Me in the purple shorts with my cousins in Alabama when I was around age 6. My big, expressive brown eyes + youthful exuberance play charming characters in my smile.
Back, back in my way back when days as Operations Manager/Video Editor supporting my (equal parts old-school hip hop oldie-but-goodie and video-renaissance-man) boss, Gemal Woods, at Park Triangle Productions.
When I began my fledgling career as corporate video editor, I thought I was on the path towards being the next Walter Murch or Thelma Schoonmaker. Graduating from Savannah College of Art & Design aka SCAD with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film & Television, I sought to infuse my insatiable curiosity, bold approach to creative living + feverish passion for storytelling into a profession as a video editor. Then, life happened when you’re busy making plans climbing the ladder of celluloid dreams as an long-form editor. In the winter of 2008, getting laid off benched my narrative storytelling dreams, forced me to pivot into a new career—graphic design.
the journey Matters
What I enjoyed best about starting my career through CENTERSTAGE’s life-shaping Professional Internship Program, their scrappy with passion-infused spirit and creative family-like team atmosphere was known for having impromptu dance parties during the day just to let loose and insert some silly fun into the flurry and flow of our day.
Way back when living my live (BK) work (Manhattan) play (BK/Manhattan/Queens)-style.
For 10 years, I adapted to the pulse of creative design aesthetic in my own ways without being wholly subservient to it. As a self-taught creative visionary, I bring thought, relevance + style in service to my client’s needs, whether they are a Fortune 500 market leader, a boutique agency with expertise in many verticals or a mission-driven brand with a community they serve. While cementing my reputation as the Queen of Clean, I've elevated the creative development process on many teams, from consultancy-driven & multi-disciplinary to in-house corporate print shop, equally leading through fearless design or supporting other creative visionaries. It’s my bold and at times design-wanderlust-whimsy that drives my thoughtful creative direction and warrior-like zeal in execution and delivery across all touch points. Being thoughtful tactically allows me to align inspiration, client objectives + brand storytelling into powerfully persuasive visual experiences.
Facebook Event Invite designed by my former roommate, Raphael Davison.
I’m a culture vulture in the most Jacques Cousteau way possible. I’ve drifted in and out of social circles like a lil’ social anarchist who thought they could. Never really belonging, but never not belonging either. I existed for the love of adventurous discovery with the wide-eye exuberance of a child half-grown living for the sensual expression of creative mastery. From random pop-up of any variety to spending hours adding to my creative grimoire in used book stores, I make my own fun anywhere and everywhere I pop up. Facts.
While I’m passionate about creating thoughtfully elegant design in vibrant, community-driven workplaces, all badass women need their space and tranquility to fire on all cylinders, in preparation for that call to arms. Hence why I prefer a healthy mix of on-site collaboration with my clients and their teams with me working remotely at home or couch-surfing in Farragut North at MakeOffices. I love my independence as digital nomad, yet still yearn the coziness of working in congenial, humor-mill-like environments where the strength of the creative mirrors the strength of the team. Neither are all strong , empowered + melanated Queens created the same nor do they exist the same and the universe broke the mold on me.
At a Juneteenth-inspired AANG lunch-and-learn informal lunch sesh at CBRE.
2018 was the year of creative awakening for me. Between my second (real estate) and third (2018 midterm election cycle) creative burnouts in my seasoned career executing on various, diverse teams spanning numerous verticals, I discovered a love for community engagement and event curation. I’ve always been a social connector & creative conduit and change agent-driven. My love for people and connecting to them on intimate levels is what drives my expert-level dedication in creating beautifully clean experiences with marketing being the means and media the method. I’m always looking for the next creative challenge to elevate, visualize + help to solve.
A mere fraction of the creative crew I used to roll with back in my ride-or-die Brooklyn LOVE days. On our night outs, we’d roll 13-(at times)-people deep, loving, and living life loud af. LOL.
In love with all things company culture, I have a sharp, discerning eye for culture-consciousness in a company and how it can be used as a prominent feature infusing nuance & relatable transparency in to your brand, if the brand choses to market and utilize it well. Access to diversity programs and design-shares at CBRE were key components in my growth that jump-started my creative evolution into a creative strategist, event curator + writer. I’ve always been hungry for the creative experience in social salon-like environments. Hence me always taking advantage of these prime professional development opportunities learning and evolving around the future and discourse of work. A market-leading brand, CBRE’s investment in diversity programs isn’t put on display, yet they are a brand that puts their money where their mouth is in terms of driving social inclusion. Whether a brand’s take on breeding cultural diversity in their DNA takes the form of affinity-based networking groups or office-wide social committees, these experiences were pivotal in shaping my future outlook in a career by my own design. A brand authentic & creative discovery journal into a work culture fanatic.
Volunteering with CBRE’s LGBTQ & Allies Networking group at Food & Friends in Northeast Washington, D.C.
I’m a good neighbor, so I’m happy to lend a hand. Connect with me directly at email@example.com.
Recruiters are welcome. Contract & Remote Roles are most welcome. Looking to Travel up to 25% of the time. Open to Relocate to the West Coast or Abroad.