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Summary

I am a dreamer and an idealist at heart, and that is where my creativity and general positive attitude stems from, but at the same time I have learned that the real world isn't very idealistic and works in processes - I have built a box out of logic for the creative mind to think his way out of.

If you can dream it you can reach it - the sky isn't even the limit - yet you have to approach your limitless horizons with a plan, purpose and a set structure in mind.

I am the owner of Subvert Press, hopefully a name you will remember and hear about in the not-too-far-future. Subvert Press is involved in a few industries, hoping to bring a bit more creative thinking to the corporate world.

Work experience

Feb 2011Present

Independent Business Owner

Subvert Press
Subvert Press is a network of blogs/social media accounts/forums and other online outlets that act as a portfolio for my many creative endeavors - music, web design, visual art, poetry, fiction and non-fiction works, as well as a directory for the freelance services I am capable of offering (such as SEO, editing and proofreading, research, etc.), all linked together by a website which is currently offline, but which will be relaunched soon. The bigger picture is to eventually create a vast network of blogs, pages and sites blending various disciplines to provide aspiring creatives to share their art and contribute to modern culture in a relevant, accessible and rewarding way while honing their craft and exploring opportunities in the corporate world.
Mar 2008Present

Session Musician

Andre Darius Labuschagne
Although I have been performing on various stages since I was still very young, I had my first paying gig in 2008 as a funeral pianist. Since 2008 my session work was mostly on church stages and for a period of more or less 2 years (2011 - 2013) I played at various events and venues with a Christian band I started with a friend in early 2011 called Ruwa-Doxa Ministries. I still get frequent requests to play the piano/organ at funerals, and I usually try and fit them into my schedule as best I can between work and my more full-time music projects. I am available session for your band, especially in a live setting, and can fill in on guitar, bass, piano, vocals and a few other instruments.
Feb 2007Present

Freelance Writer/Editor/Journalist

Freelance
Although my written works have not yet been published in mainstream print media, except for a few editions of irrelevant and rather unknown local and national periodicals, I have in the last six years written for more than 32 blogs as well as websites like Squidoo and Ultimate Guitar (most of the time as a ghost writer or employing a nom de plume), and have been published on various online platforms. I also write philosophical and academic dissertations and studies, and compile research resources (upon request) for university students on almost every topic from fine arts to genetics to biological anthropology to spirituality and politics. I have done editing and proofreading for two novels, however only one has been published thus far, and also for a local bi-monthly magazine called Breakthrough Christian Magazine.
Nov 2014Dec 2014

Independent Sales Contractor

KSS-Cellular
Duties: - Cold calling of leads on behalf of the client company (Standard Bank/Diners Club). - Closing. - Processing of orders. - Achievement of daily and weekly targets. Products: - Diner's Club Clubmiles Rewards - Standard Bank/Bluebean Credit Card Upgrades and Limit Increases (3 Days during end of campaign) Reason for leaving: End of contract (1 Month Contract)
Apr 2014Sep 2014

Customer Service Representative

iChoices Call Centre Outsourcing
I am currently working on the Nedbank Retentions campaign, the main purpose of which is to engage with Nedbank's existing clientele with a focus on building public relations, product knowledge and client education.
Nov 2013Feb 2014

Sales Consultant

KSS Cellular
I contact small business owners and decision makers all over the United States and inquire about their current SEO and online marketing needs and habits. In the past (October - December 2012), I also worked as a sales consultant at KSS contacting prospective clients on behalf of Diner's Club International.

Education

20092011

Diploma

Bet-El Theological College (Pretoria, South Africa)
I studied Theology, especially with the goal of understanding spirituality and religion as a whole, and during this time did a lot of independent research on comparative religion, history, various scientific disciplines, psychology and sociology in an effort to understand the way people think and act, and how we interact with society and everything else around us. The practical assignments made me a confident and inspiring public speaker, and the volunteer work I did with homeless shelters, informal settlements and other charities taught me various people skills that can be applied in every day interactions - no matter what social class the people we interact with fall into.
20082009

National Senior Certificate

South West Gauteng College - Roodepoort Campus
I attended evening classes in order to receive my Commercial NSC.
20052006

Hoërskool Florida
I only attended Hoërskool Florida for about a year and a half before switching to homeschooling. This is, however where I had my introduction to the world of music theory, as part of the Conspirito Choir. I also participated in various social clubs and served on the annual JOK-Fees committee, my main role usually being public speaking at school assemblies.

Skills

Online Advertising
Art
Teaching
YouTube
Personal Branding
Small Business
Marketing Copy
Blog Marketing
Film
Customer Service
Advertising
Social Networking
Music
Magazines
Email Marketing
Research
Social Media Marketing
Public Speaking
Proofreading
Time Management
Graphic Design
Publishing
Web Design
Marketing
Editing
Public Relations
SEO
Blogging
Copywriting
Target Identification
Multi-cultural team building
Vocal Coaching
Multi-instrumentalist
Trend Analysis
Online Lead Generation
Team Leadership
Data-driven Decision Making
Data Analysis
Training
Sales
Online Research
Online Marketing
Creative Problem Solving
Critical Thinking
Motivational Speaking
Social Media
Project Management
Strategic Planning
Team Building
HTML

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