Frequently Asked Questions
How did you get your start?
I was first published at the ripe age of six, when I wrote a letter to the editor of the Portland Press Herald expressing my disdain for ET (yes, as in the extra terrestrial). We had just gone to see the movie and I was scared out of my mind. The newspaper published my letter which started, "Dear Men" (revealing my early feminist roots) asking for stores to take down their displays of the creature because well, in my mind he was ugly. The local news caught wind of my letter and came to interview me and my younger brother (who loved ET and was basking in my terror) because what six year old in their right mind would dislike such a beloved character? That experience ended up being the humble beginnings of my writing career.
Since that time, I have been published in a variety of capacities covering everything from Kennebunkport and southern Maine municipal government, art and cultural events, and more recently the career path of women. My experience extends to both corporate and freelance; I am a former Senior Editor at the B2B publication Accounting Today, writing about public accounting firms with a specialization in diversity, technology, best practices, and business development. I was a Co-Founder and Editor of Accounting Tomorrow, a blog focused on intergenerational workplace issues. Most recently, I was the head of communications at a top-25, $175 million accounting, tax, and consulting firm in the United States, where I ran its PR initiatives, spearheaded a brand messaging campaign, and developed thought leadership with the firm's partnership.
Earlier in my career, I was a former Gill Foundation Fellow and Communications Coordinator at an LGBT youth advocacy organization in southern Maine. I've been a radio DJ for WMPG in Portland, Maine, an internet DJ with Radio23.org, and am a member of the Park Slope Food Coop. Since 2010, I've trained in Goju karate at the Center for Anti-Violence Education in Brooklyn.
What's the meaning behind your company name "Rhino Girl Media?"
I created RGM in 2010. I am big on animal symbolism. I love the image of a young girl holding the leash to a rhinoceros, which is a big animal, a "beast" if you will. However, if you go deeper, although the rhino can be aggressive, it is a pretty passive creature. According to this site, the rhino symbolizes paradox pointing to the phrase "things are not as they seem." The rhino's horn is powerful; a tool to "rip through the ambiguous veil and find our own clarity and abundance on the other side." In addition, the purple rhino is a symbol that gay activists in Boston used after conducting a media campaign back in the 70s.
What's your favorite thing to write about?
I enjoy writing about business - the people, the drive, the vision. I like writing about change agents and innovators and how people are revolutionizing the world they live in. Sounds idealistic, but it's the truth! I enjoy writing about art and the wonderful world of relationships (whether personal or for business) and people's creative process. I also like to write about myself!
How did you get into accounting?
I moved to New York City from Portland, Maine in November of 2006. Right before I moved, my mom accompanied my dad (who is a financial advisor) to a conference and met the wife of an editor who worked at a sister publication of Accounting Today. When I picked my parents up at the airport, my mom shoved his card into my hands and said, "call him." So I did. He had me contact his colleague, the editor-in-chief of Accounting Today and shortly thereafter I was called in for an interview. The rest, as they say, is history. Though I didn't know a lick about accounting (I actually had to take statistics four times in order to graduate college), my editor told me I could learn as I go. He knew I could write a story and that's what he needed. Since then, I've been involved in the accounting profession in a few different capacities - as a writer and editor; as a copywriter; and an in-house communications person. Accountants may have a reputation of being stodgy and conservative (and ahem, some of them are!) but it's a dynamic industry with a lot of passionate, forward-thinking people.
If I hire you, what can I expect?
Once you decide you want to work with me, I'll ask you to sign a work agreement so we have the scope of the work, deliverables, timeline, and rate in writing. Lines of communication are always open. Unless I tell you otherwise, I will get back to you within 48 hours. It's important to me that you are happy with what you are receiving, so if for some reason I am not meeting your expectations, I will work with you until we get there.
How does your pricing structure work?
The simple answer is, it depends on the project. I offer hourly, project-based, and retainer rates. I also take on pro bono projects for non-profits on occasion.