Hai 5 Cheese began as a name that would distinguish itself from any other search terms. Hai (pronounced as in “high five”) is the Japanese term for yes or alright. Basically it is a positive word when coupled with 5 makes the term “high 5” as in another positive physical connection by slapping open palmed hands together, similar to a handshake, but between people comfortable and familiar enough to exceed formalities. “Cheese” was taken as a take on the 4-cheese, but more specifically 5-cheese, pizzas available at the super market, which is a pizza topping that not only everyone that enjoys pizza can handle, but more of it. “Cheese” was also used to make the connection to media, such as the word asked to receive a smile while taking a photo. In a way, “Hai 5 Cheese” represents a Familiar Positive Media Connection.
I am a 2006 graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a major in communication art and a minor in art. I have worked professionally as a newspaper editor, page designer and consultant, web content manager, graphic artist, videographer and video editor.
I am a very creative person and have worked on video projects using my other skills in public relations and marketing. My page design skills are evident in associated publications such as the Durant Daily Democrat and The Southwestern. My journalistic skills were also featured in the Burkburnett Informer Star and the Tuttle Times along with photos. My graphic design skills were most pronounced while working at Suddenlink Inc.
I continue to further my knowledge of pre- and post-production in digital video editing and design through freelance work.
I’ve been playing video games since I could remember. The earliest games I remember playing were The Legend of Zelda, Kid Icarus, Metroid, Super Mario Bros. and Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! Though, of the earliest home console I had (the Nintendo Entertainment System) I remember Duck Tales, Super Mario Bros. 2 and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. I’ve played almost every system, but only owned the NES, SNES, GBC, DS and 3DS. I didn’t inherit a PS2 until getting married.
I have been writing stories since elementary school, though didn’t receive any acknowledgments until high school, when I decided to pursue a communication arts degree. I wrote and edited for the college newspaper where I eventually became the editor-in-chief. After college I worked at a newspaper where I wrote from time to time, but mainly designed. I would like to continue writing by doing the reviews. In reviews, I feel numbers are arbitrary for a rating so that’s the reason there is no number.