I turned 11 and my Danish grandmother gave me a journal and a stern directive to fill it up. That led me to yearbooking (do those even exist anymore?) and eventually to major in magazines at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Since then, I have served as a staffer at Southern Living, Southern Accents, Weight Watchers, and a host of other titles. When I left what was then a Time Inc. group (it's now under Meredith Corp.), I began freelancing for additional brands, like Better Homes & Gardens, Budget Travel, Coastal Living, Cottage Living, Garden & Gun, HOME, and Orient Express; contributing to travel guides such as Fodor’s and Moon Handbooks; crafting books for Better Homes & Gardens, HGTV, and TLC; and pulling together special interest publications for companies ranging from BellSouth to Safeway and Saks.
to Charleston, South Carolina. Over the past decade or so a typical year found me spending about six months attempting to employ exceptional manners while acting as the editorial director of GulfStream Communications' Wedding Division. Our staff of three produced Charleston Weddings magazine, Asheville Wedding Guide, High Country Wedding Guide, as well as the related social media accounts and blogs. The rest of the time, my everyday manners and I would slip back into flip-flops and tackle myriad assignments as the roaming senior editor of Charleston magazine. During that “off” time I also took on any fabulous (or not-so-fabulous) flotsam and jetsam freelance work that came my way. That translated to creating coffee table books from concept up; ghostwriting branded custom-published books and “bookazines;” styling homes for shoots; writing who-knows-what; producing and art directing photo shoots; and editing this-and-that.
I stepped away from both the wedding world and freelancing to raise my pre-K son. Now that 2021 has arrived (alongside pending vaccines), I’m poking my head out of our picket fence-rimmed “cave” to see how the media landscape looks. Got something interesting going on? A message to get out? Let’s talk!