All posts by Sooz

About Sooz

I'm Sooz.

Farewell, Boston — Oh, Hello, San Francisco

The San Francisco Bay Trail near Jack London Square in Oakland
Next to The San Francisco Bay Trail near Jack London Square in Oakland

In June I traveled across the country from Boston to San Francisco via Amtrak. It was an adventure. My plan was to interview for jobs, reconnect with friends and have a new job by August 1st.

On July 3rd I accepted an offer from HelloSign. On August 4th I start my new job as Content Marketing Manager. I’m excited about what comes next.  I’ve used their eSignature solution for my event photography work so I already knew about the product’s usefulness and awesomeness. And now I’ll be joining HelloSign’s team as the second marketing hire. Good times seem imminent.

I arrived in Oakland on July 30th and I’m staying at a place via Airbnb for the next 33 nights while I look for an apartment. Before I moved, there were a sea of goodbyes, cocktails and hugs. I arrived in Boston from Nebraska in 1994 “for the summer” when I was twenty-one and it remained my home for the next twenty years. I always thought I might want to move to the Bay Area and now it is apparently the time.

One thing I will certainly miss about Boston is the music community that I’ve been a part of as a fan and concert photographer.  Here’s a Spotify playlist featuring many of my favorite Boston bands I’ve gone out to see and photograph over the years throughout 1994-2014.

The list below does not show additions after I published this post. You’ll need to look at the playlist on Spotify to see the latest updates.

To be continued!

On the Train from Boston to San Francisco

Observation car in Amtrak's California Zephyr train

On Monday I left for my first cross-country train expedition from Boston to San Francisco. It’s day three today and we’ve just left McCook, Nebraska headed to Colorado. And of course my trip has a hashtag for Twitter and Instgram: #SoozAmtrak2014. I’m using Seen’s social snapshot wrangler to collect all the posts with that hashtag.

When I arrive in San Francisco, I’m spending a week in the Bay Area exploring work opportunities in my worlds of content, digital marketing and community engagement. If you know someone I should connect with while I’m out there, I’d love to hear from you. Here’s my resume on LinkedIn.  Campaigns to keep me in Boston and help me find an awesome job there, too, are certainly welcome.

Amtrak’s California Zephyr train from Chicago, IL to Emeryville, CA has an awesome observation car filled with windows. I’m spending a lot of time there capturing photos and Instgram videos and working on some video projects. Unfortunately there’s no wifi. I might set up the GoPro camera when the train makes its way through the Rockies for a quick-lapse video.

Michael made hand-drawn maps of my train expedition from Boston to San Francisco and then back to Boston. He added some fun extra tidbits, of course.

Follow me on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates during my trip.

Sarah Blacker at the 2013 New England Americana Festival in Harvard Square

Back in September, dozens of bands got together to perform at the 2013 New England Americana Festival in Harvard Square. It was a superb two days of music. I filmed many of the outdoor performances. First up is Sarah Blacker performing “Shiver” from her new album Precious Little Things.

Connect with Sarah Blacker

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Connect with New England Americana Festival

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Connect with Sooz TV

YouTube | Twitter | Facebook

Creating video content on a budget — class at General Assembly Boston on November 18

Creating video content on a budget
Journalist Lucy Morgan with video camera and phone, ca. 1985 | State Library and Archives of Florida

I taught my first class at General Assembly Boston in August — “Creating Video Content on a Budget.” It went very well so we’re doing it again on Monday, November 18th, 6:30-8pm. If it goes well yet again, I might teach a 4-6 week class in the Spring.

In this class, participants will learn common mistakes to avoid when creating video content for their brand. In particular, students will learn:

  • How to select the right types of video (Q+A, Behind the Scenes, How To, Testimonial, Humor) for your brand
  • How to produce quality video on any budget
  • Know which equipment to purchase
  • Communication principles of every successful video

Learn more about the “Creating Video Content on a Budget” class on General Assembly Boston’s website.