Just finished a two-year tenure as Arts Editor at Portland Monthly Magazine. Currently a Portland-based writer and creative ideator specializing in music, theater, performance-art, humor, and film.
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What I've got: A diverse resumé, a wellspring of creative contacts in many disciplines, a personal history as a participant in the Portland music/performance community, and a deeply informed perspective on "Portland Weird."
What I want: To write you a story, to help you refine your press releases or grant apps, to assist you in artistic...
Oregon Arts Watch
2012 - Present
Arts are neat, but what does it all MEAN? Barry Johnson, founder of Arts Watch, is a veteran Portland editor who enjoys putting our city's creative micro-climate in an overarching cultural context....
2012 - 2012
For the next week or so, I will be compiling a profile article of the Pearl District for the wonderful philanthropic org ArtPlace. I'll be reaching out to some of you for notes and quotes, but if...
Portland music concierge/production assistant
2012 - 2012
Assisted French documentary filmmaker Samuel Cuneo in finding Portland music events and music industry experts to film and interview.
Curated an experience based on client's tastes using my...
2010 - 2012
Coordinated arts and events coverage for major Portland-based lifestyle magazine. Wrote arts-themed stories and reviews for blog and print, edited online content for accuracy and SEO (search engine...
OPBMusic | Nike | Greyday Records
Song & Jingle Writer
2002 - 2012
Recordings featured on a Nike Women's Boxing commercial, OPB, KEXP, KNRK, and Spotify. Performed live on KGW news, in an OPB studio session, etc.
Playing, singing, answering questions, and...
2009 - 2010
I'm good at making weird things work.To tide myself over between jobs, I created and performed "Dino Tarot," a new form of tarot reading with dinosaur figurines, quickly becoming a sought-after...
Art Department Assistant
2007 - 2008
Responded as promptly as humanly possible to these kinds of demands:
"Take/print/mount/find, pictures of this set!"
"Take notes on this meeting!"
"Make a sign forbidding people to touch these...
2006 - 2007
Hired and organized 4-person team of product samplers, coordinated and scheduled all their visits with accounts, Generated advertising copy and purchased/coordinated advertising efforts on radio...
2006 - 2006
Reviewed and categorized musical content for a major music licensing agent's online interface. Generated search terms for musical content to improve user-friendliness and increase database...
Walla Walla University