- Can you help me make a website?
Yes, I can. However, because I am a creative person oftentimes I think that question might assume the word “help” means for no money. While I LOVE helping people I can’t make a website for free. It’s a lot of work, even in today’s world of instant WordPress websites. Believe it or not content strategy and visual design do matter and so does the art of selecting and customizing the correct theme for your “brand.” You might want to take a look at my article, “Do you know who you are talking to?” Peruse that first and then maybe carry on with another article I wrote “What the Heck is User Experience Design?” That should help you to understand the value in the work I do. I love making websites by the way, and I love meeting new people so don’t be shy, say hello.
- Are you a techie person?
Yes. I am. My dad was an electronic technician. I guess you could say I was interested in all things electronic back when I was a kid. I used to sit next to my dad while he repaired televisions and radios and ask a lot of annoying questions. I’ll never forget the day he brought home the Atari 400. That was one of the first computers where you could type lines of code and watch the American Flag display on your TV screen. I believe the common term was RUN back then which is what I typed in when I finished typing all those lines of code. Then after that, well, I just always loved computers. I bought the first laptop Apple released, the Powerbook 100, and I LOVED IT. Technology is not scary to me. It’s just another puzzle, and I love puzzles. If you’d like to hear more about my travel through time and how I feel about AI you might enjoy this article I wrote: “Artificial Intelligence and the Fear of Being Irrelevant.”
- Weren’t you a model?
Yes, I was. And no, I don’t model anymore. I started modeling at around 18 in San Francisco. I flew to Paris at 19 and lived there then Milan and Barcelona for a few years. I LOVED that. I love to travel and immerse myself in other cultures. I lived in NYC for ten years and managed to relocate to Silicon Valley right before 9/11. Why Silicon Valley you might ask? While I was modeling, I created a software program with my husband for fashion models to manage their money, because let’s face it, it’s hard to keep track of all that money from all those agencies across the world. Not to bad mouth modeling agencies, but let’s just say, some of them weren’t so great at paying their models. We sold a few hundred copies and expanded to Hair & Makeup professionals. My first experience in software application development. Today, I am the principal of Specto Design, the design firm I founded with my husband in Silicon Valley, which now resides in Los Angeles. Specto has won many design awards and built several software applications for various industries.
- How do you make a book? (Random question because of my knowledge of self-publishing and my passion for writing.)
Well that is a loaded question, isn’t it? First, write the book. That’s the hard part. Then, have it edited. Now, here is the step in between that could take 1-2 years OR longer … Do you want to self-publish? OR Do you want to go the literary agent, professional publisher route? HUGE question to ask yourself. If you want it professionally published you’d want to edit it first and send your BEST first version to agents, ten at a time. Also, plan on more rewrites if you land an agent.Self-Publishing is a different story. You’ll need a designer to help layout the book, design the cover, and produce the book. Then you will submit it to major self-publishing channels so your book is available in a printed version on Amazon, and via eBook on Kindle, Nook, iBook, etc.
- What do you actually do?
See the about me page.