As the Associate Creative Director in the creative services department of a large manufacturer with many subsidiary companies, my keyboard has touched many a thing. There’s a partial list below. Also, please look at my samples to get a taste – I hope they please your palate.
I started as a journalist, if you consider sportswriting to be journalism. I wrote sports for the Los Angeles Daily News while in college, and then took a job at Sport Magazine, which like so many other publications that used pulp instead of pixels, became defunct.
But what does my journalism background mean to you? I can write long-form copy and am grammar-proficient. I love stylebooks. I prefer the CMOS (I love the Oxford comma) to AP these days, and right now I’m reading The Economist Stylebook recreationally. I’m a fastidious proofreader, too, and regularly detect minute font size differences and other typography-related inconsistencies.
“Paul and I worked together as writer and art director partners. He is an exceptionally smart and versatile writer. His ability to write across many topics makes him a great problem solver and partner. He’s easy to brainstorm with and always comes to the table with thoughtful ideas. He is very well read which is something I look for and value in a writer. As an added bonus he has a strange and delightful sense of humor, his wit runs deep, it shows up in everyday interactions and occasionally in his writings. He is extremely loyal and hard working and I would love the chance to work with him again.”
“I can say, unequivocally, that Paul is one of the smartest, most talented writers I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Although it’s been a number of years since we worked together, he still stands out in my mind as one of the best colleagues I’ve ever had. The fundamental difference between Paul and everyone else is his unwavering commitment to always produce the best work possible. He possesses a tremendous wealth of knowledge, from both personal and professional experiences. And these experiences are the cornerstone of what makes him such a prolific and talented writer. I genuinely hope I have the opportunity to work with Paul again sometime in the future. But if I can’t, you certainly should!”
“Paul is one of the sharpest guys I know. He’s also one of the best writers I’ve ever worked with. Deft, quick-witted, insightful, well-read and traveled, Paul has all the tools necessary to craft some of the best copy you’ll ever read. Never lacking for ideas or originality, his work is always engaging, with a style and wit all his own. Paul would rather write it than say it. Plus, he’s damned charming. These are his gifts. I’m not sure I’ve worked with a more intelligent, talented individual as far as these things go. If you’re lucky enough to work with the man, you’ll see what I’m talking about almost immediately.”
“Paul is an exceptional Associate Creative Director who consistently displays an eagerness to fully understand the needs of his clients. By gathering the hidden details and asking strategic questions, he unearths the “gold” needed to develop compelling and creative campaigns. Paul is a pleasure to work with and highly dependable – always providing quality content on both small and large projects.”