I’ve always loved writing; I remember even as a kid it was one of the things I had most fun doing in school, particularly creative writing. However, I’ve been lucky to land commercial writing jobs that I’ve enjoyed doing.
As a student at Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) from 2012-2015, I served as a regular contributing writer at its student newspaper, The Beacon, going on to serve as its managing editor for one of those years. This involved not just managing writers and graphic designers, but continuing to be a contributing writer as well as a photographer and copy editor.
I did creative writing and supplied photography for the SMCC literary magazine, Writ, in 2015 (two of my photos landed on both the front and back cover!). After I graduated in December 2015, I served as one of its editors for its 2016 edition.
As I mentioned above, in early 2017 I was a reporter for the Courier, a free regional newspaper published by Mainely Media. I was responsible for covering between four and six written stories per week as its only reporter, in addition to copy editing every article published. Since becoming a freelance photographer for Mainely Media, I’ve been responsible for writing cutlines (or captions) for each photo published, as well as being a contributing writer to supplement photo assignments.
In 2019, I landed my first gig in the magazine industry after I pitched and then wrote a story for the Maine Brew & Bev Guide, titled “From Malt to Moo”, which focused on the synergistic relationship between the brewing and farming industries in Maine. That same year, I pitched and wrote an article for its sister magazine, the Activities Guide of Maine. The article, titled “Hit the Pedals: Enjoy a Scenic, Stellar Bike Ride Around Portland”, highlights and details one of my favorite bike rides in Portland that I created.