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  Elizabeth Kraft
Professional/Personal Overview
  A seasoned marketing professional with a decade of experience, covering everything from TV/Radio production to product line-oriented Marketing Communications. Though my primary focus over the past seven years has been on journalism, website/copy development, freelance writing, and translation services, I am anxious to return to the workplace and am determined to make a valuable contribution to whatever business sector I join.

Having worked at the regional “Studio Franken” branch of Bayerischer Rundfunk and, prior to that, at Siemens Energy (in both the U.S. and Germany), my broad experience in various media branches has provided me with an excellent knowledge of corporate communications culture.

Furthermore, extensive travels and life abroad - from Australia and South Africa to America,The Netherlands, and the Middle East - have taught me to quickly adapt to any given environment.
Work Info
Coordinator 2 Years
Editor (video, film) 1 Year
Writer 7 Years
Business (general) 5 Years
Travel 5 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
5 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Newsvine.com (1-2), Associatedcontent.com (1-2), Business Traveler Magazine (1-2), City of Erlangen (1-2), Herzo TV International (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
New Farm Tennis (1-2), Prien Language School (1-2), Siemens A&D (1-2)
Other Work History
Just completed 10-week Internship with Bayerischer Rundfunk, where I worked in various departments (radio, TV) and was the author of various pieces for Bayern 1/2/3 and BayerischerRundfunk (TV) Nord. Previous in-house experience with Siemens Power Corporation, where I worked with the Product Lines for several years as an Marketing professional, traveling frequently between Germany and the U.S. to support my client.
Computer Skills
Final Cut Pro, Edius, PhotoShop, Word, Excel, Power Point, Windows XP
Technical Skills
Basic Web Design & HTML
Digital Camera, Laptop, Microphone and Mobile Phone
Foreign Language Skills
Fluent in German
Work Permits & Visas
Permanent Residency Work Permit (Germany)
References Available Upon Request
B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Central Florida, 2000
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
(Frankenschau, 6/22/2014)
TC: 20'38 "Die Gemeinde Kleinsendelbach hat weniger als 1.600 Einwohner, die ueber drei Doerfer verteilt sind. Dort sind auch zwei bayernweit bekannte Volksmusiker zuhause und jede Menge Kinder, die sich freankische Lieder interessieren. Siggi Ottenschlaeger aus Steinbach gibt seine Mundartmusik…
(Frankenschau, 6/15/2014)
"Schloss Seehof bei Bamberg - Verwendete Musik: Variationen zu einem Thema aus der "Violinromanze Nr. 2 in F-Dur" von Ludwig van Beethoven."
(Bayerischer Rundfunk, 6/1/2014)
"Seit 10 Jahren sendet 'HerzoTV' aus dem alten Wasserwerk in Herzogenaurach. Jeder Buerger, der Lust auf Fernsehen hat, kann mitmachen. Rund 30 Leute arbeiten ehrenamtlich im Redaktionsteam mit. Die Themen sind bunt gemischt: Politik, Kultur, Sport, eben alles was in der Stadt passiert."
(Herzo.TV, 11/15/2013)
A short news segment on the joint Choir and Big Band concert in the city of Niederndorf. (00:14:17 - 00:18:09) Language: German. Tasks performed: Interview, Camera Work
(Herzo.TV, 11/1/2013)
A short report on the regional Middle-Franconian Photo Competition, hosted this year by the Herzogenaurach Photo Club. (00:11:45 -- 00:14:36) Language: German. Tasks performed: storyboard and concept development, interviews, cutting/editing of film, voice over
(Herzo.TV, 11/1/2013)
A three minute news segment on the city of Herzogenaurach's future civic center. (00:04:00 - 00:07:45) Language: German. Tasks performed: storyboard and concept development, interviews, cutting/editing of film, voice over
(Herzo.TV, 10/1/2013)
A film on the significance of traditions such as pumpkin carving for expatriates living in Germany. (00:08:50 - 00:13:07) Tasks performed: Overall Film Concept, Filming/Camera Work, Voice Over, Cutting/Editing of Project.
(Herzo.TV, 8/1/2013)
An in-depth look at the Toastmasters organization (Erlangen Chapter). What is it, when do they meet, and how can one get involved? ------------------------------------------- Tasks performed: Overall Film Concept, Conducting of Interview, Voice Over, Cutting/Editing of Project
(Herzo.TV, 7/1/2013)
Tasks Performed: Development of Overall Film Concept, Filming/Camera Work, Voice Over, Cutting/Editing of Project
(Herzo.TV, 5/1/2013)
An interview with Herzogenaurach's mayor, German Hacker, to discuss the city's infrastructure and expatriate issues. Tasks Performed: Overall Film Concept, Conducting of Interview, Voice Over, Cutting/Editing of Project.
(City of Erlangen, 7/25/2012)
Translation of the City of Erlangen's 14-page Integration Charter, or "Leitbild" from German to English.
("The Explorer", 7/1/2010)
A write-up on an upcoming charitable event for a local women's group.
(CNN iReport, 5/31/2009)
"All across the Netherlands castles, castle-gardens, and various other regal outdoor areas are being opened up to the public on this, the the second annual "Dag van het Kasteel", or "Day of the Castle". From rustic to fanciful, the castles showcase their various styles, each uniquely, offering every
(Online Blog, 12/21/2008)
A family-oriented travel blog, currently focused on Africa, Europe, and America
(Business Traveler, 2/4/2008)
The South African notion of Humanity has strong ties to the workplace, and Liz Kraft explains how this translates for the savvy business traveler.
(Bootsnall.com, 11/24/2007)
Wandering the serene, tree-lined streets of Winter Park, just 10 minutes North of Orlando, time seems to stand still. It’s a city where, just a century ago, wild hogs dodged horse-drawn carriages, threatening the precious orange groves, then so vital to the local economy. Today’s Winter Park...
(Globorati.com, 6/28/2007)
In the far northern clutches of Queensland, where rain-forested cliffs plunge into the sea, is where you’ll find the powder-white stretch of Four Mile Beach. Welcome to Port Douglas, pop. 1,287, and one of Australia’s best-kept secrets — though not for long...
(Globorati.com, 6/19/2007)
There you are, in the comfort of your own private rail carriage, sipping a glass of award-winning Coonawarra cabernet from the very vineyards beyond the windows....
(Miami Herald, 6/17/2007)
Liz Kraft, a former Orlando resident now living in South Africa, took a week-long motor home tour of that country's Garden Route and Cape with her mother, sisters, and 1-year-old son... ...Read more about her adventures in South Africa online at www.miamiherald.com/travel. Click on "Guest Travel
(bootsnall.com, 5/31/2007)
It’s hard not to get spoiled by the climate and setting of Mossel Bay. Bordered on three sides by water, the town is set against the backdrop of the Outeniqua Mountains, and in whale season (which is nearly half of the year), whales can be spotted from beaches, roadsides, or hotel and restaurant ver
(MiamiHerald.com, 5/27/2007)
This is a story of an expat family's travel to South Africa's Sun City with their 1-year-old son.
(Associated Content, 4/7/2007)
The Story of a family's last minute adventure to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park in South Africa (even the dog came along!)
(Associated Content, 4/7/2007)
The Story of a Mother and Her Daughters as They Trek Across South Africa's Garden Route and Cape Peninsula.
(N/A, 3/28/2007)
An account of a family's adventures in America, South Africa, Germany, and various other countries. Better grab your world atlas for this one!
(New Farm Tennis, 6/14/2005)
A website developed for a tennis coach in Brisbane, Australia. Currently offline, due to the coach's relocation to the U.K. If you'd like to see the Acrobat version of the site, please contact me.
Contact Info
  Elizabeth Kraft

E-Mail: Lizkraft@avantguild.com
Website: http://www.ourwanderingfamily.org