LUDMILA LEIVA
 
 
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Hi! I'm Ludmila—you can call me Ludi.

I'm a writer, editor, illustrator and creative strategist based in Brooklyn. 

I'm the daughter of a Latina immigrant and an Eastern European refugee. My work seeks to uplift and center marginalized narratives and individuals, particularly women of color. 

As a WRITER I explore themes of diasporic identity, sexuality, gender, displacement, and belonging. I am currently most interested in writing essays and investigative features.

As an EDITOR, I work with clients who need help refining their voice, smoothing over syntax, and developing more effective communication strategies.

As an ILLUSTRATOR, I provide promotional graphics, logo design, editorial illustrations, portraits—and anything else you desire—for individuals, businesses, magazines and more.

As a CREATIVE STRATEGIST, I support people and businesses who need help with copywriting, branding, marketing, social media, and vision-creation. 

WRITING

Reporting

Narrative Essays

Translations

Press/Interviews

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ILLUSTRATION

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SERVICES

 

Illustration & Design

Editorial Illustration

Promotional Graphic Design

Promotional Illustrations

Original Portraits

Logo Design

Storyboard Design

VR Character Design

Website Design (Squarespace)

Business Card Design

Pitch Deck Design

Rebranding

Creative marketing

Copywriting

Brand strategy

Social media strategy

Promotional copy editing

 

Editorial 

Copy editing

Content editing

Spanish to English translation

Pitch editing and support

 

Have a project idea that's not listed? No worries.

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EXPERIENCE

Previous Design Clients (et al).

Tumblr
Coachella / Golden Voice
Hyphen Labs
Condé Nast
Jack Jones Literary Arts
Object Limited
Levo League
AutoStraddle
Planned Parenthood
Broadly

Work Experience (et al.)

Deputy Editor & Creative Strategist
Everyday Feminism
December 2017 to May 2018
 

Associate Editor
Everyday Feminism
June 2017 to November 2017
 

Freelance Illustrator & Designer
October 2016 to present

Freelance Writer & Editor
September 2015 to present

Columnist
Levo League
June 2017 to January 2018

Education

B.A. Political Science (with Gender & Sexuality Studies)
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada

Volunteer & Advocacy Experience

Advocacy Counselor | Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County (DVSAS)

Youth Workshop Facilitator | Check Your Head

Rise Against Homophobia Steering Committee Member | Out In Schools

Development Volunteer | The David Suzuki Foundation

Direct Dialogue Fundraiser | Greenpeace

Languages

English (Native Speaker)

Spanish (Native Speaker)

French (Intermediate)

German (Beginner)

 

PRAISE

Hiring Ludi to handle my company’s social media was the best business decision I ever made. She is smart, responsive, conscientious, and takes initiative. Her quality posts and frequent and consistent posting grew my Instagram audience by 25% in under 2 weeks. She is also diligent in checking in about our joint goals, able to pivot and adjust quickly where needed, and great at communicating and keeping me up to speed. If you need help with your social media, you should absolutely hire Ludi!
— Cynthia Pong, Founder/CEO of Embrace Change, Social Media Client
Ludi is an exceptional, multi-talented creative and a dream to work with. As both a writer and an artist, she has an original, unique and powerful voice that is at once beautiful and impactful. As an editor and a person who consumes all things internet, she was and will continue to be someone I turn to for insightful, bold, intelligent and gorgeously crafted content.
— Piper Weiss, Chief Content Officer, Levo League
Thanks to her expertise in creative copywriting, editing, and design, Ludi was able to take my vision for Shop Latinx and perfectly execute it. Our site now has a thorough, cohesive voice and brand. Ludi is very much in-the-know of industry marketing trends and activations and helped our ideas grow. Ludi’s contagious passion for helping the Latinx community has made Shop Latinx thrive.
— Brittany Chavez, Founder/CEO of Shop Latinx, Copywriting Client
Ludmila is a gifted writer who is able to make difficult to understand concepts simple. Her enthusiasm for writing can be felt in every line and I’d recommend her for any writing job, every single time.
— Kate Braner, Content Marketing Manager of Coverwallet, Copywriting Client
Ludmila’s insightful edits helped me get published. She went thoroughly through my text and made me dig deeper. She’s incisive and perceptive — from my vantage point the best qualities an editor can have.
— Ximena Cebreros of ESPN, Editing Client
Ludmila made my grant proposal shine even on an extremely tight schedule. She asked me great questions to ensure that she expressed my vision in a way that was accurate, succinct and engaging.
— Martyna Starosta, Video Journalist, Editing Client
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CONTACT

I am currently taking on new clients!

If you have a project in mind please drop me a line. Even if it's just an abstract idea—let's make it happen.

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