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Mary Lanham

Hello, Alex! Exhibit and information design definitely sounds like a good background for editing, in terms of general mind frame for approaching stories and information. I’m guessing your exhibit background will also come in handy in more unexpected ways, since it has probably given you a lot of working knowledge about the subjects you designed exhibits for. I’ve had jobs in some pretty varied fields before diving into editing, and while most didn’t involve directly transferable skills, I’m finding that all that background knowledge and trivia is pretty helpful. It gives me a leg up in certain nonfiction areas, and it even helps me spot logic holes or character inconsistencies in fiction, which I didn’t really anticipate.