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  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationUnited Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsProject Manager - Writer - Marketing Assistant

About me

Diligent young creative and freelance writer and researcher, recently finished at MTV as an assistant and then project manager in the Talent & Music and Social Responsibility teams respectively. An avid writer and performer, I have an ear-to-the-ground approach to music and the arts.


  • Talent Acquisition
  • Arts Writing
  • Project Management
  • Public Speaking
  • Research
  • Arts Events

Work history




Jun 2017
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Freelance
  • I am relishing the challenge of assisting the Netherlands-based music agency Sizzer with music searches for their clients on a freelance basis; I have worked on projects with clients such as Hugo Boss, Levis and Ikea, who all have creative and innovative approaches to music for adverts.


Aug 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • I am enjoying writing for this London based music and gig listings magazine, predominantly dealing with reviews and editorial-style interviews for their website. This is a paid role and have been given increasing responsibility.


Jul 2013
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • I have covered festivals, new music discoveries, and particularly enjoy live and record reviews. It has involved learning a new ‘house-style’ of writing and it has been enriching adapting to other editors’ demands, and furthermore I upload my pieces directly to the site, so I have experience using both Wordpress and CMS.


MTV Breaks Coordinator

MTV International

Sep 2017 - Dec 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • After finishing my year’s marketing internship in the International Talent & Music team I was invited back on a freelance basis to help coordinate a project run by the Social Responsibility department sourcing young international talent and giving them opportunities at this year’s MTV European Music Awards, an event I was heavily involved in 2016 in Rotterdam, NL. This work was crucial in developing an eye for detail and keeping on top of a project from a macro perspective, and developed production and managerial skills such as event planning, cross-department coordination, interviewing candidates, and delegating work to junior staff. I particularly enjoyed the aspect of having a specific project to look after and see it through to fruition.


MTV International Talent & Music

MTV International

Jun 2016 - Jun 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • I was selected from over 300 applicants for a year’s paid internship-scheme in the International Talent and Music department, assisting executives and directors with coordinating marketing and promotional campaigns and pitches, being a face for the company by meeting label reps, artists & management, music research for booking and broadcast, playlist creation, international playlist programming, event production, as well as having a direct input in the direction of original content. Given my journalistic background, I also assisted with overflow of editorial pieces for MTV UK, writing features and interviewing talent for online content



Sep 2014 - Dec 2015
  • Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Distinction in MA American Studies, focussing on Twentieth-Century popular music cultures and Modernist/Postmodernist literature and visual culture.


Sep 2010 - Jun 2012
  • Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • 2:1 BA Honours in English, covering literature, drama, poetry and Old-English.