Some of you may know me as The Write Queen (also obvious from how you landed here). Some of you may not know me at all. That's okay. I don't think I know me very well either. I'm someone who is constantly coming up with something and failing half the time. I am trying...and succeeding at that. I am both sides of the coin.
My name is Christina Denise Rodriguez. I am a writer, a web designer, an emerging arts manager, and soon to be graduate student. That's right...this soon to be 28-years-old will be pursuing her Masters in Arts Management at the Columbia College of Chicago this Fall.
Aren't you from New York?
Yes I am! I hail from the amazing borough of Queens, where the streets are numbered and the trains are packed to the gills. I've only lived in Brooklyn briefly before making it back to my safe haven of Queens county.
Then why Chicago?
Why not Chicago? It's a beautiful city and they have the school with the major I want to study for graduate school.
And you couldn't do that...?
No I couldn't do that in New York! New York has many wonderful schools and programs, but this school, Columbia College caters to my dream. You see I have a company. A little online company called Establishing Artists for Tomorrow Media Group (aka EAT Media)which deals with the development of individuals/groups in the arts industries through web development, marketing, photography, and consulting services. I run this with a group of friends and we try to help other artists set up their brand.
I want to go much further. I want to go beyond the internet. I have a whole wonderfully huge plan in store. But unfortunately, I cannot reveal what that is yet. This is where grad school comes in. Courses that teach me how to bring my ideas into fruition with a wealth of resources. Plus I want to become a better leader. I owe it to myself and everyone around me to become my best, strongest, creative self.
So at the end of the summer, I am leaving my full time job, my family and friends and heading off to the Windy City.
So what is #theycalledherbravenewgirl?
A hashtag I used while taking pictures and visiting Chicago to look at the school. I'm about the hashtag culture. It's fun, clever, and it does help you filter out things in social media. It's a marketing tool in some circles, the bane of existence in others.
But for me, since I am a young woman in the new media world, yeah the name of my blog is going to be with a hashtag. I might integrate hashtags in some of my posts.
This blog is suppose to document my growth as a writer, arts manager, and woman. It's not going to be focused on one thing like my other blogs. You're going to hear it all! Because I am growing. I am learning, failing, trying, and sometimes succeeding. I'm throwing myself out there. I am a brave new girl.
Since I turned 27, my life has been a roller coaster. In addition to all of the adventures I'll be having away from home, I am going to back track a little to some of the amazing (and not so much) things that have happened to get me to this point.
So in the meantime, sit back and read my other blogs. The second post will be coming soon!
Till next time,