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Hard to believe it's been a year since I produced a Golden Globes party in Atlanta, GA. The difference about living in GA vs. CA during awards season is that in the South, they don't really care about all this and it's rare you see much about Hollywood or entertainment on the news at all.
Whereas here in Los Angeles, this is all you see 24/7. Doesn't matter which news show you watch, if it's based here, they cover entertainment and cover it often! I was going through withdrawals living in GA which is why I decided to produce the party along with another woman.
It was a lot of fun and drew a great crowd.
What's ironic about this year is I almost forgot when the Golden Globes were happening because I'm so excited to attend the Los Angeles Travel Show! Ironic, huh? Not to say I don't want to watch the Golden Globes, but I see so much coverage living here again, I didn't see the need to host a party per se.
I'm looking forward to hearing Rick Steves speak, seeing Chris Harrison of The Bachelor speak on all the romantic getaways and how they're selected, learning about the travel apps available, and then just gathering information on all the amazing places I want to explore. Great R & D.:)
I've planned my trip to Long Beach to arrive home in time to watch the Golden Globes because it's still one of my favorite awards shows of the season, especially with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting. Nice to see comedic women in charge for once.
Way to go Hollywood Foreign Press!:)
So, if you're unaware of what I'm talking about since you don't live in LA, here's a little commercial to introduce you to the Golden Globes. Enjoy!
I am an info addict and love to learn. As a result, traveling to Vegas to attend the New Media Expo and listen to multiple lectures on blogging, marketing, expanding readership, improving my writing and videos, and more, was perfect.
I'm in the process of sorting, compiling and writing about my experiences to share some of the knowledge I gained over the past three days, but if you're interested in the full conference coverage, I encourage you to consider ordering the complete audio and visual offerings when they become available on the official website: http://nmxlive.com/2013-lv/
Also really enjoyed learning more about the startup scene in Vegas and was very impressed. If you're not following my fan page, please consider doing so as I will be uploading pix from my Vegas experiences there first.
I've been writing this wrap-up in my head for weeks and finally have time to put my thoughts down "on paper" so to speak. I had conflicted thoughts after attending the free Marki Costello hosting workshop introduction and needed time to process how to present it.
Plus, had to wait on some pix and other stuff; then the holidays came and have to admit, got distracted with all my fun events.:)
My goal in attending the New Media Expo in Vegas next week is to learn how to create a more regular blogging schedule, develop more quality content for you, my faithful readers, and monetize the hell out of this thing. Also, meet some new collaborators, see friends I only know virtually and learn and network.
I've been blogging for seven years and it's time. Just heard one fashion blogger receives $50,000 from brands sponsoring her blogs and that's my goal!
Isn't it for everyone who blogs?:)
What I love about the tech community in Los Angeles is the openness to new ideas, new people, new concepts and new opportunities. What I found fascinating was to juxtapose the two events, Marki's hosting class vs. Silicon Beach Fest since I attended both the same day.
I was torn because I missed all the morning meetings I really wanted to hear, but I had signed up for Marki's class awhile ago and was very curious what she is like in person having interviewed her for my blog awhile back.
Marki is just as blunt in person as she is over the phone or on TV. When she saw me and another older person in the audience she pointedly asked if either of us were guests, or there for the seminar. The guy left, but I stayed and made a point of introducing myself as her recent interviewer because I knew she felt I didn't belong. LOL
Guess hosting is a super young person's game since she controls the funnel according to her. What cracks me up is she says she's a walking conflict of interest proudly as if that's a good thing! LOL She says only people who take her class will ever become hosts because there's very few talent managers who focus on hosting which she does and E! requires all their hosts go through her class.
What I found very interesting, because I had no idea this was true even in this realm, is the fact even in hosting, your brand is key. What I really liked hearing is how Marki helps her clients shape and develop their concept, provides a safe environment for people to practice and refine their skills, shoots a demo reel you can use to find representation or shop yourself around, and introduces you to key people.
I think she's worked really hard to get to where she is today and respect her for that. However, the conflict of interest really bothers me. In no other industry is this accepted as the norm. Why Hollywood? But I don't really care in the long run because I don't intend to be a host for any entertainment channel, but if they come to me, I won't turn it down. LOL
What was fascinating to me after leaving her workshop, where the funnel for talent is so narrow and difficult almost impossible, to then enter the Silicon Beach Fest where the skies the limit, anyone with a good idea or skills can find success if they work hard, and everyone is so supportive and accepting of everyone regardless of what they look like or what age they are, was the huge contrast in approach.
Completely different vibe to be honest. It wasn't, You can't do this without me and must pay me hundreds of dollars before I help you because I control your destiny like I felt at Marki's workshop.
It was, Here let me help you. I've found success, here's how I did it, and I can help you find it too.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE!
The irony of the entire experience was to hear Marki say all the networks constantly want her to find new talent from the web where people are just out doing their own thing. So, be encouraged host wannabe. You can make it in Hollywood too. Just think outside the box, do your own thing, believe in yourself, and pursue your dreams.
You never know what might happen!:) Disruption in the entertainment industry is happening and the old guard is just trying to protect what they feel they control, but it can't last forever.
Change is inevitable. It just is. Either go with it, or die. Simple as that.
Here's some pix highlighting Silicon Beach Fest, but first, a word from our sponsors...:)
But if you're in tech here in Los Angeles, you already know this.:) My new friend, Espree, pictured with Kevin held an excellent seminar on finding a developer which included a friend, John Shiple, who I had no idea was so accomplished until this seminar!
We had met years ago at a friend's BBQ and enjoyed karaoke most of the night never once talking business. LOL You can check out his website here: www.FreelanceCTO.com
Bumped into other new friends, recognize these guys?:) The entire event was held at the amazing iola in Hollywood and it was fun to finally see what this co-work venue is like after hearing about it during Social Media Week. The seminars were held throughout the first floor and upper spaces too.
Here's some more pix to give you the vibe.
There were a lot of new businesses hosting parties, lots of great seminars, sponsors set up with tables, meetings with friends I've met at other tech events, and it was fun to bounce between seminars listening to what everyone had to say.
It truly lived up to the claim, "LA's first startup - entertainment community fest, with more than 2,500 attendees attending panels, workshops, demo days, pitch fests, hackathon, beach sports and more." Here's some of the fun people I met. The guy on the left and the girl on the right have a very cool company which showcased attendee's Twitter feed throughout the night. She also runs a very cool music newsletter/website called Fusicology. Click the name to learn more because it's been around forever and has the best collection of news, events, fun festivals and more. She's hilarious!
Everyone was a ton of fun. Such a difference than the life and death feel to Marki's seminar. Sad, but true.
And catch this aticle too in case you don't believe me or Forbes: "The Startup Genome Ranks The World’s Top Startup Ecosystems: Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv & L.A. Lead The Way tcrn.ch/10kSHCc "
After a full day of sessions, we were all invited to visit some tech companies and I chose to check out Deviant Art because I love art. Isn't this a great entryway? Check out the owner and his dog too. Here's some highlights from the presentation and office visit.
Wouldn't you like to work here? I would! Scott Perry of Sperry Media is holding the cute swag Deviant Art gave away. If you don't know him, here's something I lifted from an article about him by celebrityaccess.com: "As president of Sperry Media, Scott Perry works with nearly every single label to create online marketing campaigns for across a network of 40 key indie store web sites nationwide and handles the street marketing efforts for lifestyle and entertainment companies at over 400 record and lifestyle stores." I had wanted to hear his session specifically because it really interested me, but arrived too late. Darn it!:)
I won the door raffle at Deviant Art and am still trying to decide what piece of art I would like to own. I want it to be special because it will reflect this very cool time attending Silicon Beach Fest. I was hoping to have something to share with you by now, but with 23 million artists they offer on this site, it's rather difficult to choose just one. Now I understand why people hire art agents or whatever they're called.
I'm now looking forward to attending New Media Expo next week. Here's a blurb describing it I stole from Digital LA who probably stole it from the website: "New Media Expo presented by BlogWorld is Jan 6-8, 2013 in Las Vegas. This is the world's largest conference & tradeshow for Web TV & Video creators, plus Bloggers, Podcasters and Social Media innovators!
Enjoy 3 value-packed days of sessions, networking and cutting-edge knowledge from over 170 speakers that will bring your online content quality, marketing, audience and monetization to a whole new level."
I've gone one time before and couldn't attend last year because I was living in Atlanta. Really looking forward to attending and will share more later. Thanks for reading!
Hard to believe Christmas is over and we're heading straight to New Years Eve so quickly, isn't it? Have you been making New Years resolutions? I have decided to call mine intentions and am excited to see them come true in 2013.
Since not everyone is privy to my Facebook photo album, I thought it would be fun to share highlights of all the Christmas events (which I refuse to call holiday when they include a Christmas tree and it's obvious that's what they are meant to be:) I enjoyed in Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, North Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and elsewhere around Los Angeles.
Just in case you are thinking of getting out of town next year and want to see what CA has to offer during Christmas, read on. And even if you live here and are unaware there were so many free festivities you're missing out on, read on!
So without further ado and in no particular order...
Azusa Pacific University Choir & Orchestra Christmas Concert
My holiday season started off just before Thanksgiving with an amazing concert by the very talented Azusa Pacific University Orchestra and Choir with over 100 members. I helped my Dad and his South Bay Christian Businessmen's Connection group of 4 men and their wives pull off an event for almost 200 guests which was quite a feat.
Here's some APU pictorial highlights courtesy Paul Bostrom:
My little Mom, me and her good friend Francine who was a POW as a child in the Philippines. What an amazing life she's lived. Who knew there were Americans interned by the Japanese? I didn't! She and I handled the crazy registration table together. Don't ask.:) APU performed many holiday favorites, and also many I'd never heard before which kept it entertaining, especially when they came out into the crowd to perform and welcome us.
I was very impressed and wished more of my friends had attended to see such a quality performance. Next year another group (other than CBMC) will be producing the dinner, so keep your ears open to attend because the APU choir and orchestra are extremely talented.
They perform all over Los Angeles and are planning to head to the deep South in the Spring for a big tour.
On a side note, if you care to join the CBMC breakfast meeting, you're welcome to as long as you're a man.:) They meet every Wednesday morning at 7:30am at the local Marie Callendar's located at 21211 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90503 phone (310) 540-9696. Just in case you're interested in becoming more principled in your business endeavors.
Redondo Beach Hollywood Riviera Christmas Stroll
This is a fun event because numerous streets are closed down and it becomes a huge street party in the middle of Redondo Beach. I always enjoy visiting stores I normally wouldn't go into to see what they're offering and everyone goes all out decorating. The whole South Bay comes out and it's a very warm, fun celebratory event complete with a horse drawn wagon ride, singing carolers, and this year, even a "ballerina man" as one child called a performer.
Here's some pictorial highlights:
Hermosa Beach Christmas Events
This one kinda bugged me because even though they were lighting a "Christmas" tree, they were so intent on being PC, they called it a holiday tree. People, c'mon. Get over yourselves. LOL
This was definitely smaller than past years as far as gatherings go, but it was still a lot of fun complete with Hawaiian hula dancers, Santa arriving on a fire truck, and the actual tree lighting ceremony. It followed the Christmas Village shopping experience which was held earlier in the month. I enjoyed seeing people I had worked with politically, but also was happy I was no longer involved in city politics.
Here's highlights of both events combined:
Santa pix courtesy Ara Gougher
The Grove Christmas Concert Celebration
This event happened in early November to allow it to be televised later on and featured the tree lighting, Mario Lopez hosting, Colbie Caillet, Scotty McCreary, Phillip Phillips, Michael Bolton, others I forget and my favorite, The Backstreet Boys (we all screamed out inner teen-ager hearts out!:) After standing for five hours we became friends with the people standing around us too.
The evening ended with a spectacular fireworks display. Needless to say, the Grove was packed!
Journey of Faith's 1,000 Points of Light at the South Bay Galleria, El Segundo Plaza's Christmas jam, Moto Art's Christmas Party and King's Harbor celebrations
Journey of Faith hosted a 1,000 Points of Light Christmas sing-along in the South Bay Galleria with hundreds of people and the acoustics were amazing. El Segundo Plaza also enjoyed music on a much smaller scale with a children's band performing at their gathering who were very talented.
And my talented DJ friend of Focus Entertainment included me in a cool Moto Art Christmas event too. Kings Harbor Church hosted numerous special Christmas events which were also fun to attend. My publicist friend, Lana Leazer, included me in her South Bay Magazine event which was very fun.
Best photo booth ever!:)
Santa Monica Christmas Stroll
Despite the rain, the city came out in full support of this very popular annual Christmas event complete with a tree lighting, Jingle Bell Rockers, store parties, carolers and more.
You may recognize Janet Gervers of the Abbott Kinney First Friday's blog and she covered the Venice "sign" lighting which included Robert Downey Jr as host and Councilman Bill Rosendahl presiding.
Last, but not least, Manhattan Beach and North Manhattan Beach
If you think it's silly there are two Manhattan Beach events, don't worry, some of the locals do too. However, it's needed because otherwise they're so spread out, it's difficult to walk around in one night. These events are always very upscale, classy, community-oriented and fun.
Besides, who doesn't love fireworks?
My favorite Christmas site to see though, was late last night driving home from Santa Barbara in Malibu.
A life-size creche kitty corner to a gigantic menorah. Malibu gets it.
Happy New Year and thanks for joining me on my Christmas adventures! Gotta run!
(I just don't feel like dwelling on more serious subjects right now since things are moving along in a positive direction hopefully and am sharing the follow-up to the Blacklisted party for all the big, bold fashionista's still looking for a New Year's Eve dress!:)
Full-Figure Brand Brings Edgy Style with Holiday Collection
Los Angeles, CA - Stylists,
fashion bloggers, and local fashionistas attended Blacklisted's launch
of its holiday collection on December 11. Hosted by TV personality Marcy
Guevara, the invitation-only event featured models and curvy
fashionistas wearing selected styles from the collection, as well as a
limited edition available for immediate purchase. Attendees got a first
glimpse at soon-to-open downtown bar The Lexington, as they sampled the
bar's wine selections, with DJ Dilltronik spinning a hand-picked
selection of tunes that rounded out the edgy, dark-walled vibe of the
venue. A Blacklisted Candy Bar and cocktails, were served at neighboring
Doll Boutique during the event. Other event sponsors include: Energy-X,
Scentsibles, Rodan & Fields, Outburst, and My Luxury First Hair
Extensions, Affluence Public Relations, and The Lexington.
Designer Shellice Beharie presented the 20-piece collection featuring
jersey and vegan leather dresses, tunics with leather detailing,
leather-look leggings, and sequins. With dresses retailing between $120
and $400, Blacklisted bridges the gap between fast fashion and
designer couture, providing lasting value through quality construction
and fabrics, with well-cut fashion staples. The collection has
already gained a following among celebrity stylists. "I am very excited
about this new collection," says Marcy Guevara, host of Marie Claire's
"Big Girl in a Skinny World" web series. "The pieces are well designed
and have a great fit. There's nothing like it out there in the
full-figure market, this will get snapped up in no time."
6-year experience as personal shopper, stylist, and designer, as well
as her own struggle to find stylish quality clothing above size 12, led
her to create Blacklisted. "There are very few edgy, fashion-forward
pieces for larger sizes. I had a hard time finding anything in my size,
was spending a lot of money, and still had nothing to wear...In fashion,
if you're size 10 or above, you're mostly blacklisted from a stylish,
high-design experience. Look at mainstream media - plus size and a
high-fashion lifestyle are rarely portrayed together...With Blacklisted,
we will remove these size limits from fashion," says Beharie.
Blacklisted collection is available for viewing and editorial pulls at
Fashion Forwards showroom. Selected styles will be available for
purchase online, at www.blacklistedcouture.com in 2013.
-------------------------------------- ABOUT BLACKLISTED: Blacklisted
is a lifestyle brand that caters to fashion-forward full-figured women,
providing well-designed, stylish clothing and accessories at
accessibleprices. For more information about Blacklisted, please visit: www.blacklisted-couture.com.
ABOUT MARCY GUEVARA: Marcy
Guevara was seen on VH1's second season of "You're Cut Off" as a
central character, playing the resident plus-sized princess. She can be
seen on Hearst Digital media's new Youtube channel "Hello Style", and
host of Marie Claire's "Big Girl in a Skinny World" web series that
provides plus-size style advice, based on the popular Marie Claire
column. She is also a regular contributor on CocoPerez.com and on the Rachel Ray Show, and runs various web shows, as well as her video blog "The Marcy Minute." www.marcyguevara.com.
Every so often I am pitched by European companies and in light of the uproar Instagram has caused with the change in their terms of service, I thought all the photographers in the house would appreciate this bit of news from a German app called Pictorama.
So without further ado, here's their press release for your reading pleasure.
(18.12.2012) The shocking news about Instagram's upcoming policy change that allows them to sell their user’s photos without either paying them a cent nor informing them in any way is spreading around the web! Millions of people are expected to be extremely upset when they realize that they might see their own photos being published by third parties in the near future.
Pictorama fights for photographers! It was founded with the belief that talented photographers should benefit from the fact that they shoot great photos and are willing to share them. Unlike Instagram, Pictorama pays their users a revenue share (20-50% depending on the number of their photos on the market place) as soon as their photos are sold. Additionally, users receive 25 cents for every single photo they upload to the marketplace for sale. So with Pictorama smartphone photographers can even earn money before they sell a photo!
Every photo that is for sale on the Pictorama marketplace can be bought as a download or ordered as a poster, canvas, alu dibond, or smart frame print. Together with its print partner, Pictorama found a way to print smartphone-photos bigger and better than competitors proving Pictorama's expertise with smartphone-photos.
Pictorama ships to 7 countries: Germany, Austria, France, UK (mainland only), Italy, the Netherlands, and the USA.
The Pictorama app is a development of Pictorama GmbH, a company headquartered in Hamburg, Germany. It was founded by Christopher Becker, angel investor Nils Regge (TruVenturo), and Klaas Kersting (Founder of both Gameforge and Flaregames) in late 011. Pictorama enables users to sell their smartphone pictures by uploading them with the Pictorama app to our digital marketplace (www.pictorama.com). Pictorama sells authentic, time and GPS-tagged pictures which help buyers to search for local and seasonal pictures.
Pictorama is currently for iphone users only. The android-app will be available in a few weeks.
If anyone has information contrary, or in addition to, please don't hesitate to let me know. I just thought this sounded cool and hey, any way to make money from pictures is always cool!:)
Oh, and as far as my feelings over the recent tragedy, I still feel terrible. I just needed to share something else since the last few posts have been kinda heavy. I am very curious to see how the media will handle the premiere of Django tonight - will they fawn over Quentin and his latest bloodbath like they always do, or will violence in film affecting our youth be dealt with in the media?
Will celebrities show up in support of Quentin's bloodbath because they're more concerned with fame and being with the "in" crowd? Or will some people finally have a conscience and choose to stay home in support of those still suffering?
Because really, how can you praise a film where killing is the norm after the horror of this past weekend in good conscience?
Sometimes I feel like a modern day philosopher because I feel things so deeply in my spirit I am compelled to share a side of an issue that isn't normally covered in the media or discussed in normal life until a tragedy occurs like the massacre at the school in CT.
I always wonder if I'm the only one to feel this way, but also don't care because there comes a point when I can't do anything else, but share.
It affects me that deeply.
And when I do, then I find many others do feel the same way as I do. They were just waiting for someone else to speak out first.
Even though I am not raising my son and technically am not a mother in the tradional sense of the word, only a "birth mother" as those of us in the adoption world are called who have placed our children with other parents to raise, I still feel deeply about protecting children from ills in society.
I only wish more people in power did too.
Pornography, alcoholism, drug abuse, the way women are portrayed in the media have all been topics I've covered here in my blog in the past and now, with the horrific shooting in CT, I feel compelled to address the growing glorification of violence in society, especially as Quentin Tarantino prepares to launch his latest killing spree film, Django, wherein Jamie Foxx, whom I normally love and will watch in anything he does, went on SNL to brag about killing white people.
Yes, maybe Jamie was trying to be satirical, but at a certain point, that commentary ceases to be funny. It crossed a line.
He needs to apologize and SNL too.
And now, even more so when innocent children are gunned down so horrifically after what happened in CT.
When will this glorification and mockery of the sanctity of life end in Hollywood? Why is there such a disconnect on cause and effect?
I posted a bunch of articles, books, and images yesterday on Facebook to process what has happened which helped me and many others. After sleeping on it, I feel a broader audience needs to hear this too which is why I'm sharing it here.
I know many people in Hollywood and in politics are going to be clamoring for more gun control now as they always do after something like this happens, but I hope you will read what else could be causing our society to implode upon itself with an open mind because many, many, many researchers concur that violence in TV, Film and video games is causing people to become more violent.
Aw, it's just a movie. A video game. A TV show. A music lyric.
How can Family Guy, American Family, Django, Inglorious Bastards, Grand Theft Auto III, or Postal 2 or any number of violent media or even violent music videos have this much affect on society you ask?
Thanks for asking. Well, let me tell you.
According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, "While the causes of youth violence are multifactorial and include such variables as poverty, family psychopathology, child abuse, exposure to domestic and community violence, substance abuse and other psychiatric disorders, the research literature is quite compelling that children's exposure to media violence plays an important role in the etiology of violent behavior."
And who can forget this tragedy and what the killer had to say: "(CNN) -- Norway's alleged mass killer testified on Thursday that he played video games as a way to train for a shooting spree that killed 77 people last summer. In particular, Anders Behring Breivik said at his trial that he played "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" as a means of shooting practice, according to CNN's report."
Not to harp on my sister's friend, Quientin, but did you read the review of the premiere of Django in the New York Times? It's especially chilling in light of what just happened:
"Ms. Thurman, of course, has done numerous movies for Mr. Tarantino including 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Kill Bill.' She can’t give an exact tally of how many people she’s killed on-screen for him. 'At least 88,' she said.
Nearly everyone in the house professed to love his latest offering. 'It was three hours of Tarantino perfection,' Cameron Diaz said, though she admitted to having some trouble watching some of the bloodier scenes.
'It was awesome' Patti Smith said. 'The guy kills 100 people and doesn’t even get wounded. I want to go see it again at midnight with a theater packed full of crazy kids screaming.'
Notice how Patti Smith said "crazy kids?" Who do you think is being influenced by this film?
And this is why I feel it needs to stop. Hollywood has to stop glorifying murdering people. Did you ever stop to think about how Quentin Tarantino learned to make films? By watching videos non-stop in his video selling job in Manhattan Beach.
See the correlation? Or is it too obtuse for you?
I have nothing against the guy. I admire what he's accomplished and how he directs. However, I wonder if any Hollywood filmmaker who is making bucco bucks off this violent trend is even considering donating money to support the victims they help cause indirectly. I wonder how many even have a conscience when they see this happening more and more in our society? Are they that blinded to their influence?
And even the Oscars will be glorifying the Family Guy creator who is one of the worst racist, offensive offenders on TV. WHEN WILL THIS STOP? CHOOSE SOMEONE ELSE TO "ENTERTAIN" OUR CULTURE DURING THE OSCARS.
I am tired of the glorification of violence in society. I'm tired of the killing of innocent adults and children in real life.
This isn't just about males though, it's affecting girls too which is why I was happy to share what my friend, Doreen Hanna is doing with her Becoming a Modern Day Princess program to mentor young women into living lives of value, purpose and strength.
We either address the core issues affecting our society and look at what we're doing to perpetrate this violence upon our innocent generation, or accept the consequences. We can't have it both ways. Guns, in and of themselves, aren't the issue.
It's evil people and their drugged out state too.
So, are we going to allow our American culture to become what it is over in Israel? Will we soon see teachers carrying guns to the classroom to protect themselves like this?
I hope not. This tragedy in CT didn't have to happen. My heart and prayers go out to the victims and their families.
It breaks my heart.
I cried yesterday over the loss of innocent lives which didn't have to happen. We don't live in a war torn country, yet it's beginning to feel like it.
But then I remember people like Mr. Rogers and his wise sayings:
You can become one of the helpers too.
"Sympathy cards and/or letters of support and solidarity can be sent directly to the school:
Seeing as I've attended over 5 recent Christmas events in the South Bay and surrounding areas and none have had any Christian Christmas songs or reference to baby Jesus yet, and Santa Monica atheist's voted to remove the traditional nativity scene that has been part of that landscape for over 50 years this season, I realize that in an effort to be "tolerant" people have become intolerant of my belief system and it's my "holiday!"
Did you hear this on the news? If not, check out what went down on Saturday at the park.
Here's a thought. First, start playing this video and then consider this fact, If we replaced the word Christmas in every childhood Christmas song with the word Holiday, here's what some of our favorite childhood memories would be reduced to as stated below with highlights from the list of the top 100 Christmas songs:
1. White Holiday - wonder when this one takes place? Could happen any time in November, January, February, March in some parts of the country.
2. The Holiday Song - Wonder what this song is about. Could be Valentine's Day? Halloween? Thanksgiving?
3. Snoopy's Holiday - Who knew Snoopy has his own holiday!
4. Rockin' Around the Holiday Tree - What does that one look like? Is it an elm? An oak? What holiday and why are we dancing? I don't understand.:)
5. Baby's First Holiday - Ok, let's guess. Is it President's Day? Or my favorite, Memorial Day? Why are parents celebrating?
6. Happy Holiday - Interesting. This one is written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono and they actually used the word Christmas! How un-PC of them! Per shame!
7. Do They Know It's Holiday? - Band Aid wrote this one. What on earth were they thinking! This is so offensive to those who are Jewish and Aethist! Seriously folks.
Make your own atheist and Jewish songs. It's a free country and we totally support freedom of speech. Defend ours too. It's only "fair."
8. Merry Holiday Darling - The Carpenters made this one popular. Let's see... Merry normally applies to Christmas, but I guess if we really wanted to be PC we could apply it to other times of year too. Merry Valentine's Day!
9. Please Come Home for Holiday - Charles Brown - I'm sure people who have loved ones far away probably think this for every holiday, but doesn't it make sense that Christmas is when you want to be near your family and loved ones the most?
10. It's Beginning to Look A Lot like Holiday - Perry Como and The Fontaine Sisters were so un-pc back then, weren't they? What does a generic holiday look like to you? Mine has Christmas trees, lights, cookies, cards, baby Jesus, angels, and more...
I could go on, but do you see how ridiculous this really is? And for all the retailers and cities (Skechers, Manhattan and Hermosa Beach, Santa Monica), do you realize the more you remove God from the public square, the more you are inviting those who have no morals and beliefs to take over?
Or do you also realize that you also market to people who do believe in Christmas and celebrate? What about our money? Or doesn't it buy your same products? Support your city roads? Pay for your schools? Pay for your new homes, new cars and everything else our money supports of your atheist or Jewish lifestyle?
Think about it. Taxpayers who are Christian also pay into community-wide celebrations. Shouldn't their money be reflected in celebrations for the city too? I know, separation of state and religion, but when it's basically a religious holiday (there, I used it appropriately), why not make a concession and allow that this is a specific day, regarding a specific celebration and thus deserves it's own recognition?
When you consider the five reasons the Roman Empire fell as enumerated below, it's easy to see we as a society are heading in the exact same direction. Five reasons for the fall of the great dynasty according to The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire written by Edward Gibbon a long time ago:
First: Rapid increase of divorce, with the undermining of the sanctity of the home, which is the basis of society.
Second: Higher and higher taxes; the spending of money for bread and celebrations.
Third: The mad craze for pleasure, sports becoming every year more exciting and more brutal.
Fourth: The building of gigantic armaments, when the real enemy was within; the decadence of the people.
Fifth: The decay of religion; faith fading into mere form, losing touch with life, and becoming impotent to guide it.
Just thought you might like to read what one of the silent minority thinks of the removal of our celebration's official representation and word.
I can't begin to tell you how refreshing it was to go to church this morning and see a children's program where little kids were singing about the birth of baby Jesus.
Heavy sigh. There is a God....
And He's alive and well in the South Bay!
At least these little kids aren't learning about baby Jesus from Will Ferrell!:)
And with that, I'm off to the Skechers "Holiday" Celebration where they will light a fireworks display that the Travel Channel is filming for their interestingly enough, "CHRISTMAS SHOWDOWN" show.
If a secular, travel-oriented TV show can call it what it is, how about us South Bay?
"Manhattan Beach will represent the West Coast while a yet-to-be-named community represents the East Coast. Crews from the Travel Channel will be at the pier most of the afternoon and evening filming the event and interviewing local officials and residents.
The two finalists will be featured on a program called “Christmas Showdown” that allows viewers to vote for their favorite online. Manhattan Beach will be competing in the category of best holiday fireworks."
Award Winning artist and coach on NBC’s hit show The Voice, CeeLo
Green sat down with Christina Milian today to
exclusively confirm that he and his own management team at Primary Wave Music, are now co-managing former “Team
CeeLo” artist Juliet Simms.
(Remember this little Janis Joplin sound-alike? So happy for her! This information is from Ceelo's people. Just felt like sharing something fun after my last heavy post and thought you'd appreciate hearing the latest. Enjoy!)
Since coming in 2nd on The
Voice last season, this savvy, sultry rock star wild child has
been dedicated to writing and recording new music, touring the world, and
recently signed with Republic Records to release her new
single, “Wild Child,” available on iTunes Dec. 11th. Fans
can also expect a debut solo album from Juliet this spring 2013.
“Juliet has that
electricity in her voice, originality, likability and real brand-ability,” CeeLo
Green passionately explains. “As I told her from the beginning, I’m
dedicated to building her career and with the help of Primary Wave’s resources,
I’m confident that she’ll be the girl to watch in 2013.”
(Love me some Ceelo!:)
This new management deal
formally solidifies CeeLo Green’s true belief in the artists that he turns
around for and specifically recognizes Juliet’s rock star ability to
potentially become The Voice’s big breakout star.
As a favorite
throughout the competition last season, Juliet’s unapologetic growl, edgy-style
and powerful pipes made a real impression on America, especially during her
renditions of James Brown’s“It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World”
andThe Police’s“Roxanne”, both of which
peaked at #1 on the iTunes Rock Chart.
Never turning her back on her rock-roots, prior to joining “Team
CeeLo” on The Voice, Juliet Simms broke onto the
music scene as the guitarist and lead vocalist of the pop-rock band Automatic
Loveletter, who was signed by RCA after being
released by Epic Records.
The band put out two albums and logged in
countless miles on the road building a strong fan-following and sharing the
stage with Secondhand Serenade, From First To Last, Say
Anything, and Craig Owens, plus making memorable performances
at Bamboozle and the Vans’ Warped Tour.
focusing on the development of her solo career, Juliet Simms is
definitely sticking with her rocker-origins, yet infusing that sound with her
strong pop sensibility, and emerging as a modern day Joan Jett.
It's been a while, I'm not who I was before You look surprised, your words don't burn me anymore Been meaning to tell you, but I guess it's clear to see Don't be mad, it's just the brand new kind of me Can't be bad, I found a brand new kind of free
Careful with your ego, he's the one that we should blame Had to grab my heart back God know something had to change I thought that you'd be happy I found the one thing I need, why you mad It's just the brand new kind of me
It took a long long time to get here It took a brave, brave girl to try It took one too many excuses, one too many lies Don't be surprised, don't be surprised
If I talk a little louder If I speak up when you're wrong If I walk a little taller I've been on to you too long If you noticed that I'm different Don't take it personally Don't be mad, it's just the brand new kind of me And it ain't bad, I found a brand new kind of free
Oh, it took a long long road to get here It took a brave brave girl to try I've taken one too many excuses, one too many lies Don't be surprised, oh see you look surprised
Hey, if you were a friend, you want to get know me again If you were worth a while You'd be happy to see me smile I'm not expecting sorry I'm too busy finding myself I got this I found me, I found me, yeah I don't need your opinion I'm not waiting for your ok I'll never be perfect, but at least now i'm brave Now, my heart is open And I can finally breathe Don't be mad, it's just the brand new kind of free That ain't bad, I found a brand new kind of me Don't be mad, it's a brand new time for me, yeah
I don't know what I want to write, but I know I have to. Listening to Alicia Keys new album is perfect for the mood I'm in. Her lyrics and voice speak to me. Always have, always will.
Especially this one.
Didn't realize when I attended my Bible Study tonight I would leave in tears, but it struck a chord deep in my heart that hasn't been touched for a very long time.
I think it's been building up ever since recently re-connecting with some of the girls from Harvest Home, a maternity home for unwed mothers, where I lived 14 years ago when I was pregnant, alone and scared for my future and my unborn child's too.
This time of year is always really hard for me. I wish it wasn't the case, but it is. Sometimes more than others. Don't know how this Christmas season will be, but hoping for the best. I totally relate to how lonely people can feel (even when you're surrounded by family and friends, or worse, when you're not.) It's also my birthday on New Year's Eve so pile on that with being single and you may have a tiny peek into how I feel every so often.
I realize it's why I try to fill my life with lots of activities. Easier to forget, ignore, or stuff down. It works normally and I'm fairly happy overall. But tonight's Bible lesson hit home and I couldn't avoid it any more.
The over-riding theme of our Bible Study is "Be Life Ready" and each week we learn a different spiritual application. Tonight Suzie, our women's ministry leader, was discussing the comparison between Eve and Mary's life which I had never heard before.
And I've been going to church since I was a child. Even studied for a year at a Bible College, attended a Christian Liberal Arts University, and yet never heard this before.
That's why I wasn't expecting any great deep spiritual application, but sometimes when you least expect it, get ready; God chooses the perfect timing to speak into our lives through others and his scriptures I've come to realize.
Suzie shared from Robert Lewis' book, The New Eve, "Eve's foolish chioices are used to introduce sin and death into the world. Conversely, Mary's courageous choices play a central role in helping bring forgiveness and life back to the world. Eve is the model of an outside-in lifestyle; Mary the model of an inside-out lifestyle."
She had a little graph to compare the two women in greater detail too and reading it is when I started crying.
Refused to believe God’s ways were best and tried to accomplish the
impossible; a better life without God.
Chose to believe that God’s ways were best and accepted the
impossible; a virgin birth (Luke 1:45)
Was enticed to seize control of her life
Was willing to release control of her life.
Became dissatisfied with all the good things God offered her and
chose instead to focus on the one forbidden thing she couldn’t have.
Was willing to rejoice in the one hard thing God offered her and
chose not to focus on all the difficult challenges it would bring to her
I realized right then and there I was both Eve and Mary back when I was pregnant. I had chosen to sin like Eve and slept with someone I shouldn't have, resulting in pregnancy. At that time, I had recently broken up with a man I had been seeing for three years and had slept with, never using protection and never got pregnant with him.
After our break-up, I didn't believe God would ever bring the right man into my life, this new guy was handsome, smart, and I succumbed to his charms. (Worst sex of my entire life, but perhaps that's T.M.I.:)
When I found out I was pregnant, secretly I thought I would raise my child in NYC away from everyone.
What a joke.
No, I didn't get to escape the humiliation, shame and pain. The guy did, but I had to live it on a daily basis. I lost my career in film and had to start over from the bottom. I remember picking up trash as a server at Paramount Pictures back lot during a party honoring Grease for some reason (anniversary? DVD release? Who knows...) and that was the very same studio I had produced a awards ceremony for my hugely successful online film festival, ME Fest, just a short time earlier.
Imagine seeing people you once were considered an equal to and then them seeing you picking up trash and dirty dishes. Talk about shame and pain. I gave up a lot to have my child. It's one of the reasons I couldn't watch independent films for years afterward. It was too much of a reminder of everything I had lost.
My son most of all.
I'm not writing this for pity. It would make me angry to feel you do so please know I have come a long way since then. Counseling, healing and peace go a long way. Love how Kelly Clarkson always also captures my mood perfectly.
Remember these ads too? That's how I feel sans the cancer stick.:) I've come a long way baby.
Back to Mary and Eve.
Luke 2:7 "And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn."
I had never heard that the word "inn" in the Greek isn't referring to a hotel room in this translation, but actually a guest room in someone's home. Suzie laid it out like this.
Imagine a 15 year old girl, a virgin, pregnant, and traveling with her fiance and his family turns them away because the shame was too great.
I love my parents, but I know my being pregnant out of wedlock was extremely hard on them. It's one of the reasons I chose to go live in a maternity home rather than stay with them. The shame and pain I was causing them, as well as myself, was too much to bear.
So I ran away to Venice where I lived with some amazing women who became like sisters to me despite our different backgrounds, races, upbringings and life experiences (including some real ghetto ho's I didn't like. Just keeping it real people.:)
Renee aka Sunny was one of the cool girls I met at the home. She was also one of the girls who was instrumental in my choosing to place my son in adoption since she had been through her own adoption prior to this child, Max, she was carrying when we met.
So imagine my pain and heartbreak over learning her beautiful child, Max, was killed by a drunk driver over this past summer. You bond when you live with someone and I felt the loss of her son like he was my own even though it had been years since I'd seen or heard from either of them.
I've always warned my Harvest Home "sisters" I would write a book about my experiences living there and about my adoption because I want women to understand you can survive and actually thrive after an adoption. You're not stuck with either aborting your unplanned child or raising it as a single mother. I spoke on this very topic in DC during a conference and said if you say you're pro-choice, then make sure you offer all choices, not just those which are currently offered by Planned Parenthood.
But I digress. That's a whole other story and political discussion for another time.
Another girl, not living at Harvest Home, but who upon hearing of my situation through friends began volunteering as a massage therapist soon after, also helped me make my decision because she too, had chosen adoption for her son.
This is where I felt I related to Mary in tonight's lesson.
I am by no means as saintly as Mary in the Bible, but I could relate to the feeling of surrender once I made my decision to choose adoption and just trust in God that everything would turn out ok even despite all the challenges.
It didn't come easy. Believe you me.
I fought against the 10pm curfew, the cleaning, cooking and rules of the home. I railed against God for my loss of my old life for a long time while living at Harvest Home. I missed going to Hollywood red carpet parties, mingling with celebrites, attending Tim Story's Bible Study (remember those?!:)
But I also distinctly remember when I finally surrendered and gave up any thought of having my old Hollywood life, that's when God brought the perfect couple to raise my son into my life.
At the very last moment too.
I had searched for the right family ever since my film festival had ended and was becoming desolate I would never find a couple that fit my criteria.
I had met with a counselor who suggested I write out the ten qualities I wanted the couple to have. I did and called an attorney for help who told me I would never find a couple like that. I was devastated! I called him after my adoption to tell him he was wrong and he should NEVER speak to anyone like that again.
Made me feel good.:)
I did eventually find a Christian attorney who told me God had a perfect family out there for my child if adoption was what God had in mind and I began the process of reviewing family profiles. It was still futile and I was beginning to wonder if God wanted me to be a single parent after all.
It was while I was participating in the filming of a news feature promoting A Window Between Worlds, a charity supporting battered women where I was working off some community service, I began crying during the art exercise and couldn't stop. They stopped filming and the kind AWBW counselor took me aside and encouraged me to write out my feelings.
It was then I surrendered to God and told Him if he wanted me to raise my child, I would. I walked home after that and that's when the package was waiting for me from the couple I would eventually choose to raise my son. All the girls were as excited as I was because we were all in this together at that point.
I grilled the potential couple and really had to pray, get counseling and think about whether or not I would go through with it when it actually became a possible reality because I had grown to love my unborn son. But also knew I wasn't prepared to be a single mom. I could barely take care of myself at that time.
I remember laughing in recognition during the documentary, Kingdom Come, hearing one filmmaker share how he was so focused on creating his film he went on welfare with his wife and newborn child to keep working on his film.
I did the same thing.
I continued to produce my film festival from the shelter and put all thoughts of adoption, or what I was going to do with my unplanned pregnancy, on hold until after I had completed my festival. Looking back I can't believe I put the needs of the filmmakers and everyone else above my own, but hearing the other filmmaker did the same made me realize sometimes film takes over everything else like a mania.
I'm not like that any more.
I don't allow things to consume me above taking care of myself first. It's like the flight attendant's admonition to put the oxygen mask on your own face before putting it on anyone else. I remember having that same thought after producing a toy drive for Hungarian orphans for five years, putting their needs ahead of my own, until one day I saw an ad for some other needy group and realized I couldn't help them until I helped myself.
I don't know why I'm sharing all this, but it feels good to finally share. I produced my film festival for five years and had many high profile people in the industry participate, even Forrest Whittaker, among many others. It looked like my future would progress just like any other successful film festival director in town.
Until I became pregnant.
Then everything stopped.
I don't regret my child, or my decision. That's not the reason I'm sharing. It's just that hearing about the woman who was an alcohol counselor who went out on a binge, then hit a man and dragged him stuck in her windshield around for miles ultimately taking his life reminds me even though I've not raised my son, I still have the potential for a real relationship with him as he grows older.
My friend Sunny doesn't have that luxury. Her precious child was killed by a drunk driver this past summer and Sunny will never see Max again. She barely survived the accident herself and when I saw her I was shocked at her appearance. That drunk woman has caused so much havoc in Sunny's life and it was her 3rd DUI.
Sunny has most of her teeth missing in front, her jaw had to be wired to rebuild it, she had a tracheotomoy, her knee is busted up, and she lives in constant pain. She can't remember the accident, was in a coma for a long time, and in the hospital for two months afterwards.
She's not the same, but continues to move forward because she has another son she adopted soon after having Max she cares for. It breaks my heart to see her post on Facebook how much she misses Max. I can only imagine the depth of this pain.
All because of a drunk driver.
Now can you see why this made me emotional? Imagine someone you love being treated this way by someone who has complete disregard for human life when she chose to drive while drunk. I know alcoholism is a disease, but it still breaks my heart.
It just does. I still have my son. I spoke to him on his birthday and got pictures. I know he loves me. I know I love him. I did what I did out of love and always want him to know that. He's doing so well.
Makes me happy.
But little Max doesn't have that opportunity any more. I think that's why reading the story of that drunk driver hit me so hard. And why I fought so hard politically against all the drunkenness at the Six Man Volleyball Tournament in Manhattan Beach and the excessive drinking in Hermosa Beach.
I value human life. I know there's so much life people who drink excessively miss out on. They don't know it yet, and maybe never will, but there's a whole world out there that's fun and exciting that doesn't involve drinking.
I'm tired. I think I've written this all out of me now. Just know, I'm doing well. My son is doing well. It's Sunny I'm concerned about. If any of you are dentists and feel like helping out, please leave a comment or contact me via my bio where I list my email.
I just feel like helping her as she did me so long ago. Love that girl. Love my son.
May even love you if I get to know you. LOL
Hope this made sense and helped you understand adoption a little better. It's a deeply personal sacrifice I rarely if ever talk about because it's so misunderstood and still secretive, but I feel like it was a good choice for me and my son at that time in my life.
God was there for me then. He's there for me now. I have accomplished a lot in my life, but my biggest accomplishment is choosing a good family for my son and seeing my son succeed. Makes me very happy. Now I want to help Sunny find peace and healing too.
Maybe this Christmas season will be different after all.
(Sharing this for a friend of mine. Enjoy! Been having technical difficulties getting pix, but figured it out over the long weekend and plan to blog about the recent Silicon Beach Fest event and APU Concert and dinner. Thanks! Now, enjoy the read!)
During LA Fashion Week 2012, Blacklisted Couture by Shellice Beharie literally rocked Plus Size Fashionistas with her innovative, edgy and sophisticated styles. With her debut, guests were treated to glamorous and stunning showpieces. Blacklisted Couture takes a cue from previous predecessors such as Prada, Dolce and Gabbana and Miu Miu. Bringing cool, daring and bold looks to design rather than sweet prints featuring florals and pastel colors.
Blacklisted pumps up the volume and gives the curvy figure more room to be viewed as stylish verses frumpy. Why all Black? because it's sleek & chic. "We're not hiding in black, we're thriving in black" - Blacklisted Couture. Her current collection is inspired by the Glam/Goth Rock movement which embodies mostly young, sexy and fearless women.
Shellice Beharie is a Los Angeles based Fashion Designer who brings stylish solutions to more fashionably expressive full-figured women. Her cleverly named collection, Blacklisted Couture (founded in early 2012) grew out of necessity, offering full-figured women alternatives to their mundane wardrobes, transforming them into fierce Designer wardrobes.
This collection’s aim is to bridge a significant gap in an otherwise deficient and underserved market sector. Seemingly frustrated with the typical unflattering, unstructured plus size silhouette, dowdy prints and lackluster designs, Shellice created a line of clothing that dares to be different. Her designs not only make a statement but challenge the “rules” of the fashion industry.
With her experience in working in the creative field of Universal Music Group and Fashion Editorial Staff of Source Magazine, Shellice’s fearless approach to design breathes new life into an otherwise marginalized market sector of Plus size fashion. With her dark edgy designs, structured garments, textured fabrics and definitive lines, this young talented Designer makes no apologies.
Whenever you deal with mental illness it's touchy and strikes a cord. Throw in crazy family relationships, a sex nympho acting out, betting, Eagles football, dancing, violent outbursts and you have the potential recipe for disaster.
But not in the case of Silver Linings Playbook.
Throw in a little Robert DeNiro, a little Jennifer Lawrence, a dash of Julia Stiles mixed with Chris Tucker, a few East Indians, a delightful mom played BRILLIANTLY by Jacki Weaver and the ever surprising Bradley Cooper, and you create a film that is poignant, funny, captivating, moving and soul quenching.
Maybe I'm glossing it on a little thick, but I loved every minute of it because I could relate to so many aspects. It's not for everyone. It's a little dark. Not what you expect Bradley Cooper to be in whatsoever, but the warmth, love and realness makes it worth pushing through the dark to come out the other end to the light.
As I walked away from the theater tonight I couldn't help but think, we all have a little crazy in us. It's how we work it out that sets us apart as humans. Some drink. Some do drugs. Some overeat. Some get violent. Some sleep around. Some hibernate.
But the bottom line is, we all want our craziness to be understood. We want someone else to be crazy enough to get us and in so doing, to love us just where we are at this moment in spite of ourselves.
It's when you recognize that your craziness isn't that crazy in light of someone else's crazy that you heal. I think that's why 12 step programs are so healing for so many. It's like you see yourself in others and realize if they're feeling what I'm feeling, or have done what I've done, then I must not be too crazy after all since I'm not alone.
I don't know if any of this will make sense, but I just felt like sharing because this movie touched me on a very deep level. I loved it's truth, honesty, rawness and sensitivity with a very difficult subject. You actually saw Bradley Cooper healing in front of your eyes which to me is a testament to his talent as an actor. He's not just another pretty face as I would have believed before, but someone with intensity, range of emotion and depth beyond his good looks.
I liked seeing this film before going to Thanksgiving with my family because it helped to see another family in action before the holidays. The love, the loyalty, the fighting, the making up, the trust, the caring, and the support. It's there in every family. Sometimes you just have to dig a little deeper. Robert DeNiro is brilliant as always playing the father.
I just love him.
I also enjoyed seeing this film because it reminded me of my Philly friend because it's set there. A scrapper and I mean that in the most loving way.
So, if you've been waiting for the next Little Miss Sunshine movie that will come out of nowhere and knock you off your feet among the crowd of big studio films, look no further. I highly recommend it! It's excellent. I hope you see it and leave me a comment when you do.
(And for the record, I do moderate all comments. If you don't have the guts to leave your real name and email address, don't expect to be published. I can't believe there's still people stupid enough to try and hide beyind a pseudonym online any more!:)
Oh, and I have to give credit to Ellen for my decision to see it. I watched her interview Jennifer Lawrence and thought if Ellen likes it, so will I.
And I was right.:)
Happy Thanksgiving! Drive safely and leave the light on...
Designed to Counteract
Female Bullying, Teen Pregnancy, Self-Mutilation, Depression & Sex
Trafficking, More Than 2,500 girls Have Gone Through This Life-changing Journey
Los Angeles, CA Becoming A Modern Day Princess,
a Rite of Passage self-discovery course, has helped teenage girls from the ages
of thirteen to eighteen to overcome and escape female bullying, teen pregnancy,
self-mutilation, depression and sex trafficking as it teaches them the ten key
character building steps every girl needs to become a young woman of integrity
and influence. It also provides a way for parents, mentors and leaders to make
life-changing, positive impacts in the lives of adolescent girls who are just
• One in three
females will become pregnant out-of-wedlock before the age of 20.3
• Median age which
young women have their first sexual experience is 17.4, outside marriage.
• The CDC reports
that 48% of teens have had sex at least one.
• One in four will
contract a STD (sexually transmitted disease) before the age of 18.
• One-third of all
teen pregnancies end in an abortion.
Launched in 1999 under the auspices of
King’s Harbor Church by Founder/Author/Speaker, Doreen Hanna, her Modern Day
Princess curriculum has been taught and shared nationally, and now internationally,
since her book, Raising A Modern Day Princess
co-authored with Pam Farrel, was published in 2010 by Focus On the
A 7-week, community-based MDP program was established in
2006 at the request of the State of New Mexico and has been embraced by various
state-funded organizations for at-risk girls.
Doreen Hanna’s personal mission
statement, “Empowering Women To Equip Our Teen Girls,” is not just a
proclamation, but a vision she has seen fulfilled since 2000 as she has trained
and mentored over 300 BMDP leaders who have guided more than 2,500 girls on
this life changing journey to find value and strength in the lives of
participating girls, their families and others who have joined them in their
journey and public celebration.
said, "The greatest
reward for me is watching
these girls go through
the program and see them
become confident, gracious,
Sessions within the BMDP program include: 1) Discovering the Princess Within;
2) My Legacy Empowers My Destiny;
3) The Wealth Found in Obedience;
4) The Portrait of a Prince; 5) The Treasure of True Friends; 6) Looking & Acting Like a Princess;
7) The Princess in the Mirror;
8) Beyond My Kingdom; 9) Dancing with the King; 10) Remembering My Crowning Celebration. Central to this process is the final
rite-of-passage ceremony—a defining moment in which girls are blessed by the significant
father figure in their lives as their family and community celebrate and
support them as they step into womanhood.
recognizing a teen girl’s need for fatherly affirmation and the importance of
celebrating her step into womanhood, developed this final public ceremony where girls are
affirmed by the respected man in her life, as the culmination of the
Just having been asked often
begins to unlock the hearts of the men." Hanna said. "This is a
structured opportunity for men to reflect, opening up their
hearts and minds to often express things they've never said to their daughters or the
girl they care for.”
frequently happen such as fathers expressing their love publicly for the first
time, reconciliation of father/daughter and family relationships, and positive
male role-models which includes grandfathers,
uncles, teachers, coaches and more who step in to bless these girls and
often promise to remain in the lives of girls who may not have fathers.
a Modern Day Princess’ was an indescribably uplifting experience for our entire
family,” says Max W. “As we celebrated our little girl's ‘rite of passage’ into
young womanhood, an overwhelming sense of pride and melancholy welled up inside
of me. What a profound honor to bless our daughter. This program is essential
in continuing the moral well being of our daughters and young families, not to
mention future generations as well.”
Doreen Hanna, Founder of Treasured Celebrations (the non-profit umbrella for all MDP
resources) created and implemented the first Becoming A Modern Day Princess
Biblically-based program in 1999 at King’s Harbor Church in Redondo Beach,
CA. By 2006, upon the request of the State of New Mexico, Doreen
developed a 7-week community-based program, titled “Today’s Modern Day
Princess” that has been embraced by various state-funded organizations for
In 2010 the book, Raising A Modern Day Princess co-authored with
Pam Farrel, was published by Focus On the Family/Tyndale. It has sold
more than 24,000 copies throughout the US and internationally. Additional Modern
Day Princess Resources include leadership guides, journals, and most recently, a woman's program
titled, "Still a Princess~Becoming a Bride." Doreen and her husband Chad have two
grown daughters, four grandchildren, and reside in Los Angeles, California.
Pacific University Choir & Orchestra Holiday Dinner Concert Presented by South Bay Christian Business Men's
Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012, 6:30
We invite you to join us for the
South Bay Christian Business Men's Association holiday dinner and concert
featuring the award-winning, 100 member University Choir & Orchestra from
Azusa Pacific University. An evening of spectacular Christmas music awaits you
and your family!
Catch the Holiday
Spirit as you enjoy a delicious buffet dinner followed by uplifting music of
the talented APU Choir & Orchestra whose accolades include: the Dove Award
for Exaltation, and a Grammy
nomination for the Amen Gospel
recording with the Cincinnati POPS! Orchestra.
reserve your space today for our 2nd Annual Holiday Dinner &
Asuza Pacific Choir & Orchestra Concert!
WHERE: Carson Community Center801
E. Carson St. Carson CA 90745
WHEN: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Doors open at 6:30pm
TICKETS: $35 per adult; $25 per child (12 and under);
or $350 per table (each table seats 10)
For more information, please contact Dr. Dennis Paustian at (310)
702-6231 or Pat Kennelly (310) 328-3664. A limited amount of tickets will be available for sale at the door tonight since we've been given permission by the site to do so. See you there!
A publicist sent me this and since she's been so persistent over the past few months, thought I'd help a colleague out and publicize her cool client, Earnest Sewn. Maybe they'll send me a pair of jeans or a cute t-shirt now.:)
Read on for her exciting announcement which I have copied below.:)
Earnest Sewn recently re-vamped the shopping experience with an outpost store in SOHO. The company joined forces with WRK Design, a full service design company that built and helped design three of the four Earnest Sewn stores and helped the brand with its first outpost location in Malibu.
Due to the success of the Malibu location, the two creative forces reunited to create their second outpost in the WRK Showroom at 32 Prince Street.
The rustic atmosphere of the WRK showroom serves as the perfect venue to showcase Earnest Sewn's vintage styles which numerous celebrities enjoy.
All Earnest Sewn merchandise is heavily discounted at 70% off retail value. The Earnest Sewn x WRK Design outpost in SoHo is permanent and is open Monday-Sunday 12pm-7pm. There is one in Malibu too.
About Earnest Sewn:
Founded in 2004 by Scott Morrison and currently designed by Benjamin Talley Smith, the Earnest Sewn Co is a privately held company.
Established as one of the finest denim and lifestyle luxury brands, Earnest Sewn designs and manufactures its iconic denim in Los Angeles, CA and wholesales and retails premium denim and sportswear for men, women and kids globally through corporate retail stores, National Department Stores and key specialty accounts in the USA, Canada, UK, Japan and Australia. For more about Earnest Sewn, visit www.earnestsewn.com.
About WRK Design:
WRK Design was founded by Joshua Farley and Jermy Floto. Joshua previously worked as the director of visuals for Earnest Sewn. About a year ago the dynamic duo decided to combine their talents and start WRK Design. Within the year they have inspired and built several projects including Rudys Barbershop in the Ace Hotel, Brooklyn Winery, True Religion Showroom, PRPS Showroom and The Woolwrich Showroom.
WRK Design works to create sustainable and environmentally conscience designs through salvaging old materials and restoring forgotten objects. Rebellious in nature, refined in approach, they employ a broad spectrum of ideas, materials and objects, an alchemy that results in projects that go beyond design and rise to the level of cultural reflection. www.wrkdesign.com.
Taylor Lautner wore Earnest Sewn on the red carpet at the Breaking Dawn Part II premiere in London. Lautner looked suave as he posed in his Earnest Sewn Dean tee ($49) alongside co-stars, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson for the final installment of the five-series Twilight Saga. (Now he has a great stylist!:)
Last night I was invited to hear Twitter, Uber, Instagram and Kickstarter Investor, Chris Sacca, speak at Pando Monthly by a female entrepreneur I respect and admire online and as a result, really not knowing what to expect, plunked down my $20 for a chance to experience this "fireside chat."
I had no expectations because I don't read Pando Daily and was just introduced to it with little time to research or read before arriving at Zephr's door filled with curiousity and hope. However, my friend has started numerous businesses and is very connected which made me trust her judgment.
I will admit, after hearing all the companies Chris has invested in, which if you're not familiar, are super hot right now in the tech world and elsewhere, coupled with the fact he appeared to be huge fan of Obama via reading his Twitter feed, I kinda expected him to be arrogant, full of himself and annoying, but was pleasantly surprised the opposite was true.
He was thoughtful, humble, generous, revealing, honest, kind, and inspiring.
(Too bad the moderator didn't take a page from his book, but that's another story. We're chalking it up to the fact she's pregnant and probably doesn't realize how bitchy she comes across. Sorry lady, but someone from our gender needs to speak truth. And I'm not just saying this because you said, no questions from the seated audience after I stated mine.:)
Anyway, I was so inspired after hearing him speak for three hours, I felt compelled to share my experience with you. Although, I will admit, I slept on it because some guy called me a poser the other day (to which I responded he was a dick and an ass - good Christian that I am.:) and wondered what people would say when they heard I was privileged to hear one of the richest, smartest, coolest investors in the tech world (in my humble opinion.:)
But after sleeping on it and waking up at 4am buzzing still, I don't care. Think of me what you will because to be honest, I don't write for your opinion. I write for mine. If you're a writer, you know there are times you are compelled to share your thoughts in writing to process it yourself and this is one of those times.
Back to my story.
When I arrived, I was super early and would have been super lost except for overhearing another guy asking directions too. Jackie was very cool and helpful which I generally find among tech heads. No pretension, just mass knowledge just like my programmer friend Paras.
We traisped through Zephr's offices, which are very hip and sound like an incubator for digital-focused filmmakers, and out into the alley to arrive at their large warehouse space where we were promptly shushed out into the street by the zealous organizer because we were so early.
Hey, what can I say? I was excited!:)
I left briefly and when I returned the alley was filled with eager programmers, startups, entreprenuers and the friend who had originally invited me, Espree. Know her? Cool girl and reminds me a lot of one of my young GA room-mates who works in tech with Oracle whom I admire too.
In any case, pretty soon the doors opened and we all streamed inside to enjoy pizza and beer (and in my case, Coke) before the interview began. Jackie had been kind and saved me a seat, but Espree suggested we move to the front and pretty soon, her young skateboard friend, Dante, herself, her other lawyer friend, Damion, and myself were staring at the stage face on for the next three hours.
Talk about butt ache!:) But soooo worth it! Chris is amazing! (This is prior to launch during set-up.)
But if you can, watch the Pando Monthly video if they share it. Not sure how that works yet, but assume they'll be doing something with the footage and/or interview. Kudos to Sarah Lacy for landing Chris because this is one of the few interviews he has given since moving down to LA part-time. (Yes, he's here! Sound the trumpets! Los Angeles is totally becoming the tech hotbed and I just love it!)
The reason I suggest watching vs. reading is because you will see the essence of who this guy really is without someone else's filter, including mine. He is nothing like I expected and totally someone I feel I could be friends with, he is that down-to-earth, funny, and real.
I also admired his integrity. He may not always have had it growing up a young, brash, arrogant investor when he day traded his student loan money in college, but losing 12 million and ending up 4 million in debt like he did has a way of humbling you.
What I really liked hearing him say when this happened, was, he "declared I wouldn't declare bankruptcy." And took the next five years working hard to repay all the debt he owed. That impressed me immensely. He said when he paid it all off, "you have no idea how good zero feels."
He shared how he accidentally overpaid his student loans and they sent him a check for, I believe it was, $38, and to this day he says it's pinned on his fridge because he likes seeing they owe him money. lol
I thought it fascinating because Financial Guru, Dave Ramsey, always talks about how the rich don't carry debt and they live debt free. Hearing Chris say it too was only confirmation of what I'd learned in Dave's class. Makes me glad it's one of my top goals to which I'm very close except for my student loan ironically enough.
I also liked how Chris refuted the moderator when she accused him of using Goldman Sachs, to which he replied, "No money from Goldman Sachs - you should fact check."
He shared how he started day trading and when it's going great, it's easy to think it's because you're a genius, and when things go bad it's because you're unlucky, but now he's learned it's actually the opposite. When it's going right, that's when you're lucky and when it's going wrong, you're f-ed.
He shared how easy it was to fall into that trap when all his ski buddies were telling him how wonderful he was because they had been able to buy boats and homes investing through him back then, but he realized it's important to have people in your life who will call you on your BS like his wife does now.
For me, it's my parents. lol
Moving right along.
He shared how he hustled to make money any way he could and was one of the first lawyers on Elance doing odd jobs, even once doing a VO for a famous black athlete in a low, modulated voice similar to that guy's style which cracked me up because Chris is about as white as they come.
He also wrote contracts for porn companies and said he's the only guy to make money in the business without removing his clothes. Chris is just clever with words - a writer's dream which is why I took so many notes cuz I knew I'd want to write about him once he started speaking.
The moderator, Sarah Lacy, whom I admire for her moderating skills in asking great questions and her deep knowledge, asked him some hard hitting questions which seemed to stop the flow every so often because it seemed antagonistic rather than forward moving. Overall though, great job at moderating on one level.
That said, I'm sure her style is what tech readers love, but meeting her for the first time and hearing it in person for the first time, I was a little put off because I really felt they had a great repoire and he was opening up and sharing stories he admitted at the end he will probably regret the next day, and hearing someone ask him what he thought about negative reviews about himself is enough to make anyone shut up and mistrust the agenda of someone you're speaking to.
I loved hearing Chris reveal how hard his life had been before he made it. If you've been an entreprenuer for any length of time, like I have, you know it's not easy and it was great to hear I wasn't alone in this. Chris really had compassion on those who are struggling in this economy although he doesn't seem to compute that Obama played a part in this and appears to blindly support him, although it was encouraging to hear he invested in Uber which is run by a Libertarian and often has passionate political discussions with him.
My kinda guy.:) Not the Libertarian per se, just anyone who is willing to passionately talk politics and have intelligent discussions not filled with name calling. My style.
Chris even admitted Silicon Valley is a bunch of group thinkers politically and although that was disappointing to hear, at least now I know. Sarah did ask him if he was as disappointed in Obama as many are at the end of the interview and I appreciated her doing that, to which he spewed the party line which I hope young people will research before blindly accepting it because someone they admire said it.
But what do you expect from someone who raised 100 million for Obama and has taken meetings with the President? Maybe I might even think differently about Obama if I had been invited to give my feedback on females in the workplace and in small business at the White House too.
I did, after all, attend the man's inauguration. What?! You didn't know?:) Yes, it's true. I attended Obama's inauguration at the special invite of Rep. Jane Harmon to whom I am very grateful. I consider it one of the highlights of my life to be part of history, especially as one of the lone conservatives in the audience.
Trust me. I was a novelty! lol But enough politics. I have to leave shortly and want to get this out.
I think that's where we left off. When asked about why he kept on going despite incredible odds against him when he first started out, he said "I didn't have a choice." It was in his dna. He said, stories of bouncing back aren't just about titans of business. People fought in wars, have lost their homes and jobs and come back, you just don't hear about them. I admire him for not being prideful about his personal comeback too.
Chris has tremendous empathy for the struggles we all face which endeared me to him because he gets it. Those who have money handed to them and have never faced failure or loss don't understand the depths of despair and self-reflection you go through when all you have is you and God (in my case) and you have to pull yourself back up from rock bottom.
Chris does. That's why my friend and I were so inspired by him. He was empathetic, compassionate, honest and very transparent on how hard it was and how he relates to those who are going through it now. He even acknowledged he knows how much $20 can be for someone when they're bootstrapping because he encountered that when he was flat broke trying to network and he used to sneak in through the kitchen to attend events because he spoke Spanish.:)
When I was younger I read a book of 100 biographies of world famous people and the running theme throughout all was those at the top gave back, they were humble and they treated all people with respect. The most successful companies, churches, institutions, and organizations are also run by these kinds of people I have observed over the years.
Now for those of you who have a company which is doing well and you're starting to receive bids because people want to buy it, here's some advice Chris gave which you might want to listen to:
"If someone offers you money for your company, walk away and think about what really matters. Money - how much do you want? Do you want to continue working in the company and if so, how does that look? Where do you want your company to be based? Who do you want your boss to be? Ask yourself all kinds of questions to allow yourself to really think about what's important to you."
Chris said, armed with that self-awareness, then go back and negotiate on your terms. He said there's no better negotiator than an engineer because they have no filter. They just tell it like it is. I agree, having grown up around so many. That's why we get along - we're both blunt.:)
What I hope every young investor will heed is this next bit of advice too. "Good investors are in the service business." Chris says he gets involved in companies to help and as long as he's helping he sticks around. He probably got more involved with Twitter than they liked at first, but when he was dragged into investing the initial $25,000 he invested, he didn't have that money to lose and wanted them to succeed which is why he was so hands on.
Now, not as much, but he continues to buy Twitter stock because he feels it's the next Google. Interesting, eh? I love smart people.:)
He also said, along those lines, a VC's role is to "empower the entrepreneur" not to be the star and take credit for stuff. It's like when a publicist jumps into every promo shot with their client on the red carpet - I hate that because it's not about the publicist, it should be about the client, just like it's not about the VC either.
Are you listening to us? STOP WITH THE SELF ADULATION.
What I also enjoyed learning is how Chris thinks about Twitter. He says the real value is in the community, the users, and it's created a venue where people communicate. So sparse and simple, it's all about what's not there vs. what it's like on Facebook. Or as Eric Schmidt, whom he quoted regarding Twitter, says, "It's the poor man's email."
Chris, having worked for years at Google, also said, "Twitter is an art problem. Google fails at social because they don't get art." Isn't that interesting? That's why even though Blogger is among the top something of websites, Google has never put money or energy into it. They don't care. They're more about the science than the look.
The part of the evening that really quieted the room, which by the way, was standing room only in a space designed to fit about 500 maybe, correct me if I'm wrong, was when Chris shared how much more people matter than money and holding grudges. You could have heard a pin drop then and also when he said he went from 12 million profit to 4 million in debt over night.
It's life lessons like these that make powerful people resonate with their audiences. He shared how someone in Silicon Valley had once betrayed his confidence and he held a grudge for years after, even ignoring his emails when that guy wrote to tell him he was going to bike ride cross country like Chris had done in 2009, in essence, "joining his tribe" as Chris so eloquently stated.
Then recently he learned this same guy was in an accident while riding and did a face plant at 27 mph and is now in a coma. It's made him ask, how meaningful can it be? He may still hold grudges, but it's so shallow. He passionately said, "People matter more than an investment in a company that isn't even around any more."
It was so deep there for a moment, even Chris said, can we get back to talking about the fun stuff. I think it was important for him to share this though because I know so many people who hold grudges, myself included, and I find once I let it go, I'm so much freer. It's just not worth it people. Friendships should always matter more than money.
Or politics for that matter. Get over it. That's me, not Chris saying that part.:)
Some other great words of wisdom Chris shared is don't let you inbox dictate your day. Be on the offense and look at your To Do list before your email. Make what you feel is important, your priority, not what others think is important via their email.
He also shared how he invites people over to his home for the weekend to get to know them better on a whole other level since he moved to Truckee and counts many of those people as his closest friends. He moved because he was running out of excuses on why he couldn't go to coffee with people. LOL
He told us he was inviting so many programmers over at one time, it got to be too much and took the money he would have spent on an office and bought the house next door to host them now, calling it Camp LowerCase (lowercase?:) which I thought was brilliant.
Chris loves helping people and said, he wants to be obsolete by Series B. He's not on any boards, he just helps them get things going and likes to fund opportunistically, under the radar. Now he's focusing on the intersection between tech and media.
My alarm is set to go off now telling me it's time to wake up which ends conveniently at the same time I have wrapped up my blog. I hope some of my blog helps you with your startup, your life, and your goals because after hearing Chris, and everything he's accomplished, I believe anything is possible with hard work, dedication, drive, ambition, and focus.
Have a great day! I leave you with this fun shot of the door prize he gave to the person who came the farthest...
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Here's why it's so important:
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I was recently approached regarding this great program and because I'm now focusing my pro bono blogging efforts on causes I support, I wanted to share this with you.
Here's what she sent me regarding Natural High:
In honor of Red Ribbon Month, notable celebrities such as Lauren Conrad, Tony Hawk, Cassadee Pope, Bethany Hamilton, Travis Pastrana, Terry Kennedy, and Paul Rodriguez Jr. are teaming up to fight drug use in youth across the country through an innovative organization called Natural High.
Here's one I selected in honor of my SoCal Beach upbringing and all the surfers I knew growing up:
And for all the fashionistas or The Hills fans, here's Lauren Conrad's Natural High video cuz I really like what she has to say too:
And for all those into music, here's Hey Monday's Cassadee Pope sharing her natural high:
The Natural High DVD Series is distributed freely to more than 14,000 schools across the nation (more than 6 million students per year). Here's a breakdown which showcases that it costs JUST PENNIES to reach youth with the Natural High message, far less expensive than the devastating costs of addiction/rehab, etc.
Estimated Youth Reached
For these mere pennies, Natural High is able to achieve the following results:
83% of educators report a change in their students’ perception about drugs and alcohol.
85% of students participating in the program have reported that having a natural high will help fight the temptation of drugs and alcohol.
140,000 educators are currently in the Natural High network across the US.
6 million youth see the Natural High video annually.
77% of youth report that the film encouraged them to find a natural high and reject drugs and alcohol.
All 50 states use this video.
80,000 people and growing have pledged to live naturally high.
In honor of Red Ribbon Month, Natural High is launching a campaign to help today’s youth find their “natural high” so that they have a reason to say no to an artificial high with a goal of reaching 12 million youth by 2015.
Had a great couple of days and now that the final Presidential debate is over feel like sharing. Hope you watched and have registered to vote if you live in CA cuz today is the final day! You have until midnight to do so here: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm
Moving right along...
Really enjoyed learning more about the Motion Picture TV Fund this past Saturday night because so often it's easy to only see the selfish, greedy, evil side of Hollywood and there really is a sweet, caring, loving side to it as well as evidenced by the power house turn-out at this private fundraiser.
I was very inspired listening to the stories of those who had benefited from the services and lived on campus as read by actors. It was all I could do not to take pix, but if you read the Hollywood Reporter in the upcoming days, I'm sure you'll see an eyeful.:) Here's one of my favorites though which he shared with his fans.
It was also very inspiring to see the level of people involved in caring for the elderly and infirm of Hollywood.
I've only considered the church as caring because that's what I've grown up with and have experience with, but to see Hollywood in action was very humbling and inspiring on so many levels.
What I loved hearing the most from the evening, above and beyond all the stories of people who have benefited, was the fact we are all one community. This was repeated throughout the night. We are our brother's keeper.
Loved that sentiment! As I said on Facebook, God bless you and God bless Hollywood! And I don't say that lightly!:) Very moved and inspired...
Another Hollywood event I enjoyed attending recently was the Kingdom Come screening hosted by Paste Magazine and my friend, Michael Dunaway. Recognize this man? (This fun pic is courtesy the talented Comic, Shelby Bond with the rest from this event graciously provided by Filmmaker/Photographer, Clinton H. Wallace of Photomundo, International.)
What was enjoyable about this doc, was hearing all the other stories of successful filmmakers and actors sharing their experiences with their efforts to create films intermixed too. So true!
Very fun night. Here's a few other interesting folks in attendance.
Jennie Garth and Dania Rameriz
Rachel Leigh Cook, Joel Michaely, Clinton Wallace, Daniel Gillies, Arjay Smith
Moving right along.
I've been super busy and wasn't able to immerse myself in this season's LA Fashion Week as much as I would have liked, but did manage to see my two favorite Filipino designers, Furne One and Alexis Monsanto.
Last time I had covered their shows, their work really wasn't as popular in Hollywood, but both designers have exploded on the Hollywood scene which I wasn't expecting at all! Congrats to both of them!
"Alexis Monsanto is an emerging
fashion star whose A-list clientele has included talent such as: Drew Barrymore
and Kate Beckinsale, and whose designs have also been worn by Charlize Theron,
Felicity Huffman, Kara DioGuardi, Jordin Sparks, Laura Kaepler (Miss America
2012), Oscar-nominated Robin Fryday (2012) and Kimberly Rivers Roberts (2009),
world renowned soprano Sumi Jo, and cast members of the popular ABC-TV hit
series, “Revenge,” among many others."
He says, “I embrace a style that is
irreverent, unafraid, existential and provocative. With fashion, I aspire to
create challenges for myself, while creating a whimsical world for my client.
Ideally, they’ll tap into a form of expression that would otherwise seem
unattainable. I am inspired by everything in my life, from the cold black
objectivity of commerce to the warm subjective embrace of the muses."
Here's a few pix from the official photographer, Christian Del Rosario, which you can see in their entirety here. You can see my take on each fashion show event overall on my Facebook Fan page here and here.
In the meantime, enjoy my video coverage of the final procession for both shows. Please watch with the sound off for "optimal" viewing.:)
And just found my Sue Wong Fashion Show video which you can enjoy here too.
So, I think that about wraps up my latest adventures now that I've been back in Los Angeles.
On a closing note, since people ask me all the time what the biggest difference between living in GA versus now being back in CA, what I have come to recognize is the fact I know more people in Los Angeles and have a good reputation out here whereas I had to start from the ground up in Atlanta which is extremely difficult.
When I saw Monsanto at the fashion show, he acknowledged me from the stage and was delighted to see me at his show. I receive invites to private events others aren't included in by virtue of the professional and personal relationships I've carefully, and successfully, built over the years.
It just feels good to know, even though I was gone for a year, I wasn't forgotten. I feel more and more as time goes by I'm getting back into my groove slowly, but surely. As one friend pointed out, when I shared all the difficulties I went through in GA with my car, my health, my job and living situtations, she said, it was like I was Jonah running away from Ninevah and God wanted me back here in Hollywood.
I feel that very clearly now. I enjoyed a taping of one of my favorite music shows today and was seated in front of the judges which made me realize how lucky I am to have experiences like this so easily.
Hollywood is a special place and now that I've spent a year away from it, I appreciate it now more than ever. So, that's all. I just felt like sharing.
Hope you enjoyed reviewing some of my adventures with me. I'm sure there are more ahead!
And do yourself a favor, watch this analysis of the Libya crisis to prepare. I know, it's Fox News, but get over your bias and watch it because it's one of the few media sources to actually show the way this President has handled this crisis using real news stories in a chronological manner.
If you're a band or a musician, that book should be a must-read for you. Don't worry, lots of short chapters, easy-to-understand information, and if you like the Grateful Dead, bonus!:)
In any case, just wanted to remind you tonight is the debate. I think I heard Obama might even show up this time. LOL
Oh, and for those making a party of it, here's some food suggestions. Pizza, anyone?
Or, what about Boston Market?
Or for those who like liquor with their debates...
"Along with launch of its left wing and right wing bourbons, the Heaven Hills Distillery also launched two separate Facebook pages in support of each position. And for every Facebook like they receive, Heaven Hill Distilleries is also donating $1 to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. I like that a lot!
Or, print this out and follow along in the bar or at home. It will make the lies told easier to take.
Or for those who like coffee, you've probably heard 7/11 store is offering red and blue cups for the election? Apparently, their sales have actually have predicted past elections, but what I found funny is when Stephen Colbert, or was it Jon Stewart, who said it wasn't accurate because Mormons don't drink coffee! LOL
And my favorite ad because I hear people say this all the time...
Sometimes I deliberately don't blog about something because I know people want to hear what I think just to mess with 'em. I've been blogging for so long I really don't want everyone knowing my every thought like I used to when I first started out and didn't know any better. Like my recent HS reunion. Won't hear about it on here. Sorry, just won't.
I do find it fascinating that the blog I wrote condemning The Hangover II still gets so much traffic though. I wonder if they're reading it to change and grow? Or simply to be mad I would slam it so hard?
Somebody had to say something, right?
Last night at the Bible Study I attended, the leader was talking about our identity as women and said one of the things we do is civilize situations. Well, maybe Hollywood needs to be civilized then since it's so male-dominated. Especially since now the Oscars are talking about having 'ole whasshisname host from The Family Guy and Ted.
Why on earth are they stooping into the gutter to have such an anti-semitic, anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-everything kinda of person degrade the ceremony like that? I don't get it. I know it's been dragging in the ratings lately, but do the powers-that-be really think this is the way to pull it out?
Have you seen what comes out of that guy's mouth and brain? It's mean. It's despicable. It's not funny. I grew up with such comic greats as Bill Cosby, Bob Newhart, Carol Burnett, Johnny Carson, etc and they were hilarious. My Dad had some of their comedy albums and we would listen to them often.
I know times have changed, but being mean doesn't have to be part of the comedic equation. Now, I just turn the channel to avoid The Family Guy and stopped following their writer, Steve Marmel, when I got fed up with his stupid, mean, angry political grandstanding, but I can't avoid this mentality if I have any thought of watching the Oscars now.
What a drag.
I think this is a stupid move on the part of the Academy. If James Franco and Anne Hathaway didn't save it... Maybe if the voting wasn't so esoteric and the people voting were younger. Right now, it's primarily white, over-60 males. What do they know about what's current? Entertaining? Insightful? Unique?
They probably don't even read blogs, have a Twitter account, or a Facebook account for that matter. How can they say they're keeping up with the Zeitgeist of the land when they're so far removed from the pulse of America? Or are they so vain as to think only their opinions matter?
I don't get it!
Why are there still so few minorities and women represented too while we're at it? We're not living in the dark ages, but sometimes it feels like in Hollywood we are! Please, please, please, reconsider this decision to have 'ole whasshisname host this year. I don't even want to say his name I hate his style of attack so much.
Get fresher, more diverse blood into the voting pool. Allow for more interesting voices to be heard for once. Actually care about your audience, rather than the egos of those running the show. Otherwise, end up a dying relic we used to watch, but will stop because it's always the same 'ole, same 'ole.
Why do you think the Emmy's are so boring? Modern Family, Jon Stewart, and a bunch of cable shows few watch always win. If you want to only appeal to your cloistered community, why bother televising it? If you forget who your audience is and don't care about your audience, then you only have yourself to blame when it dies a slow, boring death.
I really hate to think this could happen to the Oscars because I really like watching it for the most part. Although if whasshisname hosts, may have to boycott. Replace him with Ricky Gervais already! Then you'll really have your audience.:)
Just not mean, spiteful, angry, anti-semitic attempts of humor like the guy you've chosen is known for please. Life is hard enough as it is. We don't need the last bastion of Hollywood glamour ruined by some TV guy. And Ted doesn't count. More gross humor the level a 13 year old immature boy would like.
Somebody has to say the emperor has no clothes because no one else is! Although a few people I know are starting a boycott campaign of Seth which is why I thought I'd help raise awareness too. Stop the madness! Replace this guy and get someone with decency and real humor!
Here's a pictorial essay of some of the fun events I've attended in the past few weeks for your viewing pleasure. First up, the Supperclub LA.
If you go tomorrow, they're offering 50% off on ALL dinners this Saturday, October 6th ONLY! This includes a four-course meal, complimentary shot, performances and the Club action afterwards. This excludes additional alcohol and gratuity.
Regular dinners are $75 and the experience starts at 7:45pm this Saturday. Please call 323-466-1900 to reserve your recline dining seating and mention Valentine Group to get your 50% off. Tell 'em Joy sent you too.:) Hope you can go! We had a great time when we were there!
My friend Debra & I enjoying the single life!:)
We were all pretty cold and started goofing around with the sheet cuz it cracked us up.
It's very atmospheric and totally unlike any place I've been to in LA before.
Who knew this is what lies behind the old Vogue Theater doors? Stunning, eh? LOTS OF FUN!
It's definitely a one-of-a-kind experience and one I recommend if you like really unusual, artsy, funky kinds of performances. Just be prepared for the unexpected is all I have to say. Totally felt like a vaudeville circus act which was extremely entertaining. Plus, the DJ is amazing and the food was delicious.
Very fun time! We did take pix with men who attended too, but these were all my friends sent me.:)
Next up, attended the wildly entertaining Lloyd Klein fashion show at Lure up in Hollywood hosted by Janice Dickenson, AnnaLynne McCord, and Lloyd Klein himself. What was fun about that event was seeing all my fashion friends who I only see at fashion events and being part of such a unique way to showcase a line. (More pix later I promise!)
Where else would you also get to hear Chaka Khan sing Happy Birthday to a guy named Mohammad?:) All while mixing and mingling with really interesting people, admiring Hotties on Ducatti's and meeting actors like hunky Geno Segers? (If he's single, tell him so am I!:)
Or always eclectic, Bai Ling? Janice Dickenson is always my favorite wild card though! You never know what's going to come out of her mouth, or what she'll do next. She's crazy fun.
Chaka Khan with Designer, Lloyd Klein in the middle, and a guest
Just one of the hotties on a Ducati
Chaka Khan! I grew up singing along to her music, especially Through the Fire, and it was a thrill to see her!
I personally took some pix which I'll share next time from all these experiences, but wanted to get this blog out since I've been promising it for sooooo long!
Another really fun fashion event I was invited to attend was Sue Wong's fashion show held at the Conga Room in LA Live in conjunction with the HD Fest (or something like that. I'm not their publicist and was more interested in the fashion to be honest. However, it was very cool!)
Just one of the many celebrity guests in attendance. Meet Lauren Mayhew, an actress and singer, who you will soon see on Dexter! Visit her fan page to learn more of this amazing talent: www.facebook.com/OfficialLaurenMayhew She's wearing a Sue Wong design in honor of the occasion.
Lovely wedding dresses were the highlight of the Grand Finale as Sue Wong came down to applause.
LG sponsored a special after-party and we all enjoyed delicious food and talked shop with all the filmmakers who were there as well. You may recognize some of these guys if you're into Horror.:)
We first met when I was working with Actor/Producer, Domiziano Arcangeli. Clinton was one of the first photographers to shoot him before Domi became as well known as he is today. Always have a soft spot for him as a result.:) Aren't these guys fun? They're both producers and/or directors Clinton knows. L Geza Decsy R John Michael Elfers
I always enjoy hanging out with Clinton because he knows everybody in town and always includes me in his conversations. Plus, he's super laid back, does his job really well and rarely complains (unlike some photographers I've worked with in the past, or know casually.)
Oh, and in honor of my high school reunion taking place this weekend, I thought I'd close out with a picture of some of us taken in elementary school because many of us grew up attending all the same schools together. Can you tell which one is me?:) Recognize anyone else?
Have a great night! Off to see my Atlanta artist friend, Yunny Bunny, who is out here in Los Angeles showcasing her work at the amazing art & music show downtown.
I see this happening a lot which is why I decided to share some tips on what makes an article go viral and how to facilitate it happening more effectively.
There are quite a few social media platforms that allow you to schedule your tweets ahead of time with new ones coming out daily. I prefer Hootsuite because it's been the most user friendly and has the largest scope, although have to admit, the pop-ups asking me to upgrade every. single. time. I check in to use it becomes a little annoying after awhile. There should be an opt out button.:)
However, overall, they're a very dynamic program. Others I have seen include Tweet Deck, but I didn't like that one because you had to download it on to your desktop the last time I tried it. I like a service I don't have to download.
Not only can you schedule your tweets weeks and months in advance with either service, it automatically shortens the url you post using a select coding process which you're able to track to see how many people are opening what you're sharing.
So, I've given you two programs to check out and they have videos on their sites which will explain further how to utilize their programs, or contact a sales rep for an even more guided tour.
That wasn't really what I wanted to discuss however.
Here's what people don't realize is needed to truly make their articles go viral and spread online. You have to make it as easy as possible to share them first of all. When I go to a website and hit the share button, I want my Twitter account to receive the title of the article, a short link to the article itself and space to add a comment or if someone RT (retweets) my post, space then too.
Brevity is key on Twitter and especially when you're sharing information. I happen to read very fast and can scan a Twitter feed very quickly to see what is important, what are the trending topics, what is the zeitgeist of the day, but not everyone has the time or ability to do this.
Make it easy for your reader. You want to give them the title of the article, a shortened link to the actual article, perhaps add your Twitter handle ie via @GoalGalsLA (my newest Twitter account - follow me!:) But don't take over the entire Tweet!
Share This is rather an effective tool I've seen used a lot, but I haven't personally applied it since I'm not technical, just marketing savvy. Also, AddThis is very popular. I'm actually going to upgrade my blog sharing capabilities after this week because it's time.
I know it's hard to grasp everything in social media when you're first starting out because it's constantly changing and evolving. I happen to love that fact about Technology myself, but admit, I get frustrated too because I often need help applying what I know works simply because I find Typepad a little difficult to maneuver on my own too. I'm always reaching out to their customer support for help when I can't figure something out.
So I get it. You may be at that level too, but whoever you're working with should be able to address these issues for you and there's always customer service on the actual social media platform sharing tool too. I find too, when I let the information simmer awhile sometimes it makes more sense when I come back to it and am not stressing so hard to understand a new topic.
Basically, put yourself in the shoes of the person reading whatever you're trying to get across. Make it simple, interesting, provocative, and tell the reader why they need to read your article. I can't say it enough. Include the title, a shortened url, and space for comments and RTing.
NEVER say - Check out my article and then link to your generic website leaving the reader to guess which is the important article you want them to read. People don't have the time to guess and if this is done consistently, Twitter followers will discount what you have to say because it's the same link over and over again.
Twitter is for those with short attention spans. Catch 'em! Be personal, yet appropriate. Be funny, yet pertinent. Be truthful. Be engaging. Be grateful. Be generous.
I think I'm going to create a presentation on this because it seems to be a real hole in the dialog about Twitter. That's all for now. Gotta run.
As soon as I get back, I plan to write-up all my latest events. It just takes longer than I have right now and wanted to express this asap!:)
Real quick, because I must continue working on what I'm doing, but I just have to share I saw the most amazing film last night during Social Media Week LA called Craigslist Joe.
If you've never seen, you must! It's a brilliant slice of humanity as "Joe" the real-life protagnist decides to spend one month trying to survive off the kindness of strangers he meets through Craigslist.
When I heard Zach Galifianakis was the Executive Producer I didn't know what to expect although I loved him in the first Hangover and some of his Between the Ferns interviews. I thought for sure it would be comedic and since my friend who drove us wanted to see it and has good taste, I thought it must be good.
It was far better than good!
It's a heartwarming, touching, poignant, hilarious romp across the United States with all the wild and sweet characters you tend to meet on Craigslist. Zach isn't seen onscreen once and it's all about the main protagonist, Joe, a sweet, unassuming, Jewish guy who decided to take a month away from all his friends, family and creature comforts to see if he could survive solely on the kindness of strangers.
When we heard him speak after the screening, he explained he'd actually met Zach working on The Hangover, kept in touch over the process and Zach supported the film financially towards the end (if I remember properly.:)
He also explained he had an idea for the film back in 2008 when the economy seemed so dismal and there wasn't much hope going on. (Again, excuse me for paraphrasing. Wasn't planning to cover it professionally, it was just that good!)
Joe wasn't sure it would even work, but found a cinematographer from Craigslist (who is really talented and has a great eye) to accompany him and he was off for a month.
It was fun to see him grow and change as he went through the experience. I believe it was filmed three years ago with 80 hours of filming which was cut down to 12 hours which Joe said his closest friends sat through to help whittle it down even more. The editor did an amazing job of finding the heart and soul to this story.
There are so many touching, moving stories from the people Joe met along the way I was often tearing up, choking back tears right along with him it was so inspirational. Then, on the flip side, there were hilarious connections he made with some really crazy people (dominiatrix anyone?) which you could just see on his face he didn't know what to make of either!
It was very cool to see Craig Newmark, the guy who started Craigslist, explain his philosophy of community in an interview he held with Joe at his home too.
I think the part of the film that inspired me the most was to watch Joe volunteer as a way of saying thank you to all the people who were helping him. Joe has such a big heart and it was especially evident when he visited an aging actress dying of cancer to help her with horribly cluttered apartment. Such a moving scene!
I walked away so encouraged and inspired by the generosity of strangers (which I have often experienced over the years too) this film, Craigslist Joe, made me want to become a better person. Have to admit, I was crying right along with him at the end.
What an amazing experience and testament to the goodness of Americans.
Here's the trailer:
And the official blurb: "In a time when America's economy and sense of community were crumbling, one guy left everything behind--to see if he could survive solely on the support of the 21st century's new town square: Craigslist.
It was in this climate that 29-year-old Joseph Garner cut himself off from everyone he knew and everything he owned, to embark on a bold adventure. Armed with only a laptop, cell phone, toothbrush, and the clothes on his back--alongside the hope that community was not gone but just had shifted--Joseph began his journey.
For 31 December days and nights, everything in his life would come from the Craigslist website. From transportation to food, from shelter to companionship, Joe would depend on the generosity of people who had never seen him and whose sole connection to him was a giant virtual swap meet. Would America help Joe? Could he survive with nothing, apart from the goodwill of others?"
Here's some people's feedback who saw it last night too from the official Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/craigslistjoe - like it! Since I encouraged people to see it after the screening it's been fun to see over 1,000 new fans added overnight because all of us have been talking it up so much.
Bonita R Hill "How inspiring! This documentary made me think about my own perceptions of people and just how much I can help in my own community. Craigslist is the best thing ever invented!"
Charley Grossman "Just watched the movie. I was moved by it greatly man. Here I am up at 9:30 on a school night with homework to do, but I am not stressing about it because I just feel at peace with the world for the night. This feeling may fade when I get up, but I am going to try hard to keep it going. You had an entire month of this feeling, I hope it stays with you a lifetime."
Barrysentials Wine Blog "Extraordinary film. Truly. Loved it - can't wait to see it again. Thanks for your courage."
I could create a whole blog just of positive comments for this film!:)
So, that's all for now. I hope you rent it, ask them to bring it your town, vote it up on iTunes and otherwise, experience this extraordinary film. If you're media reading my blog, please consider covering it. It's that good!
Even if Zach wasn't involved it would be fantastic and would stand on it's own because it's a story all of us can relate to. I just had to quickly share.
I promise to share my fashion show experiences asap and the really fun supper club experience soon too! I'm in a very creative mood after yesterday's experiences at the Social Media Week LA panels.
I grew up watching the Abbott and Costello comedy team and loved their brilliant sense of comedic timing. As a result, when I learned Hollywood Talent Manager and "Queen of Hosting" Coach, Marki Costello, was the granddaughter of Lou Costello after reading a review of her new book in the New York Post, I knew I wanted to talk to her.
Plus, her 20 year successful career in the business was so impressive I knew I would learn from her because I always love hearing strong women's experiences of making it in Hollywood.
For those unfamiliar, or too young to remember Abbott and Costello, here's a famous sketch they did entitled, "Who's on First?" to share why they were so popular back in the day. Although, maybe they were so popular because they were also the first ones to start the "wrap" party at the end of a film production according to their fan website: http://www.abbottandcostello.net/:)
I had planned to attend Marki's "Sweet and Greet" book signing where she was donating the proceeds from the sale of the book launch party to her favorite charity, Alexandria House, to interview her there, but covering Fashion's Night Out that same night was too all-consuming and we just couldn't fit it in.
Here's a pic though of Marki in action that night. It was a huge success and a friend who attended said he had a great time. They're still tallying the amount raised from the book sales as they're waiting on online sales, but I'm sure if what he estimated as crowd attendance is correct, it will be a healthy amount!
It was a pleasure to have a one-on-one phone interview with her a few days later when everything had calmed down and I knew I would be able to focus.
Have to admit, when I first spoke to her I called her a "Ballsy Broad" because I had been watching quite a few of her previous video interviews to see what had, and hadn't been, covered already.
She is definitely a force to be reckoned with! A producer friend of mine agreed with me when I mentioned I was going to interview her, saying she is a "presence."
I believe it now!
What I love about Old School Hollywood people who have grown up around movie stars and Hollywood like she has, is the fact nothing and nobody fazes them. When you have a step-father like Craig Martin, the older brother of Dean Martin, and have Hollywood royalty in your lineage, it's just natural to feel comfortable in any setting with anybody.
That's why I think she's so successful in her Become A Host trainings, her management and casting career as well. Nothing fazes her! She just goes out and gets the job done! Did you know she casts 30% of every hosting job in Hollywood? May want to take her class and get noticed!:)
I was very curious about what it was like to be raised in the world of Hollywood and asked her about being related to Lou Costello to start off my interview. She explained, "It didn’t affect
me in the way kids are self-entitled now, I learned hard work pays off. Work your ass off.
Everything is fleeting. I’ve created a huge niche for myself – I manage, cast, and teach host talent in the hosting genre. I reinvent myself every four years."
Before her Mother died, she told her to go to college and Marki briefly attended UCLA. However, once her mom passed away, she knew her Dad wasn’t supporting her and she needed to work. "My very first job was working for Chuck Barris. One
season was 365 days a year from 9am – 9pm. I worked on all his shows, The Newlywed Game, The Gong Show, and The Dating Game."
When I asked her if she agreed he was a spy, she agreed, without hesitation, very quickly "Yes!" For those of you have never seen Charlie Kaufman's film on Chuck Barris called, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which was directed by George Clooney, you really must rent it. Actor Sam Rockwell is brilliant and funny as Barris.
Marki continued on with her experiences with Chuck and how she got into the business of hosting. "He created reality shows. He was wonderful at making sure people on the show
knew how important they were. I started out doing cue cards, but always would
be talking to the audience."
Chuck told an associate, "She’s terrible with cue cards, but great with the
contestants." After that, Marki was the last person contestants would meet before going on the show and never did cue cards again. She's always been great
After working for Chuck, she opened up own casting company, Creative Management Entertainment Group and never looked back. A friend had approached her about managing her career and soon she was managing talent too. "I realized I had a gift for coaching people," she said. She knew what the networks wanted, she knew how to teach people to do it, and after starting out with 20 actors and 1 host, she now represents 1 writer and 30
When she started in the business of hosting, only one or two people were trying to do hosting. "People have tried to
copy me," Marki freely admitted. "I realized how flattering it is, but it’s taken me 20 years to get here." Needless to say, no one else has had the longevity, the credibility, or the success Marki has had.
Just ask E! News Host, Jason Kennedy, The Voice/Musician,
Ceelo Green, or Game Show Host, Todd Newton who won an Emmy last year who have all gone through her program, and/or are managed by her.
Marki realized she needed to speak the language of actors and studied with the famous acting coach, Sandy Meisner, who told her, "Marki, you should be in front of the
Perhaps you remember seeing Marki as the take-no-prisoner casting agent on a reality show which is where I first saw her, or her appearance on the Real Housewives of Orange County where she coaches Gretchen Rossi?
I'm telling you, if she can make Gretchen seem less wooden, then you know she's a miracle working coach.:) Remember this scene from the Real Housewives of Orange County?
I like Gretchen, don't get me wrong, but damn! If she can make it, so can you! See what the power of a good coach can do? (As a little aside, I attended a Super Bowl party years ago in the OC and Gretchen was there with Slade. Both very sweet, low-key people.:)
Where was I? Oh yeah, Marki and keys to successful hosting...:)
I was very curious to hear what she thought made a host successful and here's what Marki told me in her no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is manner:
"Hosting is a very visual medium. You need to be visually appealing in this medium. You can’t be
700 lbs, with pimples. You have to clean up your look. Otherwise get into radio. "It" factor is what makes you want to watch that person. You want to hear what Chelsea Handler and Howard Stern have to say. He is very aware of his audience. Oprah Winfrey also puts her audience first. When I watched her Behind the Show episode, it was all about 'my audience, my audience.' It’s not about Oprah, it’s
about her audience. Her final show was a love letter to her audience."
On the flip side, she gave this little story on Piers Morgan which totally explained why I dislike his interview style so much and now know why.
"If you don’t put the audience first – what they want, what they need, and balance it by
your point-of-view, you're not going to be a good host. Piers Morgan is so worried about himself – kissing the
celebs butt, when he was interviewing Beyonce, she wanted to tell him about the pregnancy and he didn’t even pick up on what she was alluding to. I was so pissed I changed
I was very curious to follow up on her impression of Khloe Kardashian as a new host and Marki told me. "I would hope Khloe comes to me. Talent thinks hosting is so
easy – I can just be me. Hosting is the great balancing act. You need a strong sense of
self, must be super comfortable with yourself, and understand you’re not going to make everyone happy
so let it go. You have to recognize the elements."
I wasn't familiar with that term and asked her what elements she was referring to. She responded, basically it's the need to co-exist with the co-host,
connect to your audience, read the teleprompter, and still have a relationship with your
audience. "Intellectually, it's easy to grasp, but you don’t want to practice on the show," Marki continued as she explained her view of Khloe hosting. "The single most important thing is putting her
I also asked Marki what she thought about ageism in Hollywood and if older people have a shot at hosting at all:
"Every advertisers want the average demo 18-34. They want to
hire talent their audience relates to, but in this day and age it's more open. For example, there's now a host for a show called, Sex after 60. You have to build your brand, tweet daily, blog, and buyers will find you and come to you. Very cool thing about the internet is you can showcase your talent."
And as she's fond of saying, "If you build it, they will come, and when they do, you better know
what to do. You only get one shot for a first impression."
I was very surprised to hear the internet was a place where networks are finding talent and inquired more into that because of all the videographers I've seen over the years on red carpets who I never thought had a chance at doing anything beyond their little internet shows.
"Tons of people are breaking from the internet. The Networks tell me all the time, 'Find me
people from the internet.' Here’s what I say. I don’t think you need a lick of talent to be a great host, but you definitely do as an actor. It’s hosting. You have to have a strong sense of self, strong point
of view, get the media’s attention, put your audience before your ego and BS.
That’s 100% trainable."
She added, "You have to have a strong work ethic. Work on building your brand. There are hosts on the air today making a million a
year. Check your ego at the door. Hosting is about asking me to be me, but also why do people want to hear what I have to say?"
Great advice, wouldn't you agree? She has been leading "Hosting Boot Camps" for over 17 years and actually has a free seminar open to those who have never attended before happening on September 28, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA.
Here's what one professional has to say about Marki and her classes: "Marki Costello is one of the
most revered leaders in the world of television hosting and casting.
Her off-kilter sense of humor, her dedication to her clients and her widespread relationships throughout the entertainment industry are just a few of the qualities that make her so wonderfully unique and special..."
-Lisa Germani, TVGuide Network
Marki definitely knows what she's talking about. Everywhere I looked, all I saw were positive comments and that's impressive. You can find out more about all her programs here: http://www.becomeahost.com/
When I asked her why she had written her book,
which you can purchase here: Become a Host: The Inside Secrets Used by Every Successful Television Host, she explained by saying, "I
was having people fly in from NZ, NY, everywhere and not everyone can travel. I wrote the book for them." She told me her book has sold 10,000 copies in three months which is unbelievable numbers for a first-time author.
Just goes to show you, build a brand and those who like it, will buy it!:) Part of her brand is giving back. Here's what she had to say about why she donated the proceeds of her book sales from her Sweet and Greet book launch.
"I am very passionate about giving back. If you don’t give back,
you shouldn’t be living," Marki said assertively. "Say thank you, care about the answer to the question, 'how are you?' Help a homeless person. Think of all the women in the world who
don’t have something. Give back. It takes very little to be kind to another
And with that admonition, I will close out my interview. Big thank you to Marki for her time and hope you enjoyed the read!
I have so many more events to share and hope to have these stories ready soon too!
Here's the official blurb: "SXSWedu supports innovations in learning for education practitioners, industry leaders and policy makers who share a passion for modernizing learning from early childhood to higher education in both formal and informal environments. Join the SXSWedu community March 4-7 in Austin, Tx, for four days of compelling presentations and events."
After researching business books and trying to find leadership topics related to the creative fields, I created this panel because of the lack of information available. I felt my colleagues and I could add value to colleges, policy makers and institutions seeking diversity in business learning and leadership because entrepreneurship crosses all disciplines.
Our audience: Educators in Business, Music, and Liberal Arts, university professionals looking for unique speakers to come talk to their students, industry leaders, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in learning from experts in music marketing, promotion, branding, social media and creative leadership.
Focusing on music due to SXSW's overall emphasis on music, and my working on a book for musicians, I invited two of my book contributors, Michael and Rich, to participate because I liked the mix of rock-n-roll and country perspectives.
Here's our bios in case you're not familiar with our names and background:
Brandvold is a
freelance music industry consultant based in Northern California. He launched
Michael Brandvold Marketing to leverage his years of experience to provide
direction to large and small clients in the areas of online & social
marketing, as well as, e-commerce and customer acquisition and retention.
Gene Simmons of KISS first tapped
Michael’s skills as a pioneering online marketing strategist to launch and
manage all aspects of Kissonline.com’s multi-million dollar enterprise,
including their ground-breaking VIP ticket program.
Michael has also managed the online efforts for Dream Theater, Andy
Gibson, Greg Kihn, Motley Crüe, Rod Stewart, Madonna,Ozzy Osbourne, Madonna and
Britney Spears to name only a few.
Rich Redmondhas toured/recorded/performed with a 'who's who' of recording artists
including Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Lit, Ludacris, Luke Bryan, Eric
Church, Keith Urban, Bryan Adams, Jewel, The Pointer Sisters, Rushlow, Pam
Tillis, Gene Watson, Doc Walker, Deana Carter, Jedd Hughes, Trace Adkins, Hank
Williams III, Mindy McCready, Robbie Nevil, The Stellas, and Doc Walker to name
Currently the drumming powerhouse
behind country superstar Jason Aldean, Rich plays to millions of fans per year
and has appeared numerous times on such shows as American Idol, Ellen, The Late
Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Tonight Show
with Conan O’Brien, The Late Show with Jimmie Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, among
Rich recorded all the drums and percussion on Jason’s 5 records,
selling millions of units and producing 11 #1 hits. Rich’s ‘song-friendly’
drumming style, infused with a true rock-n-roll spirit has led to these records
being regarded as a unique voice in Nashville’s musical landscape.
marketing efforts have also successfully enhanced search engine optimization
(SEO), increased attendance at events and developed business and media opportunities
on behalf of clients in entertainment, travel, technology, and fashion, as well
as, in promoting and supporting numerous political candidates and social
has presented classes and produced seminars on social media at The Musicians
Institute, American Cinematheque, and at conferences throughout the US.
Now that you know who we are, please vote to help us be selected: <
All the details are available once you click, but here they are again too:
With personal examples from their successful careers
running creative businesses in the music industry, each panelist will share what
being an entrepreneur has taught them and how they would pass that information on
to future generations; how they learned how to lead a team of creatives; and how
musicians use their creative leadership in bands. They will also discuss how
they developed the out-of-the-box strategies that guide their careers and those
they work with, and what they do to teach others those same skills.
Questions it will answer
How do creative people lead? What makes them successful?
How do they appeal to a creative audience? What sets their style apart from
traditional leadership styles? What do they do differently in branding,
marketing and social media than other business professionals?
Doesn't this sound cool?:) Wouldn't you want to learn what we will present? It's cool to see one of my goals moving forward which I hope you will support by voting.
JOY KENNELLY OF THE
JOY WRITER KICKS OFF GOAL GALS GROUP TONIGHT, SEPT 17 AT LA PIAZZA FROM 7PM - 8PM.
FREE MIXER AT THE GROVE
Six Week Workshop Teaches/Encourages
Set and Accomplish Goals
Angeles, CA Joy
Kennelly, of the award-winning The Joy Writer PR & Digital Marketing firm, launches The Goal Gals Group, a six-week bi-monthly
workshop which teaches and encourages women to set and accomplish goals, tonight, Monday, September 17 at 7pm with a free mixer at La Piazza located at The Grove across from the fountain.
The Goal Gals Group is designed to encourage women
to find their true passion, accomplish goals they’ve harbored in their hearts
for years, and have support doing so.
Past participants have launched successful
small businesses, balanced their professional and personal lives, learned how
to stand up for themselves and their goals, and sharpened their career focus.
Goal Gals venue
determined by participants.
Gal Groups meet over a period of six weeks through December 3, 2012 to achieve
a manageable set of goals participants decide on individually, while working on
them within a group setting. The group meets every other week for two hours.
The group is limited to six to eight people to allow everyone plenty of time to
share and is closed to new members once it begins.
“Joy is so inspiring and helpful. The way she has
structured the group and its process, there’s no way not to take steps toward
achieving your goals,” adds Amy Jurist, Owner of the award-winning Amy’s Culinary Adventures and
past participant who launched her business in a Goal Gals Group. “Some take smaller ones, but I was at the precipice and with
the encouragement and accountability I got out of the group, and from Joy in
particular, I made huge leaps in my career and changes in my life.”
Gals also meet informally in “Study Halls” where participants work on their goals
individually while sitting with Goal Gal members in a casual environment,
either at a home or a coffee shop. Study Halls provide an opportunity to deepen
friendships and can happen whenever any member
suggests holding one.
Vision boarding, a visual
representation or collage
of your heart’s desires, also lead by
Kennelly, will be offered as part of the group to help women visualize their
success. A final party to celebrate the success of all Goal Gal members will be
held at the end.
“Women who join
her group may lack the confidence to believe they can become successful
entrepreneurs or whatever their specific goal is,” says Kirsten Resnick, El
Camino College Professor and past participant numerous times. “Joy creates
an environment which greatly encourages and shows women specific steps to
achieve far more than they originally hoped.”
Carrying on her desire to help women
learn how to set and achieve goals and work on some of her own goals in a
supportive setting, Kennelly began The Goal Gals in the summer of 1996 while
working a 50-hour work week. She began running three different goal groups of
ten women simultaneously and launched her successful film festival career from
one such group.
She started more groups in 2004 and lead them to great success before stopping to focus on her PR & Digital Marketing business. Kennelly re-launched The Goal Gals while living in Atlanta, GA
in 2011. Now that she’s back in Los Angeles, she is re-launching
The Goal Gals here on September 17, 2012.
Come join other success-oriented, motivated, smart women tonight at La Piazza Restuarant located at 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036 at 7pm for the free kick-off mixer. For more information, please call 310 714-2077.
Sorry for the delay in posting my Fashion's Night Out wrap-up and Kristi Yamaguchi interview. My hands have been hurting since I'd been working so much six days straight and needed to take a quick break from the computer to allow the nerves to calm down. Back to normal now.
Moving right along.
What I admire about the famous people I'm having the privilege to personally interview lately, and what I've found true in any famous person's autobiography I've ever read, is the importance of giving back.
Years ago I represented Script Consultant, Dr. Linda Seger and her book, Web Thinking: Connecting, not competing for success,
and the basic premise was those who are relationship-oriented and share control and power, are much more successful in life than those who aren't.
That's why I was more curious about Kristi Yamaguchi's decision to donate a portion of her new activewear line to her foundation, Always Dream, vs. the actual designs when we spoke. Learned a lot and will share some with you now.
But as I always say, since you've been so patient, here's some designs to showcase her cute clothes before I get started. This jacket was one of my favorites. Don't you love the inner lining?
And notice the attention to detail on this other cute jacket too. Now if only the diamond ring came with it!:) Kristi has a very supportive husband who actually works on the line and is responsible for all the licensing agreements. Good job landing Lord & Taylor! That's where you can pick up these cute items and more from her Tsu-ya line.
If you want to read a great article on her activewear line as a whole, check out her recent interview in the new Los Angeles Fashion Magazine. I picked up an issue during Fashion's Night Out and was impressed.
When I asked Kristi why she started her charity, Always Dream, here's what she had to say:
She started it when she was 16 years old. She was inspired by Make a Wish
Foundation and worked closely with them to start off. "I saw the power of giving and
the ability to make a difference in children’s lives," says Kristi.
She has always been focused on children’s needs and is now focusing more on children’s literacy. "We want to create something positive to help close
the gap where children don’t have access to books or to help with reading, or
start school at their grade level," she continued.
Launching in kindergarten classes in CA, with six schools in Northern CA, as they see success there are plans to
expand. She has a great Board of Directors and Advisory Committee in education who provided a lot of research
and help designing the program.
"A big part of our motivation was to bring in
technology with the younger generation by partnering with Raising a Reader, who are nation-wide, with a book bag program at the preschool and kindergarten level
and give them tablets with books online to help children experience books in a new way," adds Kristi. "Times
are moving so fast, there’s so much more curriculum provided online, tablets
are smaller, easier and more intuitive for them to use."
She joked her kids find more things online than she knows. "Children are very good at adapting. Our 2nd program launching in schools
is a language arts program to supplement the reading curriculum already in the
schools to help with reading comprehension and vocabulary."
I also asked her, "What would you say to those who want to achieve
what you’ve achieved?" She answered, "Sometimes I feel like doing absolutely nothing, but always
do better with a challenge to focus on. My priority is my girls and making sure
they’re looked after. I will always stay involved with my foundation because
it’s exciting to give back in the community."
What I liked hearing is the
activewear line, Tsu-ya, donates a portion of the proceeds to Always Dream with the broader
picture to create a lifestyle brand with other types of products that will
fit under the Tsu-ya brand. Just think, when you buy a piece of her clothing, you're also helping children.
In closing, she said, "I like what Apollo Ono says, 'No regrets.' As an athlete your results are
directly affected by the work you put in. As an athlete you set a goal and use
it to motivate you and in the pursuit of your dream. Continue to believe in
yourself and keep your ultimate goal in sight. It’s not instant gratification,
but the work that leads up to it will be worth it in the end."
Isn't she inspirational? I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed speaking to her and sharing her thoughts with you.
Now, to wrap-up Fashion's Night Out in Los Angeles, here's a quick recap video, my friend/colleague, Nelson Brann of Film-Alchemy shot and edited, and I produced, for your fashion viewing pleasure.
If you look below the video, I've posted a map of everywhere we went and additional places we included in our video are the Beverly Hills Porsche fashion event and the over-the-top Beverly Center events too.
Enjoy! If you watch closely, you may even see some people you recognize.:) Kris Jenner, anyone?
Just in case you've been living under a rock, or will be sitting at home tonight wondering what to do besides watch the DNC, here's a little sneak peek at what is going on tonight all around the world - FASHION'S NIGHT OUT! Watch this very cute video with the adorable guy from Glee to see what I'm talking about!
And here's the written overview to help you understand why this is going to be fabulous here in Los Angeles!
"Fashion's Night Out turns 4!
Join editors, stars, models, fashionistas, and designers on September 6, 2012, as they flood stores in cities across the country and around the world for fashion's most iconic extravaganza.
Last year's bash featured events in eighteen countries and more than 4,500 events here in the States. With special limited-edition products, celebrity appearances, and unforgettable performances, FNO 2012 is promising to be even bigger and better than before!
See you on September 6!"
Now if you fondly remember the Olympics, read books to your children or love learning about new fashion, then you'll love my interview with Kristi Yamaguchi as she told me about her life after the Olympics, raising her family, running a successful charity and now launching a beautiful activewear line called Tsu.ya (which is her middle name), for busy moms who want to look great and feel comfortable.
Her new line launches today at Lord & Taylor's during FNO!
Lord & Taylor celebrated FNO a little early by hosting the Project Runway Season 10 “Wrap Party” at its Fifth Avenue flagship store to celebrate the show’s first-ever capsule collection, created exclusively for the retailer by both past and present Project Runway designers.
Here's a little sneak peek from last night before I move on to my interview with Kristi ok? Here's Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia, and President of Lord & Taylor, Bonnie Brooks (wearing red.) And Heidi Klum wearing not much of anything.:)
Now, back to Kristi...
just as gracious and humble in person as you'd expect. It's a little
refreshing to realize someone who so proudly represented America
actually epitomizes all that is good about America!
creativity, discipline, entrepreneurship, humbleness, humor, love of
life, love of family, and more.
Isn't she cute in this outfit? This is just one of the many cute styles you will be able to buy today!
Her line is inspired by her figure skating days. Aren't you glad it's not inspired by her stint on Dancing with the Stars? LOL
Although I did enjoy watching her compete and win on that show too. I mainly remember growing up watching her as she
competed in the Olympics with such ease and poise.
And how her kilowatt
smile always made it seem like she was just happy to be there doing her
thing even though it was such a grueling regimen to get there.
I was very curious how difficult it was to transition from training every day to regular life after winning the Olympics and asked how she fits in exercise now that she's a busy philanthropist, entrepreneur and mom.
It was very cool to speak with her knowing she is an Olympic Gold
Medalist and NY Times Best Selling Author.
And a mom.:)
She said, "I wish I had more of a regimen, but now I work out at least two to
three times a week, even if it’s just elliptical, light floor weights, a TV
program to get a quick work-out at home, or otherwise meet a friend at the gym. Believe me,
I do not train like an athlete any more, I work out to feel good to keep my
energy levels and eat the things I want. It’s more to burn some calories, do
some cardio, nothing too overwhelming."
That was encouraging to hear because it made me think I could do that too.:)
I asked her what her favorite Olympic moment was from the summer to which she answered, "So exciting
to see the US team was so strong and see all the
inspiring stories that came out of it. Gymnastics is one of my favorite summer
Olympics and to see the women’s team win the Gold." I had to agree since Gabby stole my heart.
Since Kristi's a former Olympic athlete I asked her if her new designs were something women competing in the Olympics could wear, or who she envisioned wearing it. She acknowledged they probably could, but she really designed it for the busy woman who likes to be active and has a fashion sense.
The whole look and feel came from Kristi, who worked
very closely with the main manufacturer to design and they helped with color
trends, fabrication, textiles to use, but she worked very closely on the details
of the design.
“My lifestyle is demanding. As a mother, as an author and as an
athlete, the clothing that I wear needs to be functional as well as
fashionable. Up until now there wasn’t an activewear line available to
me that met those needs so I created Tsu.ya to fill the void. Moms like
me know that our attire needs to live up to our standards and to our
activities and Tsu.ya does just that - and with style,” said Kristi.
I'm going to receive more images today and will upload them as soon as I receive them, I promise!
Here's the official description courtesy her publicist:
new line, Tsu.ya, provides a variety of designs, some fun and flashy
(inspired by her figure skating days) and some more modern and chic,
with comfortable fabrics tucking you in where you need it to and
accentuating your figure where you want it to. The line will be
available at select Lord and Taylor stores and via the retailer’s
website in September of this year with a limited 18 piece edition for
fall with yoga pants, leggings, jackets, T’s and tops.
A portion of Tsu.ya sales will go to Kristi’s Always Dream Foundation (http://www.alwaysdream.org/) which funds programs that empower children to reach their dreams through education and inspiration."
Now her charity work really intrigued me too and we talked quite a bit about her inspiration for this endeavor. I'll share more of my interview and more images from her line (which are super cute and unique) in my next blog post later ok?
I've noticed a lot of people seem to be finding my blog by the Michael Crowley letter I posted awhile back which got me to thinking about who my reader is and why they come here. If you've been a reader for any length of time, you know I first started blogging on MySpace way back in the day before moving to Typepad.
When I first started, I was shocked and delighted to find people actually read what I wrote.
I had started it as on online journal (which is very common) and was spilling my guts about the differences between living at the beach vs. living in Hollywood where I had been living for years prior to moving back to the South Bay, my hometown.
I shared the most intimate details back then and for the first few years because it was a release and blogging was like having a good friend listen. It was therapeutic, fun, and entertaining. However, I discovered guys I dated didn't like being written about, people were judging me, it felt weird people I didn't know knowing things I hadn't personally told them in person, and I began to pull back.
I also discovered I didn't have the 3-5 hours time it took to write up each red carpet event I attended with my actor client because we would jump from event to event, often hitting 3-4 red carpets a night. That was a lot of fun and great for branding because eventually all the photographers recognized us. When I began representing other actors and actresses the photographers would shoot those clients too knowing I only represented good people, even if they had lesser credits.
My "red carpet branding" personal publicity career came to a complete stop when I was in a car accident and it became too painful to drive from the beach to Hollywood to attend events with my client. It was heartbreaking to stop working together because he had also become a close friend. I sobbed all night after we ended our working relationship because I knew I was ending something special.
That was over five years ago, and I'm so happy he's gone on to producing and is doing so well. I know I played a small part in moving his career forward in the right direction and we're still friends despite our "break-up." He's doing everything he wanted to do and has the respect he always wanted from Hollywood which makes me happy.
So, if you see a few red carpet events thrown into the fashion, food, entertainment and travel press release blogs I post, know it used to be my evening ritual and how I got my start blogging on a regular basis.
I have evolved and my blog has evolved right along with me.
As far as politics go, I was sharing with a friend my political experience and realized I have volunteered on six local and state-wide campaigns. It's one of my passions. I repeat, one of my passions. I have many.:)
What people don't realize about me and my family, is we really enjoy talking politics. My parents watch political news almost incessantly unless they're watching their religious shows like Pastor Hagee, or crime shows like NCSI, or my Dad's favorite, Cops. lol
(I hate that show, but he loves all the stupid people. When I asked him about it I learned he wanted to be a cop when he was younger, but my grandma talked him out of it.)
Don't get me started on political talk radio! My youngest sister listens too! Cracks me up, but I also can't stand it. However, they are very well-informed on issues as a result which is why we always have lively political discussions when we talk polotics. I get a lot of my politcal information from Facebook and Twitter and we enjoy sharing our different thoughts on what is going on in the world.
Now if you've also been reading for awhile, you know I have blogged about politics. I bet it's about something you haven't heard or read in the mainstream media which is why you come back too.
Trust me, you will never learn about the real truth in politics by watching the news on TV. You just won't. What is sad about today's journalism vs. what I was taught in school, is that objectivity has flown out the window because there's so much group think going on, the media actually believes having people who all think the same still allows for objectivity. It doesn't. It's like living in Communist China and thinking you're actually expressing an original, fresh thought that someone hasn't already thought for you.
Did you hear MSNBC edited out every minority speech of the RNC? Well, they did. Google Artur Davis and Mia Love if you want to hear some dynamic African Americans speak. Artur's speech was one of my favorites of that night. And yes, my parents and I watched every night.:) Will probably watch the DNC too.
Did you hear the White House edits every article a reporter writes about Obama and what they've covered? It's true. Even the NY Times finally admitted it. Now I'm a publicist AND a journalist. I was taught in school when covering a story, you never show your story to the subject because they ethically don't have the right to change anything because they agreed to the coverage.
But who cares about ethics in this day and age, right? It's all about the messaging.
Unfortunately, discrimination comes in many different forms other than just race or gender. Living in CA, a very liberal, progressive (and now economically dying) state means that those who claim to be open-minded often are the least, otherwise Michael Moore's documentaries wouldn't be the only one they watch for political information and more of my liberal friends would have the intellectual curiosity to watch 2016: Obama's America, but they don't or won't.
How much you want to bet this film produced by the same guy who produced the award-winning Schindler's List won't even be considered by the Academy come Oscar time. I am willing to bet money on this. Too many people like living in a bubble, like only being around people who think the same, and don't want to hear or see anything that would cause them to question their core beliefs because it's too scary and would rock the boat. They would admit this too, if they had the intellectual integrity to do so, or knew themself well enough.
But they don't which is why they continue to discriminate against those who actually are open-minded.
That's the thing about me. You may not agree with what I write, or what I believe, but you will always be able to trust that what I say is true and honest. I like the fact people tell me this all the time. I say what I mean, and I mean what I say. I try to live my life by the adage, let your yes be yes and your no be no.
It's why I hated living in the South. Not my thing. Too many people trying to act one way to your face while stabbing you in the back, lying and gossiping about you behind your back. Men too, go figure. Not everyone, but enough to make me miserable. Much happier now being back in Los Angeles.
Now if I can only get Democrats in general to stop judging me by my difference of opinion politically, we may actually get along.:) Don't worry, I'm only vocal politically in writing occasionally and if you don't like reading that, skip it.
And who knows? We may actually open each other's minds in the process.:)
I've gotta run. Hope you're enjoying your Labor Day weekend as much as I am!
BGR The Burger Joint invites customers to celebrate the birth of Lorenzo, son to Jersey Shore sensation Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi.
BGR will honor America’s favorite reality star and new mother by bringing back the wildly popular ‘Snooki’ burger to the menu (for a limited time), as well as adding a free “baby” slider version of the burger to every order.
The Snooki burger features a buttery –toasted brioche bun, our exclusive award winning blend of prime, dry-aged all natural hormone-free, grain-feed beef topped with a fresh-grilled jalapeno, a slice of Philadelphia brand cream cheese, and our signature mojo sauce.
Doesn't it look amazing?:)
Available Monday, August 27th through September 30th, 2012 at all BRG locations nationwide.
Founded in Washington D.C. by Mark Bucher, BGR serves burgers that are crafted with the finest beef on the planet – all natural. Besides their award-winning burgers, such as the fan-favorite Wellington burger, BGR features hand spun shakes and the largest burger of them all, the 9 Pounder.
I have another food-oriented blog post brewing and will also be sharing my chat with Olympic Gold Medalist, Kristi Yamaguchi soon! This one just had to be shared now.:)
HIGHLY ANTICIPATED BEAUTY WEB SERIES “SPEAKING OF BEAUTY WITH HOLLY FULGER” DEBUTS TODAY!
ACTRESS, WRITER AND BEAUTY SPOKESPERSON HOLLY FULGER (ELLEN, thirtysomething,
ANYTHING BUT LOVE) IS ON A MISSION TO OPEN A DIALOG WITH WOMEN
ON INNER BEAUTY & AGING GRACEFULLY
Los Angeles, CA...Actress, Writer and Beauty Spokesperson Holly Fulger (“Ellen” / “thirtysomething” / “Anything But Love”) is on a personal mission with her newest ground-breaking digital series, “Speaking of Beauty with Holly Fulger,” to open a dialog among women to address their concerns and insecurities about aging and ultimately help women discover their inner-beauty, enhance their self-image and feel more beautiful at every age.
Created and Executive Produced by Holly Fulger, and directed and produced by Melinda Augustina (“16 to Life” / “Fun with War Crimes” / “Three-Fifty”), the new beauty web series showcases Holly’s interviews with her favorite role models and “everyday heroes” of all races, ages and backgrounds.
These dynamic individuals discuss their personal vision of beauty, the negative effects of media's "ideal woman," and how these perceptions influence their lives and their power as women.
Interviews include: Writer/Performer, Dari Mckenzie, who launched Twiggy’s clothing line and worked with Fellini in the 60's, sharing her perspective on aging gracefully; Twelve-year-old Student and Aspiring Writer, Grace Williams, who shares her “wise-beyond-years” thoughts on the imperfections of beauty; Jewelry Designer, Rachel Abroms, sharing how family and Society’s negative focus on weight led her to self-mutilate before finding peace; and Professional & Personal Development Coach of Missing Peace, Cynthia Ordebuga, sharing beauty wisdom passed down from her grandmother and from her own experiences growing up as an African-American in a segregated society.
Fans who subscribe to “Speaking of Beauty with Holly Fulger” on YouTube channel will be the first to receive additional access to beauty-related health data, provided by “Speaking of Beauty’s” medical partner, the Cleveland Clinic’s health education program, Speaking of Women’s Health. (@SPKwomenshealth)
In addition, today only from 10am to 4pm PT, “Speaking of Beauty with Holly Fulger” will exclusively offer YouTube viewers & Blip.TV viewers the ability to submit questions, or comments, to be personally answered by Holly and her guests.
In September 2012, the Cleveland Clinic partnership will be formally announced in conjunction with additional episodes rolling out weekly to all fans on the official web site: http://www.speakingofbeauty.tv, along with the official release of the corresponding “Speaking of Beauty Inner Beauty” journal book by Holly Fulger.
Taking a profound look at both the positive and negative aspects of beauty, Holly’s new web series presents a platform for resolving the paradox of being "beautiful" and the power of being yourself.
An accomplished actress, “Speaking of Beauty” Host, Holly Fulger was a television series regular on such shows as “Ellen,” “thirtysomething,” “Anything But Love” with Jamie Lee Curtis. Additional appearances and feature films include the Disney trilogy “Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century,” and over fifteen television movies. Holly is married to character actor, Ron Bottitta, and lives with their two children and all their rescue animals, in Hancock Park, California.
Actress, Writer and Beauty Spokesperson, Holly Fulger is on a personal mission to help women discover their inner beauty and feel more beautiful at every age.
Working first as a model and then as an actress, she always felt compelled to lie about her age, Holly experienced the good, the bad and the misguided aspects of beauty in our Hollywood and Madison Avenue driven culture.
As a result, she developed a lifelong passion to help women develop a positive, compassionate, and beautiful self-identity. It’s now the driving force behind her latest her new web series, SPEAKING OF BEAUTY WITH HOLLY FULGER, designed to open a dialog among women to address their concerns and insecurities of aging, and ultimately, help women discover their inner-beauty, enhance their self-image, and feel more beautiful at every age.
As she interviews some of her favorite role models and “everyday heroes” of all races, ages and backgrounds, each woman discusses their personal vision of beauty, the negative effects of media's "ideal woman", and how these perceptions influence their lives. Holly takes a profound look at both the positive and negative aspects of beauty and presents a platform for resolving the paradox of being "beautiful" and the power of being yourself.
Holly has always loved beauty and fashion, but it wasn’t until she became a step-mother that she felt comfortable with her own beauty and actual age. Struggling with feelings of inadequacy since a teen-ager, Holly knows firsthand the struggles women experience in today’s distorted view of beauty.
A year ago, she co-launched an inner-beauty workshop with a professional makeup artist and held numerous workshops teaching women how to internalize the truth of their own unique beauty and create a deeper connection between their inner and outer selves. Many women experienced beauty breakthroughs for the first time with the information, support, and resources provided.
As a spokesperson and inner-beauty workshop leader, Holly has written numerous articles on beauty. An article she wrote for iCNN caught the attention of a CNN producer who interviewed Holly and seven other women on their perception of beauty. To Holly, the most interesting part of her beauty workshops and being on CNN, was listening to other women’s stories and hearing how difficult it was for women to say what is beautiful about themselves.
“We don’t talk enough about beauty and the issues it brings up, to one another. I believe that is beginning to change” says Holly. “The older I become, the more I see that physical beauty is lovely to look at, but ultimately meaningless. Beauty is a reflection of who we are. It is, quite simply, our soul reflected outwardly.”
Prior to moving to Hollywood from her Ohio hometown, Holly studied stage acting at the acclaimed Remains Theatre Co. in Chicago, where she starred in many award-winning plays directed by Tony® award-winning director, Robert Falls. Now that her children are teen-agers, Holly has returned to her theater roots and just worked on a new play by Mark Roberts (creator of MIKE and MOLLY) with the Rogue Machine Theater in Los Angeles, where she is a company member.
Holly Fulger is married to character actor, Ron Bottitta, and lives with their two children and all their rescue animals, in Hancock Park, CA.
Bookmark: www.speakingofbeauty.tv to see the launch of Holly's new web series on beauty. Holly & friends will be available to answer questions and comments from 10am - 4pm PT tomorrow too!
In case you can't find anything on TV you want to watch, or have no plans and are just chilling looking for something innovative and unique to watch online, look no further. Received this information from a couple of publicists awhile ago and have been meaning to share it with you for quite some time.
You haven't missed out though because the show was created with the ability for an audience to create their own playlists, to group character story arcs, geography, chronology, etc and curate content on your own Youtube pages/social media.
It's completely non-linear and each of the 48 five-minute episodes can be watched in any order.
Isn't that cool?
The series takes viewers on a journey into an apocalyptic future where technology has begun to spiral out of control and 33% of the world give up cell phones and laptops in favor of a stunning new device by H+ Nano Teoranta, an innovative technology company that connects the internet to the human mind 24 hours a day.
I would never do this, but I know some tech heads who might find it fun.:)
As mentioned earlier, H+ is created, written and executive produced by John Cabrera (“Gilmore Girls”). What's cool about the YouTube format, is that it allows for viewers to have direct contact and conversation with John as they are watching.
Don't ask me how, just try it!:) Here's the trailer to give you a taste. It's really, really well done!
The Miami native graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Acting and co-founded the theater company “Collaboraction” and was awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award Citation for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
Cabrera also wrote and directed web series “The Homes” an indie rock musical road trip starring Chelsea Kane. In his spare time, Cabrera is an avid rock climber and has a background in computer programming and design which garners him respect in the social media digital universe.
I know I'm impressed, aren't you? What's fun for me with this series, is that Bryan Singer had a short film in my short film festival years ago and it's exciting to see people I knew back in the day continue to succeed. I wish them both much success with this show.
Fans can subscribe to the “H+ The Digital Series” channel on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/HPlusDigitalSeries). Viewers have access to exclusive content which provides insight into the origins of "HPlus" and details about this ambitious and innovative digital series. Leave me a comment and tell me what you think about it ok?
Recently received an article my recent client, International Stylist, Nicole Janowicz, had contributed to months ago when we were still working together. Thought you might enjoy reading it, expecially if you're planning for your own wedding.
CTW has licensing agreements with 1,000 additional newspapers and online journals and you may have read this story on one of those sites as well.
All of our efforts ultimately helped find Nicole an agent at The Rex Agency before our contract ended. Very proud of this work and happy for her because this is what she needed to take her career to the next level.
Now she's busy with music styling for the Backstreet Boys and others, although she will do wedding styling on request.
Nicole became engaged while writing wedding tips for her Huffington Post blog and all the other wedding blogs too, which I thought was sweet. I have another friend who was working for The Wedding Knott who became engaged soon after working there too.
Guess there's something to preparing for a wedding that just tips guys off you're ready? Or is it guys realize, they snooze, they lose?:)
Have to admit, laughed out loud when I saw these cards on Pinterest because they're the opposite side of the spectrum.
Currently working with the new web series, Speaking of Beauty with Holly Fulger, which will launch at the end of the month.
Actress, Writer, and Beauty Spokesperson, Holly Fulger (ELLEN, thirtysomething, ANYTHING BUT LOVE) is on a personal mission with her new web series, SPEAKING OF BEAUTY WITH HOLLY FULGER, to open a dialog among women to address their concerns and insecurities of aging, and ultimately, help women discover their inner-beauty, enhance their self-image, and feel more beautiful at every age.
“We don’t talk enough about beauty and the issues it brings up, to one another. I believe that is beginning to change” says Holly. “The older I become, the more I see that physical beauty is lovely to look at, but ultimately meaningless. Beauty is a reflection of who we are. It is, quite simply, our soul reflected outwardly.”
As she interviews some of her favorite role models and “everyday heroes” of all races, ages and backgrounds, each woman discusses their personal vision of beauty, the negative effects of media's "ideal woman", and how these perceptions influence their lives and their power as women. Holly takes a profound look at both the positive and negative aspects of being a woman and presents a platform for resolving the paradox of being "beautiful" and the power of being yourself.
L to R Interviewee, Laurel Steves; Producer, Melinda Augustina; Creator/Host, Holly Fulger
Very excited about this very important conversation and to be working with such a great team of professionals. Holly is very inspirational and this is a topic that is long overdue.
I love this description of beauty by Audrey Hepburn which I will leave you with now.
A publicist just sent me this and I thought it looked like a fun party. I remember when Lollapalooza was in San Diego and I got backstage passes through my sister 'cuz she was friends with the Beastie Boys. If memory holds true, my little neice went on stage with them then too.:)
So, for your reading pleasure - a little fashion, a little music, a little celeb sightings...
Gilt City, the leading online luxury experience site, celebrated the 2012 Lollapalooza Music Festival, with the Better Than Backstage Rooftop Pool Party, held at the EnV apartment complex in Chicago Saturday, August 4.
Throughout the day, guests enjoyed Grey Goose cocktails, refreshments by Fiji, Pinkberry frozen yogurt and Market's delicious food.
The party featured private performances by one of Lollapalooza’s most anticipated bands, Of Monsters and Men, and a DJ Set by Matt Roan.
Celebrity attendees included Jenny McCarthy, Nadine Velazquez (The League, Heart of Dixie, My Name is Earl), Bianca Golden (America’s Next Top Model.)
I was recently pitched by a publicist regarding this issue and in light of what's going on in society, felt it was pretty compelling. Here's what she sent me for your reading pleasure. Tell me if you agree...
It seems every time we turn around, another financial giant is accused of lying, cheating and stealing.
It’s not your imagination, says Rakesh Malhotra, a longtime COO who has worked in Asia, East Europe and United States and led cross-cultural diverse teams. “White-collar crime convictions in the United States alone have increased 17.8 percent in the last five years alone," he says. "Last year, the Securities Exchange Commission filed a record 735 enforcement actions.”
And it’s not just hedge fund operators and money traders. White-collar crimes include identity theft, cheating on taxes, health-care fraud – crimes as readily committed by employees at the local big-box store as suits in penthouse offices.
“The problem is one of values,” says Malhotra, author of Adventures of Tornado Kid: Whirling Back Home Towards Timeless Values (www.FiveGlobalValues.com.) “I have worked in several countries, recruiting, hiring, training and retaining employees.
I found that in every culture, the same core values play a key role in the success of both employees and the corporation.
“Unfortunately, they are not taught in school – not in grade school or in most business schools. While we would benefit from having values taught at all age levels, for now they are learned mostly from parents, mentors, inspiring teachers and others who shape young lives.”
It’s as important for the business to have what Malhotra has identified as five essential global values as it is for the employees, he says.
“The business has to show that these ethics are implemented and acted upon. Otherwise, the employee with values, the one instructed to, say, lie about a product, will feel secure about reporting such conduct without being fired.”
What are these values and how can they be taught?
• Responsibility: There is nothing more fundamental to being an adult in our society than accountability. Parents can create cause-and-effect circumstances, such as letting a teen borrow the car provided they put gas in it. Breaking such a pact though, because of a bad grade in school, creates a mixed message. When children learn responsibility, they know that happiness comes from doing the right thing.
• Compassion: It’s not just a term for being nice; compassion is a form of intelligence – an empathetic ability to see a situation through another’s eyes and to feel what another person feels. When adults are compassionate, they reach out to help others because they can feel others’ pain – and the relief and gratitude of help, sympathy or encouragement.
• Integrity: Integrity is the glue that holds together all of the values. When given an option to stray from our values, such as lying for the sake of convenience, integrity is there to hold us accountable.
• Peace: Our ability to manage conflicts amicably is a direct result of a peaceful mind and attitude. Those who value peace view anger, jealousy and hostility as the barriers to communication that they are. In all settings, business and domestic, conflicts will arise – it is inevitable. We must work through these peacefully if we are to move forward.
• Love: You must love what you do, passionately. Do your work and your organization in some way contribute to the welfare of people? That is the reason for your passion. With love, you contribute to the greater good and feel gratified.
About Rakesh Malhotra
Rakesh Malhotra has worked in, lived in or traveled to more than 40 countries. During this time, he studied human behavior in relation to core values as a means hire, promote and manage effectively. He has focused on what influences performance and what makes some employees perform at a higher level than others. Malhotra holds a master’s in Public Administration and several diplomas in business education.
All these publicists keep sending me such amazing properties I feel like sharing with my readers too because you may have the time and desire to get away. Here's yet another one! I did not write this, merely sharing. Enjoy!:)
The Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) welcomes the first Hard Rock Hotel to the area with the opening of Hard Rock Hotel Cancun. Formerly, Cancun Palace, this resort will be officially re-flagged today, marking the official rebranding of this property.
Hard Rock Hotel Cancun blends a luxurious style and substance with Hard Rock’s spirit of rock n’ roll. Exclusively marketed by the All Inclusive Collection, this property is owned and operated by an affiliate of the company by means of licensing agreements from HardRock International.
Sitting on a beachfront property, this location features unmatched, all-inclusive luxury accommodations including in-room double Jacuzzis, fine dining, top-shelf drinks, 24-hour room service, live entertainment and more. Hard Rock Hotel Cancun offers Hard Rock’s signature Rock Star Suites and showcases an extensive collection of authentic memorabilia from international and local music artists, while incorporating diverse music genres throughout.
This Cancun property will also include the renowned Rock Spa® and the groundbreaking Sound of Your Stay® program, designed to provide guests with a unique and all-encompassing music experience during their stay.
Additionally, in keeping with the Hard Rock tradition, this property will host an ongoing schedule of live concerts, celebrity-driven events and other exciting on-site activities.
Ideally located in the heart of the famous Cancun Hotel Zone, the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun offers guests 601 rooms, all featuring private balconies and water views, five restaurants including a new Brazilian steakhouse, five bars and lounges, a spa with outdoor palapa-style massage areas, an expansive poolscape and meeting facilities including a 16,408-sq.-ft. convention center.
For additional information on the All Inclusive Collection’s new, all inclusive Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico, please visit www.hrhallinclusive.com or call 888-680-7625.
Sail Above the Caribbean Sea at The Venetian on Grace Bay
All-suite, luxury hotel offers guests complimentary parasailing and free room nights on world famous beach, Grace Bay Beach In Turks & Caicos
White sand beaches, turquoise waters and serenity are even more luxurious with irresistible promotions that include complimentary parasailing and free nights for guests at one of the most beautiful destinations in the Caribbean, The Venetian on Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos. Book a romantic retreat, family adventure or group getaway for seven nights and pay for only five.
For last minute summer plans – and available until December 19, 2012 - guests have even more reasons to book with The Venetian’s latest promotion*: stay five nights, in any room size, and receive two additional complimentary nights; giving guests the opportunity to stay for a full week. Guests who book a Penthouse suite, which includes a media room with pullout Queen bed, receive an additional 20% off.
Guests can The Venetian is further tempting guests by offering the opportunity for guests to glide 500 feet above the beautiful Caribbean Sea with complimentary parasailing for two. With a bird’s eye view of the destination, guests can see through the crystal clear waters to the reefs below, as well as glimpse the scenery of the island while peacefully soaring through the sky. (Offer valid for guests staying seven nights or more.)
Tucked away on the gorgeous island of Providenciales, the resort offers guests spectacular views of one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Grace Bay Beach.
Featuring one to three bedroom accommodations, the suites each offer palatial living area, en suite bathrooms, top of the line kitchen and exceptional views.
With an outdoor swimming pool, a lit tennis court, fitness center, BBQ Grills and concierge services, there is never a dull moment at this beachfront Turks & Caicos wonderland. The Venetian on Grace Bay’s friendly staff will ensure guests looking to explore the island are provided with detailed information and worry free planning ranging from best dining spots to most thrilling water sports.
The Venetian on Grace Bay is located just 15 minutes from Providenciales International Airport. The 27 three-bedroom suites range in size from 2284 to 3139 square feet. All are distinctly different in ambiance and décor, yet provide guests with outstanding comfort and luxury. All units are beachfront and include extended enclosed patios with first floor villas offering immediate beach access. Home to the pristine 12-mile Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos is surrounded by a gorgeous coral reef and tropical, turquoise waters.
(Please note, I didn't write this. Just like beautiful places and thought the publicist described a wonderful vacation opportunity I had to share with my readers. Hope you go!:)
ROSEWOOD TUCKER’S POINT FEATURED IN ABC’s “THE BACHELORETTE”
Ever wonder where Emily was being courted by all her suitors? Well, I recently learned episode 4 was shot at ROSEWOOD TUCKER’S POINT, Bermuda’s premier luxury resort. Lucky girl. I think her trips were some of the best of the entire show for all seasons.
Remember the candlelit wine cellar romantic one-on-one date? That was shot at The Point, the resort’s fine dining restaurant.
Also shot at Rosewood Tucker’s Point was a group date at the private beach club, overlooking one of Bermuda’s most stunning stretches of pink sand.
Offering breathtaking views of Castle Harbour, Harrington Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, Rosewood Tucker’s Point is an exclusive, 240-acre residential and resort community that routinely makes the most prestigious rankings of the world’s great resorts, from Condé Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure to Elite Traveler and Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report. Among its exceptional amenities are the acclaimed 18-hole Tucker’s Point Golf Course, tennis courts, and a croquet lawn.
Tucker’s Point is also home to Bermuda’s newest luxury hotel – the first to open in 40 years, with 100 exquisitely decorated guest rooms, a 12,000-square-foot spa and a fine dining restaurant.
Television & Radio Personality Jawn Murray Launches New Entertainment & Lifestyle Site AlwaysAList.com
Respected television, radio, and digital media personality Jawn Murrayhas launched a new entertainment and lifestyle website called AlwaysAList.com. The veteran entertainment reporter and lifestyle journalist decided to flex his entrepreneurial muscle and launch his own online portal after receiving some encouraging words from Hollywood mogul Tyler Perry.
“I was in Los Angeles for the premiere of ‘Madea’s Big Happy Family’ just days after resigning from AOL Black Voices last year,” recalls Murray. “Tyler and I were two of the first people to arrive at his after party for the film and we had a moment to chat privately. He challenged me then to consider launching my own site because he told me that people respected my journalistic approach because I’m fair and honest, and because he felt we needed an alternative to the abundance of negative blogs online.”
Murray, who has become a go-to guy for entertainment perspective and pop culture analysis for television networks like CNN, HLN, MSNBC, Fox News, TV One, VH1 and others, is no stranger to digital media. The Washington, DC-based journalist penned AOL Black Voices’ most successful and longest running column “BV Buzz” (BVBuzz.com) from September 2004 until he left the company in April 2011. Prior to his stint at AOL Black Voices, Murray wrote the widely popular “Jawn’s Juice” entertainment column for the Electronic Urban Report (EURweb.com) from February 2002 until March 2005.
“I know from my previous experience working at a number one website that even in the age of the blogosphere you can generate an audience and be successful with real journalism, insightful interviews and accurate reporting,” offers Murray. “I intend to apply that same approach to AlwaysAList.com. The site will provide readers quality journalism, exclusive access and content that is intriguing with substance.”
The soft launch of AlwaysAList.com has already proved to be successful, as the site has surpassed half a million hits since going live on Independence Day.
About the Jawn Murray: Jawn Murray is a veteran entertainment journalist, lifestyle reporter and pop culture expert. He’s been named by Ebony magazine as one of the “30 on the Rise” to watch in the industry, and the NAACP recognized him as one of “40 Power Players Under 40.” On radio, he spent five years offering entertainment coverage on the nationally syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show.” On TV, he's become a regular contributor on networks like CNN, HLN, TV One and MSNBC, and has also appeared on international networks like BBC UK, Canada’s Sun News and Dutch TV. Murray has also been featured on NBC’s “Today Show,” “Access Hollywood,” “Washington Watch with Roland Martin” and “Our World with Black Enterprise.” As a pop culture expert, he’s been featured in and/or quoted by National Public Radio (NPR), The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, MTV News, CNN International, New York Post, MediaBistro.com, among others. In 2011 Murray partnered with EMI Gospel for a digital music competition called "Untapped." He then executive produced the partnering compilation CD titled, "Jawn Murray presents Untapped" that was released in September of 2011.
(Please note, I did not write this. Merely posting what his great publicist sent me cuz I liked it so much. Enjoy!:)
"The idea of a gentleman is one of awareness, confidence and compassion. Helping to support an initiative that is based on those ideals is an honor and I look forward to seeing the evolution of this quest reach its full potential." Ian Somerhalder, Actor and Philanthropist
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Actor and philanthropist IanSomerhalder
Co-Founder and CEO of the Movember Foundation, Adam Garone and celebrated actor Carlos Ponce (who is forever imprinted in my mind now as the crazy, sexual banana hanger wearing yoga teacher from the Vince Vaughn & Jon Favreau film, Couples Retreat! LOL)
These cultural counselors will be defining the values of the ultimate gentleman's competition through their day-to-day lives. Don't forget - Get involved at www.AGentlemansCall.com, where the five projects best exemplifying a higher standard of thinking and living will be selected. The Grand Prize Winner chosen by consumers across the country.