Blame my mother. It’s all her fault I studied journalism. I was bored around the house one summer day, playing with our new computer. I decided to write a few news items down in the Word processing program. “Household Happenings” only published two issues. Naturally, my mom thought it was fantastic.
I dismissed her career idea. But she must have planted a seed in my head because by my senior year of high school, I knew what I wanted to do: write for a newspaper. I later worked for multiple news publications in Illinois and Tennessee.
I moved to Raleigh in 2007 and spent three years working as a web and broadcast producer for a local TV news station. There, I learned other forms of writing and gained skills in web and social networking. I also learned how to deal with the pressure of producing live TV news.
In 2009, I began using my skills to write articles, blog posts, press releases and web copy. A year later, I left the news business to start my own business as a content creator and social media manager for Raleigh small business owners and marketing agencies. I love helping with community and civic events and nonprofit boards. Past experiences have included helping to organize TEDx Raleigh and working for the nonprofit The Raleigh Public Record. Learn more on my resume or LinkedIn profile.
In 2018, I closed my business, The Final Drafts, and began collaborating with The Department of Marketing. I’m excited about this new adventure. As I embark on new ventures and uses for my skills, I think about that seed Mom planted years ago. I’m lucky she did, and it keeps on growing.