Tell us a bit about your background before you joined Cadmore
Before Cadmore plucked me out of the medical billing industry I had worked in a zoo, taught high school in Japan, and ran performances for my university theater. A panoply of experiences with one thing in common: turning complex ideas into something simple. It’s why I got into publishing in the first place and what makes every day different from the last.
What interested you in working for a multimedia publishing platform? Did anything surprise you after you joined?
I have been in the publishing orbit for as long as I have been in school. I went to undergrad for it, earned multiple certifications for it, and got a master’s degree in it. Yet multimedia is still considered so “new” in the world of print and digital publishing that it only just made an appearance in all that formal education. I think my mouth was on the floor my first week at Cadmore, because up until then I really had no idea what the possibilities were. Multimedia has more searchability, accessibility, and flexibility tricks up its sleeves that I ever would have thought possible.
Any tips for early career professionals who are completely remote now?
The best piece of advice I can offer is to not forget the people behind it all. Our clients are the best part of working at Cadmore and the time I’ve spent learning about their goals, processes, and even their pets’ names have created stronger relationships than any I’ve had in an office. Turn on your camera in meetings, post “good morning” in the group chat, and don’t be afraid to reach out just because someone isn’t in the next cubicle. While it takes a little extra effort to stay connected, it’s worth it for the virtual community you get in return.
What are you most excited to be working on?
With the push to a more virtual world post-pandemic, many of our clients are choosing to take advantage of online conferences. Being able to build out those tools alongside them is the same level of excitement I had playing with Lego’s as a kid. There is something satisfying about being able to say “Yes!” to people wanting to create a better product so they can provide multiple languages, connect researchers from around the world, or just show off their video editing skills. Video publishing is making a real difference in the scholarly and academic community, and I love being part of it.
What do you do when you’re not working?
When I’m not helicopter parenting my plants, I am typically bouncing between indoors and outdoors. I go camping, hiking, or kayaking almost every weekend and generally try to get my daily dose of vitamin D (which is harder than you’d think in the Midwest). Netflix takes up an embarrassingly large portion of my day, but it’s reading and writing that keep my heart pumping. Most people in publishing say their passion started with books and in that regard I’m no different. No matter how much outdoor time I get or how many episodes of the Great British Baking Show I watch, I am never truly content without a good book.