About Morgan Mandriota

 

Here are some key milestones on my journey to becoming a freelance writer:

• 2005: I’m allowed to create my first AOL screen name (which I’m way too embarrassed to share with anyone on the internet).

• 2007: I launch my very own “zine” AKA email newsletter. Every week, I’d personally curate and/or create the coolest Dollz Mania artwork, poetry, and jokes then share it with my loyal list of 100 subscribers (random girls that I met via online chatrooms). Was this the safest thing to do as a 15-year-old girl? Probably not, but herein lies the birth of my love for creating digital content.

• 2014: I graduate with honors and receive a Bachelor’s degree in English with minors in Psychology and Speech Communications from St. Joseph’s College. My graduation cap proudly displays lyrics from Frank Ocean’s song “Dust.” Keep living, keep writing, keep loving. 

• 2015: I take a risk and quit my bartending job to start a web development, branding, and marketing company with a friend. I’m in charge of creating all internal and client content (blog posts, website copy, social media posts, etc.).

• Late 2015: I score my first full-time position working as an SEO Writer at a digital marketing agency. Two months later, I’m promoted to Creative Content Director. Two months after that, I’m promoted to Creative Content & SEO Director.

• 2016: I leave that job and start freelancing. I begin writing for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog, and local small businesses.

• Mid-2016: One of my BuzzFeed posts go viral! I flip out as I receive email notification after email notification that my content is “trending” and “promoted to the homepage” and earning hundreds of thousands of views (currently at 500,000 and counting). 

• Late 2016: I shift gears and accept a position as a full-time Digital Marketing Associate at a software and mobile app development company. Two months later (which seems to be a trend for me), I’m promoted to Digital Marketing Project Manager where I lead the design, development, and content strategy for all of our apps, blogs, and websites.

• 2018: I start writing for Betches and begin freelance writing full-time — and after all of the jobs I’ve had over the last decade, I can confidently say that I’ve found my true niche in content creation.

• 2019: I start writing for CosmopolitanHealth, and Well+Good. I’m currently in the process of launching a new sex and relationships podcast that was featured in both The New York Times and Barstool Sports. STAY TUNED.

 

Here are a few hobbies, passions, and things that I enjoy:

• I support and enjoy working with startups and small businesses.

• I strongly believe in normalizing conversations around “taboo” topics like sex, intimacy, pleasure, health, and cannabis. Highly Untamed is my passion project which works to do exactly that. 

• I’m a cook and a health nut who mainly eats organic, non-GMO, sustainably sourced food. 

• I train Brazilian jiu-jitsu 3-4x/week, and I’m a blue belt. I know, I’m shocked too.

• I love to travel, hike, and spend time in nature. The wanderlust is real. Go watch my mediocre videos on my YouTube channel.

• I’ve tracked my finances in a personally customized, color-coded Google Sheets spreadsheet complete with formulas, monthly summaries, and labels galore every day for the last three years. Thrifty or smart? Or both?

• I live in New York, and I’m based out on Long Island. Local businesses and neighbors, say hi! 

 

You’re probably wondering what “hawk + pearl” means.

 

Throughout my childhood, my father taught me to keep an eye out for red-tailed hawks, which are birds of prey that symbolize power, perception, observation, and awareness. The middle name of my beloved grandmother, may she rest in peace, is Pearl — commonly defined as “a precious thing; the finest example of something.” I chose to name my website “hawk + pearl” to represent the integration of these two special parts of my life and to blend the strength of a hawk and the beauty of a pearl through the voice and style of my content.

 

Let’s connect!

 

Want to work together, ask a question, or say hi? Email me at morgan@hawkandpearl.com.