My Story – Holly Foster Media

My Story

I was uncomfortable being one of those people who wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I entered college. And if I had any doubts as to my uncertainty, I was admitted to my university’s “Division of Undergraduate Studies,” aptly known on campus as the “Division of Undecided Students.” Awkward, to say the least — but true.

First I thought I wanted to be a teacher, so I began taking education courses. Then I took a course in journalism, where I learned some great writing skills that I still use to this day. But in reality, nothing felt quite right, and after a year and a half I left college and went to work.

The next chapter of my professional life was written in New York City, where I studied acting. It was tough but I was honing my craft, making a modest living, and learning the harsh realities of working in the entertainment field. The Big Apple fed my soul, but after seven years it was once again time to move on.

When I moved back to my home state I decided to resume my studies, but this time around I possessed what I lacked the first time; a laser focus. A business degree was my goal, and I quickly gained my associate’s degree at the local community college. Two years later I secured my bachelor’s degree and began working at one of the top public accounting firms.

Now I’d like to tell you that I lived happily ever after, but being a CPA was just not for me. Even though it seemed that I had done everything right, I hated my job. Despite the term “creative accounting,” I found the profession to be — well — black and white. I have great respect for it, and I know from experience the amount of hours accountants put in; believe me, they earn their paychecks. But it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

So I quit. Not right away, mind you, but I did leave. As they say, it wasn’t my passion.

After I left my accounting job I had a six-month stint as a corporate travel agent. It was fun, and I learned a lot, but it wasn’t meant to be long term.

My travel agent career ended when I accepted a position in state government, where I have been working ever since. The positions I have held include:

  • Auditor (yep, I did it again for awhile)
  • Trainer
  • Web Designer
  • Learning Management System Administrator
  • Project Manager

Even though I started out with a fixed mindset, I’ve enjoyed reinventing myself every so often.

I’ve worn many hats and enjoyed almost all of them. Each experience has helped bring me to the place I am today, which is a business-savvy storyteller. The twists and turns of my professional journey have revealed that a flair for business combined with my creativity and writing skills enable me to turn dry content into interesting video-based training. I write the script, create the storyboard, record the voiceover, and bring content to life.

Stories are one of the most effective tools I use as a multimedia developer. My 20+ years of experience in business, communications, and eLearning development makes me uniquely qualified to tackle your production needs. I offer:

  • The ability to explain complex things in an uncomplicated way.
  • A good understanding of successful small businesses’ needs.
  • Passion for learning, improving, and experimenting.
  • A ‘let’s do this’ mentality: proactive, flexible, and open to changes.

My business experience combined with my creativity and writing skills enable me to turn dry content into interesting video-based training. I write the script, create the storyboard, record the voiceover, and bring content to life!