Here’s my bio in third person.
Andrea Drugay is a writer and editor in San Francisco. She’s spent many years writing and editing for various areas, including tech, advertising, marketing, fitness, wellness, beauty, SaaS, biometrics, social media networks, and ecommerce.
She’s a speaker and panelist for design and writing events including Smashing, AIGA, and IoT World, and is also a writing workshop coordinator and blogger.
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!
She has two indie-published books, which are no longer available new on Amazon but you can find them used if you look hard enough: How to Survive Beauty School and A Year of Natural Health and Beauty.
Andrea has a BA in Communication from Santa Clara University and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She’s also a licensed cosmetologist (hair, skin, and nails beauty expert) in California.
She’s a yoga teacher, currently on hiatus, with over 500 hours of teacher training, and is also a certified holistic wellness coach and certified personal trainer. She taught yoga for many years to corporate executives and managers at Silicon Valley Fortune 500 companies, including Google, Yahoo, Cisco, and Amgen, as well as private instruction to individuals. Read more about her yoga experience.
To complement her yoga, she’s also an ongoing practitioner of Jyotish (Vedic astrology) and Ayurveda. She’s an experienced reader of Tarot, having practiced since she received her first deck when she was a child. Additionally, she’s a DONA-trained doula and a reiki master (Level 4) with an emphasis on animal reiki.
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.
From 2002 to 2008, she co-founded and performed as a fire dancer and stilt walker with a performance 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.
Back in the day, 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.
She’s a great lover of animals, the outdoors, and healthy living in all regards.
Reach out and say hi!
You can check out her Amazon and Goodreads author pages, or follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Read what she shares, recommends, and answers on Pocket, Medium, and Quora. Her social media handle is always @andreadrugay.
For portfolio and resume, please visit andreadrugayportfolio.com (contact for login info).
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A professional fire dancer?! That is so awesome! Great to ‘meet’ you; looking forward to reading your blog 🙂
Yeah, it was pretty wild for a while but a great experience! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
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