crime.
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