What can you find here at katykostakis.com?
An assortment of my published and unpublished work over the last 18 years, as well as original content created especially for this website! If you are familiar with my work, you know that my blog, The Lioness’ Den, was my creative hub from January 2017 to September 2018. Work published prior to 2006 will be posted here very soon!
What happened to The Lioness’ Den?
Once I started this website, I decided to officially close down The Lioness’ Den. Who knows? Maybe it will be resurrected someday.
What are your areas of expertise and interest?
I’ve always been a lover of Arts and Entertainment, particularly Film, so a good chunk of my expertise is in that realm. Just how I know so much about it is an interesting tale in itself. Performing is in my blood, and I originally wanted to pursue a career as a professional actor (I can sing, too!). Over time, I discovered my other passion and went to college to study broadcasting/ broadcast journalism! Performing and talking go hand in hand, so studying broadcast journalism was a natural progression. In college, I took quite a number of Film, Art History, and Theatre courses, where I learned the inner workings of the A&E industry (including Music).
After college and a brief post-grad stint, I realized where I could truly shine, so I plunged into the world of print, followed by digital. I’ve written Lifestyle, Health and Wellness, Food and Beverage, and Entertainment articles for publications and websites. I later branched out into crafting copy for advertising and marketing collateral, and penned guest contributions to the blogs of various professional organizations. The love for every industry I’ve ever written for or about has never diminished.
Other areas where I am experienced and knowledgeable in are Culture, Consumer and Retail, Cosmetics and Beauty, Travel, History, Spirituality, and Literature. These are all subjects I adore, so I make sure to stay educated and informed! I also make it a point to follow Associated Press and Chicago styles. Whatever the subject or medium, you will get my special touch on each and every piece I create. That I promise you.
With that success in freelance writing and blogging, my inquisitive and creative nature, and my journalism background, I am beyond ready to take on the world in journalism or communications!
Wait a sec. You have a Broadcasting/Broadcast Journalism background? Do you know much about Public Relations, Marketing and Advertising?
Journalism absolutely overlaps into Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations, and I received many crash courses in college, which extended into years of personal independent study ever since. I am certainly familiar with the practices of those industries. When I was writing film reviews for a website, I also wrote two weekly columns predicting and recapping the critical and financial successes of new film releases, as well as specialized articles and commentary. That knowledge of Marketing and Public Relations practices were absolutely factored into my research and development when I was writing those stories. I continue to use and apply that information for both my positions: in developing content for marketing and advertising collateral for distribution to clients, and certainly in penning new articles. Regardless of what I create, I have always applied my training and experience! I know my target audience. I know what they want to see, and I tailor those materials accordingly.
Where have you been published?
As mentioned above, I have written for news media, several websites, and two social and lifestyle magazines in a freelance capacity, ran my own blog, and have been a guest contributor for several professional organizations, so I have quite a large amount of material to showcase! Some of these pieces contain explicit content and/or subject matter, which I will denote where appropriate.
Because of the sheer volume of my work, I have a CONTRIBUTIONS page, which will be updated as needed to list articles that have not been included in my PORTFOLIO or blog POST pages. It will be an extension of my portfolio, so keep your eyes on that!
Are you on social media?
What’s with all the leonine references?
In case the zillion references to my having a Sun Sign in Leo slipped past you, maybe I should mention it now. My Sun Sign is in Leo, so I am connected to anything astrology correlates with them: the sun, fire, performing, peacocks, and, obviously, lions. I have always felt one with these majestic creatures! It’s the mane.
How about the hot pink?
To quote Shelby Eatenton (played by Julia Roberts in 1989’s Steel Magnolias), “I like pink. Pink is my signature color. ” Granted, her wedding colors were blush and bashful. Obviously, I like the more vibrant hues.
Tell me a few of your favorite things… (Yes, please use the tune!)
Oooh, there are already some blog posts about that. As for my official Top 10’s, those will be coming.
I really like your piece about________ and the advertising and marketing materials you made for________! Can I re-blog/re-post it on my website? Can I use it in my own work?
I am quite flattered when someone likes my work so much they want to share it. What does not please me is if you don’t get my permission before doing so. On the bottom of almost every page is a disclaimer noting this. If you would like me to consider allowing a re-post, re-blog or any other usage of my work, please contact me here. I will review each request on a case by case basis.
I want to interview/hire you because I think you would be an awesome addition to our staff! How can I contact you for employment and writing opportunities?
You’re in luck because I am seeking staff (full-time and part-time) and contributing journalist opportunities, as well as ones in communications! I will have a email related directly to this website in the near future, but until then, please contact me here. Please fill out the requested information, and my people (myself) will respond to your people (you) as soon as possible! 🙂