I am a Creative Professional, Marketing Manager, and Artist with diverse, dynamic, and rich career experiences. I am always interested in learning and growing, I care deeply about social issues, and I am fascinated by art and technology.
I graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, Film, and Electronic Media (2006). While attending UIC, I worked full-time as a Tommy Hilfiger Marketing specialist. The work was creatively demanding, and managing a designer brand benefited my career development greatly. Tommy Hilfiger was an excellent company in which to learn about marketing and branding, and through this experience, I discovered firsthand the techniques for building and maintaining a loyal clientele.
Next, I interned with Disney, where I enjoyed the opportunity to work for a globally diverse company. Here, I had the chance to work in many different areas with very different job descriptions, such as guest relations, customer service, and an entertainment role. I also participated in many networking events and took a course on careers with Disney, through which I earned more about the company’s history and culture. This course allowed me to see behind the scenes in order to understand how the company had developed a reputation for creativity, imagination, and magic.
While I interned at Disney, I greatly benefited from the opportunity to work with Cirque Du Soliel’s La Nouba performance, which was an incredible experience. Cirque Du Soliel is an entertainment powerhouse, to say the least, and I was awestruck at this performance. However, the La Nouba performers were down-to-earth, approachable people who treated everyone they worked with as a vital member of their team. My first day working there was unforgettable. Some of the performers actually practiced in the concession area while we prepared to open. It was such a great experience that I became a member of the Cirque Du Soliel club, and since then I have attended many of the shows.
Next, I applied for a marketing position with Nintendo. As I grew up playing Nintendo, I admired the company’s ability to consistently introduce innovation in order to maintain dominance in the video game industry. The chance to work with Nintendo proved to me that childhood dreams really do come true.
I was grateful and enthusiastic about the career change, and I was eager to learn as much as I could about the industry. When I went to Redmond, Washington for training, I had the chance to experience Nintendo’s headquarters and its rich organizational culture. Through the marketing position, I gained an immeasurable amount of knowledge about the video game industry and marketing strategies. I also came to understand how the organization had managed to dominate the industry for many decades.
This was dynamic position, and I represented the global organization well. I negotiated, organized, and ran many Nintendo events, such as Nintendo’s mall tour, product launch parties, grand openings, and Pokémon parties). I even starred in a short training video. However, I moved on after three years because I wanted to grow professionally.
I am passionate about art and innovation, and I believe it is vital to have government funding for art classes in public schools. I admire all of the art masters who preceded me in life. Likewise, I am grateful to all of my mentors and appreciate their guidance, advice, and support.
My family life is great. Both of my parents are alive and well. I get my ingenuity from my mom, and my love of everything sci-fi, fantasy, technology, and comic books from my dad. I have one sister and a nephew. My sister earned a degree in Communications at UIC, which is the perfect career for her. I spend a lot of time with my nephew, Khai, because he means the world to me.
I know I am fortunate to live the life I have chosen, surrounded by so many people whom I love dearly.
An ancient African tribe I learned about on the Thom Hartman radio show inspires me. The tribe measured success by how much people gave or contributed, rather than how much they gained or earned.