I was a Photography art minor at Stanford University. It was a fun pastime, and something to keep me balanced through the academic and social rigors of that time. It was motivated by a longtime love and fascination with film and audio. It also paired nicely with a growing portfolio in creative writing.
Out of Stanford my first gig was a marketing and comms internship at the hottest startup of the year. This was just a few years after Social Media began to revolutionize how we accessed information and Apple began to make that more possible on demand through smart devices.
It was still a bit of a fail, nonetheless, to be so centered on a function that couldn’t see clear revenue incentives. As Harvard MBA’s continued to lose marketing positions at companies like Facebook and Apple well into the recession, I pulled back hard from my love and affinity for digital design and communications.
Now, there’s no loss of opportunities in content development and digitally focused communication needs in all companies and industries, big and small. One additional insight COVID brought with it is the need to remain agile and accessible to all internal and external constituents and users, and digitization is fundamental to that.
So perhaps I was ahead of my time? As a recent Marketing and Comms intern in Intellectual Property at the Berkeley Lab, a position meant to sustain me and get me back on track as I finish my Masters degree in writing, I’m hopeful that I may have been right on time.
Here is a recent digital media art piece of mine that was selected for publication in Invisible City Literary Journal: bit.ly/dm_ic_pub
I’ve been a volunteer member of the journal’s staff for over a year, and I’m glad to share my wild imagination with the writing community in San Francisco in ways beyond language.