Started in the Army Now I’m Here
Both my parents were Marines, my grandpa was a Master Chief in the Navy, and an ancestor earned the Medal of Honor fighting in the Philippines. When contemplating my future growing up, the military was the life for me! Attracted to the Army for the opportunity to become a paratrooper and receive a job skill, I enlisted for six years with the intention of doing the full twenty.
The Army trained me in multimedia communications, taught me to jump out of planes without breaking my legs and a bunch of other important soldier stuff before shipping me off to Fort Bragg, NC to be a part of the sole unit responsible for communications with populace overseas, Psychological Operations. It was during this time I discovered the true awesomeness in building communications while supporting the War on Terror in Korea and the Philippines. The challenges and lessons learned in designing and delivering persuasive communications for languages and cultures I’d never heard of through radio, print, and digital vehicles to win hearts and minds blew me away.
Moreover, deploying in a small team environment with limited resources stressed the importance of teamwork, doing more with less and working smarter not harder to get the job done — a mentality that continues to serve me well in today’s environment where new tools and software reimagine the status quo and make yesterday’s approach to accomplishing tasks needlessly time-consuming or ineffective.
Once my enlistment was up, I left the uniform in 2010 for a college education in Marketing and Interactive Advertising — a field I felt would deepen my understanding and offer a similar experience come graduation. Having already been trained in graphic design and communication by the Army, this major also felt complementing to existing skills I possessed. I earned dean’s list every semester, graduated with honors and have since been working exclusively in the creative communications space.