HELLO! I'M GNOME!
PERFORMER X PODCASTER X WRITER X EDITOR
I'm so happy you're here! Welcome to my portfolio. You'll gain insight into my work experience, education, skills, and personality by scrolling through this page! I am always open to new experiences and opportunities, be they full-time or freelance and would love to hear from you! Should you have any questions, please contact me! Thanks so much for stopping by!
GETTING TO GNOME YOU
Joey "Gnome" Barranco
In my youth, I was a motivated individual always seeking a new adventure. Now, that sense of wonderment and desire for growth continues to fuel my passions for creating content. I am a writer, an editor, a geek, a team player—comfortable both in leadership and supporting roles... but more importantly, I am a human being with a vision, determination, and the ability to achieve anything I set my mind to.
What can an outgoing, creative, motivated fella like me do for you? Ask me and find out!
+3 to Wisdom
SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST - WEBDM
Creating engaging show announcements on social media platforms.
June 2019 - Present
FREELANCE SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER - KOBOLD PRESS
Cultivating content, building community engagement, planning, scheduling and publishing social media content, monitoring analytics, promoting products, writing newsletters, and event operations are just some of my responsibilities for this TTRPG publishing company.
January 2019 - Present
VOICE ACTOR, MARKETING DIRECTOR
December 2018 - Present
Voice of Teodor Zildaya, the Demigods of Diamonds, in the Rise of the Demigods Podcast, and all LGBT+ actual play show set in the imaginative world of Khalgun and 105 years before the Godsfall Podcast, created by Aram Vartian.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS - TSO
July 2017 - Present
Currently, I am the Director of Communications for an association management company where I produce and monitor digital content for multiple clients at any given time.
Skills include: social media marketing, social media content creation, community engagement, internal and external communications, web authoring, UI design, graphic design, filmography, photography, event promotion, newsletters, press releases, writing, editing, magazine executive editor
CEO, PRODUCER - HEXES & BOWS
February 2017 - 2019
As a budding content creator, I wanted to build a brand from scratch involving tabletop gaming: so I did. Hexes & Bows is a podcast, live actual play broadcast, and blog.
Skills include: podcasting, broadcasting, AV editing, creative writing, web authoring, UI design, graphic design, journalism, marketing, social media content creation/monitoring/publishing/analysis, photography, public speaking
PUBLICIST/BRAND MANAGER - COLD WAR INC.
May 2017 - 2019
My tale with Cold War Inc, a strategy tabletop game development company, begins with an internship where I assisted in the creation, promotion, and production of a successful Kickstarter campaign for a game we developed. I was immediately hired upon completion of the internship and now work as the Brand Manager.
Responsibilities include: digital media marketing, community management, social media management/marketing, graphic design, photography, writing, editing, press relations, newsletters, game development, customer service, online broadcasting, event coordinator
CONTRIBUTING WRITER, EDITOR - MAROONER'S ROCK
June 2016 - 2018
I am a gaming journalist for the news and reviews website, Marooner's Rock, where I am tasked to report on the latest news from the gaming and pop culture industries. Occasionally, I am tasked with reporting on and attending conventions or reviewing products. More recently, I have stepped into an editor role and prepare other journalist's work for publication.
Skill include: writing, editing, reporting, interviewing, reviews, journalistic integrity, SEO writing
PARAMEDIC - SUPERIOR AMBULANCE
October 2011 - August 2017
My path is significantly different now than when I worked for Superior as a Paramedic. Being hurled into extreme situations with limited resources allows me to better handle critical situations with a level head and sense of urgency. As a senior medic, it was my responsibility to take leadership of calls and direct my partners during emergencies while upholding rigorous training and complicated techniques by provided advanced life support. I learned how to empathize with all kinds of humans in all kinds of situations and offer compassion to them in their hour of greatest need.
+2 to Intelligence
B.S. TECHNICAL COMMUNICATIONS - ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
January 2016 - May 2019
ASU's Technical Communication degree prepared me to jump right into the communications field. Graphic design, web authoring, HTML, SEO, UX design and usability testing, graphing, digital publications, technical editing, grant and proposal writing, video editing and so much more all fall under the skills in which I've obtained during my time at ASU. Magna cum laude.
A.A.S. PARAMEDIC - COLLEGE OF LAKE COUNTY
I earned a two-year degree in Emergency Medical Technology as a Paramedic while already working as an EMT-Basic during my advanced training.
DIPLOMA - VERNON HILLS HIGH SCHOOL
During highschool, I worked a steady job while participating in sports such as softball and basketball, and was active in several clubs: Model United Nations (Junior Executive Board), Anime Club (Founder, President), Gay/Straight Alliance (Founder), and Strategy Club. Plus, I sang in a garage band, so, that's a thing!
Things I Do Well
Most writers have a passion for, well, writing, and I'm no different, but my true passion lies in bringing the best writing out of other authors! I am able to focus on ensuring target audiences are receiving the author's intended message by providing thoughtful and accurate edits. Additionally, my own writing spans across several platforms and styles be it technical or informal. I excel at social media writing!
Engaging with an audience is important, but it's equally important to understand the ever-changing digital communications platform. This is where I shine. I am capable of creating content on a multitude of platforms ranging from newsletters to Twitter to digital magazines while speaking to different types of audiences. Do you need technical talk? No problem! What about a meme machine? I'm you're Gnome!
From Audition to Photoshop, I've experience and training working with Adobe software products to produce personal and work-related content. I am most comfortable using Photoshop, Premier, and Audition for photography, podcasting, and graphic design.
I genuinely enjoy making people feel good, which is why I love event photography. Armed with a passion for bringing out the best in others, I take pride in every event I shoot and have experience in educational conferences, trade shows, and pop culture conventions.
You are the key to the clouds
That block the moon
As long as you believe in you