Writing was always the thing I did better than anything else I tried. Determined to pursue a marketable skill, I began college as an advertising major but left with a theater degree, thus embarking on a lifetime of "taking the long way around." Out of school and into the world of jobs, I was always identified as a writer, even as a customer service rep or administrator. Eventually, I inched my way into writing or editing--internal correspondence, policies, sections of grant proposals, blog posts, small ads, bigger ads.
My first big break was at the COSI Design & Production Studio during the millennium relocation to the Riverfront. There I wrote demonstration-style scripts, monologues, short stage plays, and voice-over scripts for Progress (the 1898/1962 street exhibit), content for displays and copy for graphics throughout the building. My first assignment was creating copy for bathroom graphics; it remains among my proudest accomplishments.
Once COSI was up and running and the studio dissolved, I ventured out, Mary Poppins style, into a life as a full-time freelancer. While I was well suited to this lifestyle, I have grown rather fond of the comforts and security that comes with consistent, full-time employment. I am currently a senior copywriter for McGraw-Hill Education, with the freedom to pursue creative opportunities as they arise.