Forrest Cameranesi, Geek of All Trades

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I seek to find stable work utilizing my 20+ years of diverse creative and technical skills and experience, and opportunities to grow them further. I am equal parts abstract and practical, big-picture and detail-oriented, striving always to embody the best of both sides of every such dichotomy. I thrive in a support role, helping others to achieve their goals and work through their to-do lists, but I am also an ideas guy who always has high-level thoughts on ways that we could improve the overall process. I work best independently, but am very sociable and put much emphasis on clear and polite communication both internally to the business and externally with clients or customers. I can turn around simple tasks that I already know how to do very quickly, and love to keep my to-do list clear by jumping on new tasks as soon as they come in; but I also yearn for any opportunity to spend a long time and much deep thought working out every last detail of a project to perfection. I am looking for a steady career where the skills and experience I already have are enough as they are to help move the business forward in a useful way and justify a reasonable compensation from day one, but where there are opportunities to learn and grow more in the future, as well as to help others do the same.

Work Experience

March 2012 to Present: The Monterey Company

Art Director

Responsibilities include graphic design primarily in Illustrator for production of lapel pins, coins, medallions, and all varieties of art on metal, both production-ready technical art for manufacturing and photorealistic proofs for customers; design and oversight of workflows and collaboration processes to coordination between sales representatives, external art resources, and manufacturers; and miscellaneous graphic and web work for internal use.

December 2011 to June 2012: CVTech

Software Engineer

Responsibilities included development of an ecommerce platform in Ruby on Rails, JQuery/Javascript, CSS & HTML, as well as motion graphic advertisements and other graphics work for web and print.

October 2010 to November 2011: Stratus Media Group

Graphic & Web Designer

Responsibilities included lead design, development, and management of most company websites; graphic and web design for screen and print to serve both marketing and operational needs, including logos, advertisements, flyers, posters, and event collateral such as tickets and signage; minor video and audio editing; copy editing of texts for publication; and assistance and advice in installation and maintenance of IT infrastructure.

June 2002 to February 2011: Castellino Training & The BEBA Clinic

Technical & Administrative Assistant

Creative and technical responsibilities included graphic design and page layout, web design and administration, database design and administration, computer and network maintenance, minor video production in Final Cut Pro and iMovie, and proofreading and editing of publications.

Administrative duties included recording payments in Quicken and the company's FileMaker database, preparing deposits, and taking them to the bank; running reports and preparing spreadsheets on financial and statistical data; check-in, check-out and billing of clients; copying MiniDV tapes to video DVDs for sale and archival; processing orders for resale products; bulk mailings (both postal and email); shipping and receiving; payroll; scheduling; filing and other organization; and miscellaneous errands. Once or twice per year I was entrusted with the full administration of the business for one month, including my own payroll, while the head administrator went on vacation.

March 2001 to June 2002: Diane Steele & Company

Graphic & Web Designer

Responsibilities included logo and business card design, graphic design for dye-sublimation onto merchandising products (e.g. T-shirts, mouse pads, etc), and some web design.

August 2001 to September 2001: BitVision

Computer Technician

Responsibilities included repair, maintenance, and installation of Macintosh computer systems for local schools and businesses.

February 2000 to March 2001: Mac HQ

Computer Technician & Salesperson

Responsibilities included sale, repair, maintenance and installation of Macintosh computers and related equipment, and assorted administrative duties including billing, shipping and receiving, and filing.


December 2007: University of California in Santa Barbara

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

3.9 GPA, Highest Honors, Dean's Honor Roll

November 2004: Santa Barbara City College

Associate of Arts in Multimedia Arts and Technologies

4.0 GPA, Honors, President's Honor Roll, Phi Theta Kappa


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