The reason I'm a freelancer.
I play for the USA Women's Rugby National Team, the Eagles. We're training for the next World Cup in Ireland in 2017 and hope to do America proud and snag a medal. That's me, bottom row, second from your left. Being an Eagle means psychotically training every chance you get, which comes to roughly 800 hours of practice/20000 passing reps/21 matches/133 conditionings/120 lifts/114 PT sessions/96 hours of video analysis per year.
My other passion is writing and making things up. In fact, I majored in it. First at Penn State. Then at the VCU Brandcenter, which is also where I earned my ad nickname “Ninja.” And no, it's not just because I'm Asian.
Some of my fellow Brandcenter-ers gave me that name ‘cause my two-year stint at Radcenter was sustained not by restful nightly sleep, but almost entirely by “ninja naps” taken between projects.
Nin-ja nap (noun) \ˈnin-jə nap\
:a nap characterized by stealth and speed, usually completed before anyone realizes it’s happening; when taken properly has the restorative effects of a full night's sleep, popular with workaholics; taken in any location, at any time (i.e. sketchy Brandcenter couch, broken computer chair, leaning against a wall, etc.); not to be confused with narcolepsy.
The name, Ninja, stuck and followed me into agency life, where I’ve worked on brands as small as Kim and Scott’s Pretzels and as large as PepsiCo.
If you’d like to chat about any of that, I’ve chosen to go against all conventional ninja wisdom and made myself pretty easy to find. You can reach me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for stopping by!