Hello, my name is James. I grew up in Rochester, New York. I've certainly done some traveling here and there, but there's no place like home.
I studied photography and multimedia in college, and it was in my last few semesters that I took a web design class, which prompted me to create my first website with HTML... and then my second as a simple blog with wordpress... and then my third with 1&1... and then my fourth with Wix. I love it here now!
Growing up, my grandparents owned a farm with crops, and cattle, and chickens, and horses, and a barn down by Penn Yan, NY, and we would help out on the weekends. I do a real good southern drawl, and you could say I'm a little bit country too!
My favorite meal is pizza and macaroni and cheese, or Italian, or Mexican!
Ice cream and a brownie isn't bad either.
I like to say I do photography, videography, and I write the occasional blog post. Sometimes I watch history documentaries, but I love anything comedy or science fiction. The past several years, my faith has moved further up my priority list, and you will also see this reflected across the page.
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Since I'm a huge blog person, I will tell you I graduated from college, and I really struggled to find the right employment for a few years there. I wasn't getting those second interviews... so my advice... don't be afraid to try out a few part-time jobs to gain experience and make connections.
December 2016 - Present
March 2019 - Present
November 2022 - Present
May 2019 - February 2023
May 2020 - November 2022
August 2015 - November 2019
James Yaw dba Cowboy43Productions
Communication Specialist - Part Time
Cowboy43Productions seeks to connect with, educate, and to entertain others by providing photography, videography, and multimedia services.
A small business with a passion for volunteering in the community.
Cranston Media dba Encore Events DJ
Event Assistant and DCE - Part Time
Coordinates the setup and tear-down of equipment for weddings and large events.
Maps and forecasts schedules to deliver timely arrival and setup of equipment.
Maintains all technical equipment to ensure proper function and setup.
In the Digital Content Expert role, produces high-quality and engaging wedding content for clients, and as a way to market the DJ company.
Online Support Advisor - Full Time
Provides excellent customer service via phone and email, and assists clients and applicants with product support and troubleshooting steps.
Follows up with clients on unresolved cases.
Researches current and new product options, and creates detailed notes in order to prepare for future inquiries.
Insurance Claims Associate - Part Time
Reviewed customer insurance coverage terms and conditions.
Inspected and recorded damaged property to write assessments on damage of home and/or automobiles.
Recorded and reported all findings to ensure insurance claims are processed in a timely manner.
District Council 4 - Local 150
Painter / Taper Apprentice
Collaborated with foreman along with co-workers to prep and paint structure to contract specifications.
• Managed inventory in warehouse and ordered/delivered supplies to job sites daily.
Cashier and Self-Checkout Host
Ensured total satisfaction of customers during their shopping experience.
Managed self-checkout transactions by assisting customers and ensuring sales were accounted for.
Received customer payments by cash, check, credit cards and ensured accuracy of payments.
Responded to customer questions and complaints and sought opportunities to deliver resolutions that met
Handled product exchanges and refunds.
Bachelors in Communication and Multimedia
The College At Brockport - Brockport, NY
Courses in Broadcasting, Journalism and Media Production.
Minor in Sociology (6 courses) and Minor in Graphic Design (4 courses - needed two more to complete).
Associates in Communication and Multimedia
Monroe Community College - Rochester, NY
Focus on Photography and Video Production.
Basic Graphic Design and Animation courses.
Small Group Communication, Intro To Business, and Psychology
2 Semesters German Language... boy was that a challenge!
Advanced Regents Diploma
Brighton High School - Rochester NY
Graduated with Advanced Regents Diploma
7 Years Spanish Language
Electives in Business and Technology