Farah Merani - Resume
983 Hyperion Ave Los Angeles, CA 90029 ------------------------
I am a well-read, articulate, and skilled writer with excellent language, note-taking, and communication skills and seeking to transition into an industry where my abilities can be directly applied in a purpose filled creative and supportive environment. I am very personable, punctual, professional, organized, well presented, quick learner, cooperative, computer literate, great leadership skills, and strong language skills, trilingual (English, French, Spanish). I am a process orientated individual who is flexible. adaptable, a solid problem solver, and strong team player, which helps with negotiating and developing solutions speedily and effectively.
Drama Centre London, Central Saint Martins College 2008-2010
MA European Classical Theatre Trinity College, University of Toronto (Hon.BA) 2001-2005
Specializing in Drama, Middle Eastern Studies, and English.
High School at Ashbury College, Ottawa. 1996-2001 Graduated with IB bilingual and OSSD bilingual diplomas, Ontario Scholar.
Apr 2019- Current Social Media Manager Actors Comedy Studio, Los Angeles
Responsibilities: Assisting in the creation of the studio’s branding and social media presence on platforms including Instagram and Twitter. Writing content that is sharp, witty and on brand. Monitoring, moderating, and responding to audience comments; manage social media partnerships with other brands; and creating/posting shareable videos and images related to digital strategies.
Aug 2014 - Current Co-Founder, Creative Executive, Business Affairs, Toronto and Los Angeles
WOS is a non-profit set to promote and support female-identified talent in the entertainment industry. I have been involved in the establishment of the organization since its inception, dealing with legal, incorporating, PR and curriculum development for the Script Incubator Program. Responsibilities also include extensive script reading, providing detailed notes on scripts submitted, participating in group discussions on script selection, and final decisions on scripts for the Incubator. Regularly supporting fellow department heads in a variety of tasks including: establishing relationships with local production companies and film festivals, creating and sharing press releases, coordinating with locations for events, and communicating with industry professionals pertaining to all aspects of the organization.
Apr 2011 – Current Executive Producer and Founder, Lifeguard Productions, Toronto and London, UK
Multiple films on the international film festival circuit, with two new projects in development. Responsible for selecting, financing, and controlling the development, casting, rehearsal scheduling, marketing, and performance/filming of all productions; collaborating with every department on all design and technical elements for each production; composing, editing, and reviewing all press and marketing material; liaising with local business and corporate sponsors; drafting and maintaining balanced budgets for each production.
May 2018 - June 2018 Script Coordinator, Sphere Media, Los Angeles
Responsibilities: Taking notes during writer’s meetings, story notes meetings, and offside conversations, and distributes information to the team afterwards; ensure that all notes are correctly transcribed, in the format requested, and distributed; contribute to discussions when appropriate and attend meetings when required; responsible for proofreading all documents, outlines, drafts, and updates; basic working knowledge of Screenwriter, GoogleDocs, Microsoft Docs and Excel.
Apr 2015 - Apr 2018 Educator, Humber College, Toronto
Conducted monthly Audition Technique for Camera Masterclasses to assist Senior theatre students in preparing for professional opportunities in Film and TV, provided one-on-one coaching in preparation for their Senior Year Showcase, demonstrated a thorough practical knowledge of the entertainment industry and the professional theatre infrastructure in Canada, provided informative presentations to students, when necessary, regarding different areas of the entertainment industry and ensure that all students fully comprehend all aspects, worked alongside guest instructors to ensure the students received a broad spectrum of perspectives and tools to work with and apply, planned the course content to be covered in the class according to the curriculum established by the College, the number of weeks available and the date of the final assessment.
Nov 2014 - Dec 2018 Brand Ambassador, CINCO, Interactive Marketing, Toronto
Responsibilities: Interacting with members of the public on behalf of a variety of brands and organizations, ensuring guests have a positive and enjoyable experience during each event and/or campaign, following appropriate processes and procedures, as determined by the client, documenting and recording interaction statistics on behalf of the client, providing excellent customer service.
May 2010 – Oct 2011 Front of House Manager, Jones and Payne Hairdressing, London UK
Responsible for providing principal secretarial and administrative support in order to ensure that salon services are provided in an effective and efficient manner; maintaining stock and supply balance; updating all social media profiles daily; drafting press releases and all public advertisements; organizing staff rota and appointment books; and maintaining general front of house cleanliness.
Mar 2008 - Sept 2008 Head Bartender, Spice Route Restaurant and Bar, Toronto
Responsibilities: Providing excellent customer service to a varied and discerning clientele, creating and producing high quality cocktails in a high volume and fast-paced bar, wine and food service, weekly inventory counts, staff schedule organization, fluent in QuickServe POS system, and also responsible for opening and closing of bar.
Oct 2005 - Nov 2007 Receptionist, Bartender, Vertical Restaurant, Toronto
Responsibilities: As receptionist, the role included answering phones, responding to daily emails, photocopying, greeting clients, coordinating meetings and parties for the various spaces in the restaurant, organizing timetables, seating allocations, reservations, and schedules. As bartender/server, the role included providing excellent customer service, extensive wine and food knowledge, creating intricate and high quality cocktails from a seasonally changing menu, weekly inventory counts, opening and closing duties, and fluency with the Maitre ‘D POS system.
Volunteer Organizations: • License to Rise, Los Angeles (2019-present) • Inner City Shakespeare Company (2019-present) • Reading To Kids, Los Angeles (2018- current) • ACTRA – Diversity Committee Chair (2013-2018) • ACTRA – YEAA, Committee Member (2013-2018)
Lauren Mackinlay, co-Founder Women on Screen ------------ ------------
Gary Mrowca, SVP Post Production ------------ ------------
Patricia Isaac, License to Rise Founder ------------ ------------
Los Angeles, arts, theater, film, writing, languages