So, who is this guy?
I’m Craig Playstead, writer, storyteller, content strategist, and humor groupie. This site for has evolved into a place where I share what I’ve learned from the past couple decades of creating and managing content for millions of people, and some of the world’s most powerful brands including Microsoft, Xbox, and AT&T Entertainment. It’s been pretty awesome.
A few positions I've held:
Managing Editor/Associate Director: AT&T Mobility
Content Writer: Xbox
Lead Writer, Design & User Experience: AT&T Entertainment
Senior Writer & Content Strategist: “3” Creative Content, LLC
Talk Show Host: Woldstream Communications
DJ & Sports Host: AM 920 KCPL (I was a terrible DJ)
Asst. to Host/Producer: FOX TV (KCPQ) Affiliate, Seattle
“Craig is an exceptional writer/editor/producer. Extremely creative and amazingly talented, I’ve relied on Craig over the years for a multitude of story assignments. When we needed to be innovative to drive audience engagement, Craig always could come up with that ‘unique’ and ‘winning’ story angle."
- Mary Seiler, Managing Editor - MSN
My first check for a published piece hit the mailbox when I was 17 and I’ve been wrestling with words ever since. As a freelance writer, I’ve been read by millions and I’ve also been an editor, content marketer, and strategist for some of the world’s biggest brands. Throw in mobile, radio, TV and video games, and I’ve created content on just about every platform imaginable. The next platform will probably be a dishwasher or microwave. I’m up for it.
Here's Why I'm Pretty Sure I Know What I'm Talking About
While I’ve created content on every platform imaginable, the one thing they all share is that you have to connect with your reader/customer. That’s not negotiable, you have to. It’s something I’ve always focused on whether I was writing a story that’ll be read by ten million people (like this one) or writing copy for a million-dollar mobile app. If you can’t make that reader or customer care, it doesn’t matter what else you do. So, remember:
It’s about the reader, stupid (Yes, an idea borrowed from Bill Clinton).
Writing started for me about the same time I realized I couldn’t do math -- well, more specifically, when shapes were introduced. This witchcraft called Geometry made no sense to me. Almost the same day math caused my eyes to cross, I started being praised for my ability to write. A whole world opened up, and it’s been the foundation of everything I’ve done since, which has included:
• Leading the content and writing for an Xbox football video game that sold over a million copies.
• Writing a story for MSN that brought in over 40 million page views.
• Doing a talk-show with the legendary and infamous Morton Downey Jr. (hell of a nice guy).
• Being interviewed on national TV and radio stations across the country.
• Partnering with content legends such as Esquire, MTV, NBC, Fox Sports, The NFL on Fox and HBO.
• Setting the editorial strategy for a product with 20 million users.
• At the forefront of content revolutions on both web and mobile.
We live in the best time in history to make a living with words. This isn’t about syntax, grammar or the strength of your nut graph. This is the real world where the smartest don’t always win. You need a thick skin, a little talent and a lot of balls. It’s about who can survive the longest, weather the storm, and make the best decisions.
Thanks for stopping by,
A few fun career highlights:
- 1987: Snuck into a Seattle Sonics NBA basketball game with a homemade high school paper press pass.
- 1995: Was a very mediocre disc jockey spinning overnight hits at a small AM station in Olympia, WA during the early 90′s going by both “Craig Cortez” and “Craig Kelly”. The freaks actually do come out at night.
- 1998: Co-hosted a radio talkshow with legendary and infamous Morton Downey Jr. (hell of a nice guy).
- 1999: Was on the phone with John Ritter’s manager for an interview when Talkspot.com went under. The dream interview.
- 2002: Auditioned Murdock from the A-Team for a voice-over role in a video game. It didn’t go well.
Have worked with major content partners during my career such as MTV, Fox Sports, NBC, Esquire, Popular Mechanics, and Apple.