Media Production | Croydon, United Kingdom, GB
☆☆☆ PRELIMINARIES: ☆☆☆
I'm a LION/open networker, which means that, provided you AREN'T a spambot or some other piece of nefarious software, I'd love to connect with you.
So, that said, my LinkedIn invite address is email@example.com - Please DON'T email that address expecting a response, it's for LI invites only.
If you DO want to speak with me, please do via LinkedIn or ask for an alternate email address.
I currently work as a freelance copywriter/ psuedo-journalist. Check out my portfolio at http://muckrack.com/koukouvaya/portfolio
☆☆☆ BRIEFLY ABOUT ME: ☆☆☆
You may also know me as Koukouvaya, which is the Greek word for 'owl', it's also my handle on Twitter: @koukouvaya (I follow back).
Or you may also know me as 'Xij' (it rhymes with 'pie')
☆☆ I AM A... ☆☆
Creative and insanely hard working media person with experience in print/web journalism, graphic design, photography and audio post production.
Put another way I've spent thousands of hours in various environments learning various creative disciplines, and many thousands more trying to unite them all.
I am driven by a need to create things.
I currently work as a journalist and copywriter for hire and am available for projects that require just the right words, delivered very quickly.
My mindset is collaborative and my philosophy is service without condition. What that means is that I'll help you however and whenever I can. You just have to ask. No catch.
I also keep an esoteric blog called XijIndustries. It covers subjects such as philosophy, science and futurism. It's intended to be a resource for collecting all my life's learnings and experience.
Please see it here:
☆☆ AIM... ☆☆
Before everything else, I am a musician. One of my major life goals is to score music to films. If you can help me in any way with this I will be infinitely grateful to you.
To hear my music, please check out
Specialties: Music Composition, Music Production, Music Education, Session Guitar, Session Bass, Portait Photography, Travel Photography, Fine Art Photography, Commercial Photography, Event Photography, Adobe Photoshop, Writing, Journalism, Web Writing, SEO Writing, Editing, Feature Writing, Interviews, News Writing, Research Writing, Press Releases, Communications, Copywriting, Commercial Copywriting, Blogging, Wordpress, Sound Design, Synthesizer Preset Design, Graphic Design, Print Design, Digital Arts,
2012 - Present
Director / Rise Media
As a 'media type' I am proud to be a part of Rise Media.
Some info about us here;
Rise Media's award-winning team provides quality design and editorial services for forward-thinking companies. Need a lively lifestyle magazine to reach your customers or an engaging education guide to attract top students? Rise Media can help. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
2011 - Present
Photographer / KKVA Fine Art Photography and Portraiture
Freelance portraiture, editing and location assignments. Fine art photography and commercial. Extreme Adobe Photoshop skills. No weddings!
See some examples of photography here:
2008 - Present
Freelance Writer; Journalist and Copywriter / Jack Oughton
Research, writing and editorial work, a combination of journalism and commercial copywriting. But more journalism.
I have done journalistic work for the likes of FHM, The Guardian, The Independent, Empire, Yahoo, Q, and many more.
I have written advertising copy for the likes of the UFC, Unilever and Motorola and more.
Words are my 'thing'!
Please see a more comprehensive list of my previous writing clients here:
2008 - Present
Music Teacher / Jack Oughton
I teach guitar, bass, music theory and the intangibles of musicianship.
Jazz, rock and shred are my specialties. I also teach unusual techniques such as touchstyle tapping.
2007 - Present
Composer and Sound Designer / Xijindustries
I'm an independent/unsigned musician, composer and sound designer who goes by the alias of Xij.
I write a combination of jazz, prog, ambient, dubstep and orchestral music.
I don't release albums, just individual tracks and remixes.
See the link to hear me!
Sales and Marketing Editor / eyeforpharma
Sourcing & writing pharmaceutical stories
Freelance Course Curriculum Writer / Mapalim
I've written part of the Creative Media curriculum at Mapalim, which is used on the Apprenticeship programs for students studying graphic design, mixed media and photography.
Intern Writer - Computeractive / Incisive Media
Journalist covering consumer electronics and home computing, amongst other things.
Intern Writer/Journalist - FHM UK / Bauer Media
Sourced, wrote and sub edited stories for the website, increasing website content by working very quickly to produce quality copy that would engage our readership.
Engaged FHM readership by Managing FHM's facebook presence
Conducted interviews with many people from different walks of life, including A List celebrities, professional gamblers and the like.
Liaised with PRs to generate interesting promotional content and opportunities for the readership
Pitched print content FHM magazine.
Moderated user image submissions.
Contributed my own photography where appropriate, this included travel and food images.
Wrote persuasive and concise advertising text to insane deadlines for advertorials.
Journalist/Writer Intern / Catch 22 Magazine
Received immersive, in depth journalism and technical writing training.
Contributed features and editorial work to Catch 22 Magazine.
Used social media and traditional sources to research and generate interesting written content.
Copywriter Intern / Comfort Click Ltd
Worked on search engine optimized copy, and revised old listings for ecommerce products. I wrote up to date articles and news stories for RSS syndication, and built keyword optimized gateway websites to direct traffic
As a result I rebuilt a number of high profile websites that has become outdated, built user friendly content for newly created websites and wrote informative copy that pushed the business up the search engine rankings, consequentially improving market awareness
The Open University
The University of Glamorgan
Astronomy, Energy, Combined
Access To Music
NVQ Level 3
Creative Media Production
Activities: Student Representative to Croydon, local events organizer for ATM.
Riddlesdown Sixth Form
Geography, History, Psychology, Critical Thinking
A Levels & GCSEs
Riddlesdown High School
12 GCSEs A*-C
music production, sound design, electric guitar, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, feature writing, writing, creative writing, journalism, digital art, surface pattern design, self similarity, systems theory, zen buddhism, taoism, philosophy, libertarianism, strength training, gymnastics, strength and conditioning, photography, photo editing, music composition, singing, travel, emerging technologies, random acts of kindness, voracious reading, absurdism, nondual philosophy, coffee, palaeolithic diet, health and fitness, helping people, internet culture, futurism, haiku poetry, slam poetry, poetry, creative writing, graphic design, urban architecture and environments, reverse engineering, green tea, japanese culture, ancient greece, ancient sparta, astronomy, astrophysics, biographies, internet humour, therapeutic relationships, self study, relativistic physics, hard drinking, secular humanism, shan shui, synth programming, chapman stick, renewable energy, nuclear fusion, transhumanism,