Giving ideas creative flavor, with a cherry on top
Elysia Cook McDermott
A classic sundae calls for a few scoops of ice cream with complementary tastes (and no shortage of sprinkles). In the same way, my career as a creative often calls for the varied skills I’ve gleaned from working in marketing, advertising, video production, and journalism.
I currently call Texas home, but my work is not exclusive to the Lone Star State. I've led a hackathon team to success in Amsterdam, trained an all-female team of writers in Tanzania, captured content in the Peruvian Andes for a Nat Geo grant-funded project, and currently drive creative content production and copy strategy for a San Diego-based medical device company.
Those experiences, among many others, have given me a broader, more compassionate perspective and an immutable sense of curiosity. It all makes for one hell of a sundae, and I’m savoring every bite of it.
A FEW OF THE WAYS I WORK
Exploring worlds through words: snappy taglines, long-form articles, and all of the wordsmithing ways in between.
Providing behind-the-scenes or front-of-camera support, inclusive of scripting, storyboarding, interviewing, and shoot planning.
Diving into your brand to help optimize the way it's represented across channels and targets.
Lacing up my shoes for outdoor walks and hikes
Putting my spin on recipes at home
Turning blank canvases into painted pieces
Sweating away my worries at the gym
Torturing myself with New York Times word puzzles
Tuning in to podcasts on culture, politics, food, and finance
Teaching my daughter how to be a good human
Traveling in all its forms, but especially solo backpacking
Certified ANA Marketing Professional (CAMP)
Association of National Advertisers
Issued February 2021
Rising Marketing Star Award
National award given annually by the Association of National Advertisers to honor four young marketing leaders (aged 30 years or younger) who show promise in various areas of marketing.
Mahogany Red Literary Prize
Honorable mention for original poem submitted to Poetry Matters Project's annual international competition.
First place, Booking.com Hackathon
Copywriter for winning product team at Booking.com's first all-female hackathon, which was hosted at their Amsterdam headquarters.