With a BFA, and over 10 years of experience in design, I constantly strive to learn new techniques to create work not only for clients but for myself as well. The constantly changing and challenging world of design are some of the many things that draws me to this profession.
What originated as a hobby grew into a passion to be pursued professionally. I am drawn to the many possibilities to telling stories through this medium by storyboarding, concept art, character design, and animation.
3D Modeling combines the technicalities of design and artistic expression of illustration. Whether used as a building block, or a final render, basic modeling has opened the door to getting ideas out in new and compelling ways.
Originally from a farm in Bowling Green, Kentucky, I attended and graduated from Western Kentucky University with a BFA in graphic design and minor in studio art. I moved to Orlando in the fall of 2013 for the Disney College Program. After a fall internship, and a Disney Professional Internship in Guest Relations, I began working as a graphic designer at the agency GoConvergence in Orlando, Florida. After four years I moved from Orlando and began working for Feld Entertainment Studios in their creative services department as a designer for a short time before transitioning to a designer role with global partnerships.
Aside from design, I have a huge passion for film. My tastes range all across the board from animated family movies all the way to foreign films from the 30's. I have a top 10, go ahead just ask. I also love meeting new people and traveling to new places all across the globe. Occasionally I will play through a few choice video games, read a few comic books, perhaps a biography or "making of book", but aside from that I try to live a disciplined and active life and be as adventurous as possible.
My goal as a person and designer is to constantly learn and grow. I want to always be moving forward, challenging myself more with each project. I want to move through the world of design to become a director in the creative process and help bring other people's visions to life.
My plan is to take opportunities to do and learn as much as I can by keeping up with the latest trends and software. By doing so I will make myself a more versatile candidate for future work. Giving myself deadlines and setting clear goals will keep me focused, leading to a successful life not only as a designer but on a personal level as well.
Joining the Feld Entertainment Studios creative team has been one of the best experiences of my life. I am so proud to be able to be a part of a team of people that bring so much excitement and entertainment to people of all ages around the world. While working on brands such as: Monster Jam, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Jurassic World Live Tour!, Sesame Street Live!, and Monster Energy Supercross; I am continuing to grow and challenge myself in new ways everyday.
Working as a designer at GoConvergence was an extraordinary learning and growing experience. I took the lead on several projects such as: logo development, product packaging, pitch decks, brochure designs, wireframes for desktop and mobile layouts, photo editing, and museum exhibits. In such a fast paced production environment I was able to be a part of a diverse team on a variety of projects not only throughout the week, but throughout the day as well.
Getting to be part of a company with a massive impact and global reach was one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. As an attractions and custodial castmember, I was able to have hands-on experience delivering exceptional guest service to people from all over the world. I took pride in every role making sure that my area was safe and clean at all times ensuring guests a memorable experience. I was also on the team who assisted in rolling out Disney's "My Magic +", during my time in guest relations.
In addition to their semester work, the Imagewest agency also travels abroad for one month every summer. In 2013, I traveled to Grantham, England to brand the manor house; Harlaxton Manor. On a much smaller team of six, and a tight deadline of four weeks, our team designed a logo, built a website, and put together a marketing plan and brand guide for a business which otherwise had none. The experience of working with an international client was one that was both challenging and rewarding.
WKU's Health Services Clinic provided me the opportunity to take the lead on designing print and web content for marketing campaigns for the campus community. In addition to my duties as their designer, I represented the clinic at several campus health fairs, student question and answer panels, and orientation events. During that year I was also able to set up future design standards, processes, and a library of assets to ensure consistent marketing in the future.
Imagewest is a student-run advertising and public relations agency at WKU. Once a semester, after going through a highly competitive interview process, a new group of 10 - 13 students are hired on as non-paid interns. During my first semester I worked with fellow team members to design effective marketing materials for clients on campus and in the surrounding community. After being asked to come back for a second semester, I then rebranded the agencies marketing and promotional materials.