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Hollie is not Freaked out by chance to work with Chic legend Nile Rodgers

Chic’s Le Freak is one of the world’s biggest-ever disco tracks – and a De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) student has been helping promote its re-release nearly 40 years on.


Media and Communications| student Hollie Copas met and worked with music legend Nile Rodgers| and chart-toppers Rudimental| who have remixed the classic.

Hollie was recruited as part of a work experience programme called GoThinkBig, launched by 02 and Bauer media. Young people aged 16-24 were invited to apply for a host of jobs – and Hollie landed a social media manager’s job.

She tweeted from Rudimental’s twitter account which has 264,000 followers and got the chance to pick up expert tips from marketing mentors.

* Outstanding student nominated for PR award|
* Media student lands job thanks to Graduate Champions|
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She said: “I’ve met so many lovely people and learned so much. This is definitely something I want to pursue a career in.
“It’s a tough industry to break into, so to get the call telling me I’ve got the job was amazing. I was having lunch and Nile Rodgers just came up to me and put his arm round me, it has been so surreal.”

To get the position, Hollie had to send in her CV and tell potential bosses why she should get the role in 100 words or less. Her skills on social media, honed through DMU's industry-focused courses, stood her in good stead.

Nile Rodgers said: “Hollie was chosen because of her social media skills, she has spent a lot of time crafting her talents through work experience and this showed through in her application.

“I know the feeling of rejection from when I started out and for many young people it’s hard to get their first career break. That’s why I joined forces with GoThinkBig to offer up opportunities to remix my most successful track Le Freak and inspire people acorss the UK to think big.”

The remix will be released on October 10.

Posted on: Friday 03 October 2014

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