Shit Just Got Real

Today was my last day at the Des Moines Social Club. I started in August as an intern during my final semester at Iowa State University. After I finished in December, I was fortunate enough to be hired on as a part-time marketing coordinator. This allowed me to help Lydia put grub on our table and in our kitty cats’ food bowls. Which is something I’ll forever be grateful of.

My experience at DMSC was more than I could have ever imagined. I got to work with some of the best people Des Moines has to offer. And I got to personally meet and work with artists of all kinds of disciplines. From regionally touring comedians to internationally touring musicians to local artists who are making Des Moines (and soon the rest of the country) a better place for everyone. I’m leaving on the best of terms and hope to visit, freelance, and volunteer whenever I can.

I’ll miss getting a call from Pete Bold asking if I can let a vendor into The Basement, then having to bug Mickey for his keys to do so. I’ll miss hearing Matt‘s stories about working with some of my favorite bands in Iowa City. I’ll miss arguing with Kristenabout Electric Forest being the best music festival, NOT Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival! I’ll miss Dani’s always-vibrant and uplifting demeanor, Bryan’s drive-by chit-chats, giving Josipa the “suh dude”, and Capes Kafé‘s amazing coffee. I’ll miss having Dena to vent to and being able to call an afternoon shopping for a Nerf basketball hoop on Amazon work (thanks, Pete De Kock.) I’ll miss chatting with Katie about our mutual love for the 🙃🙃🙃 emoji and Oxford commas. And of course working with my “big sis” Bethany to market Des Moines Social Club’s top-notch programming that Mickey continues to kick ass booking.

Special thanks to Cyndi Pederson for responding to my email inquiring about a possible internship at the Social Club back in early August. Much like ZacharyAmandaZoey, and Rusk have already done so, it’s now my time to leave the best artistic venue in the universe.

I’m moving on to…yes, you guessed it, Wells Fargo. Some of you may recall that after I applied to Wells Fargo a month ago, I posted a snarky #TheDreamIsDead Facebook status. Now I’ve accepted a social media position there. Isn’t it funny how life works?

I’m bummed about leaving THE artistic hub in Des Moines, but excited to move on to a company where I can further develop my professional career. The dream is not dead, the dream is just getting started.

Parting gift

Author: @shaunsjohnson

Hello! My name is Shaun, and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals, individuals, and industry leaders. Throughout the course of my professional career, I’ve worn many hats across various levels of accountability, leadership, and innovation. I’ve positioned myself as a transformative, detail-oriented, and highly innovative professional leveraging extensive marketing leadership experience towards achievement of diverse goals, objectives, and milestones. As such, I'm well-versed in all facets of design and branding, including planning, executing, and driving in-house creative departments, collaborating with external agencies, and demonstrable success interfacing with creative talent. I'm highly skilled in coordinating and driving public relations planning and initiatives encompassing media relations, community engagement, and crisis management. I'm also driven to establish, cultivate, and maintain productive, sustainable relationships with interdisciplinary teams, key stakeholders, clients, and leadership personnel. I've fostered a keen ability to develop and maximize understanding of current and emerging market trends and opportunities, reflecting key buyer values and competitive environments. Likewise, I'm poised to champion all facets of content creation and management for digital assets, including websites, news articles, blog posts, project case studies, white papers, pitch packages, and email campaigns. Additionally, I'm skilled in driving annual marketing plan and budgetary components through various internal and external channels while also driving marketing programs to drive synergies and maximize marketing investments. If you’re seeking to connect with a truly passionate, highly driven, and exceptionally motivated industry professional, then look no further! I’d like to invite you to reach out to me at

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