I’m a web writer and editor at Adobe, supporting Adobe Experience Cloud virtual events. I help provide content design and strategy for our new web design system, Consonant. I also provide editorial direction more specifically for demand and campaign content including emails, articles, and ads. I work to unify the tone, voice, and style used across the Adobe website, with a vision toward unifying across the entire brand.
I graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) in April 2017 with a BA in English and a minor in editing. I have gained valuable editing experience through different volunteer opportunities and jobs I have held throughout my life. My editing work includes experience as an editorial assistant and editing team lead for the Religious Studies Center on BYU campus, which publishes ten to twelve books each year, a scholarly journal three times a year, a monthly newsletter, and a biannual magazine. I am proficient in Chicago and MLA styles, and I have basic knowledge of AP and APA styles.
I currently attend Georgetown University’s integrated marketing communications master’s program, which I began in January 2019. It’s an online part-time program, so I expect to take a little longer than traditional master’s programs. My target graduation is May 2023.
I grew up in Layton, Utah, and after graduating from Clearfield High School, I completed a service and proselyting mission for my church in Puerto Rico. Upon my return, I began attending BYU, where I met Abby, my wife. Some of my hobbies include writing, reading, playing the piano, listening to music, playing and watching sports, watching movies, and spending time with Abby and our son.
MY EDITING BACKGROUND
My interest in editing started in high school. During my junior and senior years, I had a talented and passionate English teacher who helped me realize my aptitude for English while instilling in me a love for the language. I also realized that pursuing a career in the broad area of English would bring me the most satisfaction and happiness in life.
While on my mission in Puerto Rico, I was asked multiple times what I wanted to study when I returned home, to which I would respond, “English.” I got so many looks of confusion, and almost every time, people would ask, “What do you want to do with that? Teach?” At the time, I didn’t know the answer to that. But I soon realized, based on my detail-oriented personality, that editing would be the best fit to match my writing skills. And with the two skills together, I could achieve a fulfilling career.
When I returned home and began school, I enrolled in the editing minor in conjunction with the English major. I sought out opportunities to learn and grow in that field, including volunteer proofreading internships and paid copyediting jobs. These culminated in my final college job at the BYU Religious Studies Center. There, my role expanded to include more copy editing, substantive editing, proofreading, and working one-on-one with authors. During my last year there, I was the lead student editor, helping manage a small team of myself and three other editors.
In my final semester, I interviewed with several quality companies, including Qualtrics, Nu Skin, dōTERRA, and Adobe, for writing or editing positions. After several months of hard work, I accepted the offer for my current position at Adobe. And it’s been incredible.
During my time as an editor, I’ve gained extensive experience working with The Chicago Manual of Style, and I have a good knowledge of its contents. I’m able to quickly learn in-house style guides and even create in-house style guides where they don’t exist. I’m proficient in onscreen editing and I’m well-acquainted with proofreading marks for editing on paper. I also have basic knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Though I know that the editing field requires constant learning and adaptation, I feel prepared for any editing job.
MY WRITING BACKGROUND
I’ve been writing for most of my life. When I was eight years old, I was inspired by R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps series to write short scary stories. As I grew and progressed in my schooling, I developed greater strengths in writing. In high school, I got a taste of journalistic writing, as I took a small job as a writer for the teen section of the Standard-Examiner in Ogden, Utah. And as part of the International Baccalaureate program, I gained valuable experience writing across academic disciplines, including science, English, Spanish, and mathematics. In college, my writing was almost exclusively related to English, including literary criticism, exposition, and the like. But in my final semester in 2017, I decided to branch out and enrich my writing portfolio.
In January 2017, I joined The Biz Games, a Provo-based start-up company, as an unpaid intern. My duties involved creating and posting content across three social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter). I also helped maintain consistency of voice and style in their website, and I wrote blog posts to help draw traffic to their site.
In conjunction with my internship at The Biz Games, I took a professional writing course at BYU, as part of the English major requirements. In this class, we learned and practiced such professional writing as SEO copywriting and proposal writing. By the time I graduated in April, my writing became as diverse and flexible as it had ever been.
Now, at Adobe, I’ve had the opportunity to learn even more about the writing process and about creativity in general. I have two incredible mentors who help inspire me about creating great content. I’ve been able to write marketing articles, emails, subject lines, advertising banners, web pages, and more. I look forward to the coming years where I will be able to hone these skills and become an even better writer.
In my free time, I’ve recently started posting articles on Medium in an attempt to document the several different thoughts I have swirling around in my head. I also share film reviews on Letterboxd, a social media network for movie lovers. Some are longer and more serious than others, but sharing my perspective on movies is a fun hobby of mine—especially when it comes to Star Wars.