About Me

I have loved composers since I can remember, so I guess you could say Goddess of Win was a surprising inevitability. When I started piano lessons in 2nd grade, I was always much more interested in the writers of the music than the music itself, which made me a great music historian but a mediocre pianist. I also sold rocks to the neighbors for 25 cents each, so here I am: music business. After high school, I headed to The University of Texas at Austin (Hook’em!), where I received my B.A. in communications, then worked a summer at Bands of America under the excellent tutelage of Cam Stasa. I graduated college not knowing exactly how all of this would fit together, but hopeful nonetheless.

I landed in the non-profit performing arts industry for 10 years, which was magical every time the curtain went up. As marketing manager for Houston Ballet, I served as project manager of all direct mail, advertising, digital marketing and promotional efforts. I also launched the company’s social media presence and an engagement program for young professionals, Ballet Barre.

A new city and a new art form provided a very different arts experience for me. As public relations manager at Seattle Repertory Theatre, I served as primary press contact for the organization, landing the theatre’s first New York Times review in 20 years for MacArthur Genius Samuel D. Hunter’s play A Great Wilderness. I also gained invaluable experience in copywriting, organizational messaging and art direction. Personal highlights at the Rep included working on Robert Schenkkan’s Tony-winning play All the Way, meeting Doubt playwright John Patrick Shanley and Grammy-winning rapper Macklemore, and a chance encounter with Fabio at a downtown supermarket (really).

With four of my favorites: Jim Bonney, Jonathan Newman, Steve Bryant, and Eric Whitacre

Apart from my day job, in 2011 I had taken on a side project of helping composer Steven Bryant with his business. I met Steven and the whole BCM crew back in 2005 at the Midwest Clinic, and the relationship stuck. As self-publishing freelance composers, all of them needed some sort of business support so they could focus on writing. And thus, Goddess of Win was born in 2015. Current clients include Steven, John Mackey and Omar Thomas.

When I’m not working, I enjoy photography, traveling, practicing yoga and watching college football and The West Wing. I currently reside in the Houston, TX suburbs with my husband Cory, our three beautiful and rowdy daughters, and our awesome dog Norah.

Headshot by Kelly Tarleton Mills