About Me

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About Me

Hi, I’m Janet Jay!

Bios are damn hard to write! So I split it into three sections about me and the different aspects of my life: personally, professionally, and painfully…

chair in a coffee shop with a label "JANET'S CHAIR"
I spent so much time at my local coffeeshop they gave me a chair with my name on it.

About Me (Personally)

I grew up in north Dallas, went to college at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, spent a couple years in Knoxville, TN and I’ve been in Austin ever since. Interests include dogs (especially the two best, my pups Kismet and Arrow), records, the amazing live music all about me here in Austin, beer (etc), a webcomic named Achewood, video games, and geekery of many kinds. I love poi (check out my personal insta if you care to see very mediocre spinning) and am currently getting licensed to teach it.  I love crafting and DIY stuff, and I read more than is probably good for me.

About Me (Professionally)

Janet Jay standing in front of some posters for The INvisible Project
At RetreatMigraine 2019 with some of the INvisible Project displays I wrote

I’ve spent two decades freelancing in journalism, professional writing/content production, photography, marketing and PR (including social media). As a journalist, I have published clips in Maxim, VICE Motherboard, Popular Science, MAKE Magazine, and many more. My journalism typically focuses on science, politics, or culture but over the years I’ve written about everything from the rat rod car scene to hoverboards to competitive cheerleading. My very first VICE Motherboard story went viral, earning mentions and interviews on multiple TV and radio shows and throughout national and international media. Coolest of all, it even inspired work by scientists and academics! I also worked a wide variety of freelance writing, editing, PR and development jobs. For many years I was the primary copywriter for an international business specializing in creating websites with powerful SEO.

On a white background,In the shape of a square, 11 circular headshots of a diverse group of people, at the bottom right is the US Pain logo
U.S. Pain’s Disparity Solutions Advisory Council

Since 2018 I have had the pleasure to work with the US Pain Foundation as a communications specialist. I contribute to and edit our quarterly magazine, INvisible Project, write and edit blogs, social media campaigns, and other content. My writing has even been printed on our giant displays, used in statehouses and events across the country. I also serve on our Disparity Solutions Advisory Council, working to improve health equity and inclusion for all those in chronic pain.

About Me (Painfully)

Click through for the whole saga! But the TLDR is that I’ve been in constant pain since I was 15. Nobody knew why, and I didn’t get any kind of a valid diagnosis until my late 20s/early 30s. Unfortunately, I’ve spent the majority of my life dealing with this shit. That’s why I’m thrilled to get the opportunity to help others avoid some of the pitfalls.

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