Dan Kamys

dk0672 (1)What’s Cooking with Alumnus Dan Kamys

Dan Kamys is a 23-year-old School of Communication alumnus. Shortly after graduation, Kamys found a job combining two of his passions: writing and food. As the web editor for Recipe4Living and FitAndFabLiving, Kamys works on a variety of projects, including one day a week of cooking and photographing his creations for the sites. Through hard work and positive thinking, Kamys created a career he’s proud to share with SOC undergraduates.

Compass: When did you graduate from Loyola and what did you study while you were there?

Dan Kamys: I graduated last year [2012] and studied advertising and public relations. I originally planned on studying psychology, but I took a class in communication to see if I liked it and the rest was history.

Compass: What is your current title? How did you land this position?

DK: I’m the web editor for Recipe4Living and FabAndFitLiving. I’ve actually only been there since November, but my main work is with Recipe4Living. The actual company, Silver Carrot, is based in Northbrook but is moving to Chicago soon, so that should be pretty big for the site. Right now we get about 1 to 1.5 million visitors each month and have 2 million newsletter subscribers.

Compass: What did you do previous to working for Recipe4Living and FitAndFabLiving?

DK: My dad owns a company called Oakley Industrial Machinery and I just sort of assumed I’d be working with him, but he told me to do something I’m passionate about instead. So, I worked at his company after I graduated for a few months as the marketing communications manager and then moved on when I got the job at Recipe4Living and FitAndFabLiving.

Compass: What are your plans for the future? Do you think you’ll stay in the journalism field?

DK: Ideally, my boss will get promoted and I’d like to advance in my company. I think I found the company I’d like to stay at. I really enjoy writing about restaurants, so this is the perfect job for me. We even get one day where we can work from home and we just cook and take pictures to create a walk through for the site.

Compass: How did your experiences at Loyola help you get to where you are today?

DK: I think Loyola really prepares us well. I was taught to push myself out of my comfort zone, which has made such a big difference. Pushing myself out of my comfort zone has taught me a lot about myself and even gave me the courage to be the commencement speaker at my graduation last year. From the minute I walked onto Loyola’s campus I had a gut feeling I belonged there.

Compass: What was your favorite memory at Loyola?

DK: One time one of my friends and I walked the entire Chicago Pedway, which is this underground network of tunnels that goes more than 40 blocks. In my last semester at Loyola, I had a history of Chicago class, which is how I found out about the Pedway. It’s one of the best secrets of Chicago, and so helpful when it’s freezing out.

Compass: Do you have any advice for current School of Communications undergraduates?

DK: Force yourself to be tough. Don’t take stuff too personally. Don’t overreach, but stand up for yourself. If you’re not going to stand up for you, who is? If you think positive and work hard, good things will come to you. It worked for me…knock on wood.

BY ISABELLA WALKER