5 Reasons Why You Should Hire Me

1. I'm innovative, a go-getter, and enthusiastic!

  Hello there! My name is Emily Etchart, new to San Diego from Montana. I'm a lover of running, exploring, The Breakfast Club, and, donuts. My degree is in Communication Studies with a minor in Journalism from the University of Montana. I have three years of experience in social media management, content creation, and strategy. Collaborating with others is a strength of mine, but I also work well independently. I'm curious, detail-oriented, and diligent about keeping up with social media trends! 

Photo credit: Rio Chantel Harris

Photo credit: Rio Chantel Harris

2. I Have a Cute Dog. 

Kidding - but really, isn't he sweet? He is Nelson, a cuddly Golden Doodle! Traveling, exploring new parts of the world, and photography are passions of mine. I love the ability to capture even the simplest of moments and make them beautiful. Photography has been a talent of mine for the past two years. (More samples of my work can be found on the homepage of my website!)

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3. Experienced in Multiple Realms of Social Media Management.

I have three years of diverse experience in Social Media Management. Previously, I've worked as a freelancer, managed all of the social media channels for the University of Montana (Average Facebook impressions are 28,000 per post with more than 100,000-page likes), and assisted in creating weekly Snapchat content for Ebay and Eye Buy Direct at Deep Focus Advertising Agency in New York City. 

Sample of work for Missoula Quality Inn Client located in Missoula, MT

Sample of work for Missoula Quality Inn Client located in Missoula, MT

4. Knowledgeable in the "Voice" of the Brand.

Regardless who the client is, it's important to understand their audience and what kind of content is relevant for them and their customers. If the client is a beauty brand, hotel chain, or clothing store -- knowing the target audience is very important. 

Over the last year, I've worked as a Freelance Social Media Manager for multiple self-sought clients. I manage different parts of their online presence, including reputation and brand management. I create original engaging content through photography and graphics for their audience. Additionally, I create relevant targeted ad campaigns to increase their reach and multiply their impressions. 

During my time as a Social Media Manager/Events Coordinator at the University of Montana, I discovered the voice for the university. I managed and created content across their social channels including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, and Twitter. Strong communication with other members of my team was essential. My favorite part of the role was executing creative Instagram Story content which increased the university's engagement and brand awareness throughout the nation. 

As a production intern at Deep Focus Advertising Agency in New York City, I saw how an advertising agency functions on a global scale. Calculating burn reports, and communicating copywriting change requests to members of the team were daily tasks. I assisted in art direction during client photo shoots for Ebay, Eye Buy Direct, and Frito Lays. 

Another sample of freelance work for high-end restaurant client, The Pearl Cafe

Another sample of freelance work for high-end restaurant client, The Pearl Cafe

5. Not Afraid to Hustle.

 Working long hours and doing what it takes to keep the client happy are no problem for me.

Photo by: Thayer Janes for Recover Brands campaign 

Photo by: Thayer Janes for Recover Brands campaign 

Thank you for your time and I appreciate your consideration! 

Contact: emilyaetchart@gmail.com

European Excursion Endings & Bali Beginnings

Hello, hello.

It's been a while since I've posted last. During the remaining weeks of my trip in Europe I had the opportunity to visit two friends who I studied abroad with in Germany. I visited Claudia in Barcelona and Lucia in London! I'm really happy that I had the chance to see them, because once your semester abroad is over, you never know when you'll see some of the people you made friendships with again!

After London, I flew to Paris and spent an evening there. Originally I booked my flight from Paris to Bali, so I stopped there for an evening before the 12-hour trek to Indonesia.

Here are a few highlights from the end of my european excursion and a few photos from my first sunset in Bali with Thayer.  

Barcelona

My Basque family was so kind to give me a ride the nearby city of Pamplona so I could take the train to Barcelona. Claudia met me at the train station and we spent the next three days together. Sadly, she had to work part of the time I was there, but we still had a great time and saw a lot of the city.

A few of my favorite parts from my trip to Barcelona were visiting many of the common tourist destinations such as; The Gothic Quarter, Parc De Güell, La Rambla, La Sagrada Familia and Parc de la Ciutadella. Another mentionable highlight were the delicious churros with chocolate I ate for breakfast every day. SO GOOD. Claudia made sure to show me the best local spots for tapas and sangria too, of course. 

 Details from Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona 

 Details from Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona 

Bye, bye Basque Country.

Roughly a week after my return from Barcelona, I said goodbye to my extended family in the Basque Country. The last few days were busy with picnics, more Etchart relatives visiting and spending time with another side of the lovely family I have there too. My time in the Basque Country was special and near to my heart. It was exactly what I had imagined it would be. I look forward to returning again someday to my little home away from home in the Pyrenees Mountains. 

London

I took a Ryanair flight from Biarritz to London on March 1. The evening I arrived in London I met Lucia at our hostel. The hostel had a pub underneath of it, so check in took place at the bar. A little bit of a different welcome than I've experienced at other hostels! It was really nice to catch up with Lucia after two years apart.

The next few days of our trip consisted of again visiting classic touristy spots such as; Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, The London Eye, Tate Modern Museum, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Tower of London, and the London Bridge. We also made sure to check out local cafes and neighborhoods. We visited Notting Hill, where I couldn't help but think of Julia Roberts delivering her infamous closing line to Hugh Grant. ;) We also attended the musical, Kinky Boots with discounted tickets and we loved the show. We snapped photos of the classic red phone booths and explored the vintage markets on Brick Lane and Camden Town. It was a wonderful trip. We said our goodbyes and I left for Paris.

Paris

I would have spent more time in Paris, but it didn't work out with scheduling. I've been fortunate to visit the city before with my brother Evan. Also, didn't feel very comfortable exploring there alone. However, last time I was there I didn't visit the Eiffel Tower at night. Luckily, I met a girl from Connecticut at my hostel who invited me to visit the Eiffel Tower at night. As corny as it sounds, it really was as beautiful at night in person as it is in the movies.

So long, Europe. Hello, Bali! 

Thayer picked me up at the airport in Denpasar and we weaved through traffic on our motor scooter to the place we rented for the month. The traffic in Bali is insane and luckily he can zoom through it quite easily. We spent our first night eating dinner with friend's of Thayer's who were also traveling. It was fun to visit with them and hear about their travels too.

One of my favorite things about Bali is how cheap everything is. It's very common to spend anywhere in between $2-7 U.S. dollars on a very nice, well-made meal! The next day, we explored the region around our place and watched the sunset on a stormy evening. (I've included a few photos from that evening below.) 

Since we've been in Bali, I've loved the warm weather and being a beach bum. Anyone who really knows me, knows that I hate the cold, so this is my kind of atmosphere! We typically spend our mornings doing work for our clients back home at our favorite breakfast spot, then adventuring or relaxing at the beach. I'm still feeling so grateful to travel and have these experiences!

Thayer and I have just a few weeks left in Bali and then we will travel to New Zealand! Recently, Thayer and I went on a mini trip to a mountainous region of Bali called Ubud. We were greeted by six kittens at the cute Airbnb we stayed at and swung on a top secret swing. I'll give more details in my next post. ;) 

Until next time.  

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2016 Reflections/ The Best is Yet to Come

Happy 2017! I'm a little bit behind on the commemorative post on 2016 but it's better late than never. Usually, most years not a whole lot changes for me, however, 2016 was quite the wild ride, to say the least. In May, I graduated from college in four years with a degree in communication and a minor in journalism.

Shortly after graduation, I tried living in New York while completing an internship at an advertising agency. Although many aspects of my time there were very challenging, I consider this to be one of the most transformative times in my life so far. I started running almost every day, became a vegetarian and my interest in photography really took off. I also met some amazing people along the way, which I'll never forget! 

Williamsburg in Brooklyn, a place that was home for a bit. 

Kassala, Austin and I enjoying a sunset on a NYC rooftop last June. 

Kassala, Austin and I enjoying a sunset on a NYC rooftop last June. 

After returning back home to Montana at the end of August I spent about two weeks in my hometown hanging with my family. It was nice to hang out with my little brother Ethan before he left for Air Force basic training as he would be unreachable for the next few months. Next, I made an extended cruise across the state to Missoula stopping in Yellowstone National Park and hanging out with the wonderful Thayer Janes for the first time. :) 

After settling in Missoula, I took my first "solo" road trip in September. I'll be the first to admit it, I'm not the best driver in the world. I get really anxious behind the wheel and sometimes panic! My job didn't start until mid-September so I drove myself to the Pacific Northwest. I'm also one of those people that pictures myself breaking down on the side of the road with no service and then someone tries to murder me! Yes, I'm very melodramatic. The drive went well and on the way there I stopped in Spokane to take photos with a friend and then spent the next ten days spending time with friends and exploring. It was just what I needed before starting my temporary job as an events coordinator and social media manager.

During my solo road trip, one of my best friends from high school Hanna and I went to Portland for the first time together. We mostly ate a lot from the food trucks and thrift shopped. Mission accomplished. 

During my solo road trip, one of my best friends from high school Hanna and I went to Portland for the first time together. We mostly ate a lot from the food trucks and thrift shopped. Mission accomplished. 

The next few months were spent working, exploring and making plans for 2017. Not gonna lie, this year has been a time of transition. I'm no longer a college student but haven't quite figured out my "professional" path yet. This year was full of change externally and internally. I've grown a lot as a person and will continue to well through 2017. In roughly one month exactly, I will embark on my next adventure.  I will be spending almost a month with my family in Europe and then meeting Thayer in Bali in March.  We will explore the little island in Indonesia and hike around New Zealand. It doesn't quite feel real yet, I'm SO excited and can't wait to document our adventures. 

Best wishes to all for 2017. It's gonna be a good one. 

A few of my 2016 favorites: 

November: The Grand Tetons with Thayer and of course, Nelson. 

November: The Grand Tetons with Thayer and of course, Nelson. 

August: Ethan visited me in NYC. We were tourists, traveled to Washington, D.C., and saw Drake live. 

August: Ethan visited me in NYC. We were tourists, traveled to Washington, D.C., and saw Drake live. 

June: My friend Kassala and I rented a car and drove to Portland, Maine for a weekend from New York.  

June: My friend Kassala and I rented a car and drove to Portland, Maine for a weekend from New York.  

December: My family and I spent Christmas in Palm Desert, California. We also traveled to Santa Monica and played in the California sunshine.  

December: My family and I spent Christmas in Palm Desert, California. We also traveled to Santa Monica and played in the California sunshine.  

September: Adventuring to Diablo Lake in Washington with my childhood friend Jordan. 

September: Adventuring to Diablo Lake in Washington with my childhood friend Jordan. 

May: Relaxing at Swan Lake with my best friend Alex for a few days after graduation. 

May: Relaxing at Swan Lake with my best friend Alex for a few days after graduation. 

July: Exploring the streets in the New York heat with my Brooklyn roommate Morissa. On this day, we unintentionally walked 15 miles.

July: Exploring the streets in the New York heat with my Brooklyn roommate Morissa. On this day, we unintentionally walked 15 miles.

New York City Lessons

When I first arrived in New York City, I don’t think there was ever a time in my life where I'd felt more lost. Originally, I intended to try living there for up to two years. When I visited in February, I loved the city. Scenes from 'Gossip Girl' and 'Sex and the City flashed into my mind. However, when it really came time to living there and experiencing the daily NYC grind, I realized it was not meant for me. I definitely wanted to move there, but I feel like a part of me got nervous when it came time to graduate from college and have the "next step figured out."  It's such a strange adjustment for me, being done with school forever. I was definitely ready to be done, but it still feels odd not having that security blanket for the first time since I was a little girl. 

Growing up in a very rural, isolated community where I didn't feel like I fit the small town mold, I couldn't wait to get away. Being from such an isolated area, where the nearest Walmart was at least two hours away, it was always such an adventure to go somewhere bigger! I think part of me displaced the feeling of "getting away" with wanting to be somewhere else. My small town upbringing will always be a part of me and now I appreciate my hometown much more than when I was younger. 

A lesson I learned during my time in New York is that I didn't appreciate the moment enough. I'm a very future-minded person, always thinking about what's next. I can't wait until ________. My life will be so much better once _________. Yes, the future is unavoidable and it's something to be embraced, but I've always had a tendency to focus on it too much. At times, not living my life in the (insert cliche) present. 

 

My time in New York taught me a lot about myself (sorry, another cliche). It was really hard at first and there were times where I hated everything about it. However, there is something magical about New York City. I often forget that it's the most influential city in the country and that some people would die to be there. NYC is the land of people who 'DGAF.' Whether it be about looking silly or strange in front of others, saying what's really on their minds, or going after what they love. I appreciate the sense of confidence and attitude from New Yorkers. There are many things I love about New York. Things like the architecture, street art, array of languages and cultures, and the subway performers can't be found the same anywhere else. I would say that I ended up really liking the city, which was something that I didn't see possible for a while. Nonetheless, I truly don't think New York and I are meant to be! 

It made me appreciate qualities about living out West in Montana that I took for granted before. I missed the accessibility to fresh air, lying in the grass, going on road trips, having my own space, cheaper prices, and the accessibility to the outdoors - just to name a few. 

It's been two weeks since my journey in New York ended. Looking back, it was such a great chance to meet new people, build amazing friendships, live in a place that many people dream of exploring, and have a career building opportunity. I feel really good about my time there and I’m happy about the experience I had. 

My beautiful roommates Tyler, Morissa, and Kate! Special thanks to these beautiful souls for letting me be their assistant roomie for the summer. You've impacted my life for the better <3. 

My beautiful roommates Tyler, Morissa, and Kate! Special thanks to these beautiful souls for letting me be their assistant roomie for the summer. You've impacted my life for the better <3. 

I've moved back to Missoula for the time being and instead of rushing through life, I intend to take my time to figure it all out. I want to really try to grow as a person, improve on skills I've been interested in, and enjoy life. Even though I don't have a career technically figured out at this time, this probably is the most at peace I've felt about my life in years. This doesn't mean that I'll necessarily be in Montana the rest of my life, I'm just taking my time to find what the "next step" is truly meant to be. My recent mantra is to embrace that I'm just another twenty-something trying to figure it all out. :) 

New York was a very challenging journey, I'm glad that I didn't leave when there were times I felt I couldn't stay. I feel that it's good to do things that make you uncomfortable and help you grow. So thank you, New York for all you taught me. However, "the mountains are calling and I must go."