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About Sêan Reid

I am a Nottinghamshire-based freelance writer, specialising in music, sport and copywriting.

Since 2008, I have written about a variety of rock, punk, metal, and hardcore bands from around the world for numerous publications.

During this time, I have overseen the day-to-day running of two websites; managing a team of writers and photographers, organising the development of original content, regularly worked with a variety of companies within the music industry and effectively used social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

In addition to writing about music, I have produced content for Steel Chair Wrestling Magazine, 5ASide.com, and numerous freelance copywriting pieces.

Away from music, my interests include watching sporting events (football, pro wrestling, and ice hockey), maintaining my mental and physical well-being, and consuming books, films, TV shows and video games.

Examples of my copywriting work can be viewed here.

I am available for album/EP reviews, festival previews, sport (football/soccer and pro wrestling) and copywriting commissions.

 

sean@seanreidportfolio.com

 

Writing Experience

AlterThePress.com
August 2008 – July 2011
Position: Co-Editor, Album Reviews, Live Reviews, Interviews and Features Writer.
Throughout my time writing for AlterThePress.com, I took on several roles including regularly worked directly with numerous labels, PR companies, bands and other associates, looked after a team of over 15 writers, regularly wrote reviews, news, interviews, and features, as well as arrange video and audio streams for the site.

Through hard work and dedication, I helped build AlterThePress.com to become one of the UK’s and US’s most reliable alternative music websites.

ForTheSound.com
October 2008 – December 2008
Position: Album Review Writer

PlanetLoud.com
July 2009 – December 2009
Position: Introducing Features and Album Review Writer

Newark Advertiser
July 2009 – December 2009, April 2010
Position: Live Reviews Writer

AbsolutePunk.net
December 2009 – April 2012
Position: Weekly UK Round-Up Contributor

Stencil Magazine
March 2011 – 2017
Position: Album Review & Contributing News Writer.

UnderTheGunReview.net
August 2011 – June 2012
Position: Review and Features Writer.

RockLouder.co.uk
August 2011 – February 2012
Position: Album Review Writer.

Already Heard
September 2011 – Present
Position: Founder, Editor, Review, Interviews and Features Writer.

My role for AlreadyHeard.com undertakes a variety of tasks; organising the day-to-day running of the site, working with numerous labels, PR companies, bands and other associates to produce original content including interviews and audio and video streams. In addition, I look after various contributing writers and photographers, arranging passes to shows, material for review and working collectively to produce new ideas and content for Already Heard.

See Tickets Blog
January 2016 – July 2017
Position: Contributing Writer.
I regularly contributed rock and metal based content to promote forthcoming tours and festivals. This content ranged from bite-size previews and interviews with festival promoters.

Acoustic Magazine
March 2016 – March 2018
Position: Freelance Contributing Writer.
Conducting and producing interview pieces on various artists; Brian Fallon, Kevin Devine, Rob Lynch, Jamie Lenman and more.

SteelChair Wrestling Magazine
February 2020 – Present
Position: Contributing Writer
I contribute reviews and features based on past and present events happening in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and All Elite Wrestling (AEW).

Work Experience

Waitrose
November 2020 – Present
Position: Supermarket Assistant (Night Replenishment)

  • Primarily packing and picking products for online orders, using handheld terminal scanner.
  • Worked alongside team leaders to produce instructional documents for other nights partners on how to access various online services (uniform ordering and Google Currents).
  • Preparing and tidying store for opening hours; replenishing in-store stock from suppliers including date rotation, and assisting with delivered stock from suppliers.

See Tickets
May 2014 – October 2020
Position: Dispatch Assistant

  • Dispatched tickets using See Tickets’ in-house system, DataFlex, for various means; logging in delivered tickets, checking order details, and scanning outgoing mail.
  • Contributed to the company’s blog, producing content for forthcoming rock tours and festivals.
  • Assisted the on-site team at various events throughout the UK; helping solve customer queries, scanning tickets and supervising steward at show entry points.
The Barcode Warehouse
November 2009 – September 2013
Various Positions:
November 2009 – July 2011: Customer/Technical Helpdesk Support
July 2011 – May 2012: MMS Despatch & Repair Centre Technician
May 2012 – September 2013: MMS Deployment Technician

Education

2005 – 2008: York St. John University

BA Joint Honours Degree from Leeds University in History and American Studies (2.2).

1998 – 2005: Magnus Church of England School

A-Level:
History (Grade D)
English Literature (Grade D)

GCSE:
History; English Literature; English Language; Graphic Design; Geography and Mathematics (Grade C).
Religious Education; French and Double Science (Grade D).

Qualifications & Courses

March 2009: British Computer Society European Computer Driving License Essentials (Level 1)

March 2009 – June 2009: British Computer Society European Computer Driving License (Level 2)

May 2009: Level Three Key Skills – Microsoft Word

June 2009: City and Guilds EDI Business Administration Level 2

October 2019: Google Digital Garage – The Fundamentals of Digital Marketing (accredited by Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe and The Open University)

December 2019: Google Analytics Academy – Google Analytics for Beginners

March 2020: Google Analytics Academy – Advanced Google Analytics

April 2020: Google Analytics Academy – Google Tag Manager Fundamentals

April 2020: Udemy – The Complete Copywriting Course

 

Skills & Knowledge

  • Copy Editing
  • Researching
  • Proofreading
  • Transcribing
  • A good knowledge of social networking. I have used various social network sites to draw in a new audience, which has proved to be efficient and effective. In addition, I have used networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to build relationships within the industry
  • Working and communicating with Public Relations companies, record labels, signed and unsigned bands as well as print and online publications.
  • Producing detailed news and review pieces in a concise and appropriate manner.
  • Maintaining contact databases and web content management systems (CMS).
  • Ability to develop a dedicated team of writers and photographers that regularly work together to produce original content and ideas.
  • General office-based skills; photocopying, data inputting and filing.
  • Ability to adapt to new skills, working environments and individuals from different backgrounds.
  • Organisational skills; I am able to work to tight deadlines when required in a calm manner, with the ability to prioritise work.
  • Customer service skills, both verbal and written through experience working at See Tickets, The Barcode Warehouse and in retail.
  • I have an understanding of HTML and CSS.
  • A basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Apple iMovie.

I have experience of using the following:

  • Dropbox and Google Drive
  • Microsoft Office applications, especially Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Outlook.
  • WordPress
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tools such as SEMRush, Ahrefs, Google Keyword Planner, and Ubersuggest.
  • Social Media channels; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, TikTok, Soundcloud and Tumblr.
  • InShot – Mobile Photo and Video Editor
  • Over – Mobile graphics and image creator
  • Mojo – Mobile video stories creator
  • Canva – Graphic and Photo Editor
  • Audacity – Audio Editor
  • Operating Systems – Windows 95, 98, XP, Vista and 7 / Apple MacOS