Education

Education
Aug 2007 - May 2011

Bachelor of Arts

Longwood University

I studied Communications with a concentration in Mass Media and I also completed a minor in Graphic Design. I graduated with a B.A. degree on May 14, 2011. Please refer to the Campus Involvement section for a full list of the organizations and student groups I was involved with and my leadership positions.

Work History

Work History
May 2012 - Jan 2013

Web Designer/ Digital Media Developer

Max Media of Hampton Roads

Max Media is a radio broadcasting company that owns five radio stations in Hampton Roads (97.3 The Eagle, Hot 100.5, 92.9 The Wave, Star 1310 and ESPN 94.1). My responsibilities included creating print and web graphics, basic HTML & CSS, along with managing & updating online content on five websites, creating email newsletters and other email marketing campaigns, implementing online contests and social media campaigns, filming and editing videos for the web, and assisting with digital media sales & promotions.

May 2011 - Feb 2012

Senior Administrative Assistant/Production Assistant

First Impression, Inc.

I served as the administrative and production assistant for a small advertising company that specialized in audio and video production. I had many responsibilities within the company. I performed clerical duties and I was in charge of accounts payable and accounts receivable, project coordination, client relations, correspondence with voice talent and on-camera talent, technical support, and office management. I created new advertising materials for various campaigns and promotions and I updated and redesigned existing publications. I also assisted the producer with video shoots and audio productions.

Sep 2010 - May 2011

Technical Consultant

Greenwood Library at Longwood University

During my senior year in college I worked part-time in the university library. I assisted students and faculty in the Multimedia Lab (also known as the Mac Lab). The Multimedia Lab offers computer hardware and software for the development of digital graphic, audio, and video content. The equipment and software are available to all students, faculty, and staff of Longwood University. I worked in the lab during the weekdays to help students with equipment check-outs and to answer general questions.

May 2010 - Aug 2010

Graphic Design Intern

Bold Print Design Studio

I was the only intern to the head graphic designer and the administrative assistant.  I helped with the daily activities of the business and I learned about how a small graphic design studio operates.  I assisted with projects and designs.  During the course of my time there, I updated their portfolio on the Bold Print Design website and created a layout for a website administrator manual for their clients to manage their websites that the graphic designer created for their business.

May 2006 - Jun 2007

Photographer's Assistant

Kaiser Custom Images

I assisted the photographer and clients on photo shoots. I also did office work, such as answering the phone, filing, confirming appointments with clients, and preparing photo packages for the clients.  I learned a lot about photography techniques, including lighting, angles, and composition.

Skills

Skills

Web Design & Development

I gained experience in web design and development throughout my college education as a graphic design minor. I continued to grow my knowledge during my former employment as a Web Designer and Digital Media Developer. I know the basics of HTML and CSS and I have a good eye for webpage layout. 

Writing

I have experience writing for print, such as writing articles for my college newspaper and writing press releases and other writing assignments for two courses in media reporting and writing. I have also written scripts for anchor segments and voice-overs for The Longwood Show and for newscast projects in two broadcast production courses.

Public Speaking

I've had countless opportunities to speak in front of groups of people in various settings and for different purposes. I have given many presentations and speeches in front of my classmates and teachers/professors and I have spoken at group meetings and other gatherings. I am articulate and professional when speaking publicly in any situation.

Social Media

I have experience with using social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, blogs, and more.  I am familiar with the current trends in social media and networking.

Microsoft Office

I am proficient in all Microsoft Office computer programs, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Publisher, etc.

Apple applications

I have many years of experience using iMovie, iDVD, iPhoto, GarageBand, and other similar video and audio programs on a Mac computer.

Adobe Creative Suite

I have experience using Adobe programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, After Effects and Dreamweaver. I began using these programs in college to complete graphic design projects and create flyers and brochures to promote fundraisers and campus events for my college organizations. I continued using these programs during my former employment at Max Media where I specialized in web design and digital media development. Using Adobe software I have created promotional print materials, web banner ads, motion graphics, page layouts, email marketing publications, etc.  

Apple Final Cut Pro

I have been using Final Cut Pro (and Express) since my freshman year of college.  I learned how to edit video and audio when working for The Longwood Show and continued my experience with video production during my employment at Max Media.

Creative Extras

The section below contains some additional graphic art and video projects that I completed in college. These are fun creations that will show you my range of skills and versatility.

References

Jeff Rimmer

Vice President of Digital Strategy at Max Media of Hampton Roads (my former employer)

Email: jrimmer@maxmediava.com

Phone: 757-671-1000 ext. 205

Mr. Jeff Halliday

Professor of Communications, Longwood University

201 High Street, Farmville, VA 23901

Work Phone: 434-395-2384

Jeff Knowles

Vice President, Hoy Construction/ Personal Contact

915 Goldsboro Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Home Phone: 757-428-7013

Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Eldridge

1316 Head of River Rd., Chesapeake, VA 23322

Home Phone: 757-421-4513

Relationship: long-time family friends

Specialties

My areas of expertise and experience include video production, graphic design, web design & development, interactive media, motion graphics, visual communications, photography, advertising, event planning, promotions, social media, marketing, database development, copywriting and basic HTML & CSS. I have advanced skills in Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash and After Effects. I am also proficient in using video equipment and editing software, such as Final Cut Pro and iMovie.

Internship at Bold Print Design Studio

During the summer of 2010, I completed a 10-week internship at a graphic design studio in Kill Devil Hills, NC.  I was the only intern assisting the lead graphic designer and the operations manager.  I assisted with graphic projects and designs for print materials and websites. I helped with the daily activities of the business and I learned about how a small graphic design studio operates. During the course of the internship, I updated their portfolio on the Bold Print Design website and created a layout for a website administrator manual to help the clients manage their e-commerce websites.

Below are some samples of work that I completed during my internship at Bold Print Design Studio.

Campus Involvement, Recognitions, and Volunteer Work

Campus Involvement

For a full description of my involvement with each organization below, click here.

  • Kappa Delta Sorority – initiated member (Spring 2008 - Spring 2011), Panhellenic Representative (Fall 2008 - Fall 2009)
  • The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life at Longwood University -- Publicity Committee member (2007-2008), Team Captain (Spring 2009)
  • College Panhellenic Council (CPC) – Vice President (Fall 2009 - Fall 2010)-CPC is the governing body of all sororities at Longwood University that are members of thenational NPC organization.
  • Alternative Spring Break Program -- Trip participant (Spring 2009), Trip Leader (Spring 2010)
  • The Longwood Show – Crewmember (Fall 2007 - Spring 2010) -Student produced show (episodes posted online - click here to view). The purpose of The Longwood Show is to attract prospective students to Longwood.
  • Student Government Association (SGA) – Senator (Fall 2008 - Fall 2009)
  • The Big Event -- Student Recruitment Committee (2009), Director of Students (2010), Assistant Director (2011) -The Big Event is a campus-wide community service project that takes place once a year.
  • The Rotunda Newspaper – reporter/writer (Spring 2009, Spring 2011) -Longwood's student-produced newspaper. I wrote over 10 articles for The Rotunda.

Awards, Recognitions & Honors at Longwood University

  • I created a PSA video that won 1st place in a statewide college contest held by the Governor's Office for Substance Abuse and Prevention -- August 2011
  • Greek Woman of the Month -- April 2009
  • Citizen Leader Awards: Emerging Leader Award -- April 2009
  • Dean’s List (over a 3.5 semester GPA) – Fall 2010
  • Awarded by the College Panhellenic Council for outstanding Panhellenic Scholarship – Feb. 2011
  • Member of the Longwood University chapter of Gamma Sigma Alpha, National Greek Academic Honor Society

Volunteer Work

During my four years at Longwood, I participated in many community service projects and completed countless volunteer hours, including two Alternative Spring Break trips, Greek Service Projects, The Big Event day of service, and the Special Olympics of Farmville, VA. I also volunteered for many organizations outside of Longwood, including a local Food Pantry, New Creations Child Day Care and Southside SPCA.

Welcome

Hello and welcome to my online portfolio! My name is Leigh Cupitt and I am a creative, tech-savvy professional from Chesapeake, Virginia. I am actively searching for a long-term career within a well-established company in Hampton Roads. My areas of interest and expertise include graphic design, multimedia, web design & development, social media, marketing, advertising and video production. I'm open to any position where I can utilize my creative talents and fresh outlook on visual communications.

Click here to view my paper resume.

Listed below is my work history, education, campus involvement, volunteer work, special skills, and references. Samples of my work are located on the right-hand sidebar. Some of this work was created while I was attending college (2007 - 2011), other work was created during my employment at Max Media of Hampton Roads (2012).

Additional video work

Internship Portfolio