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Julia Ranzani - I do everything content.

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Call me : +27 76 577 3537
Email me: [email protected]
Write me : 25 Greatmore Street, Woodstock, Cape Town 7550, South Africa

I'm a media expert with in-depth know-how of advertising, marketing and promotion, plus solid understanding of online and mobile technology. I combine media production skills (web and mobile content, consumer generated content, animation, video, audio, digital photography) with technical expertise (HTML, WAP, i-mode, CMS, multimedia platforms) and excellent writing skills (copywriting, web editing, journalism, translation, localisation) in English and German.
In short: I manage content and make it accessible and desirable to the target group across the media. I utilise these skills to ensure ROI and SROI, through online or mobile sales or long term improvement of brand awareness.
Having worked for over 15 years for blue chip companies, I'm available as your creative consultant for media, marketing, content and fundraising strategies.

My love for writing and languages has led me to manage localisation projects. My interest in latest technologies brought me to oversee the product development for mobile applications. I have strong people skills and thrive on motivating others. My passion is to bring people together and create platforms for interaction and networking. Through this I'm well connected in the arts, media and travel industry. Highly organised, I'm a reliable projects and events coordinator. A self-starter, I ensure jobs get done efficiently and with the extra spark of enthusiasm. I inspire a great working atmosphere and love to be part of a dynamic team in a challenging occupation.

 

BUSINESS:

Since Oct 13: Creative Communications, Content Marketing, Cape Town

Creative Communications is a full service Content Marketing agency, specialising in using attractive and relevant content to reach out to your valued customers and invite them to an interactive conversation via the media channels of their choice.

Since Oct 09: Ranzani:Text, Writing and Localisation, Cape Town

Any writing request - consider it done with Ranzani:Text. If it is web writing, mobile writing, copy for print, radio, TV, journalism, PR, scripts, treatments, translation, localisation - any type of creative writing is being delivered spot on: on target, on time, on top form.

Since Jan 03: Creative Communications, Media Content Production, London

Interact with your customers and create a long-lasting positive user experience with Creative Communications. From defining your target group to implementing marketing strategies, from brainstorming the latest tried and tested customer acquisition to the never tried before reactivation of dormant accounts: with Creative Communications you reach your consumers through the channels of their choice, enticing them to actively engage with your brand.

 

CAREER:

Sept 14 – Sept 15: Business Analyst, Social Media Strategy for the Western Cape Government, Cape Town

  • Audit: Status quo, consolidation of social media documents, gap analysis, business requirement specification
  • Social media audit: Outline of all Western Cape Government related social media accounts, handles, hashtags
  • Research: Social media best practices for the public sector, from Accessibility to Zine
  • DOCs: Social Media Brief, Principles, Policy, Code of Conduct, Maturity Model, Roadmap, Strategy, Moderation
  • Legal: Impressum, Disclaimer, Competition Ts&Cs, Acceptable Content Use Guidelines, POPI Compliance
  • Governance: Definition & Implementation of most efficient Quality Assurance processes and team structures
  • Internal Communications: Application of Social Media tools for trans-departmental collaboration
  • e-Government: Support for the compilation of a Mandate for e-G4C (e-Government For Citizens)
  • Social Media Presence: Initiation or Reactivation of official Western Cape Government social media profiles
  • Campaigns: Year Beyond, Western Cape Government Internet Competition, PERA: Premier's Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards, WoW: WesternCape on Wellness, Cape Nature, #TogetherTuesday, #‎HighFiveFriday
  • Client Liaison, Agency Liaison: Reaching out to WCG Departments, Representing WCG at agency meetings
  • Consultancy: Advising on social media risks, target audience reach, mobile solutions, design thinking processes

Achievements:

  • Innovation: Successful WhatsApp trial to deliver educational information to citizens’ cell phones
  • WhatsApp workflows: How to join, Processing request to join / leave, Submit posts, Publishing posts, FAQs

Aug 12 – Aug 13: Business Analyst, Product Strategist & Content Consultant for Luminet, Johannesburg

  • Research: ICT requirements analysis for rural South Africa and implications for government and private sector, ICT trends, competitor analysis, target group customer profile analysis, customer needs analysis
  • Products: Trends analysis, Identification of product packages, Minimum Viable Product (MVP) definition
  • Corporate Identity: Tonality, Branding, Brand Awareness strategy, Marketing strategy, SEO optimisation
  • Content: Content Strategy for MTN nation-wide roll-out of digital signage implementation in MTN shops

March 12 – July 12: Social Media & Mobile Mentor for Livity, Cape Town

  • Creating a curriculum to teach underprivileged youth how to produce, optimise & load content for mobile including a final exam, so they can accomplish a traineeship & gain the skills to become employable
  • Teaching in classes & remotely how to compile research, how to adapt content from Live Magazine for mobile, how to write for mobile, how to design for mobile, how to use a CMS, how to work off a social media strategy
  • Overseeing the development, design, population & promotion of Live Magazine’s mobi site www.livemag.co.za

Sept 11 – Jan 14: General Manager for hubspace, Cape Town

  • Relaunch of Hub Cape Town as hubspace: branding, CI, tonality, website, copy, content
  • Marketing: hot desks, events, venue hire, conferences, CRM, online presence, social media, communications
  • Operations: implementing processes, streamlining work flows, restructuring responsibilities
  • Finances: competitor analysis, membership rates, venue hire rates, monthly running costs, annual budgets
  • Fundraising: sponsorships, social entrepreneurship, CSI
  • Events Management: sourcing speakers, promotion, logistics, MC, database maintenance, evaluation surveys
May 11 – July 11: Social Media Account Director for +one (King James Group), Cape Town
  • Social media campaign development, planning & execution for Plascon (Art From Mess), Capitec (Live Free - Swapping Mall), Europcar (Charm School), Johnnie Walker Africa, J&B Africa
  • Booking of Facebook ads
  • Compiling of social media moderation guidelines for Facebook & Twitter
  • Acting as the social media liaison to clients, suppliers & creative teams to insure all social media designs, updates & activities are on brand and consistent with company-wide efforts
  • Manage the social media monthly content calendar, coordinate and format all needed assets
  • Establish creative project objectives, deadlines & expected outcomes
  • Provide reporting & statistics on social media campaign successes

Projects:

Feb 10 – March 11: International Content Manager, MXit, Cape Town

  • Restructuring the Content Team to a functional & efficient Content Department
  • Managing the Content Team & developing their roles according to their strongest skill set
  • Understanding the MXit brand & history & incorporating the MXit feel into the content offering
  • Crafting the content strategy & creating processes to implement it in all aspects of the content provisioning
  • Driving necessary technical developments of the MXit platform to enhance work flows & usability
  • Spotting gaps in the content offering & sourcing contents accordingly
  • Establishing work relationships & negotiating contracts with the content providers, such as Softlightcity, EA Games, CAR Magazine, Africa Media Management, SuperSport, Billabong, Entertainment Africa, News 24, M-Net, ZED, Saltwater Girl, MobiMedia, SUTRA Magazine, Atlas Interactive, Hungama
  • Identifying, supplying & implementing an attractive content offer to launch into new international markets
  • Ensuring revenue targets are met & user acquisition & user retention remains stable
  • Ensuring a smooth routine of 3rd party content ingestion on MXit for SA, Kenya, Namibia, Indonesia, UK

Nov 09 – Feb 10: Graphic Designer, International Academy of Health and Skin Care, Cape Town

  • Website Optimisation: SEO, linking strategy, business directory listings, keywords, search phrases, microsites, meta tags, alt tags, image naming convention, content quality revamp, graphics optimisation, usability, accessibility, contact form, clear call to action, social networks, etc.
  • Designing & updating brochures, business cards, company stationery, logos etc.

Feb 09 April 09: EU Copywriting Manager, TripAdvisor, London

  • Reviewing and setting up new localisation processes, introducing new responsibilities & roles
  • Defining & documenting TripAdvisor brand values, defining brand language, tonality, style for EU
  • Managing the EU copywriting team (FR, IT, DE, ES), approving final copy
  • Reviewing Marketing communications, developing Marketing concepts, approving Marketing campaigns
  • Travel writing of travel guides in DE & EN

Aug 07 Jan 09: Senior International Content Editor for AditOn, PA Consulting, London

  • Product specifications & development of Squeeze, an idle screen solution daily mobile publication
  • Setting up & managing the editorial department with teams of editors, producers, content loaders & designers in Berlin, London & Bath to produce daily updates for Squeeze Germany & Squeeze International
  • Liaise with content partners such as Press Association in Germany & UK , MTV, MySpace, FriendScout24, Financial Times, N24, CineStar, TUIfly, Airgamer, Airmotion, Sport1, Kicker, PocketGamer, PocketPicks
  • Defining & implementing Squeeze brand values & guidelines & content style for mobile & web
  • Overseeing brand adaptation of clients such as Simyo, Orange , Red Bull, The Voice, Vodafone
  • Writing specifications & overseeing development of Slide Production CMS & Uploading Tool
  • Optimisation of user interface of application download & installation on mobile handsets & website

Achievements:

  • Successful launch of Squeeze Germany as part of the Simyo (E-Plus) mobile network in Germany
  • Successful launch of Squeeze International as free download from platforms such as Getjar & MOSH
  • Delivering automated content ingestion via RSS feeds for Vodafone live! Germany to a very tight deadline

Feb 07 Aug 07: E-Commerce Production Manager for Eurostar, London

  • Managing the E-Commerce Production team (Webmaster, Production Executive, Web Designer, freelancers)
  • Overseeing maintenance and regular updates of Eurostar.com for UK, FR, BE, US, INT
  • Interfacing with internal departments (IT, PR, CRM, Contact Centre, UK , FR and BE Marketing, Legal) and external content partners (e.g. Disney, Whatsonwhen, Expedia) for online promotions and merchandising
  • Planning and supervising future development and editorial releases of Eurostar.com
  • Defining and implementing processes and quality assurance for smoother work flow, brand consistency and SEO
  • Managing external suppliers (translations, copywriting, web designers, developers, agencies)
  • Managing bug and fault resolution between developers, production team and technical service advisers
  • Regular stats reports to assess effectiveness of online content in terms of click-through rates

Achievements:

Oct 06 Dec 06: Mobile Producer for News International, London

  • Developing a Java mobile application to make The Sun and News of the World accessible on mobile phones
  • Testing the application on a range of handsets, maintaining a bug log, finding solutions to eliminate faults
  • Developing the mobile CMS to ensure mobile content is published trouble-free and accurately
  • Liaise with editorial and technical teams on a day to day basis to ensure the correct functioning of the service
  • Optimising and publishing headlines, articles, images, slideshows, videos in appropriate format for mobile
  • Copywriting The Sun and NotW mobile website: FAQs, Pricing, Jargon Buster, Compatibility, How To Guide
  • Overseeing creation, updating and monitoring of The Sun and NotW mobile website

Achievements:

  • Successful launch of the mobile application and its accompanying mobile website within very tight deadline
  • Successful team management for effective interaction between editorial and technical of The Sun and NotW

June 06 Sept 06: Copywriter of web copy for uSwitch.com, London

  • Copywriting and proofreading of impartial and informative web copy about mobiles, car insurance, digital TV, gas and electricity

March 06 May 06: Travel writing about South East Asia (www.zorpia.com/TrulyJuly)

  • Travelled Mainland Malaysia, Malaysian Borneo, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia

Nov 05 - Feb 06: Producer & Editor of MTV:starzine for MTV International, London

  • Copywriting, translating, localising, editing content of MTV:starzine UK, DE , FR, IT, ES, NL and ND
  • Managing copy and design updates for new competitions and promotions and Starzine closure
  • Overseeing and approving designs and builds of advertising agency Glue
  • Overseeing localisation of MTV:starzine for other European regions: FR, IT, ES, NL and ND
  • Liaising with MTV EU offices for regional promotion
  • Weekly and monthly stats reports (e.g. page impressions, new blog pages created, user base, frequency of visits etc.)
  • Project review of MTV:starzine
  • Effective budgeting of MTV:starzine closure
  • Conducting qualitative research (e.g. phone interviews) and quantitative research (e.g. online surveys)
  • Competition analysis (e.g. other photo blogging / mobile blogging sites, online magazines etc.)
  • Linking strategy and marketing ideas (e.g. online forums, directories, PR, media exposure)
  • Compiling project plans about future prospects of MTV:starzine
  • Bug testing, navigation improvement and QA of MTV:starzine
  • Reviewing moderation policy for MTV:starzine
  • Promotion of MTV:starzine
  • Customer service for MTV:starzine

Achievements:

  • Increase of traffic on MTV:starzine by 300%, subscriptions for MTV:starzine by 160%
  • Successful delaunch of MTV:starzine, creating a positive customer experience
  • Successful budgeting, e.g. 90% reduction of initial budget for MTV:starzine closure
  • Successful localisation, writing UK and DE copy, proof reading FR, IT, ES and NL

July 05 - Oct 05: Team Lead Mobile Content Production for Discovery Channel, London

Jan 05 – Nov 05 : Mobile Content Producer for Disney Mobile, London

  • Delivery of Disney Mobile content to mobile operators and aggregators across EMEA
    - Compiling Disney Mobile content packages for mobile operators and aggregators across EMEA
    - Uploading Disney Mobile content to CMS of business clients
    - Client Relationship Management for the German market
  • Client Relationship Management of Disney Mobile customers for UK, Germany, France, Netherlands
    - Setting up categories for an automated Customer Service emailing programme and writing standardised Customer Service email answers
    - Managing email enquiries
    - Managing voicemail complaints
  • Writing and localising mobile content (SMS, WAP, i-mode, web, video episodics, product names etc. ) for UK and Germany
    - Localising Witch mobile content
    - Copywriting for Disney's i-mode mobile platform 'Disney Town', a monthly subscription service for Disney Mobile content
    - Localising Disney Toon Town online game 'Schooling Around' for Germany
    - Writing viral copy for Winnie the Pooh competition
    - Copywriting for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy website
    - Localising Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy website for Germany
    - Writing mobile copy for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy WAP site
    - Localising Herbie mobile content
    - Copywriting The Muppets mobile website
    - Localising The Muppets mobile website for Germany
    - Localising Chicken Little WAP site for Germany
    - Localising the Goal! WAP site for Germany
    - Localising Narnia mobile content
  • Editing, writing, updating and overseeing localisation for Disney mobile websites (UK, Germany, France and Spain) through Disney’s content management system ‘Pluto’
    - Copywriting home page flash animation for promoting new Disney Mobile content (e.g. Easter, Summer, Witch, Chicken Little , Halloween, Herbie, Narnia)
    - Selecting and adapting new Disney Mobile content
    - Copywriting special promotions
    - Proofreading and Quality Assurance
  • Writing, translating and overseeing localisation for monthly B2B Disney Mobile newsletter
  • Quality Assurance of Disney Mobile content
    - Testing handsets for Disney Mobile content compatibility
    - Testing Disney Mobile content (games, ringtones, voice characters, screensavers, wallpapers, etc.)

Achievements:

  • Successful establishment of business relations for the German market with Jamba and T-Mobile

July 04 - Dec 04: Copywriting, Events Organisation, PR, Marketing for Medialink Worldwide, London

Achievements:

  • Successful PR and Marketing, e.g. for Brick Lane Festival: 10% increase in attendance

June 04 - Aug 04: Marketing, Arts & Education Administration for Bow Arts Trust, part-time, London

  • Assisting in setting up arts education programmes and workshops
  • General administration: invoicing, contracts, Access databases, Outlook Calendar, Excel sheets, general correspondence

April 04 – May 04: Website Concept, Design, Content for DZNE inc. (www.freewebs.com/dzne)

Nov 2003: Copywriting, Creative Translations for Digital Outlook, freelance, London

March 03 – March 2004: Content & Online Communities Coordinator for New Media Knowledge, London

  • Writing, editing, commissioning, proofing and researching content for NMK websites
  • HTML coding of articles and content for online publication
  • Quality assurance, testing and bug-checking for new web development
  • Marketing: press releases, flyers, email, viral, listings, co-promotion deals etc.
  • Building communities, maintaining contact with members, esp. for the digital arts section
  • Assisting in the development and delivery of events and courses: report writing, correspondence, customer liaison and networking, Access databases, PowerPoint, Excel sheets, general administration

Nov 02 – Feb 03: Web Design for Antersite Ltd, London

  • Creating Pop-Up windows and developing Marketing ideas for the FLYA website

June 02 – Nov 02: Freelance Journalist

April 02 – May 02: Production Assistant for Image Dynamic Pictures, London

  • Organising casting: casting scout, motivator; filming, photographing and filing of applicants
  • Runner for Liquid People 'Monster' music video shoot, Ministry of Sound

Aug 2001: Video Editor for Momento Media, freelance, Cologne

  • Copying original material from Beta tapes onto AVID hard drives
  • Rough cut of some scenes

July 01 - Aug 01: Studio Manager & Video Editing at Emanon Film Production, Cologne

  • Running the office (reception, daily correspondence, prepare meetings, administration etc.)
  • Training in AVID: editing video, rough cut of footage for 'Interwait TV'
  • Organising casting, facilities and equipment hire, staff recruitment etc. for 'Interwait TV'
  • Pitching for music videos, writing and translating treatments

Dec 00 – Jan 01: Several temping jobs for Irene Anderson Associates, London

July 00 – Sept 00: Translation, Copywriting, Concept for LanguageMax, freelance, New York

  • Defining concept, target groups and writing style for the online language learning website
  • Copywriting introduction and website copy in English and German
  • Video-presenting in English and German

May 00 – June 00: Copywriting, Translation, Editing for Bates UK, freelance, London

  • Copywriting three ads from English into German for 'Scotchgard TM' in two versions:
    one close to the text and one more commercial
  • Translating 25 hours recorded interviews for a research project of 'Lucky Strike' from German into English
  • Editing key scenes of these 25 'Lucky Strike' DV tapes into a short presentation movie

Jan 00 – March 00: Reception at I-D Media, part-time, London

  • Reception, general correspondence, organise meetings and travel, general administration etc.

March 99 – Aug 99: Copywriter at Wunderman Cato Johnson, Frankfurt

  • Copywriting for 'Bosch','Ericsson', 'IBM' and 'Xerox':
    headlines, product names, print ads, direct mail, TV-spots, radio-spots, product brochures, campaigns and concepts

1996 – 1999: Apprenticeship in Advertising Business with Ogilvy & Mather, Duesseldorf

  • Junior traineeship in all departments of an advertising agency:
    client services, traffic, accountancy, production, media buying and planning, creative
  • Participation in training schemes with regular weekend seminars and workshops
  • Job placements with Ogilvy suppliers in print and lithography:
    Werk2 (studio for digital production), Laser Litho 4 (lithographic works), Industriedruck Krefeld (printing works)

July - Aug 1992: Youth group leader for the Protestant Social Welfare, Hamm

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Aug 14: Care Clown Training by The UPliftment Programme, Cape Town

Feb 14 – June 14: SAQA 115208 - Principles of Fundraising & 115209 - Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management at The Fundraising Academy, Cape Town

Dec 13: Art of Stress by Happiness University, Cape Town

Oct 13 – Feb 14: Entrepreneurial Development Programme VeloCITI at Bandwidth Barn, Cape Town

March 04 - April 04: Essentials of Managing and Supervising Course, Community Links, London

Feb 2004: Business Start Up for The Creative Arts Course, The London Institute, London

Nov 2002: Web Design Course, Antersite Ltd, London

Oct 02 – Dec 02: NCFE Advanced Multimedia Design Course, Lambeth College, London

Sept 02 – Dec 02: HTML Course, Tower Hamlets College, London

July 02 – Jan 03: City & Guilds Journalism Course (Distinction), CSV Media, London
Subjects passed: Journalism, Radio Reporting & Production, Public Administration, Researching & Recording Information

April 02 – June 02: Dreamweaver Course, Tower Hamlets College, London

Feb 01 – June 01: Erasmus Exchange continuing my Communications Studies at Université Paris 10, Paris

Sept 99 – June 02: BA Hons (2.1) Communications & Audio Visual Production Studies, London Guildhall University (now London Metropolitan University), London
Subjects passed: Communications Studies, Communications History, Communications Theory, Cognitive & Developmental Psychology, Personality & Social Psychology, Media Studies, History of Mass Media & Popular Culture, Film & TV Design, Theatre Studies, Photography in the Media, Film as a Popular Art, Film as an Art Form, Documentary Production, Theories of the Body, Advanced Audio Visual Production, Dramatic Fiction in Audio Visual Media, British Cinema Studies, Cinema & Literature in USA, Cinema & Ideology in USA, Advanced Photojournalism, Creative Writing, Script Writing, French

Jan 1999: State-approved Examination Certificate in Advertising Business (First), College of Further Education Duesseldorf
Subjects passed: Economics, Accountancy, Print Production, Creative, Communications, Marketing, Market Research, Data Processing, Business Operations, English

Aug 97 – Jan 99: European Marketing & Business course, College of Further Education Duesseldorf
Subjects passed: History of the European Union, Cultural Differences in Business Structures, Working in a Foreign Country, English, French

June 1996: Abitur (A-levels), Gymnasium Hammonense, Hamm
Subjects passed: Biology, English, German, Philosophy, Maths, French

Aug 1993: Vacation school at International School of English & Commerce, Worthing

June 1992: Certificate for leading youth groups

 

LANGUAGES:

German: Native language, excellent skills in 'High German'
for copywriting, web writing, translation, localisation, proofreading, creative writing
etc.
English: Fluent spoken English, excellent writing skills
for copywriting, web writing, translation, localisation, proofreading, script writing, creative writing etc.
French: Fluent spoken French, good written French
Latin: Latin Proficiency Certificate

 

COMPUTING:

Advanced skills in use of Internet (Internet Research Methods, Linking Strategy, SEO, SEM), Windows, Mac Os, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, Power Point), Microsoft Project, File Maker Pro, WAP, i-mode, HTML, CSS, CMS (e.g. Volantis, Mobile 365, ez Publish, Liferay, lateral & customised CMS), Adobe CS5 (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, Firworks, Acrobat), Adobe Premiere, AVID, Cool Edit, multimedia platforms, online & mobile technologies (Symbian, Android, WAP, API, SMS, MMS, USSD, GPRS, Bluetooth, QR codes, VAS, LBS, Apps, QA, UX, CS)
 

ADD-ON SKILLS:

NMK courses: Copywriting for Digital Media, Managing Online Communities, Measuring Website Effectiveness, Internet Research Methods, Linking Strategy, Successful Presentation Techniques, Marketing your Business, Spotting Market Opportunities, Mobile Games, Change Management, Online Advertising etc.

Bandwidth Barn workshops: Value Proposition, Business model, Market and Customer Segmentation, Financial Statements, Compliance and Business Legislation, Budgets, Forecasts and Performance Measurement, Pricing, Effective Social Media Marketing, Growth Working Capital and Cash Flow, Management, Business/Action Plan, Developing Investor strategy

 

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS:

2001: Sailing Licenses in Catamaran and Windsurfing
1999: IELTS (7.0)
1992: First Aid Certificate

 

ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

Since May 14: Laughter Facilitation
Aug - Oct 2009: Travelling Europe
May - July 2009:
Stable Management at the Equestrian Centre, Mudchute Farm, London
Jan 2009:
Travelling South Africa
Sept - Oct 2008: Travelling China
Jan 2007:
Travelling South Africa
June 2006: Travelling Sardinia
March - May 2006: Travelling South East Asia
Feb 2006: Travelling Prague
Oct 2003: Travelling Barcelona
June - July 2002: Horseriding Instructor at Hyde Park, London
April - May 2002: Workshops in poetry and writing at Centreprise, London
March 2002: Movie night reviews for Shunt, Vibe Bar, Rhythm Factory, London
Dec 2001:
Workshop in street poetry at the Soho Writers Centre, London
Sept 2001: Travelling Italy
June 2001:
Catamaran and Windsurfing course at Lifetime Sport, Netherlands
April 2001:
Travelling South Africa
July - Sept 2000: Travelling New York and Canada
Nov 1999: Freelance Journalist for the London Guildhall student’s magazine 'G’echo'
Feb 1999: Direction and production of my own short film 'More murder' with Medienprojekt Wuppertal, Germany
Oct 1998: Direction and production of my own short film 'Bleeding' with Medienprojekt Wuppertal, Germany
July 1998: Travelling Greece
June - July 1995: Work experience at Langcliffe Hotel, Blackpool
1994 - 1995: Direction and production of my own absurdist theatre play
'Les Leçons' within our school’s literature course
Oct 1994: Self-painted billboard against poverty in Hamm, The Green Party, Hamm
July 1994: 'Sommerakademie', art workshop with Otmar Alt followed by an exhibition of our art work, Hamm
1992 - 1996: 'Art and Creativity' - working group of the youth centre, Hamm

 

INTEREST:

Arts: writing, poetry, photography, painting, drawing, filming
Cultural events: private views, exhibitions, theatre, performances, live poetry, festivals, dance, opera
Activities: trade fairs, networking events, exhibitions, live music, eat out
Sports: cycling, Inline skating, horse riding, windsurfing, sailing, Salsa dancing
Travelled: Europe, New York State, Canada, South Africa, South East Asia, China

 

CAREER OBJECTIVE

 

I think every experience of working with communications will strengthen my writing abilities. I'm looking for an occupation which indeed occupies me as I'm personally interested in it. I welcome challenges pushing me to achieve more than I would have imagined. I rather work hard and under pressure than in a routinely every day job. I'm highly interested in what's going on in the world and therefore love dealing with latest news, recent events and new trends. I enjoy working with fresh spirits who inspire finding creative solutions within a team. I like to be with motivated people who work productively together and have a lot to give, so that working together means learning something new every day. That is why I work as a creative in the media doing copywriting, web writing, mobile writing, creative translations, localisation, journalistic writing, travel writing, movie scripts, music video treatments, marketing campaigns, PR, promotion, event planning and whatever comes along.

 

SOCIAL SKILLS

 

I can be creative on my own and writing can be quite a lonesome job that requires concentration and self-discipline. But I enjoy most working as part of a creative team. I love being part of the process of generating new ideas, brainstorming, developing concepts together, being encouraged in my creative output and giving impulses for new ideas. For this, I actively create a good working atmosphere. Especially under pressure, a good team spirit is essential for finding solutions or hit the deadline. I have excellent communications skills and excel in presenting ideas and convince with valid arguments. I am outgoing and enjoy speaking in public. As I'm very spontaneous and like to play with words, I am humorous and always cheer up my colleagues. In addition, I can adapt to a new working environment easily, as I have experienced customs and cultures of various societies during my travels, which broadened my horizon.

 

REFERENCES UPON REQUEST

 

Read the references by Jan Carstens, Emanon Medien, Brian McClain,LanguageMax and Monique Lillicrap, Image Dynamic Pictures.

Charles Maisel
Founder and Trustee
The Fundraising Academy
Unit 15, Gardens Business Village
Hope Street, Cape Town 8001, SA
Tel: +27 (0) 21 461 8376

Mandy Shrimpton
Co-Founder
Heart Capital
Unit 201, Old Castle Brewery Building
Woodstock, Cape Town 7429, SA
Tel: +27 (0) 21 442 9600

Anna Parsons
HR/Office Manager
TripAdvisor Ltd
7 Soho Square London, W1D 3QB, UK
Tel: +44 (0)203 320 3253

Simon Ashley
Commercial Manager
News Group Digital
News International
1 Virginia St, London E98 1XY, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7782 6000

Lisa Farmer
Mobile Product Delivery Manager, EMEA
Walt Disney Internet Group
3 Queen Caroline Street
London W6 9PE, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 208 222 1000

Colin Kirkpatrick
Online Editor NMK
New Media Knowledge
115 New Cavendish Street
London W1W 6UW, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 207 911 5000

Natalie Melton
CEO
Weston Spirit
Unit 4, Nelson Street Studios
Caxton Street North, London E16 1DS, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 151 258 1066

Monique Lillicrap
Producer
Image Dynamic Pictures London
8a Delancey Passage
London NW1 7NN, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 207 419 4655

Jan Carstens
Managing Director
Emanon Medien
Aachener Strasse 7
50674 Cologne, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)221 272 41 40

Joerg Puphal
Creative Director Wunderman Europe
Wunderman Cato Johnson
Kleyerstrasse 19
60 326 Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Tel: +49 (0) 69 7502 7 222

Reuben September
Chairman & CEO
Luminet Group
Southdowns Office Park, Block D
22 Karee Road, Irene, Centurion 0062, SA
Tel: +27 (0) 12 665 3638

Gavin Marshall
Head of Innovation
MXit
La Gratitude Building
97 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch 7600, SA
Tel: +27 (0) 21 888 7000

Wolfgang Waehner-Schmidt
Head of Content
AditOn, PA Consulting
123 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SR
Tel: +44 (0)20 7730 9000

Tom Dolan
Senior Manager, Mobile
International Digital Media
MTV Networks International
180 Oxford Street, London W1D 1DS, UK
Tel: +44 (0)207 478 6000

Eddie Vassallo
Project Manager, Mobile
Discovery Networks International
Discovery House, Chiswick Park Building 2
566 Chiswick High Road, London W4 5YB, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 20 88 11 3000

Craig Hill
Managing Director
Digital Outlook
Covden House, 7a Langley Street
London WC2H 9JA, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 207 420 8220

Sophie Coudray
Managing Director
Antersite Ltd
25 Links Yard
Spelman Street, London E1 5LX, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 207 377 1345

Jane Ehrlich
Tutor Journalism
London Metropolitan University
133 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QA, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 207 320 1955

Brian McClain
Managing Director
LanguageMax
862 Sixth Avenue
New York 1001, USA
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Michael Kratzsch
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