If writer, editor, and producer sounds like too many hats, bear with me. I cut my teeth in publishing, where the pace and limitations are vivifying—a hustling, creative environment where it's more difficult to limit your experience than not.
In nearly 15 years at the Portland Mercury (10 of those as Managing Editor) I became an award-winning veteran at producing clean, expedient copy on any given topic (try me) and on a variety of platforms. As an editor, I led teams of writers and artists to take special issues, advertising products, and marketing campaigns all the way from the spitballin' phase to the printing press and digital universe alike.
In 2006, I launched the Sold Out column, focused on Portland's fashion, retail, and lifestyle brands (I spent the first 10 years as its weekly author, and it now lives on in the hands of others). I also took over producing and styling the publication's photo shoots, fashion and otherwise: Art direction, talent casting/hiring, location negotiation, artist management, and wardrobe curation/execution—not to mention navigating government bureaucracy, finding last-minute birdcages or swimming pools, and basically doing whatever was needed to anticipate and quickly, painlessly resolve any issue that threatened to interfere with a project. Diplomacy is my happy place.
Off the page, I produced an annual series of 11 fashion shows between 2005 and 2015 (the title that eventually stuck was Open Season) and worked to make events like the Ace Hotel's Content, the debut of Pendleton's Portland Collection, and the Portland Art Museum's 2015 "Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945" exhibit more excellent. Those collaborations have led to projects with brands like Frances May, Bridge & Burn, Hollywood Theater, ADX, and more, doing everything from technical product copywriting to curation, consulting, to hosting on stage and camera.
And, I recently discovered that given enough time and an angle grinder, I can also do a mean bathtub restoration.