ALANA GRELYAK, MM,BM

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Accomplished, award-winning leader with highly diverse skill set focused on writing,
composing, digital content creation, film production, and cat special needs.

EXPERIENCE

CO-CREATOR/PRODUCER, CATASTROPHES WEB SERIES, 2013-Present Bennite Prod.– Chicago, IL
• Write award-winning scripts both for the CATastrophes brand and for sponsors
• Compose and perform all of the music using Logic Pro 9 and Logic X and various sound libraries
• Create digital content with a small, nimble crew in various locations on strict budgets and timelines
• Communicate with brands and sponsors to arrange product inclusion in episodes under deadlines
• Create production schedules for actors/crew, handle on-set demands, and solve issues
• Handle talent agreements/waivers and train/handle all animal talent
• Social media development on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube to over 150k subscribers
• Write press releases and appear on broadcast TV, radio, and live speaking engagements
• Regularly attend and participate in editing sessions
AWARD-WINNING BLOGGER AT CATINTHEFRIDGE.COM, 2013- Present Self – Chicago, IL
• Write and edit pet-related content, specifically pertaining to special needs animals & holistic pet care
• Manage WordPress blog software, including widgets and other backend solutions and SEO
• Maintain relationships with rescues, brands, and sponsors to promote pet wellness and adoption
ASSOCIATE COMPOSER INTERNSHIP, 2013 Sonixphere – Chicago, IL
• Studied and implemented digital music composition in Logic and ProTools
• Sorted and chose musical tracks for presentation to clients
• Composed tracks for inclusion in client presentations for TV, Web, and Radio use
• Composed and edited to picture for client sessions and freelance projects
• Attended editing sessions with clients and composers to finalize spots
INDUSTRY FREELANCE
• Radio show host and producer for WLPN 105.5 Lumpen Radio “ASMR Interludes” – Present
• Writer/Co-Producer/Composer for :15 :30 :60 and :90 “Litter Lifter” Web Spots – 2014, Bennite Prod.
• Writer/Performer for “America’s Next Cat Star” Digital Ad – AT&T/Discovery Digital, 2015
• Script Supervisor, McDonald’s Internal Training Video – 2014, Daily Planet/Burrell
• Voice over work for Roosevelt University Web Spot – 2014, Daily Planet
• Transcription of piano music for TV Show Coin – 2013, Sonixphere
• Cadence Health Commercial, DDB, Extra – 2012
• Assistant photographer for Blackhawks “Hit the Ice” green screen shoot – 2011, Daily Planet
• Writer/Composer/Co-Producer for numerous short films through Bennite Productions, 2011-2016
FREELANCE WRITER/PHOTOGRAPHER, 2005-2014 Self – Chicago,IL
•Contributing writer for Demand Studios, Time Out Chicago, CMA Today, Image, EHow, Punchline, etc.
• Local Comedy editor for Lumino Magazine, 2005-2006
• Photographed Lollapalooza 2007 and numerous other concerts/events
• Published author in “Rescued,” a multi-award-winning anthology by Fit Cat Publishing, 2014
NEWS EDITOR/PUBLISHING ASSISTANT, 2005- 2009 Pipeline Telecom Magazine – Chicago, IL
• Edited and proofread articles, chose photographs, and proofed advertisements for newsletter publication
• Drafted contracts and negotiated media partnerships for medium to large-scale trade shows
• Wrote monthly “OSS NewsWatch” column and any other required telecommunications-related articles
• Acted as a liaison between publisher and magazine clients/media partners
• Attended trade shows and conventions to promote the magazine brand and interact with clients
TEACHING ASSISTANT, 2002-2004 University of Wisconsin – Madison, WI
•Designed and implemented class plans for Piano 101-104 and administered exams and finals
TECHNICAL
• Non-linear video editing skills
• Shooting skills with Canon DSLR equipment, both stills and video
• Software: FCP 7, Logic Pro 9 and X, ProTools, WordPress, Photoshop, Lightroom, Apple and Windows
• Location audio recording: experience with boom and lav mics, setup, indoor and outdoor
• Audio editing for radio and to picture
• Music composition in various styles, including singer/songwriter, to picture, and stand alone
• Highly detail-oriented due to being a professionally-trained classical musician
• Post-production experience in editing, color, music, and sound
LANGUAGES: Conversational Italian. Beginner French, Ukrainian, German, and Spanish. Read and
write Cyrillic alphabet. Recently started Portuguese.
LEADERSHIP & VOLUNTEER
• Current professional member of the Cat Writers’ Association (CWA)
• ASCAP member
• Speaker at BlogPaws 2015 on the topics of Social Media Writing and Video/Photography Production
• Composed “Call Me Charm Cat” five-piece jazz band piece with soloist Nora the Piano Cat for LA-based
Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, 2013
• Co-Organized “KittyPalooza 2008” for Treehouse & “Jingle Your Bells” musical concerts, 2006 and 2007
• Volunteer and foster for Tree House, CCR, FCACC, DCHS, and Kitty Bungalow, 2001 to present
AWARDS
• Best Cat Video Award – Internet Cat Video Festival, Walker Art Center, 2015
• President’s Award for the Script for “CHATastrophe” – Cat Writer’s Association, 2015
• Photographer for Bronze Medal, Best eBook Cover, Global Book Awards, “Rescued,” – FitCatPub, 2015
• Best Blog Award – Cat Writers’ Association, 2014
• Best Video Winner – BlogPaws, 2014 and 2015; Best Cat Blog Nominee – BlogPaws, 2014 and 2015;
• Best Writer Award – Chicago 48-Hour Film Festival, 2012 and 2013
• Halo Pets Adoption Champion Winner, 2013 – Social Media/Photography Focus
EDUCATION
Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance, 2002 University of Wisconsin – Madison, WI
Master of Music, Piano Performance, 2004 University of Wisconsin – Madison, WI