Hi, I’m Holly. I help creative business owners manage their workloads.
I believe that as creatives we often have the tendency to both reflexively resist structure, and continually delay delegating as long as possible. But I also know that creative business owners need space and time and focus to do the creative work that fuels the all the rest of their business. Which is where I come in. I help take tasks off your to-do list so you have more time to do the creative projects that fuel your business.
I’ve been working as a virtual assistant for creative businesses since 2014, and since then have worked with clients on all sorts of amazing projects – from preparing for international trunk shows, to launching new websites, to reinvigorating past work, to developing whole new offerings. What I love most about working with creative business owners is helping them develop, implement, and run, business systems and structures that help their creativity flourish.
Before working as a virtual assistant I worked as an Assistant Costume Designer and Wardrobe Supervisor for theater and film in New York City, where I honed my love of structured, systematized, creative chaos. There’s nothing quite like a complex laundry schedule, or tracking individual pieces of jewelry to make you appreciate a good spreadsheet.
Prior to moving to NYC and working in theater & film, I graduated Cum Laude from Bard College at Simon’s Rock with a BA in Technical Theater: Costume Design and a complement in The History of Fashion.
It was in college that I started designing knitwear and branching out into other fiber arts – I’ve published 40+ individual patterns, 1 collection, and 3 knitting reference books for shawls call the Shawl Geometry Series. I have designed for and in collaboration with: The Sanguine Gryphon, The Verdant Gryphon, The Unique Sheep, Julie Asselin, Tangled Magazine, “Stitching in the Stacks” by Sarah Barbour, and others. This experience has given me an in-depth knowledge of writing, editing, formatting, and proofing knitting patterns and books. This means I can work with and write about your knitting, crochet, weaving, and other fiber patterns without loosing vital information, and you don’t have to explain what Ravelry is.
All of this boils down the fact that I have a deep appreciation for the creative process, and also a profound respect for the ability of systems and structures and delegating to create space for creativity to happen.
If it sounds like I might be a good fit for you and your business, click here to find out how we can work together.
Holly is super organized and efficient. As you might imagine, it takes a lot of hands to keep a magazine like PLY running. I had been working with Jacey for a few years, and in that time I had started taking over more and more different tasks. We realized that we would need another person to keep up with everything, so we asked Holly to join the team. It was really nice to be able to hand over the PLY contact inbox! Answering customer emails and updating our subscriber database can be really time-consuming, and it just didn’t fit with my new responsibilities any more. Plus Holly is better at responding to the customer emails than I am because she is really organized, she stays on top of an email until it has been resolved. If you’re looking for someone efficient and organized to add to your team, absolutely, you should reach out! – Jess at PLY Magazine