I’m one of Avion’s Senior Copywriters, having recently joined the team in June. I thought I’d take this opportunity to talk about where I’ve come from and what attracted me to Avion in the first place.
Freelance, client-side, agency-side…
Copywriters work in all sorts of settings. I started out as a freelancer, as so many of us do, with my first client in the publishing industry. Managing a research team of five and a slightly rambunctious author, I learned the value of great comms skills and a diplomatic touch.
A chunk of my career has been client-side, working across both tech and retail. Working in London, I interviewed thought leaders across the tech industry, while in Melbourne I helped shape the storytelling behind outdoor brand Kathmandu’s 30+ years in sustainable materials development.
I jumped on board with Avion this year because it was a particular kind of agency.
Everyone lives and breathes communications and strategy at Avion. This specialisation as a content agency is what appealed to me. I found my tribe! I knew I would learn so much and be able to exercise my broad skillset in a truly receptive environment. I haven’t been disappointed. In only a month, I’ve worked across a range of industries and with clients around the globe. Help build better student experiences in the US on a Monday? Check. Spend my Tuesday helping to simplify car insurance for Australians? Check.
Fun facts about me
- I studied classical guitar up to university level. I secretly wish I was Spanish… but ‘Doug Ross’ doesn’t sound like a flamenco maestro, does it?
- Talking about that name… did my parents name me after George Clooney’s character in ER? Nope. They didn’t even know who he was.
- And while we’re on my parents—they were professional opera singers in a former life. It doesn’t make sense why I can’t hold a tune…
If you’ve got a tricky problem to tackle, such as with your messaging, content strategy, or you want to improve your website or app, send me an email. I love sitting down one-on-one and figuring out how I can help people with their communications.
Have a wonderful week!
Doug & the Avion team
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