Thea Chard

Thea Chard

Writer, Editor, Content Producer, Feminist, General Awesome Person

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

Hey there, Internet! I’m Thea, a writer.an editor.a freelancer.a blogger.a producer.a feminist.a journalist.a coffee addict.
From Seattle. Based in Brooklyn. Did my time in LA.

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WRITER

I’m a journalist, screenwriter, happy wordsmith & all you can type writer monkey.

EDITOR

I’m okay at editing my own work. I’m fantastic at editing other people’s!

BLOGGER

When I need a quick writerly fix (which is often), I blog. Check out the bklyn rftp blog.

PHOTOGRAPHER

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. Still, I somehow always find a need for both.

FILMMAKER

And sometimes I write things that turn into moving pictures.

COMEDIAN

And when all else fails, I laugh & try to bring others along for the ride!

WHERE I’VE WORKED

FUN FACTS


682+ BOOKS READ


371 IDEAS TEXTED


2 STAND-UP SHOWS


136 CRAZY THOUGHTS

 

WORK HISTORY

2009 +

Freelance Writer, Editor & Designer

ME, MYSELF AND I

I work as a freelance writer, editor, print and digital book editor, and web designer and consultant, and spend my free time tying to make people laugh on dimly lit stages all around NYC. It’s tough work, but I wouldn’t know any other way. 

2011 +

Research Assistant

Endless Picnic Films

Conduct investigative research and fact-check several film and documentary projects, including the 2014 Cannes nominated “Jodorowsky’s Dune.”

2011 +

Script Supervisor

Endless Picnic Films

Assisted with production and post-production tasks on various documentary, commercial and narrative shoots, including Endless Picnic’s original web series, “Good Work, Johnson!”

2012-13

Personal Assistant

Deena Levy Theatre Studio

Assisted prominent NYC acting teacher with various tasks, including designing marketing materials, managing web content and social media presence, bookkeeping, office management, student outreach and liaise, and stage managing showcases.

2012

Production Assistant

THE KNOT

I copy edited, fact checked and oversaw design items for publication in the upcoming winter/spring issue, and generally assisted in the implementation of a tight editing schedule to ensure production deadlines were met.

2011

Assistant Media Manager

URBAN PHILMS

I assisted with data capture, management and logging of tapes, as well as equipment preparation during film shoots, and handled the implementation of various tasks during set-up, filming and post-production.

2011

Transcriber

SHARP ENTERTAINMENT

I transcribed tape, interviews and b-roll for numerous reality TV shows, assisting story producers in the editing process for each series.

2009-10

Assistant Editor

XCONOMY.COM, SEATTLE BUREAU

As the assistant editor to the Seattle Bureau of Boston-based business news startup Xconomy.com, I pitched, researched and wrote features stories, breaking news and briefs on technology, business and economic news with local and regional ties. 

2009-11

Managing Editor

QUEENANNEVIEW.COM (NEXT DOOR MEDIA)

I served as the editor, writer, photographer and web administrator of hyperlocal community news site QueenAnneView.com from 2009 to 2011, providing daily multimedia coverage of local issues, events, features & breaking news in Queen Anne, Seattle. During my tenure, I worked with news partner The Seattle Times on a pilot project partnering the local paper with hyperlocal publications around town to promote citywide multimedia projects and community-based coverage.

2009-10

Social Media Director

RC STRATEGIES GROUP

I helped small businesses develop, implement and manage their social media-based online presence, as well as oversaw the RC Strategies Group online platform via company blog, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn profiles.

2009-10

Editorial Assistant

SEATTLE MAGAZINE

I wrote monthly feature stories and reviews of Seattle-area restaurants, events, arts and culture subjects and local figures, regularly pitching stories, conducting research and interviews, fact checking copy, and assisting editorial staff in the production cycle and planning of future issues.

2008-09

Digital Media Assistant

AMERICAN PUBLIC MEDIA

I converted, edited and transcribed audio stories from APM’s Marketplace & Marketplace Money programs for online viewing using AP style and HTML editing, managing the web packaging of story copy, pictures/graphics and audio/video multimedia clips.

2008-09

Online Editor

DAILY TROJAN

I managed and curated the DT’s daily online content and presided over the layout of dailytrojan.com, as well as spearhead multimedia development through ongoing blogs, podcasts, image galleries/photo essays and more.

2008

Staff Writer, London Bureau

LOS ANGELES TIMES

I wrote news and feature stories for the Los Angeles Times’ foreign desk, “World” section. Additionally, I assisted the London bureau chief with interviews, research, editing and background reporting for various follow-up pieces.

2007

Editorial Assistant

LOS ANGELES TIMES

I assisted the LA Times Calendar and Metro sections with daily production needs, including collecting and distributing proofs from press to newsroom for final editing before printing.

2006-07

Features Editor

DAILY TROJAN

I managed submissions under the DT Lifestyle desk, oversaw a team of staff writers and editors to assign, edit & develop stories. I also wrote a weekly Lifestyle column entitled “Dirty Laundry”.

2007

Editorial Intern

SANTA MONICA DAILY PRESS

I researched and reported news and features stories, as well as assisted with daily production duties.

2007

Staff Writer

ANNENBERG RADIO NEWS

I researched stories, conducted interviews and scripted news pieces, as well as cut sound bites and built audio story packages.

2006-07

Design Director

DAILY TROJAN

I served as the Design Director of the Daily Trojan, heading up the day-to-day design as we went to press, managing a staff of designers, and launching the paper’s 2006 redesign.

2005-09

Staff Writer

DAILY TROJAN

I researched and wrote stories for the Lifestyle & City sections, assisted in fact checking, copy editing and section design for the Features desk.

EDUCATION HISTORY

2012

Scene Study

DEENA LEVY THEATRE STUDIO

I studied two-person scene performance for two years at the Deena Levy Theatre Studio, culminating in a professional showcase in June 2013.

2011

Improv & Sketch Comedy Writing

UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE

After moving to New York in 2011, I began taking improv and sketch writing classes at the famed Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

2009

Print and Digital Journalism & Creative Writing

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

I earned a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Southern California, where I double majored in Print Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication, and Creative Writing. There I began my journalistic career, publishing in the Los Angeles Times, USC’s Daily Trojan, and the Santa Monica Daily Press before graduation.

EDITING SKILLS

FINAL CUT

AVID/PRO TOOLS

PREMIERE

DESIGN SKILLS

INDESIGN

PHOTOSHOP

ILLUSTRATOR

DREAMWEAVER

DEVELOPMENT SKILLS

WordPress

HTML & CSS

Google Analytics

Javascript & jQuery

COMPUTER SKILLS

FINAL DRAFT

INCOPY

MICROSOFT OFFICE SUITE

APPLE iWORK

TESTIMONIALS

STEVEN BLUM

STEVEN BLUM WRITER / REPORTER, VICE Media

Thea Chard has been invaluable to me as an editor. She has an uncanny ability to understand the ingredients necessary in creating an illuminating, original, entertaining story. Her relentlessly positive, can-do attitude always make you feel encouraged and supported. She’s also incredibly well-read, helping you place your story within the current media ecosystem. I would recommend her to any writer or publication in need of editorial guidance.

INGRID RICKS

INGRID RICKS AUTHOR / ACTIVIST

Thea knows who she is and has the rare ability to transcend age and connect with anyone she meets. She’s a gifted writer who moves seamlessly from copywriting, to community journalism, to creative writing. But it’s her fearlessness and passion to stretch herself and carve her own path that sets her apart. Thea’s not scared of uncertainty; she thrives on it… She brings a wide and varied writing background––from journalism and creative nonfiction, to short stories, poetry, blogging, and humor writing. Give her five minutes of your time and you’ll understand why you need her. 

JOYCE CHEN

JOYCE CHEN EDITOR, US WEEKLY / FOUNDER SEVENTH WAVE MAG

I had the great privilege of working with Thea first as a lifestyle writer under her editorship and then as her editor when she assumed the online editor position at USC’s Daily Trojan. Thea was the first editor to ever take on the newly created position, and she met and exceeded my expectations. She was proactive in finding new ways for the paper to expand its web presence with the use of more photo galleries and a more user-friendly interface. She was a great asset to the team with her can-do attitude, journalistic know-how and open lines of communication, and wouldn’t be anything less for any future company or employer she works with.

LESLEY WASSERMAN

LESLEY WASSERMAN MASTERS DEGREE CANDIDATE, NYU

Thea Chard’s editing skills are superb in every sense of the word. She can seamlessly adapt her expertise according to the style of writing she is editing, from lyrical poetry to subject-specific technical essays. She is a master at perfecting word flow and honing in on powerful diction to convey the topic at hand.  As a woman who holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and a B.A. in Print Journalism, Thea’s acute attention to detail is one of her strongest assets, as her eye and mind are vastly versatile. Thea was an enormous help to me when I was applying to graduate school. With her keen attentiveness to enhancing the foundation of my essays, I received admission New York University, Columbia University, and Sciences Po Paris. Thea’s ability to edit and augment any writing style is unparalleled.

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You can download my resume in pdf format if you like. I currently work as a freelance writer and editor and am always looking for new and interesting projects to get involved in. I love what I do!

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MY WORKS

Write Havoc

Write Havoc

A blog full of writerly thoughts on writerly living.

View All Stories at Xconomy

View All Stories at Xconomy

While at Xconomy.com, Thea wrote an average of four to five stories daily. Want to see them all in one place? View the complete works.

Toward a New Land Speed Record: A Day in the Life of the North American Eagle “Turbojet Car”

Toward a New Land Speed Record: A Day in the Life of the North American Eagle “Turbojet Car”

44 Volunteers. An 11-year journey. The goal: 800 miles per hour.

Wearable Art: Amy Claire Brings Artistry & Innovation to Fashion

Wearable Art: Amy Claire Brings Artistry & Innovation to Fashion

Sneak peak at fashion designer Amy McCormick's fall line of wearable art, part of new label Amy Claire.

Born to run, but in which year?

Born to run, but in which year?

The oldest working man in Britain, at the age of 101, trains to run the London Marathon, stopping only for a beer and smoke break.

An ancient mystery set in stone

An ancient mystery set in stone

A new excavation at Stonehenge seeks to prove that it was not a shrine of the dead, but rather a temple of healing.

Three Wise Men

Three Wise Men

A rabbi, a sheikh and a pastor walk into a bar... Seattle's own "Interfaith Amigos" take on questions of religion and sensitivity together.

Campaign against Heathrow expansion hits new heights

Campaign against Heathrow expansion hits new heights

Greenpeace environmental activists fight a proposal to add a third runway to London's Heathrow airport by protesting on top of a plane on the runway.

Inquest of Diana’s death presses on

Inquest of Diana’s death presses on

Over a decade after the tragic deaths of Princess Diana and her partner Dodi Fayed, Dodi's father and Harrods department store owner Mohamed Fayed insists the royal family plotted to kill the couple.

Ming the gap, please

Ming the gap, please

My favorite "Dirty Laundry" column: What the London Underground's cautionary catchphrase "Mind the Gap" tells us, daily, about the meaning of life and our place in it.

The Must List

The Must List

Seattle magazine's top "to dos" for the month, from the symphony, to Seattle's first annual steampunk symposium, to a festival all about fungi.

The best things in life are free

The best things in life are free

When this writer inherits a 18-year-old Mercedes Benz otherwise destined for the junkyard, she learns the best (and worst) things in like really can be free.

Battling my inner narcoleptic

Battling my inner narcoleptic

The struggles of a perpetual night own on a quest to wake up early and actually function during daylight.

Bar Hop: 9 Million in Unmarked Bills

Bar Hop: 9 Million in Unmarked Bills

Bar hop on over to 9 Million in Unmarked Bills for a Bonnie & Clyde-meets-Belltown experience in Fremont's old Triangle Lounge.

British accents make it all better

British accents make it all better

When a spoonful of sugar just doesn't do the trick, two friends adopt British accents and chat away their worries.

Call me a scab, and hand me a pencil

Call me a scab, and hand me a pencil

A starving student falls victim to a short-lived fantasy of becoming a studio scab during the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike.

What a Waste of Paper

What a Waste of Paper

Vonnegut, the Los Angeles Times (lost) book room, and a young writer amidst a mini existential crisis when faced with the unknown future of a writing life.

DPS and the lonely heard club band

DPS and the lonely heard club band

Campus police accuse this writer of rabble-rousing revolutionary activities with Sgt. Pepper on a midnight stroll gone awry.

Running on empty, in cute clothes

Running on empty, in cute clothes

A girl who can't run attempts to pound the proverbial pavement, as exercise, as therapy, as meditation, as a means of escape.

Road Trip: Allison Inn & Spa

Road Trip: Allison Inn & Spa

Check out the latest in eco luxury living on this month's Road Trip to the Allison Inn & Spa, a new 35-acre resort in Newberg, Oregon.

The pain of going home for the High Holy Days

The pain of going home for the High Holy Days

A young woman struggles to answer her 93-year-old grandmother's unending question, "Why don't you have a boyfriend?" (Because she had dementia and kept forgetting she'd already asked it. A lot.)

The Foodie’s Calendar: OysterFest!

The Foodie’s Calendar: OysterFest!

Seattle magazine's top recommendation for the local foodie looking for their next culinary fix.

Killing time with maps, or the geography of boredom

Killing time with maps, or the geography of boredom

How does a proper college lady combat boredom on a lazy night in? By obsessively studying African geography, that's how!

Not home for the holidays

Not home for the holidays

When a bus merges into your car and you don't have enough money to go home for Thanksgiving, remember home is where your teddy bear lives and roommates can be the best friends you've got.

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Thea Chard

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