The thing about writing an about page is it provides an incredibly unique and difficult challenge. How do you possibly summarize who you are in just a few paragraphs?
In my case, the difficulty is in that I'm a jack of various trades. Born, raised and still residing in Toronto, Canada, I am an aspiring author, internet marketer, public speaker and musician.
It was many years ago when I was struck with an idea for a novel and many more years before I finally started writing. At the end of 2013, I completed my manuscript and then spent all of 2014 editing it. Today, I am seeking traditional publication for my YA contemporary fantasy novel called Elementalists: The Fires of Canicus.
As it turns out, getting a novel published might very well be the most difficult thing any sane person can do. In fact, the mere act of trying may prove that you are not as sane as you once thought.
I graduated from Ryerson University in 2010 with a degree in Business Management, specializing in human resources. I then went on to do absolutely nothing with it. In fact, all of my internet marketing expertise has come from things I've learned after graduating. Part of my knowledge came from working in the industry, but most of it came from a company called Training Business Pros here in Toronto. The company founder, Paul Tobey, is one of my mentors and a man I have a lot of respect for.
Since then, I have furthered my learning with other gurus such as Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income, Andy Jenkins from The Video Boss, Carol Tice from Make a Living Writing, and Jon Morrow from Boost Blog Traffic.
Today I am working at Keystone Steam Supplies, our family business, where I have recently overhauled the company website. I am also freelancing for Speak Spanish Academy where I also built their website.
My internet marketing specialities include hypnotic copywriting, video production, landing page development, Google & Facebook ad campaigns, building mailing lists, SEO, Google UXO and social media marketing. I am also knowledgeable with a variety of software including Infusionsoft, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere and Salesforce. Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn. I am also the recipient of a Canadian $10,000 digital marketing grant.
Since 2010 I have been an avid public speaker at Goodyear Toastmasters in Etobicoke. I have served as VP Membership, club President, and am currently serving as VP Public Relations for 2015 - 2016. As of summer 2015 I am an Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB) and Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB). Come visit us on Thursday evenings!
Several of my speeches are available on YouTube, including "I Have a Problem," speech #4 from the Humourous Speaking manual, "The Big Wheel" from the Humourous Speaking Contest, and "Nobody Owns the Internet" from the Informative Speaking manual. More to come!
Although it's a hobby, I am an avid drummer, keyboard player and karaoke enthusiast who enjoys performing rap and a variety of songs with screaming and fast lyrics. Unfortunately I don't have many videos on YouTube surrounding this but I am hoping to change that in the near future. Here's one for now. I also have a small band with a friend called Hyper Two with a couple of instrumental songs on YouTube and Soundcloud.