Ally with Randy Fenoli

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I’m Allyson Siwajian, and I am a professional writer, communicator, and compassion-based justice advocate.

On the West Coast of the U.S., I work as a freelance writer, penning articles for magazines and copywriting for multiple blog sites. For these roles, I combine my professional experience in journalism and creative writing to tell compelling stories with a researched, informative edge.

Beyond my work sphere, I volunteer in the nonprofit sector to further embrace my passions for promoting human rights, stopping social injustices, and motivating myself and others worldwide to better love one another.

Please feel free to view my favorite moments in my professional career, and feel free to browse my lists of published works below.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

Talking Bridal Beauty with “Say Yes to the Dress” star Randy Fenoli:

I had the pleasure of a one-on-one interview with Randy Fenoli, TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” television star, dress designer, and Fashion Director of Kleinfeld Bridal NYC. Read the story online at Bridal Spectacular’s Las Vegas Wedding Blog: “My Fifteen Minutes with Randy Fenoli.

I met with “Say Yes to the Dress” star Randy Fenoli. (Photograph courtesy of Alex Mo Photography. Fun fact: Alex donates ten percent of all proceeds to nonprofit org, Not For Sale.)

Sipping Saké with Celebrity Blogger Perez Hilton:

In the middle of a hot summer Sunday, I found myself face-to-face with the king of celebrity blogging, Perez Hilton. Read my article “The Rumors Are True” about Perez Hilton’s involvement as a Brand Ambassador for TY KU Saké in The Tasting Panel magazine.

Ally with Perez Hilton

Perez kindly sat down with me for an interview at RUMOR Boutique Hotel before his afternoon pool party in the summer sun. (Shout-out to Deacon Tyler of F-Sequence Studio for this photo.)

Ending Poverty, One Child at a Time, with Compassion International:

After years of sponsoring a Ugandan child through nonprofit organization Compassion International, I had the opportunity to travel to Colorado Springs, Colo. to work as an intern within the Global Project Office at Compassion International Headquarters.  Read my story on Compassion’s blog to see what I learned through this experience: “Inverting the Triangle.”

ally and CI coworkers

These are my cubemates and fellow interns on our lunch break! (I’m on the right with the poofy ‘do, circa 2009.)  Just pretend we’re beside Compassion International CEO Wess Stafford. He introduced me to the idea that we must “invert the triangle” and serve in order to lead.

Calling for Peace and Freedom with Invisible Children Founder Jason Russell:

During my college years, I led a student organization called Project 58: Illuminating Injustice. While we supported the Bungoma Children’s Home in Kenya as our main focus, our efforts also included many causes locally and internationally. This included our trip to San Francisco, Calif. to participate in Invisible Children’s The Rescue of Joseph Kony’s Child Soldiers event in April 2009. Read my article about “The Rescue” Experience in The Nevada Sagebrush newspaper.

UNR students with Jason Russell of Invisible Children, 2009

At The Rescue event, I met Invisible Children filmmaker Jason Russell (center). When I asked him what he would like to say to Nevada students, he encouraged us in our efforts and said: “Dream big. Anything is possible.” In this photo, I’m the second girl from the left on our second day in Crissy Park.

Promoting Truth and Justice with DC Superheroes Robin and Flash:

Didn’t you know I’m a crime fighter? Well, okay, I don’t “fight” crime. I let these proficient guys do most of the work. But I do have roots as a such a fan of superheroes and fantasy flicks that I could easily be a professional nerd.

Ally with sister, Robin, and The Flash

That’s my partner-in-crime, best friend, and sister in the pink shirt. I’m rocking the orange!

BEST PUBLISHED CREDITS:

Desert Companion magazine — “ART: In a Hard (and Beautiful) Place”

The Tasting Panel magazine — “Sweet and Savory: Restaurant Honey Salt is a Little Piece of Home”

The Tasting Panel magazine — “Label-Driven Tasting” featuring U.S. Olympian Erin Gleason

The Tasting Panel magazine — “Cocktails With History: New Bar Scene in Downtown Las Vegas”

The Tasting Panel magazine — “The Evolution of the Modern Brasserie”

The Tasting Panel magazine — “Reserving Table Ten”

Foursquare Leader magazine — “Opening Statement: Are You Ready For Pruning Season?”

Foursquare Leader magazine — “Opening Statement: Will You Reimagine or Regress?”

Foursquare Leader magazine — “What’s the Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?”

Foursquare.org — “Foursquare Missionaries Share Gospel During Sochi Olympics”

Foursquare.org — “Pastors Steve and Kim Cecil Moving to Russia As Missionaries”

Foursquare.org — “Finding Drinking Water and Living Water in Malawi”

Foursquare.org — “Families Come to Christ After Fires in Myanmar”

Spectacular Bride magazine — “Destination Weddings: Las Vegas” column contributor

Bridal Spectacular’s Las Vegas Wedding Blog — daily contributor

Decorating Den Interiors: Christine Ringenbach’s Interior Decorating Blog — weekly contributor

Washington D.C. Bridal Showcase Blog — weekly contributor

Rocky Mountain Bridal Show Blog — weekly contributor

Richmond Bridal Showcase Blog — weekly contributor

Baltimore Bridal Show Blog — weekly contributor

Project 58: Illuminating Injustice Blog — regular contributor

Bungoma Children’s Home Sponsor Newsletter  — quarterly contributor

The Nevada Sagebrush newspaper — “African Cause” and “Awareness and Activism” columnist

Compassion International: Delivery Community — “Project Management Best Practices”

Compassion International Blog — “Inverting the Triangle”

Brushfire Literary Arts Journal — “Awaken”

Brushfire Literature and Arts Journal — “Blotting Out Our Childhood”

Centering Corporation publishers — A Different Way to Grieve: Journal and Activities for Middle-School Kids, by Middle Kids

My published writing has been reprinted through the following venues:

The FrankfurtKid Daily, Retcon Poet, Memory Lane Video and Cinematography Blog, DJ Harry “O” of Vegas City DJs promotions, Elegant Wedding Dance promotions, Encore Bridal Boutique Blog, Platinum Hotel and Spa Facebook Fan Page, Tuxedo Junction Las Vegas Facebook Fan Page, Julie Reed Events Facebook Fan Page, INTERIORS by Decorating Den Facebook Fan Page, and Las Vegas Wedding Network Blog.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

The National Alliance for Grieving Children 17th Annual Symposium — “Empowering Middle School-Aged Children: A ‘For Kids, By Kids’ Approach to Grieving Processes” — Tempe, Ariz. 2013.

Hillside Foursquare Church — “God Has Not Forgotten Us” — Reno, Nev. 2012.

Nevada Undergraduate Research Symposium — “If Only We Could See Us Then: On Creative Nonfiction” — Reno, Nev. 2010.

The Fragrance of His Presence Women’s Retreat — “The Cost of Holiness” — Sedona, Ariz. 2009.

The Mill + Compassion International ‘Leadership Development Program’ Fundraiser — Emcee — Colorado Springs, Colo. 2009.

Movie and a Mission Fundraiser — “Illuminating Injustice: Isaiah 58 and Bungoma Boys” — Reno, Nev. 2008.

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Professionally partner with me for your upcoming writing and editing projects. 

If you are interested in allowing me to work alongside you professionally, please feel free contact me through my “Contact Me” page on this blog.  I look forward to hearing from you!

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