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Winnipeg, MB, R3B

(204) 770 9567

Cella Lao Rousseau (@hellorousseau) is a Winnipeg bestselling author, media designer, photographer, and Creative Communication’s journalism student from Red River College.

When she’s not writing for her award-winning blog, shooting local breaking news stories, or managing social media, Cella is dabbling in photography, working professionally as a makeup artist, or singing classical music. 




                                   Graduating Class of 2011 from Balmoral Hall School
                                   - Honour Roll (2003-2011)
                                   - Prefect Position – Head on student council
                                             - Photographer for prefect run events
                                             - Videographer for prefect run events and full school assemblies 
                                   - Reach for the Top (2008-2011)

                                   University of Winnipeg (2011-2013)
                                   - Two years in Rhetoric and Communications
                                   - Joint Communications Degree/Diploma program

                                   Red River College (2013-present day)
                                   - Creative Communications 
                                   - Completed first year– Journalism Major


                                   Work Experience

                                   Freelance Writer
                                   - Written for Outwords magazine
                                   - Published in The Projector newspaper
                                   - Published in Metro Winnipeg (online)
                                   - Published on Community News Commons (online)
                                   - Invited to attend and review Peter Nygard fashion show/new clothing (2014)
                                   - Worked on ward/election coverage for CBC (2014)
                                   - Writes, runs, and photographs for her award-winning blog,
                                   - First best-selling book released March 10th, 2015 at McNally Robinson Booksellers: Damsel
                                   ( all design and writing by me

                                   Freelance Photographer/Videographer
                                   - Graduation photographer (Balmoral Hall School graduation 2012, St. John Brebeuf School
                                   graduation 2013)
                                   - Event videographer (St. Vital Centre ‘Behind Closed Doors’ Event 2014/2013)
                                   - Headshot/fashion photographer (cosmetics and makeup artistry, fashion shows)

                                   Red River Ex EXtreme Team
                                   - Ran all social media for the Red River Ex (brought Instagram followers from 30 to 513)
                                   - Helped navigate and improve press (public relations)
                                   - Photographed for brochures and future promotions
                                                       Worked: June 2013-July 2013

                                   Winnipeg Sun Intern (April 2015)
                                   - Covered homicides, charity events, political pressers and breaking news 
                                   - Broke a story about car vandalism in River Heights (front page story)
                                   - Had 2 cover stories and a dozen articles published

                                   Global News Winnipeg Online/Web Media Intern (December 2014)
                                   - Had the 2nd most viewed online story nationally for 2 days (200,000 +views each day)
                                   - Broke Winnipeg viral video story
                                   - Wrote over 25 web stories over 3 week period

                                   Sephora Canada
                                   - Part-time makeup artist at Sephora St. Vital Centre
                                   - Professional makeup artist, skincare and fragrance specialist
                                   - Works in extremely fast paced environment/constantly multi-tasking
                                                       Worked: October 2012-October 2014

                                   Wedding Singer
                                   - Singer for hire at weddings, funerals, and other events 
                                   - Sings at various venues in Manitoba
                                   - Is always professional in a variety of social situations, very accommodating



                                   - Microsoft Award (placed first out of 5,000 entries in North America)
                                   - Balmoral Hall School’s Rupert’s Land Scholarship:
                                   “For excelling in academic achievement and participation in a variety of extra-curricular activities.”
                                   - International Speaking Competition, IISPSC, Ottawa

                                   - Grade 8 Vocal, Grade 3 Musical Theory, Grade 3 Piano- Royal Conservatory of Music
                                   - Winner of Winnipeg’s Second Annual ‘Italian Idol’ 
                                   - Performed for 1,500 people, including the Mayor of Tel Aviv, at Pantages Playhouse Theatre
                                   - NATS competition scholarship winner intermediate level
                                   - Participation in Winnipeg Music Festival from 2001-2013, consistently placing gold and silver in classes
                                   such as: German Voice, Gilbert and Sullivan, French Voice, Musical Theatre, Spanish Voice, Manitoba
                                   Composer, Italian Voice, and Canadian Composer

                                   - ‘Blog of the Year’ at the 2014 Creative Communications Awards
                                   - Featured on Shaw TV Winnipeg for her blog (May 2014)


                                           Practical Professional Skills

                                   - Professional writing skills
                                   - Professional photography skills
                                   - Extremely familiar with The Canadian Press Stylebook and Caps and Spelling
                                   - Computer and social media skills

                                   - Familiar with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere (created, wrote, and designed an
                                   entire magazine with a team: CHARGE)
                                   - Created graphics and titles for novel’s promotions
                                   - Photographs, writes, and runs two blogs independently (16,000+ views combined)
                                             Instagram: 511 Followers
                                             Twitter: 363 Followers
                                             Klout Score: 62
                                             WordPress views on HelloRousseau (since September 2013):16,000
                                             Tumblr: 223 Followers

                                   - Speaks basic Italian
                                   - Speaks basic French
                                   - Public speaking and debating skills
                                   - Opera, musical theatre, and jazz singer
                                   - Driving since age 15 (owns own vehicle)
                                   - Familiar with audio mixing, video editing, and camera equipment



                                   - Ran weekly radio show on Red River Radio (2014)
                                   - Youth Ambassador for Italian Pavilion (2009)
                                   - Singer during A Night of Light Opera- performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra String Quartet 
                                   - Folklorama Pavilion Volunteer (2008-2011)
                                   - Performed for staff and students at MBCI (Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute)
                                   - Numerous performances including senior homes and Folklorama Italian Pavilion events
                                     (National anthem at a Manitoba Moose game)