Andrea Drugay is a UX Writer and UX Writing Manager at Dropbox. She’s spent many years writing and editing for various areas in tech, including SaaS, biometrics, social media networks, and ecommerce. She’s an ex-Googler, speaker and panelist for design and writing events including Smashing, AIGA, and IoT World, writing workshop coordinator, and semi-regular blogger. She’s passionate about creating clear and positive user experiences with her words, and she loves to help people create the best possible copy they can write. Andrea has a BA in Communication from Santa Clara University and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.
She has been a writer and editor for over 20 years, in fields as diverse as tech, advertising, marketing, beauty, yoga, fitness, and wellness. Her writing—including essays, nonfiction, fiction, and poetry—has been featured on corporate and personal blogs, and in various literary journals and anthologies, including the highly regarded personal essay collection, Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God, and the Burning Man anthology Burning Man Live!
Andrea is also a licensed cosmetologist (hair, skin, and nails beauty expert) in California.
She was the San Francisco Yoga Examiner for Examiner.com, and wrote over 200 articles on yoga and Pilates for iSport.com. In addition, she has maintained a blog and various newsletters devoted to healthy living, writing, beauty, and personal development, since 2007.
She is a yoga teacher (currently on hiatus) with over 500 hours of teacher training and over 20 years of personal practice. She is also a certified holistic wellness coach and a certified personal trainer. Additionally, she’s a DONA-trained doula and a reiki master (Level 4) with an emphasis on animal reiki.
From 2002 to 2008, she co-founded and performed as a fire dancer and stilt walker with a troupe in the San Francisco Bay Area called Fire Arts Collective. The troupe’s performances included gigs at nightclubs like 1015 Folsom, underground parties, corporate events like Google’s holiday party, Burning Man and related regional events, and a high school halftime show. They were featured in national publications, including Conscious Dancer magazine and the Oakland Tribune.
She co-founded the associated fire-dancing school Fire Arts Academy, helped develop the curriculum, and has taught many people the exciting skill of fire dancing.
Right out of college, she worked in the music industry, including stints at CAA (Creative Artists Agency), Rhino Records, and the Beastie Boys’ record label, Grand Royal Records. She’s been a fan of independent radio forever, and was a DJ and Music Director at KSCU in Santa Clara, as well as a volunteer at KCRW in Santa Monica. That experience led to an internship with KQED radio‘s special events series, City Arts & Lectures, in the early aughts.
Andrea expresses her creative side not only through writing, performing, and hair and makeup services, but also visual arts and painting, and she has shown her work in cities in both Northern and Southern California. You can see some of her art at spacekitten.com.
She is a great lover of animals, the outdoors, and healthy living in all regards, and is also a runner, swimmer, snowboarder, and sometimes-surfer-and-triathlete. You can contact her through any of the links here. She loves to hear from readers! Also check out her Amazon and Goodreads author pages.
For portfolio and resume, please visit andreadrugayportfolio.com (contact for login info).