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March 16, 2015

Things I can do

Rob @ 1:41 PM

I realized since my previous post about my job search that, while pointing people toward my resume and LinkedIn is all well and good, it's also a bit vague. So, here's a human-readable list of examples of specific types of work I've done and enjoyed in the past, and which I'd love to take up again for you.

Public Engagement

I'm an avid community organizer. I'm passionate about engaging folks around ideas, causes, and projects in which I believe. This has manifested in social-media work, community outreach, crowdfunding campaigns, and other forms of public-facing fundraising, and community support.

I'm also experienced in being a public face of things. I have professionally represented associated organizations to the public, press, politicians, and social web. I've engaged in various forms of public speaking. I've maintained public contact as part of mailing lists and user groups. I've done copywriting and blogging. I've been a point-of-contact for real-world meetups.

I am also intimately familiar with an often-overlooked end of public-engagement work, and that's sharing ideas and thoughts of the community back with the parent organization. Two-way communication is vital for any product, and an org which listens to its community as much as they wish the community to listen to them is truly doing it right. I can help you do that.

Another relevant talent I unearthed in the course of my work has been my flair for competitive intelligence. I have found myself adept at researching and analyzing what others in my employers' fields are doing, and sharing that information with my colleagues.

My other work as a performer, live broadcaster, and comedian has helped me be ready for all public-facing situations. Additionally, my work in the field of media literacy (which you'll read about below) has honed my knowledge of what works, why it works, and how to use it constructively for the greatest good.

Electronics

I'm a lifelong tinkerer and hardware geek. I scratch-build my own computers, and have done so for others. I have built and maintained personal and professional networks. I've provided tech support and consulting services. I've assembled, tested, operated, and maintained 3D printers, arcade machines, and other specialized equipment. I've run torture tests and other experiments on hardware in a testing facility, gathered performance metrics, and analyzed the results. I've trained others in these types of work, including including individuals brand-new to it.

I have a knack for learning specialized software, and supporting it for others. I also have a deep understanding of the Open Source world, in all its applications.

3D Printing

Speaking of 3D printing, that's a skill I have in spades. Not everyone needs a 3D printing person yet, as in the public sphere the technology is still pretty much Scifi Magic from the Future, but more people and organizations are becoming curious about the field every day.

I learned from the best at startup-era MakerBot, where the field of personal 3D printing was basically created from scratch, and my skills and interest in the field grew. At MakerBot I worked in the "BotFarm," which in its beginnings was a set of workbenches right in a storefront. There I built 3D printers, both from consumer kits and as part of a production line of retail-ready units. I operated and maintained a "BotFarm" of 3D printers numbering a few dozen at first, but eventually several hundred. I used these to make a constant supply of printed parts, as well as run torture tests, research what we could get them to do, and try out new modifications and hacks.

The BotFarm was, for most of my time there, entirely public-facing work. As noted above, I spoke with press, politicians, celebrities, and other visitors as well as curious members of the general public about the company, its field, open-source, and related subjects. I assisted with demonstrations of 3D printing technology at schools and other events, and took part in user groups and public projects. I also used what I learned to serve as resident 3D printing expert in my other educational and journalism work, which you'll read about below.

When the company brought on a team of 3D designers who had honed their skills in graphics and animation fields, I trained them in the specifics of designing for print. I worked with artists-in-residence to help them use the tech to realize their ideas. I began developing my own 3D design skills as well.

Clerical

I have experience in a variety of traditional office work.

I was a temp for many years, during which I developed a well-rounded set of corporate skills. Two long-term assignments in particular gave me a particularly close looks at the commercial baking industry and the insurance business.

I did everything from mailroom and receptionist duties to heavy filing and file-tracking, data entry, supply-ordering, and accounts-payable.

I've also maintained all necessary books and records as manager of a retail establishment, and still do the same for myself as a freelancing sole-proprietor.

Education and Journalism

I work on an award-winning independent video series which educates its viewers about media literacy, a subject which has always been close to my heart. The Media Show seeks to demystify subjects like how advertising works on you, how mysterious aspects of the Internet and online culture work, and other subjects surrounding the media environment we all share. Serving as a writer, researcher, and producer of the series has massively built upon my skills and knowledge in the field, and granted me powers I wish to use for good.

I also work in radio journalism, being a longtime panelist and producer of long-running talk-radio program Off the Hook. I can be heard on weekly live radio (WBAI NY, 99.5 FM) as a panelist, discussing technopolitical issues with my colleagues in a way meant to be interesting for the tech-literate, while remaining understandable to the newbie. In the course of this show I've interviewed a wide range of guests from all walks of tech and hacker life, both prerecorded and live in-studio. Behind the scenes I work with my colleagues to aggregate and research news and other items of interest to the program, arrange interviews and other special features, and do other work which goes into creating the program.

I have also guested on other radio shows, on WBAI and elsewhere, as an expert on tech discussing how it relates to their own subjects.

Audiovisual production

I am a strong audio and video producer. I've worked in audiobook post-production for a nonprofit library, converting a collection of tape-based audiobooks for the blind, visually impaired, and reading-disabled to get those converted to modern digital formats, cleaning up and performing other post-production on the recordings, adding metadata and marking things like chapter breaks, and publishing them to digital audio.

On The Media Show I've long been a camera and sound operator in a variety of environments, from a converted closet to a pro-grade modern studio and everything in between. By way of training courses at Manhattan Neighborhood Network, where the show is now filmed, I'm certified in the various aspects of in-studio production on modern, pro-grade equipment, and I most often serve as technical director and switcher on our current production cycle.

I have picked up the talent for live broadcast engineering, both in my radio work (where I regularly serve as a backup engineer) and in my video work (where I am certified to control live TV.)

I am also an accomplished audio editor and producer, fluent in Audacity and related software, and I'm a serviceable video editor as well. Experience at all levels of professional A/V production has given me the ability to get the most out of whatever hardware available, from junky pocket cameras and sound recorders to HD video and studio-quality microphones of all types.

Creative services

My online portfolio is a bit sparse at the moment, as I have much more I need to extract from old files and get added to it over the next couple of weeks. Suffice it to say I draw, paint, sculpt, build, design, illustrate, act, perform, puppeteer, prop design, and much more.

I'm primarily searching for work in addition to the art I do, rather than work solely within the art field; as I mentioned a little bit in my previous post I'm happiest when I can balance out my own work and that I do for others. But, even if artsy work doesn't apply to what you've got to offer, know that there is real value in hiring on someone with a provably creative outlook. Have you ever had office procedures arranged with the help of an artist's eye? Have you ever had what seemed like insurmountable problems solved by a creative solution to which standard thought processes would never have led? Have you had your blog posts written by someone well-versed in telling all sorts of compelling stories? Have you ever wanted to have a colleague who brought in the coolest desk toys? Get hold of me, and you can.

There's an old stereotype about hiring a "frustrated artist;" it suggests a flakey individual with their mind in the clouds instead of on the work, wishing they could be doing their art instead. Let me assure you that this is not the case with me; I am already doing my art in my own time, and I am specifically looking for a chance to put down my art supplies and focus on other work on a regular basis. Your work would not be coming second to an art career; as with everything I do your work would get everything I've got to give it. You would get all the benefits of hiring someone with my talents, and none of the supposed drawbacks.

So, that's a brief (yes, brief; I can go into any of these subjects for ages if you let me!) discussion of the sorts of work of which I am capable. I would be happy to hear from anyone looking for someone to do these sorts of things!

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