John Devlin

Freelance Song Writer & Creative Writer

Location:Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
2 Skills
Personal Profile:
I am a diligent hardworking individual who is currently seeking employment within your company. I believe my excellent communication skills gained from previous employment will be an attribute to your organization.

I function well as part of a team and have had many years’ experience working alongside other people in different capacities. I have worked as team member and team leader and I am equally capable in both these roles. However I enjoy and can be relied upon to work as an individual, without supervision when required.

I have recently completed a Bachelors Degree in Creative Music Technology at Leeds Metropolitan University (Grade Pending), and am now seeking full time employment in an apt role. My primary passion is composing; everything from pop songs to library music and film scoring. I am a keen user of MIDI keyboards, synthesizers and software VST patches in my home composing setup, and am passionate about employing the hardware and software to the best possible use in order to achieve the desired results for my work.

My employment history includes a working gap year in Australia, where I enjoyed a rewarding venture working at several positions across the country.

Key Skills:
• Strong customer service skills acquired through working in the service industry.
• Excellent communication skills and the ability to liaise at all levels.
• Ability to work to target and deadlines in a fast moving environment.
• Adaptable and fixable to meet any changes that may arise.
• A sound insight of customer requirements.
• A standard level of typing skills.
• Computer literate.
• Ability to work well in a team as well as using my own initiative.

Hobbies and Interests:
I enjoy socializing and meeting new people, as I believe myself to be a confident individual. I’m a keen musician and songwriter, and am currently involved in the recording of an album, as well as engaging in a hobby and ultimately a desired career in scoring music for film and television.

I constantly practise composition for moving image, often for wildlife features, by using orchestral sample-sample based software Miroslav Philharmonik with Apple Mac home engineering software Logic Pro, often to David Attenborough documentaries; although I have also previously enjoyed composing alternative scores for some of my favourite movie scenes. Whilst still at University I made the most of the recording studio bookings so I could also include real acoustic instruments on several pieces.

My interest in composing also comprises an interest in writing and popular music. I recently began a part-time business with a friend which involves writing, recording and shooting pop songs and videos for aspiring and amateur young performers. I am also very interested in the compositions of ‘jingles’ and ‘bits’ often utilised in the television industry.

Aside from music and sound, another keen interest of mine is creative writing, a pursuit I have had since a young age, which has involved short stories and prose, poetry and script writing. A passion for reading has always accompanied and fuelled this interest.

Employment History:
July 2008 – Present Punch Group Inc. Floor Staff/Waiter

I began this position upon returning from Australia as a means of part-time employment whilst at University, beginning at the Gildersome Arms, Morley before transferring to the Lawnswood Arms, Adel due to a change in living location. Throughout my service for the company I gained experience in:
• Waiting
• Bar attendant
• Cashier
• Experience working with children (Wacky Warehouse)

April-May 2008 Woolcott Research, Syndey Call Centre Marketing

A temporary gap-year post involving cold calling the general public, for the purpose of gaining market information for such as clients as P&O Cruises and the Australian Army; gaining experience in:
• Communication skills
• Time management
• Working individually
• Public Relations
• Marketing Tactics

March 2008 Felix Marketing Location marketing
My time was spent engaging members of the general public in conversation at various locations including shopping centres and city centre streets, with the aim of garnering monthly contributors for a charity client, generally WSPA. Commission-based wage. Experience gained in:
• Assertiveness and Initiative
• Communication Skills
• Public Relations
• Team building

July 2006-December 2007 Sainsburys Online Shopper
This part-time position served as a means of employment whilst I studied at Leeds College of Music. I worked within the department of Online Shopping, and dealt specifically with the organisation and distribution of online orders placed with the supermarket for hone delivery. Experience gained in:
• Customer Service
• Good consumer knowledge
• Efficient Time management

Leeds Metropolitan University September 2009-Present
Currently studying:

BSc (HONS) Creative Music Sound Technology (Grade Pending)

Leeds College of Music September 2005-June 2007

BTEC National Diploma in Music Technology:

A Level: English Literature: Grade B

St Michaels Catholic College September 2000-2005
GCSE Qualifications achieved:
English Lit: A*
English Language: A*
Music: A
Biology: A
Drama: B
Maths: B
French: B
Graphic Design: B
Chemistry: B
Business Communication/Information Technology: B
Religious Education: B
Physics: C
Art & Design: C

Equal Opportunities:
I am fully aware of Equal Opportunities Polices within the workplace and understand all issues covered in this policy such as the Disability Act, Race, Religion, Gender and ****** Orientation, Origin and Nationality. I would adhere to this policy, striving to ensure a safe and happy workplace.
Skills (2) Rating
Song Writing
Creative Writing