Brian Ethan Brandt
I am a writing polymath, with specialization in the Business & Economics classification.
I keep the lights fired by writing résumés through my own firms Questory and VenatiQuest.
For pleasure, I write and recite spontaneous haiku and poetry, the latter typically delivered in nature. I was an "Improv" actor in college, and I can take the stage sometimes.
What might be most surprising about me is the inner stillness that underlies it all.
Nature, long walks, and living in a cerebral town keep me grounded when I'm not lively.
Lively is something that fades so much with age!
Good listening; mindfulness; and true love for the other -- human, animal, and plant -- has made for a wonderful bouquet and banquet. As has staying fit!
My talents have contributed to technology websites, internal corporate communications, press releases, and official letters. At one point though, I almost became a fitness writer. Like the guy in the movie 'Her,' I also write letters for a living.
Within my primary craft, I am the only resume writer I know who boasts a prior career in finance and technology. Add that these positions involved hiring, merging employee teams, and recruitment. That makes me a rare find in a crowded career services world.
Most sad, there is no writing standard in the resume world.
I am a big believer in standards first, latitude second. That said, my drive for exceptionalism is further reflected in my innate drive to stand out. This is not to be confused with its messy stepsister Sticksout.
Etiquette is so much more than dining, and how you get into rooms where expectations are high is typically by birthright or fame. What came first? Not at all. You. Who?
I wasn't just around the right people.
I was acting in the right ways.
I'm the only American to have been in a few places on Earth. I've been in a "forbidden" place. There was no official plan, though. It just happened that way, both times, as a natural matter of course. My eyes must hold secret passwords? No.
I believe behavior opens doors. It can also close them. That can be useful, too.
The other things that set me apart are posture, poise and strong proprioception.
How you move matters.
I was born in the great state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Yes, Rhode Island really is an island. That's the official name of the Aquidneck Island, on which the 'Sailing Capital of the World' and Gilded Age icon Newport sits.
Providence has a rich history in the writing world, with H.P. Lovecraft being our original literary hero of the macabre. "I Am Providence" reads his epitaph. Edgar Allen Poe has a rich history here as well. I love the darker side of life in print, but walk in the light for sure.
More than anything, I love to write. I believe we all have many passions. Work and what we get paid for should instead follow a purpose. I use my talents to help others in their careers. I bring a lot of value to their personal life in the process. I believe in uplifting people.
Writing is a talent that can be cultivated. I improve daily. The key is to work at it.
Motivation comes as a byproduct of work. So just get started!
Lighting bolts of inspiration leave char. Inspiration from highlight reels do not show the hard work behind the story. Stephen King had his first break at 45.
"You wouldn't get lucky if you didn't work so hard" goes the saying.
Best of luck with your writing careers, and to one and all ... What Cheer!