“Who Am I?” – Derek Zoolander




I am serious person. Seriously. #artdirectorvibes

They say New Yorkers are tough, but if you had to endure Chicago winters for the majority of your upbringing like me, New Yorkers ain’t got nothing on me. But excuse the fact that I’m now a New Yorker and ran away from those Chicago winters…

I’m an art director, designer, and photographer. Working in advertising, some may think I’m a masochist because despite having my ideas killed over and over, I keep coming back for more. I have experience in broadcast TV, print, digital, social media, and out of home. Oh and I’ve won a few awards like a Bronze Clio!

Other than skipping the skip button on commercials to watch a commercial, I am a a freelance photographer that specializes in travel/adventure, lifestyle, and portraiture.

I occasionally write and have been featured on Huffington Post (and here), Patheos, Angry Asian Man, and Sojourners.

I’m a music snob with a guilty pleasure of Ariana Grande, an awful food critic because literally everything tastes good to me, and I dream of opening a coffee shop one day even though I don’t drink a lot of coffee.

My solitaire record is 28 seconds.
I have a fear of bananas.
I’m 3 degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon.


Art Director - Arnold Worldwide

Apr. 2016 - Current | New York, NY

Clients: New Business, Hershey's, Amgen, Sanofi, Viberzi, Teva

Awards: Bronze Clio - Best Integrated Campaign

Freelance Designer

Aug. 2015 - Current | Wherever I am

Photographer - Connie Zhou Photography

Apr. 2011 - Current | New York, NY

Art Director Intern - Distillery Project

Jun. 2014 - Aug. 2014 | Chicago, IL

Clients: Meijer, Lifeway Kefir, Arrow Electronics

Art Director/Designer - Cru

Jun 2013 - Aug 2013 | Irvine, CA

Designed and branded two major national conferences


Syracuse University

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication

Syracuse, NY | 2011 - 2015

Bachelor's of Science: Advertising, Creative Emphasis

Minor: Psychology

Study Abroad Fall 2013 - London, UK

Dean's List: all semesters

Fudan University

Language Student

Shanghai, China | August 2015 - February 2016

Studied Mandarin Chinese for half a year, to get in touch with my roots.


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