My start in print production gave me skills to work quickly as accurately as possible, to implement quality checks, and brand awareness is paramount.
As a child, sitting in an art classroom; there I sat with no particular expectations of my life. One afternoon, my art teacher took me to the side to speak with me about how I have a natural ability to draw. He said to me: “If you want to make money in art, you need to be a graphic designer.” I had no idea what that meant exactly as a 12-year-old in 7th grade, but I was intrigued, to say the least.
I took his words to heart throughout high school when I signed up for art classes every semester. In addition to drawing and painting, I learned how to type and took photography. Do you remember the days of the floppy disks and typing on bulky typewriters? My photography class was in the days before digital cameras. I shot photos of mostly nature and developed them in a dark room. I won a Finalist certificate from a college-level photography contest held by the Photographer’s Forum Magazine in 1996.
Next, I obtained a diploma in Advanced Office Technologies immediately after high school graduation. I was a Journalist for the Student Government Association that gave me experience in interviewing and writing articles along with setting up the layout of the school’s Newsletter. Soon after graduation, I found a well-paying job to support myself through an art college part-time.
In 1998 a friend referred me to an entry-level Assistant Graphic Designer position available at her work. I was hired based on my high school art portfolio and was given a stack of tutorial books for Photoshop, Quark, Corel Draw, and Illustrator using a Macintosh computer. As I went through every exercise, my boss also taught me the importance of speed and accuracy. After a year, I was able to find a job through a staffing agency to work as a Graphic Artist for a boutique ad agency in Atlanta, GA.
- American Cancer Society
- Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
- Fidelity Bank
- International Design Guild
- Popeye’s Chicken
- Tetley Tea
As I worked for advertising agencies that were affected by the economy and if they lost a client that meant I lost my job. I would be laid off because the large clients paid for my salary. I thought the solution was to work in a creative role for a specific company rather than an agency for stability. However, every company is affected by the economy, natural disasters, and as we all now know, pandemics.
By finding a better solution to not being in control of my own future and found purpose in my work. I decided to join the US Army for education benefits and leadership skills. Oftentimes a job listing requires at least a bachelor’s degree. I knew I was intelligent and creative enough to advance my career further through this route. I’ve been able to learn skills such as taking initiative, adaptability, and perseverance.
Art Institute of Atlanta
Full Sail University
Full Sail University
The way I feel about my future is optimistic about continuing my aspirations for the creative field. Since I’m a disciplined, former Communication Specialist in the US Army, trained in troubleshooting computer networks, satellites, and radios. This gave me a strong business acumen, which has enabled me to improve day-to-day production processes as I transferred back into a creative role in my civilian life. This resulted in the reduction of expenses for companies by saving time and money.
Graphic Artist Portfolio
Bachelor's Graduation Speech
- Advanced Achievement
- International Business
- Marketing & Strategic Planning
- Media Distribution
- Managerial Accounting
- Business Ethics & Social Responsibility
- Artist Management
- 3BlackDot Media Agency, Content Development
- Plush Recording Studios, Managerial Assistant
- GDC Marketing & Ideation, Graphic Designer
- Event Assistant with Boom! Social Media Marketing
- Social Media Coordinator with AIGA Jacksonville
- Video Blogger with United Arts of Central Florida
Certificates with HubSpot:
• Content Marketing Certified
Jan 2018 – Mar 2020
• Inbound Marketing Certified
Dec 2017 – Feb 2020