I’ve spent the greater part of my life in the Raleigh area and attended the School of Communication Arts and Wake Technical Community College.
I am currently employed at Time Warner Cable News, formerly News 14 Carolina, a local 24-hour news station, as a Graphic Artist. I use a variety of programs, including Abobe products: Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro and AfterEffects. I also use Lightwave 3D and VizRT and now Chyron. 9 years later, I am still creating graphics, animations, formatting images and the occasional 3D object. Also includes designing material for print, on-the-spot created animated opens and web banners. The job requires fast turnarounds on a daily basis and a flexible schedule.
In my free time, I am an active member of Rebel Legion, Blue Ridge Base chapter and the CO officer of a Star Wars charity group that requires nearly screen accurate costumes in order to represent the organization as Star Wars characters. Non-costumed members are equally welcome – anyone who enjoys volunteering is encouraged to participate. Rebel Legion donates time, funds and appearances to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Ronald McDonald House and other assorted charities local to each base. We frequently make appearances at local children’s hospitals, social events, fundraisers, parades and openings.
I am also a member of the Carolina D20 Girls, an active group that supports local girl-nerddom, and tours conventions with the intention of empowering women (and men) in the costuming community.
I have been costuming and cosplaying assorted characters and a handful of original designs for several years. I won Best of Show at ConCarolinas in
2011 and in 2013 and was asked to serve as a judge in the costuming contest in 2012. I served as Costume Director for ConTemporal, whose first year was enjoyed in Chapel Hill, NC. I have judged the Whedon-Verse costume contest at DragonCon as well working behind the scenes at many other costume contests.
My dream job remains to work on video games, and I hope to fulfill that someday.
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