Public & Media Relations
Digital & Print Content Creation
Video & Photography Production
Darin Slyman is an experienced publisher, creative director, marketer, business developer, photographer, videographer, producer and journalist with more than 15 plus years in the creative field. Darin has assisted in building several successful media companies from the ground up.
One of his most notable accomplishments is when he became publisher and creative director of acclaimed LGBTQIA+ media group Vital VOICE and MAX Magazine. Darin bolstered these brands' circulations to more than 150,000+ monthly magazines distributed throughout the Midwest. He was also instrumental in growing the company's revenue to over $1.2 million annually, no small feat for a specialized Midwest media outlet.
Darin's managerial skills allow him to lead any size organization with confidence, having managed teams of 20 or more. Darin's many years of experience have also led him to develop relationships with celebrities like Bill and Hillary Clinton, Senator Claire McCaskill, Lady Gaga, Nelly, The Property Brothers and many more.
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Awards and Appointments
The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences – Emmy Nominated for Best Performing Arts Segments on Reel Entertainment Human Rights Campaign - Equality in Media Award
St. Louis Convention and Visitor Commission - All Star Award St. Louis Business Journal - Character of the City Award Pride St. Louis - Ultra Pride Award
Board Member - Touhill Performing Arts Center Diversity Chair Member - St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission
Board of Governors - Human Rights Campaign Committee Member - St. Louis Craft Alliance Emcee and Parade Committee - Pride St. Louis
Publishing Creative Direction Editing
With over 15 years’ experience in creating niche print publications and digital media companies, Darin has been able to impact and push boundaries throughout the Midwest with his innovative vision, creative direction and media skills.
2010 - 2019
Focused on modernizing LGBT media, Darin committed a large portion of his career to Vital VOICE. During his time as publisher, creative director and editor in chief, Darin grew the historic LGBT media company to a monthly circulation of 75K throughout the Midwest.
Maximize St. Louis
2017 - 2019
Darin developed and launched MAX Magazine to engage the millennial generation by focusing on the modern man. Along with the 25K issues distributed monthly, MAX also had a robust digital presence and event series. At its pinnacle, MAX Magazine garnered an audience of 50K people monthly.
In the past several years, Darin worked with various partners to create social media video series that showcases the best of St. Louis.
Produced in partnership with Sauce Magazine St. Louis. This series showcases the vivacious local culinary and hospitality industry of St. Louis.
Explore St. Louis
Produced in partnership with Explore St. Louis and the St. Louis Convention and Visitor Commission. The Outlook series features the diverse and prismatic LGBTQIA culture of St. Louis.
Produced in partnership with Luxco Midwest liquor distribution company. The Sip Local series showcases various Luxco brands by featuring local St. Louis and Kansas City venues and bartenders.
The Delmar Loop
Produced in partnership with The Delmar Loop Business District. This series features the vibrant food and retail culture of this fames St. Louis neighborhood.
Throughout his time at Vital VOICE and MAX Magazine, Darin produced more than 200 events by bringing corporate brands, nonprofits and communities together.
GENT Men's Fashion Week
Produced in partnership with Brainchild Events.
The annual event celebrated men's fashion and showcased local designers. 2014 - 2019
Produced in partnership with Exotico Tequila.
Fiesta Exotico was a summer kick off pool party in St. Louis. 2018
Produced in partnership with Pearl Vodka.
FIVE was the five year anniversary party for Vital VOICE Magazine. 2015
BRIEFS Theater Festival
Produced in partnership with The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. BRIEFS was an annual LGBT theatre festival. 2011 - 2016
Queens In Space
Produced in partnership with The Moonrise Hotel St. Louis. QNS was an annual kickoff party for National Pride Month. 2013 - 2019
Produces in partnership with Pearl Vodka. Soak'd was a summer kick off pool party in Kansas City. 2015
Produced in partnership with El Mayor Tequila.
Max Lab was an educational tequila paring culinary event. 2017
On Camera & Live Hosting
For more than two decades, Darin has been the go -to entertainment and lifestyle media personality for the St. Louis region. His on-camera talent even landed him a 2006 Emmy nomination.
St. Louis PrideFest
Master of Ceremony for PrideFest St. Louis Grand Pride Parade 2003 - 2014
Live interview with Sex In The City author
at The St. Louis Library 2019
Featured on Season 6 of the hit Bravo TV show. 2017
Live interview with Queer Eye Star
at The St. Louis Library 2019