My portfolio site holds a lot of information about the work I have done and am doing. Maybe it is not the most insightful dialog in some cases but I do take this work very seriously.
I have been a dog like a bone on some of these projects to the point of sitting back and looking at it and asking self: ‘What now…?’ A second pair of eyes sometimes can help set a project moving that stalled. A break for lunch or a quick yoga class can make a world of difference.
I work very hard and I am dedicated to breaking through obstacles. I am resourceful. I am creative. I am still unemployed
I have been working non-stop on various projects. Some make money while others network people and others satisfy some strange intrinsic value. Check out my projects when you can…(suppose we have to talk before you find out what they are… read on)
So, I have a question… when do you share your projects on your resume or portfolio when they may conflict with some of the people looking at you (or me in this case). I have always been told not to put controversial work on the resume but ‘what is controversial’?
My Projects v. My Resume
Even in San Francisco or even when I was in Las Vegas there are a lot of judgements that get a resume stuck at Human Resources. At least that is the outsider’s perception. There are conservatives everywhere ready to stomp on creativity they do not understand.
My projects are NOT PORNOGRAPHIC or questionable in any way, but in spite of the success I have to leave them off my resume. I run a social networking site that sees hundreds and thousands of eyes monthly! I built it using WordPress as the foundation but it is a huge success.
I can’t tell you here or put it on a resume because there will be recruiters that judge me on it. Frankly, most H.R. people will not read beyond the opening paragraph as they scan portfolios looking only for key words to fill a job order.
My Art v. My Resume
The last couple of years I have built some great art work (okay, 2011 was an exception) and I have a great piece this year. This one is called “Issues on the Table” and it is about parental verbal abuse. I will begin building it soon, I just need to start accumulating the elements for it.
2011 I did “Final Passage” which was a piece that was designed to combine The Tree of Life and The River Styx. If not familiar with either, please google, but it is about the beginning and the end. The art piece was a failure, but the journey was great because I worked in a studio filled with artists that I was so inspired by: American Steel Studios in Oakland.
2010 I recreated the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey and it was beautiful and ended up called “monotropolis“. It was a completely static piece and though I had doubts about putting it up at one point something amazing happened. I started seeing people act out scene from the 1968 film and people in their 20′s celebrating the visual of it.
After their initial showing both pieces were recycled and it should be said I have a vision to re-imagine “Final Passage” as soon as I can work on it.
What my resume is missing is a focus and a clear direction. I want to work in something creative and inspiring, but find people looking at me… making judgements… and they could not be more wrong. How do I communicate myself honestly and vigorously without misrepresentation? I am me.. I am creative… I have so much to contribute… how do I get you you to see that and trust me?
So? You want to see my resume? This whole site is my resume. It is packed with all kinds of creative what-not showing my supreme diversity. It is practically vomiting out on the keyboard before you! But if you need a resume that badly click here for a PDF.
Who I am & What I do
- I am very strong on HTML 4 and CSS with a focus on UI / UX
- I use HTML5 and CSS3 as needed and actively use W3C
- I am extremely comfortable with the Adobe Creative Suite
- I like to use Komodo to do scripting and coding
Your feedback on any of this is appreciated. The resume is pretty concise and there is a strong history behind me, but moving forward is the question.
StudioSK / GotNurv – Web / Graphic Design and Social Networking
Las Vegas, NV and San Francisco, CA
9/2008 – Present
- Principle Designer / Sole Proprietor
Robert Half Technology – Contract Employment Agency
Las Vegas, NV
11/2009 – 5/2011
- Web Designer / Developer / Graphic Designer
A contract employee and was a principle designer for several projects already under development including SummerlinHealth.Com and 4 subsidiaries as extension of TRNXS.NET and Canyon Gate Marketing. Finished up at eTech Productions and did their home page and several front end updates on other sites.
Resource Edge, LLC – Web based software company
Las Vegas, NV
11/2007 – 2/2009
- Web Designer (www.TalentHook.com)
- Technical Trainer
- Web Application Technical Support
Venetian Hotel and Casino – 4 Star / 4 Diamond Resort
Las Vegas, NV
7/2003 – 6/2007
- Technical Support Representative (Web and Network)
Hostpro – Web Hosting Company
Los Angeles, CA and Bellvue, WA
2/2000 – 8/2001
- Call Center Technical Support Trainer
The Art Institute of Las Vegas – Henderson, NV 10/2006 – 3/2009
Bachelor of Science / Web Design and Interactive Media
- USAF Veteran – Honorable Discharge
- Several Art Projects