I warned you that it was long.
Well hey there. I'm Kelsey. You've already read the short version of my bio, so here's the (very, very) expanded version:
I graduated from the best school in Oklahoma with a degree in Visual Communications. Boomer Sooner! My design career started in 2004, working as an inhouse designer for direct sales company, to an internship with the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and then the University of Oklahoma printing press.
My first job after graduation was as a designer for a PR firm. It was a very challenging being a creative person in a PR firm, but it taught me a lot about messaging, strategy and selling your concept. Next I moved on to an art director position at the largest advertising agency in Oklahoma at the time. It was a learning experience but the agency was very old-fashioned and I just wasn't inspired there.
In 2008, I decided to quit the agency job and decided to push my music hobby into a career. I worked as a freelancer and released a pop album in January of 2009. Also in 2009, my husband I moved to a town of about 400 people in Arkansas to follow his dreams of running a marina on the lake. Needless to say, my music career would have come to a screeching halt, had I not decided to dive head first into social media. I made webisodes called "Stuck in the Sticks" and got my facebook fanbase up to over 900 fans, all from the boonies.
My husband and I soon realized, hey, we like other humans. So, we moved back home to the relatively-New-York-City-like civilization of OKC. Enter ICG. The partners at ICG claim part of why they called me in for an interview was my webisodes. Funny how God orchestrates things. Shortly after my start, I decided to let go of the dream of music as a career and instead focus on my career in design and marketing. I first took on the company social media strategy and planning, then within the first year I became the Senior Art Director and almost 2 years after that, Associate Creative Director.
In 2012, I left ICG, as much as I absolutely loved it, to take the plunge and start by own business. God opened a giant door and I felt like I needed to walk through it. So, I am now the Owner & Creative Director of Lever Branding & Marketing. I still sing in church and with musician friends now and then but there's not much time for that these days!
I love the Lord, making people laugh, music, the Sooners, the Thunder, mexican food and chardonnay. I live in North OKC with my high school sweetheart husband, Chris, and our two dogs, Jake and Bradley. Wow. If you read all of this, you must be bored!