Our Team

 
 
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AMANDA USHER

FOUNDER | HEAD OF FEELS

Creative writer, content creator, 360 event planner and ex actress. At age 16, our founder started creative writing after her high school boyfriend committed suicide. She coped with his death by writing poetry (the first poem she ever wrote was called Puppet Theater). She later became a writer at Columbia University and a teacher of English at schools like Stuyvesant. Her mission was to scale her work with kids at a higher level: so that they can use the arts to help them deal with all their REAL #FEELS as adolescents.

MATT MEDVED

CREATIVE DIRECTOR
MUSIC

Founder of @BillboardDance, head of Billboard's dance/electronic music department and cross-department content strategy. Holds JD/MA degrees from George Washington University and a BS in Journalism from Northwestern University. Previously worked for international conflict resolution NGOs in Africa. #Feelshisway through the intersection of music and philanthropy.

JUSTIN WILKINSON

HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT
MUSIC ADVISOR

Brooklyn-based creative, music producer, and tastemaker with a background in investments, music and event programming. Holds a bachelor's degree in Finance from University of Richmond. Southern at heart, hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. #Feelshiswaythrough music, fitness, film, and graphic design.

 

TARA CURRAN

CREATIVE DIRECTOR WELLNESS

Founder of Skin Food Talk, holistic nutritionist, and wellness expert. She studied at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Diet is a scary concept for most people but Tara takes a different approach. Helping you navigate your own health concerns through food and self care has been her passion ever since. 
#Feelsherway through nutrition, fitness, and creative programming.

JOHN KOLIC

CREATIVE PRODUCER
HEAD OF CONTENT

Founder of @Shipshoot and SZLK NYC, Model + content maven. John specializes in photography, video, and web design. He also develops our  social media campaigns and handles overall creative direction for all things visual. 
#Feelshisway through the strategic implementation of visual art.

LARISSA MAY

STORIES | OPERATIONS

Larissa May also known as @livinlikelarz, is a fashion influencer and digital strategist that designs and executes creative marketing strategies and specializes in "Social Storytelling." Larz has been featured in Teen Vogue, The Chicago Sun Times Splash, as an “Instagram Star.”

#Feelsherway through social media + deep convos

ALEX STARR

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Alex comes from a fine art background, he majored in Art History. Alongside working with one of our favorite partners (@gegaleria), he is an incredibly talented designer who dedicates his time to the art of enjoyment. Through the use of mixed media, collage, and hand painted pieces, Alex ensures that each of our event invites are worth a second look.

#Feelshisway through art and food

MARTI RICH

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

With a background in English and Sustainability studies, Marti is responsible for undertaking and organizing many marketing and social media campaigns. She has produced awareness projects in diverse fields ranging from environmental sustainability to promotion of the arts. She draws inspiration from cultural diversity, travel, music and her endless curiosity. 

#Feelsherway through art and music

STEVI SESIN

PHOTOGRAPHER

Stevi Sesin is a BFA graduate of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. New Jersey born, Argentine bred, and part-time world frolicker, she's one to seek new adventures and inspiration every chance she gets. Even though her focus is fine art photography, she has shot a lot lifestyle for the likes of heymama, Marc Fisher, and Old Navy. #Feelsherway through fine art, photos and clothing

 

Community Partners

SINCE FEELING IS FIRST IMPACT MISSION: 

At age 16, our founder started creative writing after her high school boyfriend committed suicide. She coped with his death by writing poetry (the first poem she ever wrote was called "Puppet Theater"). She later became a writer at Columbia University and a teacher at schools like Stuyvesant and East Hampton. Her mission was to scale her work with kids at a higher level: so that they can use the arts to help them deal with all their REAL #FEELS as adolescents. She put her own creative writing on hold, though she hopes to write a book and a play on her hardships, passions and overall experiences of #FeelingHerWay, growing up in Montauk, surfing, acting and writing.

OUR FOUNDER CREATED SINCE FEELING IS FIRST to remind people that their emotions and senses are to be explored and embraced. Our company's goal is to build a thoughtful community, and to give back to the next generation: to help them deal with big and small issues by creating creative outlets in schools.

SINCE FEELING IS FIRST brings creative writing + artistic workshops like DJ classes by Billboard Dance Founder Matt Medved + art discussions by GE Galeria to high need schools. We serve as creative mentors for students and teachers. We also provide much needed notebooks, pens, cameras, etc. to schools. 

SINCE FEELING IS FIRST goal is to encourage kids to WRITE + SHARE their FEELS to #FEELTHEIRWAY through life.

since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things

-ee cummings

Clients + Partners

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Open Positions


Marketing Intern

Do you have a passion for story-telling and story-crafting? Are you obsessed with writing and photography? Apply now. 

 

Qualifications

  • High School Degree + 1 year in College 
  • Majoring in English, Design, etc. 
  • Comfortable using social media, Mail Chimp, Excel, Photoshop, etc. 


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