We Are O.NE. Series. Let’s make this a place where I get to be me and you get to be you. Let’s make this a place where together, we are O.NE. Put your hands in the middle and share your story.
My story begins with a pen. As a student, I won awards for my fictional stories, and my favorite classes were English and Creative Writing. Professionally, I’ve been an Associate Editor, Creative Writer, Content Strategist, and now – Brand Strategist and Creative Director. I’ve always had an active imagination, and writing and developing creative allows me to breathe life into my ideas and make them tangible. It’s important for me to build and to see concepts grow into something authentic and purposeful. In business, it means absorbing a client’s vision, developing a strategy, and producing work that I’m excited to share.
I believe in balance and love being able to schedule my work life around my home life, which includes my husband of eight years, my two-year-old son, and two cats. We love to travel, but always appreciate when it’s time to come home. We also like to indulge in all the craft breweries and diverse culinary options Omaha has to offer.
I like to say that in Omaha, you can be a big fish in a little pond and make a real impact doing whatever you love.
I launched my brand strategy and creative studio in the summer of 2014, and I don’t know if I would have been able to do that if I lived somewhere else. Many places don’t have an environment that cultivates entrepreneurship. Innovation is welcomed here. Culture is important to quality of life, and Omaha is home to vibrant art and music scenes and renowned institutions. It contributes greatly to our quality of life. It’s important to me that my son grows up in a city that will give him opportunities to expand his mind, be creative, and learn about cultural diversity.
How do you make a difference in this community?
I’m the President of the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards, an all-volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that I have been involved with since 2013. We believe it’s important to recognize artists for enhancing our community. The annual Awards Show is an opportunity to come together to celebrate achievements in performing arts, visual arts, and music in the Greater Omaha Area.
I am also the face behind sayheytheremusic.com, a niche hip hop blog that features local show reviews, album reviews, artist interviews and features, op-eds, news, and exclusive releases. There is so much amazing music being created right here that would rival any city, any scene. Omaha may not have a coast, but if you consider us a flyover city, you’re missing out. We’re leaving our mark in so many ways, and the world should know about it.