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  • LevelJunior
  • LocationUnited Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsCopywriter - Production Runner - Staff Writer

About me

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.

Skills

  • Event Organisation
  • Copywriting
  • Research
  • Public Speaking
  • Customer Service
  • Coordinating Teams
  • Social Media
  • Film Journalism
  • SEO
  • Wordpress CMS

Work history

Currently

Staff Writer

Wrap Party Media

Jan 2018
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Film critic for Edinburgh-based blog. Previous reviews include Isle of Dogs, Hereditary, and You Were Never Really Here.

Currently

Bartender/Usher

The Queen's Hall

Nov 2017
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Bartending and front of house duties in busy classical/folk music concert venue.

2017

Oct 2017 - Oct 2017
  • Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • On-set and production office work experience during filming for Season 4 of Outlander.

2017

Copy Editor/Features Writer

The Playlist

Jul 2017 - Oct 2017
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • 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.

2016

Freelance Copy Editor

The Culture Trip

Apr 2016 - Sep 2016
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Copy editing and SEO-optimising articles on Wordpress, checking image credits.

2015

Dec 2015 - Dec 2015
  • Saint Andrews, St Andrews, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • 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.

2015

Work Experience

Empire Magazine

Oct 2015 - Oct 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • 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.

2015

Editorial Intern

The Culture Trip

Sep 2015 - Dec 2015
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • 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.

2015

Festival Bar Worker

The Stand Comedy Club

Aug 2015 - Aug 2015
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Served behind bar of busy stand up comedy club, learning to prepare cocktails, mixers, coffees, etc., taught how to use espresso machine; cash handling.

2015

VIP Area Bar Worker

Fusion Events

Jul 2015 - Jul 2015
  • Saint Andrews, St Andrews, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Hospitality and bar work during the British Golf Open Championship.

2015

Work Experience

Luath Press

Jul 2015 - Jul 2015
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • 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.

2015

Oct 2014 - May 2015
  • Saint Andrews, St Andrews, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • 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.

2015

Music Editor

The Tribe Magazine

Sep 2014 - May 2015
  • Saint Andrews, St Andrews, United Kingdom
  • Freelance

2014

Jun 2014 - Jun 2014
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Liaising with critics, industry professionals and delegates to provide additional screening opportunities.

2013

Front of House

Underbelly Ltd

Aug 2013 - Aug 2013
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • 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

2014

Music Editor

standnews.tab.uk

Aug 2013 - May 2014
  • Saint Andrews, St Andrews, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • 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

2014

May 2013 - Apr 2014
  • Saint Andrews, St Andrews, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • 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.

2015

Aug 2012 - May 2015
  • Saint Andrews, St Andrews, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • 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.

2012

Festival Assistant

Universal Arts Limited

Aug 2012 - Aug 2012
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • 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

2012

Summer Intern

The Scotsman

Jun 2012 - Jun 2012
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Shadowed Education and Scottish Parliament correspondents for a week; creating original content and articles for the iPad edition of the daily Scotsman national newspaper

Education

2017

M.Litt Film and Television Studies (with Distinction)

University of Glasgow

Sep 2016 - Nov 2017
  • Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 15,000 word dissertation on Megan Ellison, boutique studios and the co-opting of independent cinema in 2010s American film production

2015

MA English and Film Studies - First Class

University of St Andrews

Sep 2011 - Jun 2015
  • Saint Andrews, St Andrews, United Kingdom
  • Modules have included: Shakespeare and Film; Cinemas of India; Nationalists and Nomads – Contemporary World Literature; American Fiction; and Documentary Film

Awards

2015

Dean's List for Academic Excellence

University of St Andrews

2014

Dean's List for Academic Excellence

University of St Andrews