résumé.

In addition to my extensive work experience below, I am a jack-of-many trades, a utility player with expert knowledge in writing (marketing copy, social media, essay, fiction, screenwriting), UX/UI and visual design, videography and editing, photography, and podcasting.

I love learning new skills and I thrive in flexible, roll-up-your-sleeves environments where ideas trump egos.

I thrive in workplaces where authenticity, feedback, and humility are valued and nurtured.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Copywriter, Alamo Drafthouse – 2019-2020

Wrote pithy, on-brand, “reverently irreverent” copy for the largest independent theater chain in the US including digital ads, descriptions and marketing for each film, newsletters, and blogs.

Communications Associate, Deans for Impact – 2016 to ongoing freelance

Wrote, planned, and executed on all external and internal communications for print (marketing and event flyers), newsletters (circulation 2,000), website, blogs, and social media channels. Scripted, shot, editing, and produced short videos, photographs, and produced all multimedia including over 30 videos and audio clips for a two-year, org-wide virtual publication.

Talent Development Manager, KIPP Austin Public Schools – 2013-2016

Produced multimedia, including photographs, graphics, videos, and copy for internal and external use. Created and maintained copy and graphics for an internal brand for system of retaining teachers. A combination of internal and external communication and employee engagement work, I developed and retained staff members at a school district serving over 4,000 low-income students of color.

Internal Communications Manager, Teach For America — 2008-2012

Produced multimedia, including photographs, graphics, videos, and copy for internal and external use. Created and maintained copy and graphics for an internal brand for system of retaining teachers. A combination of internal and external communication and employee engagement work, I developed and retained staff members at a school district serving over 4,000 low-income students of color.

CREATIVE EXPERIENCE

Podcaster, writer, and producer, The Sound and the Story – February 2015 to present

Write, produce and host an in-depth music podcast about lyrics and albums. Designed logo. 3,000 subscribers per month. 100,000 downloads total.

Author – 2014 to present

Authored collections of poetry sold in local bookstores and Amazon, and a collection of short stories, essays, and poetry. Designed cover and book interior for all. Novel in progress.

Freelance Writer, A.V. Club and others – 2014-2016

Wrote television, movie, and comedy criticism for The Onion A.V. Club and others.

EDUCATION

UX/UI Intensive Bootcamp, University of Texas – 2019-2020

Six-month intensive bootcamp (10 hours/week) that taught advanced design principles and methods. Designed two mobile apps and two websites.

Columbia Multimedia Storytelling Intensive, Columbia University – January 2019

Week-long intensive taught by Columbia School of Journalism professor Duy Linh Tu on capturing and telling stories visually, culminating in solo-produced final product.

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, University of Texas at Austin – 2004-2008

© 2020 by David Kallison.