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Daily Inspiration: Meet Amanda Corman Pedro

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Corman Pedro. 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I began my career at an up-and-coming marketing agency in St. Pete. I was finishing my last year at the University of South Florida-St. Pete with my Bachelors in Mass Communications- Journalism and Media Studies and needed an internship. I found an ad that was looking for an intern to write blogs and create social media posts for a couple of local businesses. Later that year I was hired there as a Social Media Manager and soon completed my degree. The agency taught me a lot. A lot about marketing, writing, web design/development, working a 9-5, having lots of coworkers similar in age, learning who as I was as a 20-something, and how to get a lot of work done for very little pay or benefits. Working for a startup usually always comes with those risks, however, and the lessons I learned in my 4 years at the agency continue to be indispensable. Looking for something new in 2017, I joined the corporate marketing team at a global outsourcing company. I managed the corporate social media and communications accounts along with the global team of social media managers. Now freelancing, I continue to learn about the business and sales side of marketing along with honing my skills in creating content to convert social media audiences into loyal brand customers and employees for small to medium-sized businesses in the Tampa Bay area. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I now have experience in agency, corporate and freelancing life and can easily say that they all bring their own struggles as well as positives. As I mentioned, agency life was stressful because of the workload expected, especially at a very low salary and little to no benefits (aside from the ping-pong table and pizza parties, of course), while corporate provided the illusion of having better versions of those but in reality, you’re expected to be available 24-7 as essentially four different job positions and the benefits still weren’t very beneficial at the end of the day. Freelancing also provides an illusion of a better life, being your own boss and making your own hours but can be especially stressful to ensure you’re always keeping a healthy flow of clients and not working yourself around the clock again. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’ve mainly held roles as a Social Media Manager, but also have been a Digital Marketing Specialist. I’m most proud of my work in both social media brand awareness and content marketing conversions through web page copywriting, blog writing, email marketing, and online ads (PPC and social media.) My experience over the last 10 years with industries from healthcare, legal, home services, staffing, and many others sets me apart from others. 

Who else deserves credit in your story?
My husband is always my biggest supporter, coach, and partner through anything I want to accomplish. And my mom for always engaging with my content! I will also give credit to my many coworkers and supervisors for their belief in my work along with pushing me to keep striving for more. 

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Brandi Image Photography

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