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History & Resumes

"Any day that I get to wake up and do something creative is a good day for me."

• FIRM UNDERSTANDING OF TIME MANAGEMENT:

Having spent years as my own boss, I have a very unique and keen understanding of time management. It doesn't take long to learn that if your freelance clients aren't happy than you won't be happy either!  

 

• STRONG WORK ETHIC:

I have a very strong work ethic that was instilled in my as a child and that even now I strive to uphold. I believe, and my clients will tell you, that I hold myself, and my work to a very high standard. When I agree to a deadline, I consider it a hard deadline. More than once I've worked 24-48 hours straight to make sure that when I give my word to you, it means something real.

 

• WORK WELL ALONE OR IN A GROUP

I have worked as an individual handling projects from concept to completion, as well as, worked within both small and large groups on ongoing and one-off projects within several companies.  I have worked in corporate offices, in homes, boardrooms of creative agencies, coffee shops and more. 

 

• CONSTANTLY CURIOUS

I feel that the moment you think you know it all concerning your self or your career, you need to think again! A constant curiosity about the world around you inevitably results in a growth as a person and in your style and understanding as a writer and designer.

 

• HANDLING CRITICISM

Okay, no one wants to hear that they made a mistake particularly a writer. However, receiving rejection letters or negative comments is all part of the process. 

 

• EASY TO REACH

I purposely lead a rather simplistic life. I usually will be back in contact with you immediately upon receipt of your email or voicemail. If not, a heavy piece of furniture has me pinned down or I crossed the street at the wrong time!

 

• KEEP UP WITH THE TIMES

When I started writing it was with an electric typewriter (yes, I'm that old!).  Now as social media and the Internet continue to expand and grow, as a writer and designer it is important to keep up. Making yourself as versatile as possible means job security. 

Using:

Bachelor of Arts Degree  (1992)

Mac/PC Platform

Adobe InDesign

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Acrobat Pro

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Dreamweaver

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Powerpoint

WIX Editor

iMovie

Doodly

 

Tools of the Trade:

MacBook Pro

PC Chromebook 

Adobe Creative Cloud

Hi-speed Internet/Wi-Fi

Skype

iPhone 3g

Chrome/Safari/Firefox Dropbox

iStockphoto Account

Dollar Photo Club Account

Canon Rebel XLR

PRINT & DIGITAL DESIGN RESUME

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My Design History

 

Junior Graphic Designer

Your Community Connection (Greenville, SC) 1992-1997

 

Produced newsletter designs for apartment complexes utilizing company’s preset templates. Always achieved daily production goals.

 

Junior Graphic Designer

Topsail Voice Newspaper (Hampstead, NC) 1997-1999

 

In charge of building ads, editing existing ads, layout of parts of the newspaper.  Worked on-site with sales team and editorial staff.

 

Art Director

The State Port Pilot (Southport, NC) 1999-2001

 

In charge of building ads, editing existing ads, layout of parts of the newspaper. Specialized in real estate listing ads/photo correction. Worked on-site with sales team and editorial staff. Won four state-wide awards for design.

 

Senior Graphic Designer

Sir Speedy Printing (Wilmington, NC) 2001-2003

 

In charge of all design, helping quote design prices, pre-press plates and working with clients on-site, as well as, design work off-site. Took the company from 2-color printing into full color printing.

 

Mdesign & Creative Services, LLC (Wilmington, NC) 2002 - Present

 

Print and digital design services specializing in complete package designs from concept to completion. Work to help refresh current client content, as well as, helping start-ups. Often do all design work for a client from designing their logo, to launching their brand, to designing their website and social media. Negotiate print deals to get clients the best prices.

 

Head Designer

Topsail Magazine (Wilmington, NC) 2007-2014

 

Sole designer for all ads, layout, pre-press and master files. Bi-monthly full color magazine averaging 48+ pages.  Also, in charge of all photo editing and photo/graphic research and purchasing. Worked exclusively off-site with sales team and editorial staff. Magazine was sold in 2014.

 

Art Director

Go-Energies, Inc. (Wilmington, NC) 2008-2012

 

Designed all print collateral, digital content, and graphics focusing primarily on their software development. Worked alongside coders, sales team, and worked both on-site and off-site. Designed for in-house marketing & training, as well as, out-facing client content. Everything from brandmark design, to custom web icons, to interactive training videos, and much more.

 

Head Designer

My WAG-azine, Cape Fear Edition (Wilmington, NC) 2013-present

 

Sole designer for all ads, layout, pre-press and master files. Quarterly full color magazine averaging 48+ pages.  Also, in charge of all photo editing and photo/graphic research and purchasing. Work off-site with sales team and editorial staff. Created the master file for the first issue.

PROFESSIONAL WRITING RESUME

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My Writing History

 

Highlights

  • Earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Writing with a minor in English

  • Top 12 Finalist in the Walt Disney Fellowship Program Competition (4,000 applicants)

  • Only student in the Creative Writing Program history to be invited to join the university press staff as a paid writer while still an undergrad

  • Published author of Lost: Woman, Found: Child - A Memoir (available through Amazon.com)

  • Screenplay Trusting Jack produced and released in 2001

  • Published in Magazines - Focus on the Coast, Topsail Magazine, My WAG-azine, & more

  • Public Speaker – Invited Speaker for The Southport Film Festival – "I wrote a screenplay – now what?"

  • Media/Marketing Director for a Fortune 100 Company (Go Energies) for five years (in-house communications & customer communications)

 

Current On-Going Freelance/Contract Work: 

  • Head Writer and Editor for Mdesign & Creative Services

  • Head Writer and Editor for charity pet magazine, My WAG-azine, Cape Fear Edition (present)

  • Director of Media & Publicity for Wilmington Riverfest (present)

  • Media Writer for Coaching by Design (present)

  • Owner of online freelance writing/editing company, mpagejones.com (present)

 

Various Types of Writing Experience:

                 

  • Project Proposals                 

  • Email Campaigns                 

  • Newsletters                 

  • Research

  • Copy Writing

  • Copy Editing

  • Proofreading

  • Print Publishing

  • ePublishing

  • Press Releases

  • Media Kits

  • Web Content

  • Catalogs

  • Corporate Taglines

  • Technical Manuals

  • SEO

  • Blogs

  • Resumes/Cover Letters

  • Social Media (writing & management)

  • Personal Essays

  • Memoir