Carmia Lureman

Work History

Work History
Oct 2009 - Present

Freelancer

New Media Publishing - Eat Out Magazine

Updating the Eat Out website database and assisting adhoc with organising the Eat Out Prudential awards ceremony.Daily duties include data capturing; sourcing, editing, and uploading photographs for the website; and developing relationships with restaurant owners and managers.

Reason for leaving:  Moved to a more diverse role within the same company.

Dec 2009 - Present

Editorial Assistant (Freelance)

New Media Publishing

Assisting the editors of various customer, digital and in-house magazines (Ed., Page, Shift, Family - Medi Clinic and Mitsubishi Xplore) in editorial tasks.  Duties include subbing (making basic use of InDesign), arranging photo shoots, plotting deadlines and organising and following up on opinion pieces.

Aug 2009 - Nov 2009

Researcher and Writer

ORT-Tech

Writing funding proposals for an educational Non-Government Organisation specialising in Mathematics, Science and Technology.Requires in-depth internet research into innovative projects, identifying the possible outcomes as well as the advantages and benefits of each project and presenting information in a style that is accessible to funders.

Reason for leaving:Short-term contract expired.

Jun 2008 - Jun 2009

Lettings Managing/Secretarial

Orbiton Estates

Worked as part of a closely knit team for a small estate agency.Duties included that of personal assistant, i.e. dealing with correspondence, maintaining diary or daily notes, taking phone calls, day-to-day admin. Property management administration also formed part of daily duties:Updating accounts and preparing statements; dealing with enquiries; showing properties; filing; creating property details and window displays for marketing purposes; writing advertisements; arranging appointments for the management and maintenance of letting properties; liaising with outside agents, clients, and landlords; drafting and preparing contracts and tenancy agreements.

Reason for leaving:To travel Europe for two months after expiration of work permit.

Apr 2008 - Jun 2008

Personal Assistant, Secretary and Receptionist

Various

Worked full-time on temporary placements through various agencies.Positions ranged from one day to three weeks depending on the requirement of the client.The various positions required good people skills, a polite manner both in person and over the phone as first point of contact with the company, and being a quick-learner in order to master the different switchboards, computer systems and general procedures of every office.The ability to adapt and adjust to different work environments on a daily basis was crucial.Working environments included a property development company, an architectural firm, a structural and engineering company, as well as a media company and TV studios.

Reason for leaving:Obtained permanent position with Orbiton Estates.

Feb 2007 - Mar 2008

Sales Assistant

Lulu Belle

Customer service orientated role offering additional creative responsibilities such as doing shop displays, dressing customers and repairing jewelry.Further duties included handling and banking cash, stock taking and maintaining the shop.

Offered a permanent position before leaving.

Reason for leaving:Travel to the UK.

Nov 2005 - Feb 2006

Hostess

BR Guest

Worked as a hostess in Ruby Foo's (a busy, upmarket Asian-fusion restaurant on Times Square run by the BR Guest group) during the 2005/2006 summer break.

Reason for leaving:  Returned to Cape Town for the start of the academic year.

Education

Education
Feb 2005 - Dec 2007

Bachelor of Arts

University of Cape Town

Graduated with Class Medal for Drama:  Introduction to Directing

First Year:

Introduction to Theatre & Performance

20th Century Theatre Innovation

English Literary Studies I

English Literary Studies II

Media and Society

Contemporary Popular Culture

Texts in Context

Individual and Society

Second Year:

Making Theatre Mean(ing)

African Literature and Language Studies I

Writing & Editing in the Media

Learning through Drama & Theatre

Romance to Realism

Analysing Film & TV

Media, Power and Culture

Third Year:

Contemporary Performance

Modernism

The Media in South Africa

Introduction to Directing

Postmodernism

Advanced Media Studies

Interest

With a background in various art forms (both visual and performance), I have a strong interest in the Arts and Entertainment industry.

I am always reading; any material will do.

I have travelled extensively and am intrigued by different cultures.

My blog, http://www.popcornandapinchofsalt.blogspot.com, is a space where I review different forms of entertainment.

I have been converted to the age of the internet and as such continue to be fascinated by online media.

Summary

My first priority is to take advantage of opportunities to expand and develop my skills.Ideally, I would like to do so within a stimulating and changeable environment, where the routine and challenges change regularly.

Objective

I enjoy working in an ever-changing environment.

Ideally I would like to work on projects as part of a small team where I am still occasionally required to work independently and on my own initiative.  I enjoy challenges and am very adaptable.

I would particularly prefer a work environment where my creativity would be an asset.

Opportunities to enhance and develop my IT skills would be of great interest to me - particularly in an online environment.

Skills

Skills

Experience in CMS usage

While working for Eat Out I had to update webcontent using their in house content management system.

Basic understanding of HTML

Microsoft Office

Fluent in Afrikaans

I am bi-lingual in English and Afrikaans.