Sam Donnison

Website Project Manager

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  • LocationUnited Kingdom

About me

 

I divide my time between managing all aspects of a rapidly growing resource website for entertainment professionals and booking photographers and videographers for fashion, music and corporate clients. Starting out in music and psychology studies, I have since worked for a range of companies including Songkick, The Barbican, Maouris and Anomalous Visuals, and clients BBC, Time Warner, Sky, Mac Cosmetics, Elite Model Management, Red Bull and Lovebox Festival. I believe in continuous innovation through stringent and dedicated time management, and solving problems by listening to my clients early and often. I am as comfortable motivating a team as I am working independently, delivering expected outcomes on time, and on budget. I am a creative individual with an aptitude for strong business decisions.

Skills

 

  • Digital Media
  • Events
  • Marketing PR
  • Digital Content
  • Promotions
  • Websites
  • Presenting
  • Account Management
  • CSS
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Creative Direction
  • Communications
  • Client Management
  • Creative Thinking

Work history

Currently

Website Project Manager

Anomalous Visuals

Nov 2012
  • Anomalous Visuals (AV) is an independent multi-disciplinary collective, offering content creation and pre/post production services, with a dedicated team of artists and technicians for consultancy on shoots or events. I helped launch A_SPACE, an open-plan 1000 sq ft. fully operational photography studio / multi-use environment designed as a home for AV’s collaborative projects. Responsible for driving sales within the company, I also work directly with clients in an agile process, providing creative solutions to briefs. I manage a team, and all equipment/venue hire for each project. Attending client shoots and events offering in-person support is as much part of my client project management process as exceptional phone and email communication. The largest account I manage is MAC Cosmetics for whom I curate events and launches for the brand. I book artists and hire equipment, both create and oversee content production, and have also been a performing artist on several occasions.

Currently

Website Project Manager

Anomalous Visuals

Nov 2012
  • Anomalous Visuals (AV) is an independent multi-disciplinary collective, offering content creation and pre/post production services, with a dedicated team of artists and technicians for consultancy on shoots or events. I helped launch A_SPACE, an open-plan 1000 sq ft. fully operational photography studio / multi-use environment designed as a home for AV’s collaborative projects. Responsible for driving sales within the company, I also work directly with clients in an agile process, providing creative solutions to briefs. I manage a team, and all equipment/venue hire for each project. Attending client shoots and events offering in-person support is as much part of my client project management process as exceptional phone and email communication. The largest account I manage is MAC Cosmetics for whom I curate events and launches for the brand. I book artists and hire equipment, both create and oversee content production, and have also been a performing artist on several occasions.

2012

Media Relations Assistant

Barbican

Sep 2011 - Feb 2012
  • As part of Barbican’s music department team, I was responsible for managing performer travel and accommodation itineraries, researching potential performing artists and supervising press desks on performance nights - from seating plans, issuing photo passes, and selecting/controlling press tickets. My role also required me to produce detailed media reports for the Barbican directorate, including coverage summaries and categorization of all press relating to the music department.

2011

Project Assistant

Resident Advisor

Aug 2011 - Dec 2011
  • Worked as a general office assistant for Resident Advisor, an online magazine that is the world’s leading authority in underground electronic music. Helped the company foster relationships with contacts I had made in Japan as they made thedecision to launch a Japanese language version of the website.

2011

Personal Assistant to Jean Jacques Annaud

Quinta Communications

May 2011 - Oct 2011
  • Freelance PA specializing in budgeting and logistics to an Oscar-winning film director during post-production for the film ‘Day of the Falcon’. I assisted with the ongoing running of the project including budgeting, administration, session planning and directing groups of actors. I acted as the communicative lynchpin between the director and the rest of the team.

2011

Project Assistant

Maouris

Mar 2011 - Jun 2011
  • During my time as assistant to the director of a successful niche PR company within the music and events industry, I was responsible for rapidly producing and delivering all press releases for client music output and events with 100% accuracy. I constructed a system of spreadsheets to track report coverage for clients, and maintained the updates of the website and social media channels.

2011

Project Assistant

Songkick

Jan 2011 - Mar 2011
  • As assistant to the company director, I provided technical support for clients and users, responded to user feedback, assisted with internal website projects and launches and learned about the planning process. As a large part of the administrative tasks focused on double-checking Songkick information against official-website tour-dates, I developed a meticulous eye for detail.

2010

English Teacher

Interac, Tokyo

Sep 2009 - Jul 2010
  • Full time teacher at Japanese high school planning and leading preliminary university entrance exam English lessons for class groups of 45 students. Lesson planning while overcoming language barrier allowed me to develop invaluable organizational skills. The role doubled as an ambassador of both the company and the UK.

Education

2014

Geography, Biology, Chemistry

Kelly College, Devon

Aug 1997 - Jun 2014

    2009

    Psychology

    University of Leeds

    Aug 2006 - May 2009
    • BSc (Hons), Psychology (2.1)

    2005

    National BTEC Diploma Guitar Performance

    Academy of Contemporary Music, Guildford

    Jul 2004 - Jul 2005
    • A fast-tracked 1 year diploma course. Distinction obtained.