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Graphic Designer Microsoft Office

Downers Grove, IL
September 08, 2018

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Samantha S. Sliwa



A motivated creative with a multitude of art and video composition background. Dynamic professional with a passion for storytelling, seeking to progress into a career of art, graphic design, video, and other multi-media. Reliable and driven personality, willing to go the extra mile to produce great results.


Assistant Manager, Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield, IL, June 2011-Present

Started with no experience to fulltime management within five years.

Trained a multitude of new employees for the new season/ food preparation at different locations

Admired for artistic ability, asked by upper management to paint window murals for holiday events

Freelance Graphic Designer at Coldwell Banker, Elmhurst IL, May 2011-August 2015

Edited photography brochures of houses using the Adobe Suite. Aimed to create a vibrant atmosphere to attract potential buyers

Created brochures, pamphlets, and flyers to send out to listed houses for potential buyers

Edited and updated webpages of realtors' to keep up the continuous business.

Summer Intern, Big Machine Design, Burbank, CA, June 2010-August 2010

Worked closely with director designing storyboards, animatics, and animated illustration

Self-taught to use Cinema 4D program through tutorials

Credited illustrator in the short movie, Truth be Told; dir. Steve Peterson



Animation: Autodesk Maya, Cinema 4D, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Flash

Nonlinear Video Editing: Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro

Digital Art: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Cintiq Companion (tablet), Sketchbook Pro

Microsoft Office, and Powerpoint


Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) - Carbondale, IL2007- 2011

Bachelor of Arts: Cinema and Photography

Animation Emphasis, Art Minor, Overall GPA: 3.5/4.0

Cinema & Photography Student Award for the 2010/11 school year

Foreign Language: Basic Spanish studied for six years beginning in elementary school

DePaul University- Chicago, IL, May 2016

Masters of Arts: Animation

Graduated with a 3.5/4.0 GPA average

Activities/ Interests

Over ten years of art technique study and design

Interests include classic mythology and trivia competitions

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