Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Get To Know Me

I got another "Get To Know Me" questionnaire from a reader. These are so much fun! Thanks, Dylan! (Dylan is 16 years old. Very cool request!)

Here we go:


Meaning/Origin: "Victorious" - Greek

Age: 42

Occupation: Museum Director, Freelance Writer

Did you go to college? Where? What did you study?
I attended Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, GA. It is a public liberal arts university. I majored in Broadcast Journalism (Radio/TV) and minored in International Studies with a concentration in French.

What was your very first job as an adult?
My very first job out of college was at 13WMAZ as a television news producer. I produced the Midday and 5pm newscast. I worked there in the mid-90s to early 2000s.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Up to the age of 10 I wanted to be a ballerina. Then an actress. Then at 12, I decided I wanted to be a journalist.

Are you doing what you wanted to do?
Yes. I continue to write. I get to fulfill that training through freelancing. I've done some work for several companies, and currently am a contributing writer for Macon Magazine and the 11th Hour (newspaper)

What do you do for fun?
I like to read. A lot. I go back and forth between a hardback book and my Kindle. I also enjoy photography. I'm by no means a professional or can even tell you any tricks, I just like taking pictures. I always look for excuses to travel, if I can. I don't take as many big trips as I used to, but everywhere I go, I try to look at it as an adventure. I also really enjoy cooking. In the spring, I like to garden.

What is your favorite type of music?
This might come as a surprise - Dubstep. I also enjoy the old standards by Sinatra, etc. I've always had a thing for classic and Southern Rock. Hip Hop & Rap is a lot of fun for me to listen to. Honestly, I appreciate all genres.

What type of hobbies did you have as a child?

Ballet was a huge part of my life. I attended classes several nights a week, and sometimes on Saturdays. Theater was also a big piece of my teenage years. I would do about 1 -3 plays a year. (Do, as in act in.) I kept a journal. I took a writing class. I took tennis and swimming in the summer. I was involved in my church's youth group until early high school. I joined a few clubs in school, but was not that interested in anything else going on there. Most of my activities were outside of school. Oh yeah. Girl Scouts! I was really involved until I was 12.

Where are your favorite places to travel? Least favorite?
My favorite places so far are Savannah (I've always loved that little city.) New Orleans. New York City, and Washington DC.

My least favorite - Amsterdam and Key West. (Random, I know.)

I did enjoy traveling to Egypt. You would think that would be my favorite, but it is not. It was cool... but not my fave.

I still want to get to Paris and Santorini.

Where all have you worked and what did you do?
(In order)
Cashier/Cook - Pizza Hut
Sales - JC Penny
Waitress - Nickalina's Italian Restaurant
Sales - Sears
Camp Counselor/Unit Leader/Program Director - Camp Martha Johnston
Program Assistant - Girl Scouts of Middle Georgia
News Producer/Special Projects Producer - 13WMAZ
Promotions & Marketing Producer - 13WMAZ
Field Executive - Girl Scouts of Middle Georgia, Inc
Communications/Program Specialist - Girl Scouts of Middle Georgia, Inc.
Sales - Clinique
Marketing & Communications Director - American Heart Association
Director of Sales & Marketing - Tubman African American Museum
Lead Embedded Arts Journalist - Macon Arts Alliance
Freelance Writer
Executive Director - Cannonball House, Museum & Gift Shop

What community service have you done?
I've done a lot over the years!
Girl Scout Leader
Dog Walker, Birmingham Humane Society
Youth Group Leader, Prince of Peace Catholic Church
Host Parent, Aspect Foundations, CASE
Theatre Macon Board of Directors
Community Advisory Board, Star Choices, Inc.
Downtown Macon Rotary
Leadership Macon, 2013
Board of Trustees, Macon Volunteer Clinic
Executive Leadership Council, American Cancer Society
Board of Directors, Georgia Arts Network

and I'm sure there is more!

What are your favorite foods?
Chicken wings
Greek salads
Prime Rib
Anything with a potato (except potato salad.)
Fried pickles

Are you married?
No, I am divorced. However, I am in a great relationship with a terrific guy. I call him Sweet Guy on my blog, or S.G.

Do you have kids?

What are your favorite tv shows?
I like Sons of Anarchy, The Tudors, Sex in the City, True Blood, Orange is the New Black, Mob Wives, Dancing with the Stars, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Brady Bunch, Lost, Drop Dead Diva, Carnivale, and so many more.

Favorite Movies?
I love Breakfast at Tiffany's, Roman Holiday, Gone With the Wind, Under the Tuscan Sun, French Kiss, Only You, American History X, Higher Learning, Goodfellas, Godfather, Scarface, Eurotrip, National Lampoon's European Vacation, and so many more.

Favorites in General?
I love anything from Tiffany & Co.
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle perfume
Turquoise Blue
The sea
Book stores
Wonder Woman
White peonies & white roses
the 1920s
The Catholic Church
Throwing parties
Ballet/Ballroom Dancing

The End!

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