“I always knew I wanted to be a writer. Ever since I was a toddler you could find me with a pencil in my hand and a story to tell…”
Isn’t that how a writer’s bio is supposed to begin? Well, my story is different. Truth is, I had a variety of interests growing up. Math, not writing, was my favorite subject in school.
I guess it probably makes sense that I became a writer, though, since I had some unusual habits growing up involving the English language. Riding in the car as a kid, I always tried to read every single word on road signs. I became somewhat of a speed-reader while passing signs announcing restaurants, hotels, and gas stations coming up at the next freeway exit. In 1986 if anyone wanted to know the population of West St. Paul, MN, I could easily tell them: 18,527.
Another unusual habit of mine – spelling words forward and backward. V-I-S-I-T, T-I-S-I-V. I still haven’t found a use for that skill, but someday maybe…
Fast forward a bit to when I had quelled my quirky language habits and was fresh out of college with a degree in Electronic Media. I wanted to experience life abroad before settling into my career, so I worked as a barista at a coffee shop in London, England for a time. Making macchiatos and mochas may not seem glorious to many, but done in the shadow of London’s Strand it was an exciting education in real life.
Returning to the States, I worked as an associate producer at WITI-TV, the Fox affiliate in Milwaukee. My time there consisted of writing voiceovers for the 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts. There’s no other feeling (some call it stress) quite like preparing for a live newscast – after all, the cameras are going to roll whether or not the words are written and the video is edited. You can’t beat the rush that fills a newsroom the last 5 minutes before going live.
Moving on to work as a writer and producer for a local video production company, Marx Creative, I didn’t exactly experience that same kind of rush, but often I did come home exclaiming, “I love my job!” Writing video scripts, producing on location, overseeing audio and edit sessions in the suite and video shoots in the studio – I thrived on helping clients tell their story in the most creative and effective way for more than a decade.
Storytelling is still my professional pursuit and passion. Working as a freelancer for many years, I continue to help clients get their message out in various formats: case statements and project summaries for capital campaigns, feature articles, online videos, blogs, TV commercials, web pages – you name it.
If you are in need of a writer, please drop me a line. I’d love to help you communicate your message so it’s seen, heard, and definitely remembered.