Name
Stephanie Montatore

Title
Consultant and Business Support Officer

When did you start at CK?
March 2022

When did you know that communication and media was the career for you?
I was at a career’s night at my high school when I first discovered the world of PR and marketing. I fell in love immediately! It felt like the one avenue that could combine everything that fascinates me into one, from human psychology and English to photography, business, and creative thinking. It was as if I had been picking up all these skills throughout my life to shape me for this exact career, even if I hadn’t realised it at first.

What path led you to communikate et al?
My Program Director at UniSA told me she saw communikate as the perfect cultural fit for me while I was studying. I then reached out to Account Manager and fellow UniSA graduate Ben to find out more about the company over a coffee and got a good feeling immediately. When I finalised my studies at the end of 2021, I had my eyes peeled for any opportunities and low and behold something popped up. I remember reading the job description for my role and thinking… wow, this is exactly what my studies have prepared me for!

What skill are you best known for?
I have always been known for my creative flair, camera skills, and love for the English language. I grew up spending my weekends filming and editing (now incredibly embarrassing) YouTube videos and photographing bold makeup looks that I’d put together. I taught myself video editing and photography from a very young age as it felt like the perfect creative outlet for me. I then completed a Tafe Certificate III in Screen and Media during high school and undertook a Digital Photography elective at UniSA to continue to hone my skills. English was also absolutely my favourite subject in school, and I even started writing a poetry book in year 12 after completing a creative writing assignment!

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I appreciate the versatility of work that fits under the umbrella of my role. I love that one minute I’m photographing client collateral, and the next I’m proofing copy and taking care of everyday business operations. The dual nature of my role allows me to dip my toes into every facet of this diverse and exciting business, which is already fast tracking my development and growth as a young professional. Working within such a skilful and supportive team is definitely a highlight too!

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
That equipment and technical skill are just one element of what makes a good photo. As a young amateur I remember feeling limited by my knowledge and gear, but as with any art you are only truly limited by your imagination. I have started to dabble in film photography as a hobby to strip away from my perfectionistic tendencies and bring my work back to what’s really important – capturing a feeling.

If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Thoughtful, creative, and driven.

When you’re not at work, where will we find you and what will you be doing?
I really value time in nature and catching up with loved ones in my free time. Otherwise, you can find me working on finishing my book, curled up watching Netflix, or taking pictures.

What would be your dream client or role?
Any role that allows me to use my creativity and be hands on in my work is a dream to me! I love the idea of one day doing work for a client in the fashion or cosmetics industries, particularly those making efforts toward increased sustainability and inclusivity.

What’s a project you’re most proud of?
I worked as a Communications and Digital Editor for the UniSA student magazine in my last year of study. This provided the unique opportunity to manage a brand and develop a year-long digital strategy as a student. I introduced online exclusive video content to this role which saw me produce filmed interviews with students, staff, and even Adelaide Fringe artists. I also had the opportunity to complete a range of photoshoots, including one underwater, which was a real highlight! Given my marketing background, I focused on creating a highly branded and relevant digital presence which increased engagement and furthered the presence of Verse Magazine amongst their student audience.