In the summer of 2021, Amanda came up with the idea of “possibly” publishing a magazine that dealt with her local area. She was in New Jersey at the time, vacationing with her family. “A magazine was going to be a lot of work,” thought Amanda. But on the other hand, there was so much material left on the cutting room floor from Amanda’s freelance writing career that was prime for publication.
After toying with the idea for probably two weeks, Amanda decided to go full steam ahead. She was incredibly excited to see her creative visions come to pass.
After a challenging time trying to write, edit, photograph, design, and lay out a full-scale magazine, DMV Shorts Magazine was officially born! On August 19, 2021, Amanda published her very first issue of a creative labor of love. Since then, DMV Shorts has been going strong, with a new issue published each month.
The August 2021 debut issue of DMV Shorts Magazine ended up being a great success! Amanda researched, met with, and interviewed great people to appear in the first issue.
Singer songwriter from Alexandria, Virginia
The cover model for the first issue was the illustrious Paige Powell, whose fascinating song “Tumble Dry Low” actually connected her with JImmy Fallon.
Home baker from Ellicott City, Maryland
With family from Egypt and a close connection to the Coptic Orthodox Church, this sweet Arabic-speaking woman taught herself how to bake and opened a successful small business selling home-baked cookies.
The idea of seeing the role of the creator of the universe assigned to an Asian actor was too special to pass up. This editorial features quotes from actor Jacob Yeh and director Tuyet Thi Pham.
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