Interest

Ever-changing media; film and avant garde theatre; modern art; exploration of the written word; women's rights; understanding our obsession over pop culture; the subtleties of viral advertising and under-the-skin marketing. 

ONLINE PORTFOLIO

Experience

I have extensive New York City (NYC) internship and work experience at Gawker Entertainment - Gridskipper.com,MTV Networks and MACK Industries, a chic boutique agency with an impressive list of clients including Luxottica Eyewear and Absolut Vodka. I am also in possession of extensive Public Relations experience at Kurman Communications, a boutique PR Agency with a focus on marketing, public relations and event management for a wide variety of businesses, including restaurants, automotive and entertainment professionals. 

As a writer, I have overtwo years NYC industry experience interviewing, writing, and posting articles for Gridskipper.com, as well as helping to develop their website redesign.

As a copywriter, I have written I have created numerous press releases and press kits for Kurman Communications. As an intern and then Account Coordinator I organized and facilitated communication between our clients and both national and local media,pitched our services to possible clients, and developed progress reports dictating the benefits and results of campaigns. I also worked client events showcasing their work to invited media, handled follow-up relations, and created blog postings on Kurman Communications, Inc. blog, "GotBuzzatKurman.blogspot.com". 

Meeting Me

Fresh-phrases and a distinct voice separates my work from the rest. 

Expect exceptional copy and thought-provoking ideas, abundant interest and a passion for the work. Knowledgeable in numerous subjects: mass-media technology, entertainment reviews/analysis, study of fashion and cultural implications, subversive advertising/marketing techniques, women's interest, travel tips and pop culture fascination. 

Published on online National publications with an international reach, such as Gridskipper.com (2006-2008) and MTV.com (2008). 

Informational and analytical. Creative and imaginative. I have honed writing skills in wide-reaching press releases, globally embraced internet-based publications, creative writing, script writing, speech writing, event summaries, reviews, interviews, transcripts, and much more. 

My extensive work as a contributing writer for Gridskipper.com, writing a weekly column as "Debriefer" and creating entertaining pieces of life lived in New York City as well as Chicago, reached an average readership of 1,300 people within the first few hours of posting

I am seeking a dynamic, challenging full time position utilizing my exceptional writing, design, sales and leadership skills, proficiency in computer / Internet design technologies, and over two years experience at market leaders like MTV.

I am extremely creative and dedicated; ready to jump in and generate great, exciting buzz. Contact me if you are seeking someone with extensive copy talent in press materials, media communication and daily blog postings. 

Work History

Work History
Aug 2008 - Dec 2008

Intern/Account Coordinator

Kurman Communications, Inc.

Wrote press releases, marketing plans, media pitch letters and client-related blog posts.

Designed digital Media Kits, Progress Reports and clip packages.

Assisted the Account Executives in correspondence between clients such as MORE Cupcakes and Eve Restaurant and media including WLS-TV, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, etc.

Worked media events and promotional tastings, interviews.

Accompanied clients to television appearances and tapings. 

Oct 2006 - May 2008

Contributing Writer

Gawker Entertainment - Gridskipper.com

Researched, wrote, and posted articles for Gridskipper.com, a trendy web based urban guide. 

Had a weekly column, "Debriefer" which included interviews with Bravo’s Top Chef winner, Harold Dieterle and Peabody / Emmy award winner Paul Mecurio.

Assisted with website redesign with point specific maps to accompany articles. 

All published articles can be found at: http://gridskipper.com/tags/brittany-bellgardt.
Feb 2008 - Apr 2008

Intern - On Air Programming

http://www.mtv.com

Wrote summaries of programming for publication on mtv.com

Transcribed interviews for MTVs online music blog “MTV Buzzworthy.”

Organized office areas, including tape library.

Time-coded video tapes for online media playback. 

Oct 2007 - Dec 2007

Intern

MACK Industries

Developed and pitched ideas and concepts for strategic promotional design. 

Involved in PR programs and event production for Ray-Ban and Absolut Vodka.

Education

Education
Sep 2004 - May 2008

Bachelor of the Arts

Marymount Manhattan College

Proven leadership skills as Editor and Head of Layout Design for Marymount’s C Magazine: 

Communication Arts Magazine. 

Elected Vice-President Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership 

Honors Society. Invited to join Alpha Chi National Honor's Society, honoring the top 10% of Juniors and Seniors. Invited into the Lamda Pi Eta national honorary society for undergraduate scholars who achieve excellence in their studies within the Communication discipline.

Awarded the Gold Key for Excellence in Communication, given to the top graduating senior in 

Communication Arts.

Invited into the Curian Honor Society at graduation ceremony, honoring graduating senior with a cumulative grade point average between 3.70 and 3.89, based upon the completion of at least 60 credits.

Achieved a 3.84/4.0 GPA in Promotional and Professional Communications while working over 15 

hours per week.

Awarded second place Dean's Excellence Award, Honor's Day, 2008 and 1st Place Communication Arts Showcase at Marymount Manhattan, May 2008 for "A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left" Flash Animation Video. 

Published in Marymount Manhattan Review, creative writing journal. 

Related Coursework : Advertising * Public Relations * Consumer Behaviors * Marketing * Digital Media I & II *  Digital Imaging  *  Power and Politics in the City *  Internet Publishing Technologies *  Media Criticism * Writing for TV * Playwriting *

Aug 2002 - May 2004

The Chicago Academy for the Arts

Was accepted into the Media Arts Program at the Chicago Academy for the Arts my junior year of high school. 

Graduated Salutatorian of  2004.

Won numerous awards for my creative writing.

Was asked to performed original monologues at the Chicago Academy for the Arts honor's day program for an audience consisting of well-known Chicagoans including Joyce Sloan, Producer Emeritus of Second City - who deemed my performance worthy of an Academy Award.

Skills

Skills

Technological-Based

Mac and PC Operating Systems   Adobe Flash Awarded 2nd Place Dean's Excellence Award, Honor's Day, 2008; 1st Place Communication Arts Showcase at Marymount Manhattan, May 2008 for "A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left" Animation piece. Adobe ImageReady Adobe InDesign Co-Design Editor of The C Magazine, Communication Arts Magazine of Marymount Manhattan. Developed and executed design layout and function, 2006-2008. Designed, produced Dust Into Champagne, thesis program for senior show at Chicago Academy for the Arts, 2004. Adobe Photoshop Blogspot.com Fluent Excel Macromedia DreamWeaver Commissioned and designed website for St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2008.  Movable Type Produced and posted articles for Gridskipper.com through Movable Type format.  Powerpoint