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Work experience

Nov 2009Present

Video Producer

YouTube and Twitch.tv Partner

Creates a range of family-friendly video content about culture and facts related to the videogame industry. 

  • Attracts a large and attentive audience of over 1 Million dedicated subscribers and over 200 million total views. 
  • Creates hundreds unique videos, both live and scripted, that are visually pleasing, informative, and entertaining. 
  • Possesses a detailed knowledge of both the YouTube and Twitch.tv Partner programs, including optimal exposure techniques, SEO optimization, and producing videos with advertisements. 
  • Works with a variety of the largest  partner networks on content analysis and optimization, including Twitch.tv, Maker Studios, and Defy (present).
Jul 2013Present

Commentator

The Pokémon Company International 

Provides live commentary as an official caster for Pokémon Regional, National, and World Championship competitive events from 2013-2015.

  • Delivers interesting and compelling content to an audience of over 20,000 concurrent viewers worldwide
  • Followed set guidelines for brand-appropriate speech, and impromptu speaking for long periods of time.
  • Works in a team environment, finding new ways to create a clean and entertaining competitive gaming broadcast. 
Mar 2012Sep 2012

Assistant Editor

Gamezebo.com

Facilitated writing, editing, and scheduling of posts for the gaming website Gamezebo.com. 

  • Edited hundreds of articles for grammar, wording, and clarity. 
  • Wrote gaming-related stories of many shapes and sizes, from small news posts to full-featured interviews. 
  • Helped keep content running on the website on a daily basis by keeping a thorough log of relevant news in real-time. 
Oct 2010Aug 2012

Staff Writer

SixPrizes.com

Published lengthy strategy articles (5,000-10,000 words) for the Pokémon Trading Card Game fan site SixPrizes.com. 

  • Wrote extensive and highly-researched articles about the in-depth competitive strategy of the Pokemon Trading Card Game. 
  • Consistently ranked first on the website's "writer of the month" poll based on user satisfaction. 
Apr 2010Sep 2010

Sales Intern

Rand-Tec Insurance

Sales Intern: Made calls and created sales opportunities for Rand-Tec Insurance. 

  • Organized, maintained, and delivered focused sales pitches to hundreds of local businesses.
  • Maintained successful communication with current clients, and secured multiple sales for new ones.  

Education

Sep 2009Dec 2012

Media and Cinema Studies

University of Illinois

"The College of Media is a highly selective, and internationally respected college where almost 1,100 undergraduate and graduate students are engaged in classes taught by distinguished scholars in media studies, world-renowned experts in advertising and consumer behavior, and award-winning journalists."

Skills

Social Media

I currently interact on a variety of social media platforms, including officially verified accounts on Twitter and Facebook with over 300,000 combined followers. I understand the intricacies of creating captivating posts and maintaining a consistent brand message.

Video Editing

As a YouTube partner on my channel TheJWittz, as well as a student that learned through a video-intensive program, I have constantly applied and strengthened my knowledge of video editing. Including interviews, features, and splicing videogame footage, I have used video editing on both a personal and commercial basis. I am familiar with AVID video composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Sony Vegas and Final Cut Pro. 

Audio Editing
From narration to music production, I have used digital audio editing tools for close to a decade. I am familiar with Adobe Audition and Pro Tools as primary means of editing and constructing a variety of audio products. 
Adobe Photoshop

I am a longtime user of Adobe Photoshop, and use it on a near-daily basis in order to create attractive graphics for my various projects. I have experience with a multitude of editing techniques, including the usage of computer drawing tablets. I have used Adobe's photo-editing tool since Adobe Photoshop 7, and currently work with Adobe Creative Cloud.