Hello there! I see you have found your way to my website. I’d like to say thank you for visiting! Whether it’s business or personal, I appreciate the time you’re giving to get to know me and explore my work.
First thing you should know, my name is pronounced TAH-VON-NAH. Imagine going through your entire life where almost every teacher or stranger gets your name wrong? It’s a tad frustrating to say the least, but it helped me to realize the various ways people can mispronounce one’s name. (I’d reference a funny skit from Key and Peele, but here’s the clip so you can see for yourself.)
Secondly, I am a full-time student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, majoring in Journalism, Advertising, Media Studies (JAMS) and Digital Arts and Culture. I chose these majors because of my interest in advertising/public relations and graphic design.
Lastly, I find it hard talking about myself beyond stating that I am still a student desperately trying to get my B.S. To make it easier, I did a self Q & A:
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Compassionate, Intuitive and Pragmatic
How would your friends describe you?
Considerate, FRIENDly (lol) and a good drink-maker. I think I’m funny, so they may see me that way. (I haven’t fully determined if they’re laughing at something because it’s funny or out of sympathy for me because I tried to be funny…)
What do you enjoy doing to relieve stress?
Netflix and binge watch a tv show or go out dancing.
What’s the greatest bit of advice a parent or mentor has given you?
“I want you to do your best, that’s all I ask for,” was a hard concept for me to get as a child. Especially when it came to school and sports, I’ve always wanted to be the best. As an adult I now realize I don’t have to be good at everything, and that I shouldn’t compare myself to others. Even if I make a mistake, I will try harder next time. My best should always be 110% of my effort. My best should be good enough for me.
How would you spend one million dollars?
The practical side of me would first pay off my student loans. Next, buy multiple houses for various members of my family, as well as rent out some of the properties so I’d be the landlord (and let my money make money). I’d also want a new car, but nothing too luxurious but nice enough so that if I had to drive for Uber, my car would pass inspections.
The rest of the money would go towards traveling. An extended vacation would be a dream come true. Additionally everywhere I travel, I would have a translator with me.
What is one important skill every person should have?
Customer service. It is the most difficult/ stressful industry people work in, and if everybody had half the patience those workers have, the world would be a nicer place.
Would you rather be invisible or be able to read minds?
Read minds. Even though I’d be so scared to know what other people thought of me, at least I’d know the truth.
What is your favorite outdoor activity?
Riding my bike! It will definitely be the highlight of my summer.
What do you think you will be doing 20 years from now?
Getting paid to come up with ideas. Simply coming up with ideas is something I am good at; whether it’s spinning a story in PR or creatively thinking about an ad. I will hopefully be able to hire and pay someone else to help execute the ideas and do all the grunt work for me.
And maybe having a family, 3 kids MAX.