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Hi, I'm Simone.

I'm an award-winning journalist and currently the Soundcheck Columnist for the Newport Beach Independent Newspaper. I freelance for the Washington City Paper and Awards Focus.

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About Me

I'm a graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. I hold a BA in Public Relations and Advertising, and a minor in Production Design. I've created commercials, developed campaigns for films and musicians, and experienced the entertainment industry first hand. I've won five awards from the OC Press Club for my column in the Newport Beach Independent Newspaper and freelance for various publications. 

While studying entertainment marketing for film and music, I learned the skills to execute effective and groundbreaking marketing campaigns, along with social media, pitching, copywriting, and digital advertising. During my time at school, I interned at record labels and PR firms. I worked with clients such as the Dandy Warhols, Jared Leto, and Vogue with Zoe Costello. I've worked in costume and production design for Amazon Studios, Target, Urban Outfitters, and a number of independent films that won festivals, including the Austin Film Festival and the Student Academy Awards.

In my junior year, I worked as a music editorial intern for Crossfader Magazine and wrote some of the most popular articles on the website. In my senior year, I became a music writer for Merry-Go-Round Magazine. As an accomplished journalist, with years of experience in the industry, I was hired right out of school as the music journalist for the Newport Beach Independent Newspaper, where I currently write their Soundcheck Column.

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January 20, 2023

I've interviewed artists such as Jefferson Starship, Kevin Bacon, The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley, and Dave Grohl.

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Music Bussiness and Marketing

Certified in Google Adwords, I've created digital marketing and PR campaigns for SugarHigh LoveStoned Clothing, the Orange County Heritage Museum, and countless student films. I assisted on music advertising campaigns for artists signed to Riptide Music Group during my music business internship.

I've worked in A&R at Riptide Music Group, was assistant manager to the band Silverbird, and interned for Grammy Award winning music producer Cory Rooney. 

I've put together TV Spots, created art and copy, managed social media, and organized publicity events. Click below to view my marketing work. 

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"As a contributor to Merry-Go-Round Magazine, Simone's passion and dedication to cultural journalism shone through. Always taking the initiative and regularly pitching us on events to cover, Simone offered a valuable and varied perspective to our team, giving us an opportunity to get on the ground and establish relationships with buzzworthy, up-and-coming independent artists in the local music scene, which is invaluable for a publication such as ours. Since the beginning we've made it a point to focus on the undiscovered and unheard, and Simone was a distinct vanguard for this initiative. It's easy for anyone to say they love music, but Simone more than walked the walk, and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a vibrant voice that's willing to show up and forge connections."

-Thomas Seraydarian, Editor & Chief of Crossfader Magazine

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"I am consistently impressed by Simone's musical knowledge." 

-Christopher Trela, Lifestyle Editor of the Newport Beach Independent

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Ben Fong-Torres

"Simone Goldstone offers a succinct overview in the NB Independent. She not only dug the music and musicians in the film, as well as the Chinese immigrant aspect of the story, she delighted in tidbits about journalism and writing. She quotes the late Rolling Stone editor John Burks advising, 'Tell me more' is one of the best questions you can ask.'
Thanks, Simone."

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