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RedMaidenArt - Freelance Book Cover Design & Technical Illustration
13
Kudos
5.0
2 Skills
$15
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Kate Evans (b1988)____________________________________________________ Education 2013-14 Masters in Art Practice University of South Wales. Wales 2012 Post graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Cardiff University. Wales 2010 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Cardiff Metropolitan University. Wales Upcoming Exhibitions Oct 2014 RedMaidenArt © at Scardiff, Cardiff, Wales. Oct 2014 Made in Roath, Skittle-alley Gallery, Cardiff, Wales. Oct 2014 Made in Roath, Sho Gallery, Cardiff, Wales. Sept 2014 MA Art Practice Show, Treforest Campus, Treforest, Wales Nov 2014 Outside Art, Butetown Arts and History Centre, Cardiff, Wales. Dec 2014 Lushism, Jacobs Market, Cardiff, Wales. Exhibitions July 2014 Psychedelic, Leckwith Place, Cardiff, Wales. July 2014 Half Bound, The Abacus, Cardiff, Wales. July 2014 Sum of all its parts, The Abacus, Cardiff, Wales. July 2014 Outset, The Gate Art centre, Cardiff, Wales. 2014 Summer Show, Butetown Arts and History Centre, Cardiff, Wales. 2014 Art Practice Show, Trefforest Campus, Wales. 2013: RedMaidenArt © at Scardiff, Mecure Hotel, Cardiff, Wales. 2013: Red MaidenArt © at Comic Con, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales.2012: Birth, Death and Hereafter group exhibition, Capital Arcade, Cardiff, Wales. 2012: Made in roath, Skittle Gallery, Cardiff, Wales. 2012: Live Charity Painting at the Gambit world Premier, London, England. 2012: Parallax art fair, Chelsea town hall, London, England.2011: Made in Roath Open House Solo Exhibition, 83a Crwys Road, Cardiff, Wales.2011: Jazzcakes 100 postcards, The Royal Standard, Liverpool, England. 2011: Jazzcakes 100 postacards, The Milkwood Gallery, Cardiff, Wales. 2010: Made in Roath, The Gate Arts Cantre, Cardiff, Wales. 2010: Giggle Showcase, GIDIW Bar, Cardiff, Wales. 2010: 100 sqft, Chomley Boys Club, London, England. 2010: Glyn Mills Haiti Charity Auction, Buffalo Bar, Cardiff, Wales. 2010: UWIC Summer Show 2010, UWIC Howard Gardens Campus, Cardiff, Wales. 2009: 2nd Year Painting, Jacobs Market, Cardiff, Wales. 2008: Works on Paper, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales. 2008: Imaginary Environments, Bayart Gallery, Cardiff, Wales. 2008: Art at the Bar, The Loft Bar, Cardiff, Wales. 2007: Foundation Show, Crosskeys College, Gwent, Wales. Commissions 2013 Ghosts: Sam Spallucci Novel Cover and interior illustration 2013 Cthulhu Cymraeg Novel Cover and interior illustrations 2013 Gambit World Premier live painting The painting, signed by all film actors and I was auctioned raising £3100 for Children in Need Charity 2013 Premier Live Painting A painting commissioned during a Wedding within Rushton Hall, Kettering. Publications: Aesthetica Magazine issue 60 Aug /Sept 2014 p156 Art Share Love Wales issue June/July 2014 p 15-16 Catapult Magazine
cardiff, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Chico - Freelance Tattoo Design, Drawing, Horror Art, T-Shirt Design, & Mural Painting
21
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3.5
8 Skills
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I'll keep this pretty simple, I've been into art all my life and have used many mediums. Black and gray, charcoal, acrylics, airbrush, murals, and I am currently in the tattoo field. I'm always looking to broaden my horizon in the art industry and I'm always looking for a challenge. You can contact me at Chicosart@gmail.com.
Henderson, Nevada, United States
Ashley Largent - Freelance Admin Support & Office Management
0
Kudos
4.5
2 Skills
$10
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Ashley Largent 729 Henderson Ave Rossville, GA 30741 Phone: (843) 685-5968 or (706) 463-9773 Email: supermom12042702@yahoo.com Objective: To obtain gainful employment Education: Tennessee Real Estate Education System, Chattanooga, TN Studying to obtain Real Estate license March 2013- Present Ashford University (Bridgepoint Education, Inc.), San Diego, CA BA Human Resource Management (Minor in Healthcare Administration) January 2010 - Present (estimated graduation date of March 2014) Professional Experience: Williams and Williams Realty Services Personal Assistant March 2013 - Present Olan Mills Portrait Studio Acquisition Sales Representative March 2013 – April 2013 Healthcare Services Group Housekeeper December 2012 – February 2013 Cleaning rooms in a nursing home facility IHT Staffing Housekeeper September 2012 –December 2012 Filing in where needed at different hotels like Sea Mist Resort Temporary Job/On-Call Status America’s Best Value Inn Housekeeper June 2012- September 2012 Cleaning rooms, assisting guests with their needs (job ending at the end of the season, temporary job) Creative Chiropractic, LLC, Gaffney, SC Office Manager/Receptionist June 2011 - November 2011 Set appointments, greeted patients, received payments, handled billing, answered phones, ordered supplies, and assisted with patients' needs. B&K Janitorial, Chattanooga, TN Housekeeper February 2005- November 2010 Cleaning houses and businesses in the Chattanooga area (businesses included Pet Smart and Circuit City) Volunteer Experience; Gaffney High School/ Jaymie Dobbins -assisted with special needs teenagers, helped them learn life skills, helped them with schoolwork, tried to make a difference in their lives by helping them do normal things like cook, go to school functions (pep rallies, prom, etc) put make up on, etc. {special needs ranging from Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, attention deficient disorders, autism/Asperger’s syndrome, and children that were born with drugs in their systems which caused developmental delays and mental disorders.} Knows very beginnger basic sign language. Skills / Abilities: Time Management Skills Research and Problem Solving Organizational Skills Skilled in Microsoft Office and Excel Knowledgeable in Autumn 8 Program Has ability to communicate between multiple phone lines Can type 65+ words per minute
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Mike Aragon - Freelance UI Design & UX Design
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5.0
2 Skills
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Summary of Skills: • UI / UX Designer specializing in creating elegant, effective and engaging online experiences • Collaborate with Product Management and IT teams to create and refine user experience solutions • Effectively articulate ideas through wireframes and prototypes for proof-of-concept and usability testing • Define and lead user-centered design processes and approaches for large and small scale projects • Translate business and user goals into user centered design features as part of an overall solution • Conduct user testing at various stages of a product life cycle • Lead internal and client-facing UI/UX design presentations • Comfortable working with tight deadlines and multiple projects in parallel • Able to communicate and incorporate user experience best practices and user-centered design throughout the software development life cycle • Can bridge the communication gap between business, design, infrastructure, developers and the end user. • Search engine optimization and internet/email marketing. • HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and Visio. • Experienced with agile/scrum software development methodology. Work Experience Interaction Designer Western Union (Financial Services Company) - Englewood, CO November 2010 to Present • Worked closely with usability team members, content team, product managers, development teams and other internal stakeholders to build storyboards, proof-of-concept mockups, demos and prototypes based on business requirements and goals. • Developed detailed UI specifications for developers to implement within US and foreign web sites. • Clearly defined and documented user interaction and guidelines for multi-national web delivery. • Worked with cross-department teams on A/B testing to improve conversion rates, sales and overall revenue. • Rapidly develop and wireframes, user-flows and mock-ups of user interfaces web applications based on user/stakeholders requirements. • Work across multiple departments and vendors to incorporate user centered design while meeting business goals and balancing SDLC (software development life cycle) resources. • Promote user centered design processes, standards, and best practices within the various projects. Software Interaction Designer (UI/UX Engineer) Universal Technical Institute (Higher Education Technical School) - Phoenix, AZ February 2010 to November 2010 • Responsible for design of new and redesign of existing software applications and features with a focus on the user’s experience and interaction with the goal of making the user’s interaction clear and efficient. • Collaborate with business users, students, and IT peers in the creation of user centric designs, with a focus on creating designs that are not only operational, but also usable and adaptable based on the user’s needs. • Provide technical leadership, coaching and mentoring to other team members in implementing user centric design principles throughout the SDLC process. • Cleary articulate complex concepts to a diverse audience. • Design complex web user interface and application interactions within a Microsoft .net multi-tier environment. • Lead information architecture data gathering through various methods, such as card sorting, infinity diagramming and prototyping. • Rapidly develop wireframes and mock-ups of user interfaces for both web and desktop applications based on user/stakeholders requirements. • Develop storyboards for new applications, modules or functionality. • Develop UI specifications for internal and external web sites and web applications. • Work with .net and progress Scrum Teams in designing and developing final Graphical User Interfaces, including multiple interface designs with different skins and form factors. • Conduct usability testing of new and current interfaces, designs, websites, web and desktop applications. • Gather information on user metrics from automated tools, surveys, and direct observation. • Work across multiple departments and vendors to incorporate user centered design while meeting business goals and balancing SDLC (software development life cycle) resources. Senior Interaction Designer / Web Application Developer Mind Streams (Education Service company) - Phoenix, AZ August 2008 to February 2010 • Responsible for designing and maintaining all dynamically database driven websites. Responsible for implementing various web and email marketing strategies for a wide range of projects. • Responsible for creating and maintaining web-based applications, public facing web sites, email and print marketing campaigns. • Utilized A/B testing for email campaigns to improve lead conversion. • Customized lead management system updating PHP/SQL code based on user requirements. • Provided support for web-based applications, public facing web sites and email marketing campaigns using various web based languages and software: o PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Flash, Photoshop, InDesign and Fireworks • Developed wireframes, mock ups, and story boards for new web applications. • Implemented Open Source CMS (WordPress) solution for web 2.0 course content application. Customized modules and templates for course content delivery based on user access. • Implemented and maintained SEO (Search Engine Optimization) strategies, including Google AdWords to increase company websites visibility and search engine traffic. Web Interface / Application Designer – Instructional Systems Innovation Center - Glendale Community College - Glendale, AZ August 1995 to August 2008 • Project Coordinator for campus website redesign (www.gccaz.edu) project. Conducted usability testing and worked with multiple user groups along with developers and server/network administrators to meet aggressive timeline for implementing new website design. • Designed and developed multiple database driven web-based applications to streamline support systems for multiple departments. • Conduct usability testing of new and current interfaces, designs, websites and web based applications. • Served as information architecture and interactive design resource for SharePoint 2007 intranet implementation. • Provided instructional support for faculty and staff using various web based technologies. o HTML, AJAX, XML, CSS, JavaScript, Cold Fusion, Adobe Flash, Adobe Photoshop / Fireworks (including image optimization for web delivery), digitize video for Windows/ Real Media delivery. • Implementation and Administration of multiple Windows 2003 servers o Main campus web server (www.gccaz.edu) o Web based assessment server (Question Mark Perception) o Macromedia/Adobe Cold Fusion server o Real Media server / Windows Media server • Provided technical support for web-based course delivery system (Blackboard & Midas). Worked with instructors to optimize and deliver web based or web enhanced instruction. • Routinely worked with IT staff, Students, Faculty and Administration to design and implement cost-efficient, effective technology solutions based on the needs of the college. • Was promoted from Operations Technician to Information Services Technician in 1996. • Was promoted from Information Services Technician to Web Application Developer in 1996. • Was promoted from Web Application Developer to Web Interface / Application Designer in 1998. Education & Training • Capella University, Bachelor of Studies in Information Technology - Web Application Development • 1992 – 1994 Glendale Community College • Arizona State Community College Certification, Business Personal Computers / Computer Information Systems • Implementing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 & Implementing Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 & • Implementing a Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Network Infrastructure • Implementing and Administering Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Directory Services • DIGITAL UNIX 4.0 (TCP/IP) NETWORK MGMT & DIGITAL UNIX 4.0 Performance Tuning Notable • Presenter at the League for Innovation in the Community College 2008 Innovations Conference – eCourses: Online Web Portal for non-structured courses • Maricopa Community College District Finalist for 2006-2007 Innovation of Year Award Program- eCourses • Co-Presenter at the League for Innovation in the Community College 2004 Innovations Conference – Safe, Secure and Cost-Effective Delivery of Computerized Tests, February 2004 • Presented at The National College Testing Association 2001 Annual Conference - Converting Faculty to Online Assessments: A Case Study, August 2001 • Presented at the League for Innovation in the Community College 2000 Conference on Information Technology - Using Question Mark Perception for online assessment, November 2000 • League for Innovation in the Community College Finalist for the 2000 – 2001 Innovation of the Year Award Program - Shared Authoring on the Collaborative Calendar • Interviewed by BizAZ Magazine (Jan/Feb 2000) for the article, “The Internet and your business – Getting the most from your web site” Portfolio Online Portfolio for public accessible sites can be found here … http://www.aragonwebdesign.com References References are available upon request.
Englewood, Colorado, United States
Cameron Beech - Freelance Photography & Writing
5
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4.0
2 Skills
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I'm a 20 year-old college student aspiring to be a writer and professional photographer. I enjoy taking photos of landscapes, nature, and anything that looks cool. I like writing of all kinds, but mainly fantasy and content writing, as well as script / screenplay writing. I'm skilled and class-trained in photoshop and illustrator and enjoy editing photos to simply correct mistakes as well as adding effects and designs to them. I'm also able to use Adobe Onlocation to record voiceovers. I can create and design fantasy maps as well.
Huntsville, Alabama, United States
lollipupgirl Productions - Freelance Album Design & Digital Art
25
Kudos
3.0
2 Skills
$25
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I am a self taught digital artist. I have a very creative eye. The things I have learned can not be taught in school. I come up with very unique artwork and photographs.I feel that everything that I do comes from having a creative mind and passion for art. My art is very colorful, fun, and fantasy. I really can add a creative twist to anything. If you give me a try you wont be sorry! My art has been published in Photoshop Creative magazine 7 times, not for being perfect but for being creative and unique. I am also the winner of Photo of the Day on Canon Cameras website. You can check me out here... lollipupgirl.com
Michigan, United States
Tierney Israel - Freelance Article Writing & Book Writing
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3.0
2 Skills
$8
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I received my BA in English two years ago. I have several years of editing experience. I was an editor for the literary magazine at my college. I have also done a lot of professional freelance editing for up and coming authors over the past year. I feel that my strengths lie in fiction and creative non-fiction editing, but I am also proficient in article and blog writing as well. I would be willing to provide a sample of my editing skills by editing a few pages of your work for free (this only applies to works longer than 20 pages).
West Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Phyliss Thomas - Freelance Business Consulting & Grant Writing
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4.5
2 Skills
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Dr. Phyliss F. Thomas P.O. Box 13892 Alexandria, LA 71315-3892 (318) 709-1862 Dr.Phyliss@gmail.com Skills Skill Name Skill Level 10 Key Advanced Accounts Payable Advanced Billing Advanced Call Center Experience Advanced Creative Writing Expert Customer Service Advanced Data Entry Operator Advanced Database Administrator Advanced Executive Admin Assistant Advanced Filing Advanced Human Resources Experience Advanced Loan Processor Advanced Management Experience Expert Microsoft Access Expert Microsoft Excel Expert Microsoft PowerPoint Advanced Microsoft Word Advanced Problem Solving Expert Proposals/Technical Writer Expert Purchasing Expert Receptionist Expert Recruiting Advanced Sales Advanced Trade Show/Seminar Host Advanced Trainer Expert Typing Dr. Phyliss F. Thomas P.O. Box 13892 Alexandria, LA 71315-3892 (318) 709-1862 Dr.Phyliss@gmail.com Expert Word Processor Expert Travel Agent Intermediate EXPERIENCE 21 Eagle (1/2005 - Present) Alexandria, Louisiana – USA OWNER Computer Hardware, Software Sales; Find, Inspect, Maintain, List, and Sell Foreclosed Properties; Loan and Mortgage Broker Create and Design Marketing Materials and Market Businesses To Do Business With Other Businesses. IGG Computer and Consulting Firm (06/1998 – 6/2002) Director Alexandria, Louisiana OWNER Sold computer hardware, computer parts and software; tracked purchase orders, maintained case sensitive files in a locked filed system; Trained individuals on how to utilize a computer and software packages as: MS word, excel, access, power point, publisher, QuickBooks and the internet; modified and updated computers; installed software packages on the computer; Performed Grant writing, Loan Packaging a Grant and Loan Research Services; Assisted individuals in starting, operating and expanding a business. Word Inspired By Love Outreach (11/2003 - Present) Alexandria, Louisiana PRESIDENT/OWNER Counsel, reunify and train families, youths and others; Shelter, clothe, feed, train, educate and transport homeless, runaway and at risk women, children and youth of all ages; Complete assessments on families youth/children and others; Help families, children/youth and others suffering from emotional and behavior disorders meet their basic needs; Other duties and responsibilities are: Providing crisis intervention services, community support, family support, case management, functional family therapy, parenting training, completing behavioral health assessments, crisis intervention, crisis program management, and respite services. Dr. Phyliss F. Thomas P.O. Box 13892 Alexandria, LA 71315-3892 (318) 709-1862 Dr.Phyliss@gmail.com G & P Consultants (5/2003 - Present) Alexandria, Louisiana – USA OWNER/CONSULTANT Attend workshops, meetings, seminars, conferences and other business events in reference to business services offered to clients; schedule, facilitate and preside over all meetings within the organization; coordinate and approve the organization’s daily activities; Oversee all activities within the office; Assist clients in completing necessary documents/forms needed to start, operate and/or expand a business; Assist clients in meeting other small business needs for his/her business; Assist in other areas where most needed within the business; Review and sign all necessary documents needed to be signed; Recruit, screen, qualify, interview, hire and train, individuals to fill job opportunities; Track all activities assigned to each employee; Participate in clerical functions where and when needed; Make sure all employees follow guidelines as instructed; Maintain contact with the public, federal and state agencies seeking a contractor; Perform Grant/Loan Packaging services for State, Governmental and Private Agencies; Perform Grant Research & Grant Writing task; Perform loan documentation, loan processing and loan origination services for State, Governmental, and Private Agencies; Contract Negotiator; Put together bid packages; and Perform Administrative and Business task for other agencies requesting these services. Languages English Education PhD/Clinical Psychology Amhurst University 12/2009 Masters/Counseling Psychology Amhurst University 6/2007 Bachelors Degree/Business Administration Amhurst University 5/1996 Computer Operator Avalon Vocational Technical Institute 4/1991 Business Management NSU 5/1990 Dr. Phyliss F. Thomas P.O. Box 13892 Alexandria, LA 71315-3892 (318) 709-1862 Dr.Phyliss@gmail.com High School Diploma Peabody Magnet High School 5/1977 Professional Certification Certification Name Experience Business Trainer more than17 yrs Ministers License more than 7 yrs more than 7 yrs Certified Loan and Grant Packager (USDA) OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS Wrote a Parenting Training Guide – Titled “Live, Love, Forgive and Receive Daughter of Zion Guidance for Raising Children – Can Be found at www.authorssden.com/phylisst Business Owner from 1998 - Present Received a Certificate in Leadership Training; Reseller for Lenovo Solutions; Resided Within Other International Countries; Mentored, Trained, Work Closely With Elderly, Women, Children and Others In Need Of Social Services. OTHER TRAINING Trained in writing progress reports/notes/policy and procedure manuals; Trained in working with individuals suffering from behavioral problems; Trained in counseling in all areas; Trained to administering medicines; Trained through USDA to package loan/grants; Trained to perform CPR; Trained through Louisiana Mentors to mentor and advocate youths; Trained in areas of counseling; Trained in using computer hardware and software; Trained in writing grants and putting together loan/grant packages; Trained in creating bylaws for any organization; Trained in working with children, families, youth, and others; Dr. Phyliss F. Thomas P.O. Box 13892 Alexandria, LA 71315-3892 (318) 709-1862 Dr.Phyliss@gmail.com Trained in completing all necessary forms and documents needed to obtain an E.I.N., forming a corporation, and completing all necessary paperwork to become a tax – exempt organization; Trained in forming a non – profit and profitable organization; Trained in working with individuals suffering from behavioral and mental illnesses, individuals suffering from bipolar, paranoia schizophrenia and other mental disorders; Trained in areas of family reunification (Reunifying families and children); Trained in areas of substance abuse (Worked as an Advisor with Clients Enrolled in Rehab and Restoration Program for 1 ½ Years); Trained in Psychology/Social Service/Counseling Fields.
Alexandria, Louisiana, United States
M,Faraz khan - Freelance 3D Animation & 3D Graphic Design
5
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3.0
2 Skills
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M. Faraz Khan Phone: +92-321-2908603 E-Mail: mfarazk@live.com Father Name: M. Sharif Khan Date of Birth: July 13, 1985 Driving License: UAE Objective I want to further enhance my knowledge and expertise and apply my skills by doing all my best towards the growth and development of a dynamic organization that offers challenging opportunities for career growth and professional development. Experience Ryponse Production Pvt.Ltd. 3D Artist / Animator From July 2012 to Till • Handling Creative Work. • Creating 3D models for Brands Activations. • Reporting to the Strategy manager. Gulls Studio 3d Modeler / Animator From March 2011 to June 2012 • Create Exhibitions Stall for Client requirement. Jahangir Siddiqui Co Ltd Computer Support Engineer From March 2010 to February 2011 • Maintaining monthly upgrading of Laptops & Note books for the Top Management Employees. • Hardware & Software Troubleshooting. Engineers Engineering (FZC) - Dubai AutoCAD Draftsman. From December 2006 to January 2010. • Preparing working /Shop Drawing. • Designed Drawing of different assembly by using AutoCAD 2D/3D Software. • Created Cad drawing based on requirement and other information. Courses Computer collegiate 3D MAX (Modeling, Lighting, Texturing, Animation, and Rendering) Sound Forge (Sound Editing) Adobe after Effect (Animation and Visual Effect) Adobe Premiere (Video Editing) Adobe Illustrator (Logo Design, Visiting Card, Letterhead) Adobe Photoshop (Brochure Design, Bunting, Poster) In page. AutoCAD 2D, 3D – UAE Certificate (2D.3D Drawing, Layout,) FreeHand – Pakistan Certificate (Logo Design, Visiting Card, Letterhead) Education Board of Intermediate Education, Karachi Higher Secondary Certificate Board of Secondary Education, Karachi Secondary School Certificate Board of Karachi University Graduation (Appeared) Activities & Interests • Research on new technologies. • Research on new better ways for handling huge projects. • Research on new 3d software and plugging. Reference Will be furnished upon request.
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Gypsy - Freelance Book Writing & Creative Writing
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3.5
2 Skills
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To whom it may concern, Currently working towards a college degree in english literature, I have been writing since a young age-across a wide span of genres and styles- and I am looking to get a few jobs doing what I love! Though I have not had professional writing experience, I have been honing my skills over the years with the immense support of my professors and family. I have won several school awards for my work; I look forward to kick starting a promising writing career on this website! As far as personality goes, I am a dedicated, extrememly harworking girl, which is reflected by my astounding athletic career (played soccer on the Olympic Development Team and on the number one club team in the country for 8 years, won numerous championships) and by my academic performance ( top 5% of my graduating class, enrolled in the honors program at my college). As an employee you can expect punctual and quality work as well as a companion. Give me a chance and you won't be disappointed. All the best, Gypsy PS: A humble soul, I am terrible at rating myself on my skills, so the listings may or may not reflect actual ability.
Marshfield, Massachusetts, United States