About Me

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I am a woman of many identities. Some might say too many.

I have been a professional writer since I was 17 years old as a teen reporter in Syracuse, NY, when I cracked a front page news story in my local paper, garnering national attention. But there's lots more that I do—consulting on a variety of entertainment properties and products; public speaking at a variety of conferences and meetings; freelancing as a field agent for Atlas Obscura, ghostwriter, proofreader, copyeditor, paralegal, leasing agent, building manager; volunteering as the Social Media Chair and Events Committee Co-Chair on the board of the Los Angeles City Historical Society and a docent for the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation; and participating as a member or former member of Friends of Rockhaven, San Fernando Valley Historical Society, LA Conservancy, Art Deco Society, and Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley.

As a marketer and consultant, I have promoted nearly every genre of music from dance, hip hop, gospel, jazz, classical, Christian, holiday, and children’s—including The Irish Tenors, the hip hop documentary Biggie & Tupac, and the #1 gospel workout Sweating in the Spirit. I also launched the award-winning "Be a KIDZ BOP Star National Talent Search" and the KIDZ BOP LIVE concert tour, and I helped pitch and secure a Happy Meal with McDonald's. For Ziggy Marley, I managed the launches of the Marley documentary film, the Marley Africa Road Trip reality TV series, and his line of natural food productsI also developed and secured distribution for Ziggy's first-ever children's book and eBook, I Love You Too. I've also provided consulting services for brands and campaigns in the entertainment industry and beyond, including projects for Disney, Nickelodeon, BarnesandNoble.com, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and more.

As an actor, host, and spokesperson, my big breaks have come in the form of a game show, two PSAs for MTV, and as an onair guest on QVC. I've been a regular reader at Naked Angels' Tuesdays @ 9 cold reading series for many years, first in NYC and now in LA. I recently co-starred in the short film Our Man in Madras. More clips available here.

Conferences / Panels / Presentations
Midsummer Scream, Los Angeles, CA (2016)
ScareLA, Los Angeles, CA (2014-2015)
72 and Sunny Day, Playa del Rey, CA (2015)
San Fernando Valley Historical Society Speaker Series, Los Angeles, CA (2015)
Natural Products Expo West, Marketing to Moms Speaker, Anaheim, CA (2013)
Kid Power Conference Panelist, Orlando, FL (2005, 2008)
LA Office Roadshow Featured Presenter, Los Angeles, CA (2007)
Winter Music Conference Panelist, Miami Beach, FL (2004)

Awards
RIAA Platinum® Award (4x) We Are...The Laurie Berkner Band DVD (2008)
RIAA Gold® Awards Kidz Bop 7-10 and Kidz Bop Christmas (2004-2006)
Kid Power Best Campaign in Entertainment/Sports (Be a Kidz Bop Star) (2008)
Kid Power Runner Up, Best Campaign in Entertainment/Sports (Kidz Bop 7) (2005)

Press Coverage
AtlasObscura.com - "Avoiding Regret Through Exploration"
M3 Event Blog - Interview with Tuff Gong Worldwide's Sandi Hemmerlein
Entertainment Weekly - "'Marley' Documentary Will Premiere in Theaters - and on Facebook - on 4/20"
Billboard - "Prince Paul Stays in 'Business'"; "Webb Brothers 'Marooned' In America"
Los Angeles Times - "Kidz Bop to Real Songs in Little Voices"
Chicago Tribune - "'Kidz Bop 10' Bopping Its Way to Top of Charts"
The Washington Post - "Kidz Bop Hit the Club...Really"
Popmatters.com - "Kid-friendly Versions of Mom and Dad's Favorite Jams are All the Rage"
Dallas Morning News - "Kid-friendly Versions of Parents Tunes Are the Rage"
Dayton Daily News - "Kids' Rock Concert Coming"

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I've never really wanted to pick just one career. I don't see why I can't do it all - take every opportunity that comes my way - and then tell the world about it.

If not me, who else?