Hi! I’m Jessica Kay Murray. Friends and family call me by my middle name, Kay (this also avoids confusion with a cousin and another close friend named Jessica).
I’m a big believer in co-creating, and I truly place customer satisfaction as a top priority.
I’m no stranger to the broad range of internet communications, having spent the past 10 years working for small businesses or running my own. Some of my responsibilities and positions included: product photography (and writing descriptions), online learning producer, web-content writer, website designer, and Internet marketer.
These experiences taught me the importance of efficiently learning and integrating new technologies for established businesses, and the skills to communicate with people of all knowledge levels (ranging from the IT person, to someone not knowing what a FaceBook page is).
With any decision to work together, whether it’s for a short simple project or a long term contract, I believe in transparent and honest professional communication. I’m not afraid to research further when I don’t know the answer, or to decline projects that are beyond my skills or time availability. I do my best to stay abreast of the latest news in the fields of WordPress, Internet technology, Internet media, online communications, and web marketing. I love learning!
Other Work, Hobbies, and Volunteer Interests:
Volunteering has always been my way of finding myself. I believe that doing charitable work and helping others is infinitely more fun than watching television, and is SO good in SO many ways. I’ve been volunteering my time and skills, off and on, since I was a teenager. Since moving to St. Louis, I’ve volunteered for STAR Avian Rescue, The Carondelet Historical Society, and The Dred Scott Foundation.
In 2011 I started volunteering my photography services and spare time scanning old photos to the Carondelet Historical Society. In attempting to photographically preserve and capture their clothing collection, I became fascinated for the first time with the history of fashion, and improved my photography from amateur to professional level. It was one of the biggest turning points of my adult life. Because of my images of the clothing fashions from the Carondelet Historical Society getting noticed online, I made a friend in the estate sale business, and began working for her, and growing my personal inventory of clothing from the 1920s-1970s.
You can find out more about my retro photography services and see my special historical re-creation photography on ReverieRevel.com
I sell from my personal collection of vintage clothing and post scans from old magazines and books on my site, VintageReveries.com
My lifelong companion is Boo, a 13 year old Goffins cockatoo, who I picked out when he was two weeks old and brought home when he was just ten weeks. Goffins and other parrots have life expectancies of at least 50 years and studies have shown that they are as smart as 2-3 year olds. Boo has never bitten a stranger, and will let most adults handle him. I spend a ton of time socializing and training him.
In late 2011, I adopted Arthur, also a Goffins cockatoo, after fostering him with the STAR Avian rescue here in St. Louis. Although Boo hadn’t been socialized very much with other cockatoos, and Arthur was reported to have a screaming problem, he was a perfect fit and has taught Boo how to be a bird!
Having exotic birds like this is a lifelong learning endeavor, and I continue to keep abreast of current research and theories about parrot psychology and behavior management.