Hailing from Pennsylvania’s humble farmlands and barren coal towns, where your neighbors are Amish and cow tipping is local fun, I found my outlet and identity as an artist. With a penchant for theatre, art, literature, film and writing I was destined to follow the creative path as a career. In 1989, I received my Associate Degree in Graphic Communication from Luzerne County Community College. It was the cusp of the digital age, but I had to learn the old-school standards of paste up, masking, typesetting machines and film for layout. I worked five years as lead graphic artist in the Wilkes-Barre, PA print industry and six years as proprietor of my own graphic design business, Wordpainting. But it was time for a change.
Shortly after my arrival in Las Vegas, an advertisement appeared in the Review Journal for an associate editor at the Greenspun Media Group entertainment magazine, Showbiz Weekly. With few editorial credentials, I took a chance and applied for the job, but to no avail.
Ironically, it was my degree in Graphic Communications that caught the attention of the publisher’s Creative Director. I accepted a position in the art department and thrived in the fast-paced world of Las Vegas media. Within two years, I was promoted to Art Director of Showbiz Weekly, a top Las Vegas guide serving 40 million tourists a year.
Then, the Creative Director offered a unique opportunity for me to stretch my editorial wings. I was finally offered that Associate Editor’s position. Within three years of accepting the post, I became Managing Editor of Showbiz Weekly (now Las Vegas Magazine). During that time, I interviewed Sarah Brightman, Ben Elton, Billy Duffy of the Cult, Ray Manzarek of The Doors, Penn & Teller, UFC fighter Tito Ortiz, Sebastian Bach, David Copperfield, Rita Rudner, and other national and local celebrities, directors, chefs and show producers. My most memorable experiences include breathtaking helicopter rides to the Grand Canyon, taking part in a weekend handgun training program and skydiving at an indoor air tunnel, all in the name of work.
Sadly, I said goodbye to Greenspun Media Group to once again branch out on my own with The Idea Girl, offering freelance editorial and graphic design services. The Las Vegas business has brought a variety of writing opportunities, such as editing and updating Fodor’s 2006 Las Vegas Travel Guide, marketing voice-over scripts for Hyatt and Marriott hotels and feature writing for Las Vegas Weekly, Las Vegas Home & Design, Las Vegas Life. It also added flexibility to explore personal interests in art, cooking, mythology, philosophy, science, music and film.
I am fortunate to have lived on the breathtaking Redwood Coast of Northern California for two years, where all elements of nature converge. I must say it is the only place other than Pennsylvania that I would dare call home. Back in PA and freelancing once again with scarlettnine, I am blessed to have time to travel and experience new adventures, even if it’s hiking or a quick road trip to play in the snow. I have driven across the United States four times (once with just my dog), traveled to six countries and have made it my goal to speak greetings and staple phrases in as many languages as I can.
Well, that's me and my story. I am happy to share it with you...