Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Acting & Additional Coursework in Professional Writing

Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI

College of Arts and Letters, Honors College

  • Magna Cum Laude G.P.A. 3.96

  • Dean's List

 

Communication Experience

 

PR, Writing, Website, & Media Intern

Traverse City Film Festival; East Lansing, MI

  • Responsible for drafting and posting an instagram every day for the @tcfilmfest & @downtowntc instagram

  • Kept the website and blog up to date on wordpress

  • Drafted PR emails, blog, facebook (23k likes), and twitter posts (10k followers) to promote certain activities at the festival

  • Contributed engaging content that helped increase instagram followers by 18%, +720 facebook likes in 1 month

  • Collaborated with a writing team to create engaging, relevant, and creative social media updates

  • Wrote, filmed, and edited promotional videos for the festival and their sponsors

  • Collaborated with design interns to create promotional graphics for various events

  • Responsible for consistent use of branding across various mediums

  • Logged filmmaker flight information and social media analytic statistics every day

  • Volunteered at the State Theatre & the Bijou Theatre in concessions and changing the marquee

 

Video Research Assistant

Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI

  • Collaborated with professionals to write and produce multiple videos per semester

  • Filmed and edited an instructional video for THR 101's online course

  • Edited 3 music videos for an ESL course in intensive practice of English skills

 

The Fredricksen Stage Combat Intensive Intern

Michigan State Univeristy; East Lansing, MI

  • Maintained accurate content and professionalism of the website (thefredrickesen.com)

  • Assisted in planning and preparation of the schedule and supplies

  • Responsible for organizing and storing weapons

 

YouTube Partner

  • Wrote, edited, produced, acted in, and uploaded 220+ videos

  • 56k+ channel views

  • Produced original content to develop my web identity

  • Wednesday Vlogger on the "World Wide Witteos" channel

 

Technical Writer

Institute of Cyber Enabled Research; East Lansing, MI

  • Crafted instructional documentation of how to use Linux 

  • Organized a list of software that iCER utilizes

 

 

Leadership Experience

Office Manager

Traverse City Film Festival; Traverse City, MI

  • Supervise, train, and oversee 30 college-age festival interns, fostering their professional growth and helping to instill a sense of community

  • Provide world-class, patient first point of contact customer service for volunteers and patrons

  • Coordinate intern events, schedules, and communications

  • Key master for all festival keys checked out

Road Director / Assistant Creative Director

Brainstormers! L.L.C.; Royal Oak, MI

  • Lead a team of actors/roadies on tour by providing direction and feedback

  • Point of contact for school administrators while on tour

  • Complete Road Director paperwork for every show noting show quality/changes/issues

  • Operate an industrial van to and from shows

  • Collaborate with the Creative Director to produce, edit, and administer new scripts

  • Contribute to appropriate creative decisions to improve productions

  • Perform every week in improvised scenes that require costumes to be pulled, sound cues on the fly, and volunteer suggestions/actors from the audience

  • Lead a group of elementary students in a creative writing workshop

  • Contribute to student’s confidence in writing and performing

  • Sift through student submission and prepares a 5 story show with casting and story outlines

  • Load in and set up a traveling set with sound, signage, backdrop, and costumes​

 

Shift Supervisor

Starbucks; Waterford MI

  • Acts with integrity, honesty and knowledge that promote the culture, values and mission of Starbucks

  • Assists with new partner training by positively reinforcing successful performance and giving respectful and encouraging coaching as needed

  • Follows Starbucks operational policies and procedures, including those for cash handling and safety and security, to ensure the safety of all partners during each shift

  • Delivers legendary customer service to all customers by acting with a customer comes first attitude and connecting with the customer

  • Contributes to positive team environment by recognizing alarms or changes in partner morale and performance and communicating them to the store manager

 

Advertising Chair

Spartan Theatrical Artist Resource Team; East Lansing, MI

  • Creating and executing engagement strategies to improve recruitment numbers by documenting student activities and interacting with followers

  • Canvassing posters and postcards across East Lansing to increase ticket sales for 5 shows per semester

  • Filming rehearsals to contribute to a promotional video

  • Collaborating with chair members to revitalize fundraising strategies

  • Launched and managed @msuDOTstudents twitter and instagram to increase their web footprint by gaining 100 followers

 

Marketing Director

Haunted AUD; East Lansing, MI

  • Increased facebook likes by 23%, reached 1,951 people, received 219 engagements

  • Canvassed posters and postcards across East Lansing to increase ticket sales

  • Raised $30,309 in 3 nights

  • Wrote, directed, filmed, and edited a promotional video that received 125 views in a week

  • Coordinated marketing activities to expand our audience

 

Teaching Assistant

Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI

  • Supervised a class of 12 students and their stage combat techniques to help tell a story safely

  • Improved student learning by tracking their performance and reinforcing concepts

  • Observed professor communication techniques and implemeneted strategies taht resonated with students

  • Recognized common mistakes and applied them to my own technique

 

Camp Counselor

Independence Township Parks and Recreation and Seniors; Clarkston MI

  • Monitored 50 3rd-5th grade campers by leading sports, team building, and craft activities that contributed to their physical and emotional growth 

  • CPR & First Aid certified to understand protocol in case of emergency

 

Assistant Manager

Vector Marketing; East Lansing, MI

  • Attended "THE Leadership Academy" which prepared me for managing a branch office

  • Interviewed and hired skilled employees

  • Attended 4 advanced training regional conferences to learn how to enhance sale techniques

  • Distributed 100 advertising fliers on campus per week for recruitment​

 

 

Volunteer Experience

 

Audiobook Narrator

State of Michigan Braille and Talking Book Library; Lansing, MI

  • Narrated an audiobook for citizens with disabilities to borrow and enjoy

  • Monitored and edited during a recording session to ensure efficient recordings

 

Tower Guard

Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI

  • Volunteered 4 hours a week (120 total) assisting disabled students

  • Read and scribed for student tests to provide them means of assesment

  • Scanned and created e-textbooks for students

 

Teen Board Member

Helping Hearts Helping Hands Charity; Clarkston, MI

  • Assembled and mailed charity ball invitations to 200+ guests

  • Assisted with multiple fundraisers that raised over $20,000

 

Technical Skills

Proficient in: iMovie, Microsoft Office, Typing

Comfortable with: HTML, CSS, Photoshop, InDesign, Final Cut Pro, Audacity

 

Awards

  • Starbucks Partner of the Quarter: June, 2017

  • Banner Bearer for the College of Arts and Letters Spring 2016 Commencement

  • 2 Michigan State University Undergraduate Research Initiative Grants

  • Frank C. Rutledge Schoalrship

  • Michigan State Univeristy Creative Arts Scholarship

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September 2014–May 2014

January 2009–May 2012

 

 

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