Picture: Damien O’ Shea
Born Damien O’ Shea on the 1st of March 1983 in St.Finbarrs Hospital County Cork, Ireland to a single parent and Professional Artist, Louise O’Shea. Damien was raised in the rural parish of Crosshaven in the seaside bay area of Myrtleville inside Cork harbour.Going to primary school locally at Crosshaven boys national school,He attended both Colaiste Muire Crosshaven and Douglas Community Schools to complete his secondary level education.At the age of eighteen, Damien pursued a vocational qualification in Sports Therapy studying the two year full time course at Colaiste Stiofain Naofa a college of further education post secondary school where he obtained the International Therapy Examination Council(I.T.E.C.) Diploma in Sports injuries Therapy and I.T.E.C. Certificate in Sports Nutrition.
Aged Twenty, Damien was anxious to secure his independence and struggled to obtain a full time position in the Physiotherapy profession as jobs were limited and employment was scarce. Towards the end of that year, Damien finally received the break he was looking for when he travelled to Manchester, England for a training course with the spa product company Espa as part of a Job interview process with the Samas Spa, The Kenmare Park Hotel,County Kerry, Ireland. Not long after this Damien travelled to the Nederlands to secure employment. He also travelled to Spain and Morocco.
Aged 22, Damien returned to education studying the two year full time Complementary Health Therapies course at the Cork College Of Commerce, Morrison island, Cork city; Where he obtained the I.T.E.C. Diploma in Reflexology, I.T.E.C. Diploma in On-Site Massage( a.k.a: Stress Management diploma), Reiki Master teacher Qualification in the Usui System of Reiki and Tibetan healing, I.T.E.C. Diploma in Diet and Nutrition.He also obtained the Hot Stone massage qualification and Hopi-Thermo Auricular therapy qualification separately as part of workshops. In the second year of this course he obtained the I.T.E.C. Diploma in Spa treatments, I.T.E.C. Diploma in Manual Lymphatic Drainage, I.T.E.C. Diploma in Aromatherapy and I.T.E.C. Diploma in Indian Head Massage.
In 2006 Damien worked with the Elemis and Thalgo Spa Product brand. He is fully qualified in all Thalgo products and services and received Elemis training is all products and services at the Marriott hotel, Elemis training rooms,Enfield, County West-Meath,Ireland.
In 2007 he finished up his Employment with the Villa Spa,Killashee House hotel,Naas,County Kildare before travelling to Australia chasing up career advancement and employment opportunities. When he returned in 2008 he found work managing and setting up the Marine Spa on Inishboffin Island off the coast of Connemara, County Galway. Towards the end of 2008 he secured part time employment with Natures Way/Holland and Barrett,Mahon Point S.C. Mahon,County Cork Ireland,before pursuing a year long course in Biomedicine with the College of Naturopathic Medicine.Not long after this Damien set up his own wellness clinic business; Myrtleville Holistic Health and Wellness Clinic operating three treatment rooms where he offered Holistic therapy treatments and retailed Forever Living Health products.
In 2011,Damien returned to full time eduction at Griffith College Cork,Ireland where he is currently pursuing the H.E.T.A.C. B.A./masters degree in Journalism until 2014.
Life with Damien is just that! “My Life”; showcasing my knowledge and interests for promotion and recognition within the media profession. It operates on the basis of a three to six month central theme. This promotional blog is a niche for enthusiast readers and viewers with like-minded interests and is dedicated to my love of all things music mainly Reggae, Soul, Jazz and Blues from every decade.
As time goes on The Blog layout will be structured in block themes that cover many different categories; such as Fitness, Sport(athletics), Health, Nutrition and Wellbeing, Art and Culture, Film, Television, Comedy, Travel and Fashion which are also individual focus topics covered separately over the course of a three to six month period.
I plan to operate my blog independently as a site which visitors can be kept up to date on changes and developments to a performer, artist, actor or individuals repertoire. The blog carries a mixture of various aggregated, confessional, specialist and original content that includes; photo images, music and interview videos, feature and news stories, dialogue, analysis and links.
Target reader description
The target readership for my blog is both male and female realistically between the ages of sixteen and seventy, preferably from a category background or just generally a fan of my style of writing and the niche topic being promoted or discussed. I am also targeting the global market ,not only Ireland, but the U.K. and U.S. and all English speaking countries, from all walks of life with second and third level education with a college diploma or degree in urban and rural communities with decent broadband connection.
My goal is to see my blog visitor statistics increase over time ,with many readers spending thirty minutes to two hours, every day or once to three times a week. I also actively respond to comments and encourage readers to engage in dialogue to develop threads.
The kind of demographic I am aiming for are;
*The General public*Media employers* Aspiring Radio D.J’s *Gig D.J.’s * Associated Pod-cast listeners* Music fans * Film Buffs *Comedy Fans * Tourists * Fashionistas.
From time to time I will publish information on the blog regarding booking details for musicians, Reviews of albums and the best places on the internet to purchase media gadgets, music equipment and vinyl for Disc Jockey purposes.
This is to encourage more specialist readers as well as those in the media to take more notice of my body of work as I aim to develop the blog as a portfolio for future reference. Each blog post is continually updated to keep the content fresh and comprehensive.
Life with Damien is a general blog of broad areas of interest,It always contains good news and constructive topics. The main function of this blog is to promote social living and the impact music and the various topics have on our lives. I aim to highlight the careers of Health Professionals,Fitness Instructors, Actors(including Film Directors),Comedians,Musicians, Bands,Record Labels(including Producers) and Artists(performances and exhibitions) who do not receive the attention by the main stream media and deserve the social recognition.
Life with Damien has many confessional and reflective elements from my background as a complementary health professional in training courses and with relation to current affairs my employment history,giving insight and recommendations.
For each blog post published from word-press I have linked the blog address on my face book and twitter accounts, this has been giving me some attention, but more so from original content. I am also linking my posts to other social networking sites such as Blogger, Flickr, Foursquare, Friend-Feed, Good-reads, Google profiles, Gowalla, Linked-in, My-Space,Posterous, Triplt, Tumblr, Vimeo, Reddit, Stumble-upon and Digg.
My intention is to have music promoters, management teams and labels recognise what I have to offer them so they can request my services for Freelance Journalist work as a Reporter, Public relations and or press release officer for music magazines and online reggae media companies.
I regularly contact music labels asking for quotes and permission to write and or film interviews with producers and performers.
I have directly contacted musicians and artists through social networking sites such as My-Space and Face-Book and have been achieving a very encouraging initial response.
I can refer to my employment history and life experiences with regards to feature writing with the current affairs category and for developing my confessional and specialist style of writing for arts and culture. I may develop websites which promote the various topics. My goal is to become more specialised and persue Radio Broadcasting and do Pod-casts with my knowledge of music and film review, this would also include pre-recorded original interview content and live streaming.
I can also hone my skills with music videos, filmed interviews, advertising and promotion so that I will persue a career in television.
Hope you enjoy my blog and I welcome any comments that you may have; if I like them I will incorporate them into the posts.