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Experienced features writer, team player and communications professional with a demonstrated history of working in the film, publishing and events management industries. Skilled in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Microsoft Office, Publicity and Social Media.
Film critic for Edinburgh-based blog. Previous reviews include Isle of Dogs, Hereditary, and You Were Never Really Here.
Bartending and front of house duties in busy classical/folk music concert venue.
On-set and production office work experience during filming for Season 4 of Outlander.
Checking grammar and house style consistency of articles and features written for film news and reviews blog; contributing to features such as TV Fall Previews and Jane Campion Filmography.
Copy editing and SEO-optimising articles on Wordpress, checking image credits.
Retail work in busy St Andrews bookshop; became proficient in Booksolve, Nielsen and PubEasy platforms and websites; learnt how to place customer orders and to receive new stock; assisted in bookshop events and author signings; given insights into the book industry, consumer habits, customer service; cash handling and locking up shop.
Assisted the team behind the world’s biggest movie magazine as they prepared to publish January issue. Wrote several features for Empire Online website. Researched and devised questions for interviews with actors; copywriting Classic Scene for the magazine, proofreading latest reviews and interviews; taught to write in the Empire house style and given advice in how to write film reviews. Transcribed interviews that had been previously recorded. Created master administrative calendar for the magazine covering the next three years. General sitting-in and observing the publication process.
Independently writing, researching and editing 25 articles per month for Neighbourhoods Project, covering Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Brisbane, Perth, Surfers Paradise, Orlando and Sydney. Used CMS and Wordpress for submission of articles. Gained fluent understanding of SEO.
Served behind bar of busy stand up comedy club, learning to prepare cocktails, mixers, coffees, etc., taught how to use espresso machine; cash handling.
Hospitality and bar work during the British Golf Open Championship.
Assisting with Edinburgh-based publishing company, creating press releases, drafting blurbs and advance information sheets, conducting market research and drafting a marketing and media plan, proof-reading, general copywriting.
Helped to curate a screening season of world cinema centred around the theme of growing up against the backdrop of the great issues of the modern world. Responsible for creating a trailer and other promotional strategies across social media.
Liaising with critics, industry professionals and delegates to provide additional screening opportunities.
Provided point of information for patrons at Cowgate venue in busy city centre Liaised with technicians on opening and closing of performances Directed and controlled substantially-sized crowds to maximise ease of access
Introduced new regular features, such as Genre Roundup Worked with editors-in-chief to transform Music Section into hub for the local and national music scenes, covering more live reviews and tracking new artists
Organised a large number of Freshers Week events and sign up sessions, as well as reaching out to other humanitarian societies to collaborate, thereby tripling our membership from the previous year Public face of society, leading several successful campaigns on Pussy Riot and Write For Rights. Created fundraising night, Jamnesty, a live music and comedy revue in aid of AI.
Presented and produced a weekly music and discussion radio show on Saturday afternoons, “Pop! The Bubble”, one of the station’s highest rated shows and 2015 winner of ‘Keenest Broadcasting Bean’ and the ‘Veteran’s Award’. Curated the playlist each week. Developed an understanding of radio broadcasting and presentation.
Safeguarding customer welfare and carrying out of range of tasks in a small close-knit team Developed a strong rapport with performers, team members and customers
Shadowed Education and Scottish Parliament correspondents for a week; creating original content and articles for the iPad edition of the daily Scotsman national newspaper
15,000 word dissertation on Megan Ellison, boutique studios and the co-opting of independent cinema in 2010s American film production
Modules have included: Shakespeare and Film; Cinemas of India; Nationalists and Nomads – Contemporary World Literature; American Fiction; and Documentary Film