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Ako

Me

I was born in Portsmouth, VA but I grew up in Virginia Beach, VA before going to college. I was born into a Filipino family, so I tend to value lots of family time, salty foods, and karaoke. 

Music has been a constant in my life. Starting in 5th grade, I began to play the violin and I did so all the way through my senior year of high school. I still play sometimes, but not as often. I also took up playing piano and the guitar during grade school. In college, I joined an a cappella group called Exit 245.

My other hobbies include cooking, hanging out with my friends, and playing XBOX. A lot of my personal life includes aspects of my professional life. Prior to pursuing the advertising industry, I wanted to be an audiologist. However, I found a bigger love in creating. I served as public relations chair for both Exit 245 and Filipino Americans at Madison where I created content for all their social platforms. I also did freelance graphic design and photography for small businesses and friends.

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Expertise

Graphic Design, Branding, GIFs/Motion Graphics, Illustration, Copywriting, Social Media

Resume

Education

James Madison University

Bachelor of Arts

Media Arts & Design, Creative Advertising

August 2019 - May 2023

Relevant Coursework:

Skills

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Adobe Lightroom

  • Adobe PremierePro

  • HTML & CSS

  • Final Cut Pro

  • Apple Procreate

  • Native English Speaking

  • Limited Working American Sign Language

  • Limited Working Spanish Language

Experience

Graphic Specialist

LR-Associates, LLC | Suffolk, VA | October 2023 - Present

  • Working in the Joint Staff Support Services Office the Joint Chiefs of Staff

  • Design, print, and assemble name plates, door signs, books, business cards, pamphlets, flyers, etc. for employees and events

  • Utilize Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and CorelDRAW to create multi-use graphics

  • Print and assemble deliverables on time

  • Interact with customers and effectively answer questions

Volunteer Creative Design Associate

The Purposeful Unconditional Service to Others (PUSO) Foundation | Washington, D.C. | July 2022 - Present

  • Create eye-catching social media content

  • Brainstorm new ways to grow social media following and presence

  • Discuss future projects and plans with PUSO leadership

  • Utilize Adobe Creative Suite to execute deliverables

Digital Marketing & Social Media Fellow

BluShark Digital | Washington, D.C. | May 2022 - May 2023

  • Create original graphics and copy for agency client websites and social media platforms

  • Perform social media audits for clients and competitors

  • SEO and website optimization

  • Analyze data for client monthly reports

 

Multimedia Producer

JMU University Communications | Harrisonburg, VA | August 2021 - May 2023

  • Create branded graphics for JMU's communications and social media properties (GIFs, Stickers, Interactive Filters)

  • Design and produce multimedia Stories for Instagram

  • Assist with social media video production

  • Contributed to the ranking of the #1 Instagram account and overall #4 social media presence for D1 schools in the 2023 Higher Ed Social Media Engagement Report

Extracurricular Activities

Exit 245 A Cappella

Harrisonburg, VA

January 2020 - May 2023

  • Public Relations Chair (October 2020 - January 2022)

  • Create merchandise designs

  • Create social media content for all platforms

  • Liaison between the organization and other JMU A Cappella groups

Filipino Americans at Madison

Harrisonburg, VA

August 2019 - May 2023

  • Public Relations Chair (March 2021 - April 2023)

  • Created an established brand for the organization

  • Created content and posted to all social media platforms

  • Keep members, alumni, and community engaged

  • Organized, created, and negotiated for organization merchandise

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