As of last Thursday, the publicity position for STC-PMC officially changed hands. Now there’s two sets of eyes on these blog posts and newletters, and as the pair of us begin our work with STC-PMC, we want to introduce ourselves to all of you, and learn more about you in turn. That’s why, starting today, we are beginning a Welcome Series, where we plan to showcase the diverse and skilled membership of the Philadelphia Metro Chapter of STC.
To start off, please welcome Victoria Stanton, the new Co-Chair of Publicity.
When and how did you get involved in STC?
I got involved about two weeks ago. Madison Hughes, the other new Co-Chair of Publicity, had heard about STC-PMC and invited me to go along with her to a presentation STC was hosting. We went, had a ball, talked only slightly more than was socially acceptable, and when we asked if there were any volunteer opportunities with the chapter we were told, ‘Yes, yes, please, yes.’ Now I’m writing these words and you’re reading them!
What are the duties of your current position with STC-PMC?
We’re going to be taking over all publicity duties—so running this blog, managing the chapter Twitter and Facebook pages, and putting together the monthly newsletters.
How has your STC membership benefited you?
I haven’t been here long enough for any material benefits, but I’m still getting a lot from this membership. I’m currently between jobs, and having work I can do that’s important is incredibly worthwhile. The networking opportunities have been stellar, and just talking to people who recognize my skill has been a balm after being laid off and struggling to find work. Everyone here has been so welcoming and so interested in me. It’s great!
What is your educational background?
Funnily enough, I have a B.S. in Animation and Visual Effects, with a minor in Screenwriting. It’s kind of an off-the-wall place to be coming from, but I have a lot of valuable skills and experience to bring into something like technical communications—and my background in art, design, and performing helps set me apart and, at the least, makes me a fun person to talk to.
How did you get started in TechComm?
When I’m asked this question five years from now, I’m going to be very glad I get to say, “With STC-PMC.”