Why Sell Words?


Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Tom Valcanis could be found sat in school "reading the dictionary." The story is beat up, of course, by his best friend Aaron Brooker. He'd also say he got his pen licence months after the rest of the class because his hands couldn't keep up with his handwriting. This is undoubtedly true.

Communication isn't Tom's passion. He's never devoted patches of grey matter pouring through books, coining memorable phrases or putting words to others' thoughts. Writing flows through him like electricity does a light-bulb, like a purr does a day-old kitten.

When he took to high school, he threw himself at humanities. A Bachelors' degree in Political Science followed. His academic itch wasn't quite scratched after graduation.

Tom returned to university to complete a Masters of Communication and Media Studies, focusing on journalism. Emerging with a coursework GPA of 4.00, he was accepted into the advanced dissertation program mid-way through Semester 1. The program is reserved for the top 10% of students and applicants are only considered at the end of Semester 2. His paper 'An iPhone in Every Hand: Media Ecology, Communication Structures and the Global Village' was published in ETC: A Review of General Semantics in 2011 and has been cited numerously by students and academics since. Thus, words are Tom's world.

Tom has worked as a freelance journalist since 2009. You can read his journalism blog here.

If you want to see his CV, click here for his LinkedIn.

From January 2012 to April 2014 he was the Marketing & Communications Officer at the .au Domain Administration.

From 2010, he's worked as a copywriter, content author and media consultant. Companies he's worked with include HistoryWow, Rivers Clothing Australia, LogL, Gamut Global, Diamond Dog Food & Bakery, Bayside Hapkido, The Yard Restaurant and Bar, Dr. Herb Goldberg, Ph.D., BerserkerfoX, PreApproveMyLoan.com.au, Thoricane Entertainment, Dr. Robert Glover, Ph.D., HROnCall, Essential Beauty, Sambo Animation and Savvy Financial.

He'd like to work with you, too.

Associates

Leticia Mooney

Founder of BrutalPixie: Content strategy

Richard Craig

Director of Richard Craig & Associates: Corporate communications, public relations and strategy

Aaron Brooker

Screenwriter and graphic designer

Leslie Lau

Graphic and web design

Accreditation

Tom is a member of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance Freelance PRO initiative and is covered for professional indemnity and public liability relating to media work. Read more here.

 

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