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I finally did it!

Last week I took a leap of faith and left The Home Depot in search of the great beyond. I am very thankful for my Home Depot family, the career development I received there, as well as all the things I learned about content strategy, SEO, marketing and business. Now it’s time to take what I’ve learned and apply it to my own freelancing business.

If you need any of the following, you’ve come to the right place:

  • Ground-up content strategy, ideation, topic generation
  • Editorial calendar build-outs
  • Keyword research
  • Front end SEO and marketing copy
  • Backend SEO page titles and meta descriptions
  • Editing
  • Blog content
  • Case studies
  • White papers
  • Interviews
  • News articles
  • Press releases
  • Newsletters
  • Email marketing content
  • Social media content
  • B2B marketing
  • Journalism

I’m active seeking freelance, part time and contract work. To view examples of my work, please visit my Writing Samples page. For inquiries, please email sekellner@gmail.com.

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Career Resources

How to Find a Job

Whether you attended my SCAD lecture, “Advice for Writers: Everything You Need to Know About Landing the Job,” or you’re just browsing for job-hunting resources and interviewing tips, you’ve come to the right place. Some of this advice pertains specifically to writers, but most of it can be applied for creatives across the board. Enjoy!

Top Job Search Websites:

Recruiters

Best option is to Google “[Industry] recruiters/staffing company/headhunters in [City].”
For example: “marketing recruiters in Atlanta” or “tech staffing companies in Knoxville.”

Interviewing

Forbes is an excellent resource for interview questions, whether it’s the most common interview questions, questions you should ask as the interviewee, or questions never to ask. By and large, these are the most common I have been asked in interviews, and questions I’ve asked my own candidates. Before going on an interview, be sure you can confidently answer the following (hint: practice your answers out  loud).

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • What makes you the ideal candidate?
  • What is your biggest strength/weakness?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years? 10?
  • Why do you want to leave your current company? (Be prepared to explain employment gaps.)
  • Describe a situation when . . .
    • You faced a challenge and how you dealt with it
    • You faced an angry customer or client and how you responded
  • Any questions for me? (Your answer should always be YES)

Salary

As with everything, knowledge is power–and in this case, money! My favorite resource for salary research is Salary.com, but Indeed also can give you a general idea of base salaries in certain markets.

Now get out there and get searching . . . you can do it!

Rockstar Painting Series Part III: Debbie Harry

After creating David Bowie and Joan Jett in my Rockstar series, I decided that a Debbie Harry painting was the next logical step. I started a few weeks ago sketching it out and doing the first few layers. Then I found a slow weekend and the view of the fall leaves outside the art room window made it perfect for a few sessions.

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Love November in Atlanta.

After spending a total of 14 hours on the piece, I finished her this afternoon. Meet Debbie:

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“Debbie” 18×24, Acrylic. For sale, email sarahkellnerart@gmail.com for inquiries.

Felt good getting my brushes back out. Next in the series is Freddie Mercury. Check back for updates and if you haven’t yet, “like” Sarah Kellner Art on Facebook and “follow” me on Twitter!

We Can’t Stop Here, This is Bat Country!

Last week I finished my latest commission for an Atlanta friend. He’s got a 1961 Ford F-100 and when I asked him if it has a name he said, “I just call it ‘the truck.'” When we were talking about painting possibilities, I knew I wanted to paint the truck in some kind of desert sunset scene, but not any ordinary sunset. I wanted it to look like you were driving through the desert on peyote. My friend said he wanted color, so that’s what I did. Here’s the finished piece:

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“Bat County” 18×24, acrylic.

Since the truck doesn’t have a kitschy name, I didn’t really know what to call the painting. Then I texted a picture of it to my good friend Chris, and he texted back “We can’t stop here, this is Bat Country!” And it was one of those slap-the-forehead moments. Of course! I was channeling some Hunter S. Thompson big time with this piece so I decided to call it “Bat Country.”

If you’re interested in your own Bat Country-esque custom painting, feel free to email me at sarahkellnerart@gmail.com. I can ship anywhere in the United States!

May 2013 Updates

A lot of updating has been going on my site lately!

If you check out the tabs at the top, you’ll see that I’ve added sections for my resume, writing samples, and I’ve finally updated my different gallery pages.

IMG_20121009_145427-1I’ve got images from SCAD logo projects, figure drawing assignments employing chiaroscuro, and even weird stream-of-consciousness drawings from my Moleskine in the Sketches & Scribbles section. Check them out!

I’ve also got another announcement:

I am no longer a resident artist at gallery1526. My contract has expired and I’ve decided not to renew. However, this means that I can now take a much-needed hiatus from gallery work and commissions to do some more experimenting with mixed media, collage and new subject matter.

Keep an eye out for in-progress images, surveys and summer contests all right here. I’ll also soon be adding an e-Commerce section where you can buy my prints online!

As always, be sure to “like” Sarah Kellner Art on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter!

3MOD:2013 Art Show Saturday 3/9/13

Hi everyone! This is the first official post on SarahKellner.com, so first and foremost, welcome!

As many of you know, I’m a resident artist at gallery1526 in Candler Park located at 1526 Dekalb Ave Atlanta, GA 30307. My second show with the gallery is this Saturday, March 9 starting at 7pm and it’s called 3MOD:2013.

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I’ve got originals for sale as well as prints for the first time ever! Here’s a sneak peek of the originals that will be available for purchase:

David Bowie, David Bowie painting

“Bowie” Acrylic, 20x24in. $600

Joan Jett, Joan Jett painting

“Joan Jett” Acrylic, 24x18in. $300

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“The Road” India ink, 14x18in. Price TBA

I will also have many prints for sale at this show. All prints will be $20 for 8x10s and $45 for 11x14s.  Along with “Bowie” and “Joan Jett,” these are the other three prints that will be available:

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“Prince III”

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“Atlanta”

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“The Ride”

I’ll be there all night so come out and say hello, listen to the bands, have a beer and check out the rest of the awesome art! And if you haven’t done so already, be sure to “like” Sarah Kellner Art on Facebook and follow me on Twitter!