Alena Galan

Against all odds, I was adopted in 2001 at three and a half years old as an orphan from Siberia, Russia. Within seven weeks in my new home in Briarcliff Manor, New York, I was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease, Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS, type VI), also known as Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome. My outlook was bleak and was given the diagnosis of an early death, but I beat all odds!


At an early age, I have learned the meaning of giving back early in life and I hope to make a difference in the world. I knew the stage was my home, and a way for me to make an impact. By the age of eight, I sang on the stage at Radio City Music Hall; at thirteen, I auditioned for X-Factor and of the 11,000 contestants, I made it to the Producer level of 500 which was incredible feat. At age 18, through my desire to pursue my singing passion, I auditioned for a spot on the stage of Carnegie Hall and I got it! Carnegie Hall was my most memorable and incredible experience. Not only did I sing, I was part of the “Florence Foster Jenkins” movie trailer for Paramount Pictures! I knew at that moment that the camera was my life, my home! I write my own music through dedication, hard work and passion for the arts. 

I have been featured on multiple news channels in addition to participating at such charitable organizations as Garden of Dreams Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network, Entertainment Tonight and Teen Talk. Recently, with an internship at CBS News, NY, with Dr. Max Gomez (Medical Correspondent), I realized I had found my niche in the world of television production and my love for the camera.I attended Quinnipiac University in a competitive, rigorous accelerated program completing my undergraduate degree with honors with business and communication courses as well as an MBA, specializing in Marketing in a total of four- and one-half years.


 

 Presently, and in the future, I will continue to make a difference in the lives of other people by bridging the world of work with my passion and dream to work in the entertainment industry. Continuing to climb the ladder of hard work with perseverance, and being the possibilitarian that I am, standing tall at 4’3” as big things do come in smaller package, I know I will succeed.Recently, I have modeled during Fashion Week for Runway of Dreams modeling “Zappos Adaptive Clothing.” My hope is to continue being the face for many on TV, modeling and being a positive spokesperson for many.