Hey, Simone here. I live in Chicago and I am, technically, a Roman—born and raised in Rome, Italy.
I earned a living as:
- ✅ Pre-algorithmic YouTuber.
- ✅ Comedy Central Italy’s Senior Correspondent.
- ✅ Public radio host and producer.
- ✅ Media instructor at Columbia College and iO Chicago.
- ☑️ Creative Marketing Manager at a large US company.
- ➕ Plus random things, like Japanese anime voice actor in Neon Genesis Evangelion, Gundam, Code Geass, and more.
Thanks to extensive experience over a wide range of roles, I optimize media to be efficient and to look great. I lead creative teams to improve content based on concrete KPIs, and I'm at ease with fast paced creative work for brand and DR marketing.
I self-produce my work through writing, design, coding, recording, acting, and editing. In my early 20s, I studied to become an industrial designer and linguist. I also spent years doing improvisational theater. I live at that notorious intersection of tech and humanities.
In fact, I care about empathy, tech, and community. And I think a lot about how those affect our lives and relationships. I dedicate myself to learning how to make what I need.
"Metaphorically speaking, a person's ideas must be the building he lives in—otherwise there is something terribly wrong."
— Søren Kierkegaard
1986: Born in Rome, Italy.
1997: First PC: Pentium MMX 266 MHz. Learning Visual Basic.
1998: Convinced my parents to buy a U.S. Robotics 56K V90 modem (they weren't sure what it was for).
1999: Started learning HTML, CSS, and English (not enough resources in Italian).
2001: Started learning Macromedia Fireworks & Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, Discreet 3dsmax.2002: First coming out.
2004: First Mac. Founded print and web design company ‘Ensemble S.c.r.l.’
2005: Started college: Industrial Design and Architecture.
2007: Veered towards humanities with a major in Contemporary Literature.
2008: Voice actor for Japanese anime in Italian (i.e. Neon Genesis, Code Geass, Gundam).
2009: First 1M+ views on YT & national news websites. Dropped out of college, hired full time as videographer and satire writer by a national newspaper.
2010: Started working in public radio as performer and content strategist.
2011: Bombed on stage real bad. Decided to travel to the US alone to visit The Second City.
2012: Digital Art Director for newspaper ‘Pubblico’. Overviewed UX and UI of mobile and web apps, plus TV ads development.
2013: Senior Correspondent on Comedy Central Italy. Founded Improv Italia.
2015: Moved to Chicago. Back to college in the US.
2016: Started hosting a daily show on public radio in Italy, from Chicago.
2017: Graduated college. Hosted first TV show for Discovery Networks in Italy, from Chicago.
2019: Creative Marketing Manager, creating and producing high performing DR+brand TV/YouTube/OTT ads.
2020: Unprecedented times intermission.
So far, I produced over 40 hours of audio conversations with exceptional guests from Pixar, Google, The Second City, and more.
Every day, I practice learning a third language, Japanese. Current status: I suck, but I can read, write, and understand some. As my husband says: “You could get lost and be okay without English for a day or two.”
I love to get lost—for a little bit.
Like you, I am tired of articles and social media that suck our attention while leaving us with nothing valuable.
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