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Let's Tell Your Story

Storytelling is one of the most powerful human interactions. It’s how we connect with other people. It’s how we share experiences and learn and grow as people and a society. It’s what makes humans, well, human.

You have a story to tell. Whether it’s a case study for work you’ve done for others, a blog post about a recent experience that can help your customers, or you just want to tell the story of you and/or your business, I want to help you tell that story in the most effective way possible. Whether it’s a written, photo or video story, I can help that story come to life so that you can share that story with the world.

How I Can Tell Your Story

In this day and age, storytelling comes in many different varieties. There’s the tried and true written word. But as our lives become more and more connected on the web, photography and video are more captivating mediums. And then there’s the content strategy aspect, particularly if you run a small business. I can help you with any of these ways of storytelling.

Writing

Writing was my first love. There’s nothing better than reading a really well written story. And there’s nothing better than telling a really cool story through words on a page or screen. Using the English language to give readers a crystal clear picture of the story turns out to be really fun.

So whether it’s just a simple case study, a blog post, a biography for your website or a feature story, I would love to help you tell through writing.

Photography

As the technological age grows, we’re becoming drawn more and more to images. Still images can tell a story all by themselves. The lighting. The reactions. The subject matter being shown. A great photo can tell a lot. If you have a story that you want to be told through photos — whether it’s the story of your business or an event you have — I can help get the shots you need to tell it effectively through photos.

Video

If a photo is worth a thousand words, what does that make video. Video allows viewers to see the images and story, but also hear from the subjects involved in the story. It draws out emotion and can create a sort of bond between the viewer and the subject. If you want to tell your story or the story of your business through video, I can ask the right questions, get the right shots and put it all together to help you share your story through this amazing medium.

Telling Your Story on the Web

If you’re a small business owner, or even a freelancer like myself, you can continue to tell your story outside of a simple “About Me” page on your website. You can tell your story through writing blog posts or posting videos and photos. Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out how to come with ideas to continue to tell your story. I can help you figure out the best content strategy so that you can tell your story while helping your business grow.

Stories I've Told About Others

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A Collection of Collections: Uncommon Objects

This is a video project done for the Reporting: Images class at the University of Texas over the Uncommon Objects antique store in Austin.

Located on South Congress, Uncommon Objects has been selling antiques and interesting items in Austin since 1991. The business is run by Steve Wiman, who has helped the store grow from 5 vendors to 24 individual vendors selling their unique items inside. Each vendor sells items that they find and collect. The store is filled with a wide range of objects from deer heads to tea cups to different types of signs.

Uncommon Objects has become a popular tourist destination in the city with the store being packed particularly on the weekends. Vendors come in on Monday to rearrange and restock their items.

Despite the growing popularity, Uncommon Objects has no plans to expand elsewhere.

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Reporting: Images

Date

March 2014

Location

Austin, Texas

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Brazilians celebrate gold medal after years of struggle, strife

This story pushed me the most so far in my career. I had to go out of my comfort zone, trying to find people to talk to in a country that doesn’t predominantly speak English. I also had to find something interesting in an event that millions around the world would be watching. And to top it off, I had to do my best to describe the scene of the celebrations and tie it in with the recent history and struggles for Brazil.

This was more than a simple celebration for a gold medal. This was a weight lifted off the back of the Brazilian people, if only for this one evening. This made up for the 7–1 loss to Germany and the struggles in the two summers since then. This made it all worth it. I captured that with this feature.

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Sports Writing
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VICE Sports

Date

August 2016

Location

Rio de Janiero, Brazil

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Despite first-round exit, seniors believe in what Shaka Smart is building

The quiet and desolate Texas locker room in the early hours Saturday morning after a last-second loss to Northern Iowa was a long way from the boisterous practices and program cementing wins the Longhorns had grabbed earlier in the season.

But amongst the soft voices and held-back tears, one common theme rang loud and clear in that locker room.

Shaka Smart is the man for the job, no matter what the Chesapeake Arena scoreboard said.

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Sports Writing
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The Daily Texan

Date

March 2016

Location

Austin, Texas

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Czech star makes waves in the ice rink

Matej Stransky skates across the ice between the blue and red lines before a Texas Stars home game against Stockton. From the stands, the warm up looks like a simple routine. But for Stransky, it’s another small step in a journey that has brought him 5,645 miles from his East European home.

The American Hockey League has 105 European players in the 2015-16 season. Just over a quarter of the 898 National Hockey League players are from overseas. At 22, Stransky hopes to become the first member of his family from the Czech city of Ostrava to compete in what is considered the best hockey league in the world.

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Sports Writing
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Reporting Texas

Date

April 2016

Location

Cedar Park, Texas

From hockey to volleyball, Al Bennett builds powerhouse at Westlake

Al Bennett came to Texas in 1979 with no knowledge of volleyball. He grew up in Canada playing hockey.

But then he was given the chance to coach at St. Austin and start the girl’s athletic program. After learning from legendary coaches Mick Haley and Glen Lietzke, he took over the volleyball program at Westlake High School.

Almost 30 years later, Bennett has built the Chaparrals into one of the best volleyball programs in the state with four state titles and countless district championships and playoff berths.

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Sports Writing
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Reporting Texas

Date

December 2015

Location

Austin, Texas

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Jesperson’s prayer ends Longhorns’ hopes of long tournament run

The Texas Longhorns and Northern Iowa Panthers were headed to overtime.

Texas junior guard Isaiah Taylor tied the game with a layup with 2.7 seconds on the clock. Northern Iowa elected not to take a timeout. Everyone in Chesapeake Arena thought the game would need five more minutes to decide a winner.

But Northern Iowa’s Paul Jesperson took the ensuing inbound pass and weaved his way toward the half-court line as Longhorns tried to defend but not foul the senior guard. With a second left, he heaved up a prayer.

It was answered.

And just like that, the Longhorns’ hopes of a long NCAA tournament run were destroyed.

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The Daily Texan

Date

March 2016

Location

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Highballing Down the Line: A Day with Bert Dockell on the Hill Country Flyer

Bert Dockell sits in the cab of an Alco engine waiting for his crew members to finish tying up the train after driving the Hill Country Flyer from Cedar Park to Burnet, Texas. It’s something he’s been used to in his retirement years and he’s made the hour-and-a-half trip countless times during his time with the Austin Steam Train Association.

Prior to joining the association, Dockell worked for over 40 years with Amtrak, Santa Fe and Burlington Northern and Santa Fe, working mainly out of the BNSF yard in Temple, Texas. Now the eldest engineer at ASTA, he helps train other prospective engineers looking to help out on the all-volunteer railroad.

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Reporting: Images

Date

April 2014

Location

Cedar Park, Texas

WordCamp DFW 2017

I took up being the PR and social media organizer for WordCamp DFW 2017 on a total whim.

Lead organizer, Marc Gratch, who’s also one of the leaders for the Fort Worth WordPress Users Group, announced at our June meeting that he needed someone to do PR and social media for WordCamp DFW. So, figuring it was right up my alley given that’s essentially what my degree was in, I decided to volunteer for the position.

It was the best on-a-whim decision I’ve made.

During my time as the PR and social media organizer, I worked on announcement posts to create excitement for the WordCamp. I got the other organizers to write their WordPress “stories” to try and convince people to come out to the conference and put together speaker profiles so that attendees would know more about who the speakers. I wrote features on our two keynote speakers and created sponsor shout outs as well. And I worked the WordCamp DFW social media to also drive traffic to the website and ticket sales.

Then during the actual WordCamp, I had two jobs: work social media and work on a recap video for the conference. With social media, I was tweeting out information from the WordCamp DFW account and retweeting others who were talking about the conference.

For the video, I ran around to the different rooms to get b-roll for the video. I also hung out during the breaks to get footage of people talking and having a good time. I also asked the attendees, speakers and volunteers why they love the WordPress community to play underneath the b-roll. And I put it altogether and turned out this video for WordCamp DFW.

Sure, it was stressful at times. Trying to get things organized and put out on the internet can be a challenge. And doing this all as volunteer with another day job with responsibilities makes it even more of a challenge.

But it was totally worth it. It was my first time really getting involved with the WordPress community, and I came away with a lot. I now have six other great friends who all helped make WordCamp DFW 2017 a great success. I got to meet other great people in the community, and I came away inspired to be even more involved in the WordPress community.

And I can’t wait to do it again next year.

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WordCamp DFW

Date

November 2017

Location

Fort Worth, TX

Martin’s List

Martin’s List is a web application for the ELCA Youth Ministry Network. Before Faith Growth stepped in, it was a bit of a mess. It was originally built into the ministry network’s main website, but they hadn’t accounted for the growth that word occur with the application. Now it was outgrowing what they could handle.

So Faith Growth built a custom site for the application where people could upload, comment and “nail”, a play on the Facebook “like”. The result was a much cleaner and smoother site that has been met with great reviews.

My case study on Faith Growth’s work on Martin’s List focused on this aspect: how they took a mess of a site and made it much more organized and easier to use. In all of the research and interviews I did for this case study, this seemed to be the main focus through it all. And I feel like captured that as well as the positive reaction of the ministry network folks to help convince other’s that Faith Growth is the right company for their site.

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Faith Growth

Date

February 2017

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