Maria Kastner
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Maria Kastner

JournalistLondon, United Kingdom
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Maria Kastner
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Maria Kastner

JournalistLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I am a recent graduate from Queen Mary University of London, looking to start my professional career in Journalism. With a first-class degree in English and Drama, and a diploma in Art and Design, I have always been very creative and apply my artistic flare to everything I do. I am passionate about writing, which led me to create a travel blog alongside my university studies whilst also carrying out the role of Art Editor for my university magazine, Cub Magazine. I have a strong understanding of website design and promotion, utilisation SEO strategies and social media to advertise my blog, reach a wider readership and increase traffic. I am highly organised, which enabled me to work in the fast-paced news rooms of The Wiltshire Times and Gazette & Herald. I am very motivated and a self-starter by nature, having entered the hospitality industry at the age of 14 when I set up a small cake business in collaboration with a local cafe, and have supported myself since. An ardent writer, art enthusiast and culture critic, I am very excited to begin my journalistic career.
Projects
  • The Wiltshire Times and Gazette & Herald
    The Wiltshire Times and Gazette & Herald
  • CUB Magazine
    CUB Magazine
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Work history
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    Bar StaffThe Institute of Light
    Helmsley Pl, London E8, UKFull Time
    -With eight years of work in the Hospitality industry - covering positions as waitress, head-waistress, barista, supervisor - this is my most recent job as bar staff. -Communicated effectively with staff and customers; I am always friendly and approachable and handle any potentially sensitive situation with tact and diplomacy. -Performed leadership role as supervisor at Ground Cafe, and head-waitress at The Bridge Tea Rooms; delegated roles to other staff members and conducted the team effectively. -Stepped in as chef's assistant and baker at The Bridge Tea Rooms. -Managed a floor of 18 tables whilst working at Carluccios in Oxford Street, performing tasks efficiently under time pressure. -Maintained attentiveness and excellent service whilst experiencing high customer demand. -Experience handling tills, card reachers, coffee machines, kitchen appliances and cocktail shakers.
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    Fashion InternLook magazine
     - Marsh Wall, London, UKInternship
    -Worked in the office assisting where needed. -Made phone calls to fashion retailers to organise orders. -Organised incoming clothes for photo shoots and packaged outgoing clothes for returns. -Corresponded to emails and updated the diary with regards to various editors' events.
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Skills
  • Photography
  • Wordpress
  • SEO
  • German
  • Painting
  • Writing
  • Social Media Management
  • Sub-editing
  • Content and Media Writing
  • Public Speaking
Education
    Queen Mary University of London logo
    Queen Mary University of London logo
    Bachelor of Art (First Class Honours) English and DramaQueen Mary University of London
     - Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS, UK
    -My undergraduate dissertation, which achieved a first, was titled 'Mind the Gap: Humour, "the Female Body" and the Expression of Individuality'. I carried out interviews; extensive research into the history of women and comedy, disability in performance and feminism; and visited numerous stand-up and Live Art performances. -Produced high quality work to strict deadlines, whilst managing multiple projects at once, especially when taking an extra module in the first semester of the third year. -Utilised keen eye for detail and grammatical accuracy and developed excellent written and aural communication skills. -Practiced confidence in performing and public speaking. -Developed excellent presentation skills, utilising Microsoft Powerpoint to do so. -Perfected fast reading pace, achieved an average of four books a week in my final year. -Adept at understanding complex texts and deducing clarity and meaning from convoluted sentences.
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    Art and Design (Foundation Diploma) Level 3 - MeritWiltshire College
     - College Rd, Trowbridge BA14 0ES, UK
    -Developed passion and critical understanding of contemporary art and its history. -Learnt screen-printing, film photography and development, life drawing, painting, calligraphy, weaving, pottery and wood, glass and metal work. -Specialised in 3D (body adornment/jewellery), taking influence from Alexander McQueen, Dai Rees, Naomi Filmer and Eric Halley to create structures that adorned the body in ways that expressed the idea of physical trauma and muteness.
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