A little about me

for a long time, I had a hard time calling myself a writer without feeling a little like a fraud. After all, the writers I loved and admired were a) literary giants b) wrote the best dramas on television or c) penned thoughtful and revealing articles in rolling stone and the atlantic. but when it came to advertising, after being tasked with coming up with fun, insightful ideas, clever headlines, and conversational tones, i had a knack. over the last couple decades I've developed my own style and voice, I understand motivation, and conflict, and how to use humor to connect. and I love doing it. so, while I might be light years away from the likes of steinbeck, david e. kelly, or pj o'rourke, i can say that I am, in fact a writer without a fraud alert going off in my head. A victory, indeed. 

 

THINGS THAT MAKES ME ME:

Coming up with ideas is still the best part of the job. 

I love how a well-written paragraph, headline or copy block can make a reader think..

I can play at least six finger-picking songs on guitar.

I can do a crossword puzzle in less than ten minutes.

I read, especially first time novelists, I sail, I cook French dishes, I make Old Fashioneds on Fridays ( and I'm writing a novel about mutinous women and a sailboat.

 

THINGS THAT MIGHT MATTER TO YOU:

I love working with and being part of a strong team.

I approach every new project like a puzzle.

My addiction to crossword puzzles has made me a lateral thinker.

I'm a natural leader. 

I love working with young people.

I'm a gifted presenter. I do very well with clients.

I'm a naturally curious person.

I've won awards. Not the Booker Prize, but it ain't over 'til it's over.

The One Show (VW Website concept and content)

Mercury Radio Finalist (Twice)

London AD&D

Belding

ThinkLA IDEA 

Archive

 

I've made stuff and then it won stuff. A short list of my shortlisters.

Radio Mercury Awards Finalist -  CareerBuilder.com, Wells Fargo

ThinkLA IDEA Awards - Volkswagen Website

The One Show - Volkswagen website

London International, D&AD finalist, and, oh a random smattering of other ones.

I won a Belding once as a student. I still like that campaign.

There are other awards that I won but I can't remember until I Google myself.