I have a gift to discover talents in others.
15 Years in Media
Getty Images, Associated Press, Wireimage, MSNBC, HBO, CBS, NBA, BellTV Productions, Texas Conference for Women
Conference on Cultural Mediatization
Psychiatric Anthropology Conference
Seattle Film Festival
Future of Storytelling
Genius Gala Conference
Greenwich Film Festival
Hamptons Film Festival
Savannah Film Festival
CMT Music Awards
CNN Heroes Awards
Red Dress Awards
and many others
Scriptwriting - 1 year, Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography
BA Photography, Advertising Brooks Institute of Photography
MA Conflict Resolution and International Relations, American Military University
MBA Marketing American Public University System
PsyD Clinical Psychology - in progress, California Southern University
Growing up, I liked watching cargo ships go in and out the harbor, passing the small beacon. No matter how independent I was, or how much freedom I wanted, I always felt the presence of a guiding light.
I started out in a tent in El Capitano Beach near Santa Barbara, CA, as a new immigrant with no tangible assets but a 4X5 camera and 1986 Cadillac Seville that was gifted to me by a friend.
It was not easy, and took years of nightshift work. I am an expert on social isolation and professional integration, which is priceless when I speak to clients that are feeling overwhelmed by mainstream culture.
creativity as communication
My life was eventful and forced me to grow wider, not taller. Instead of specializing, I got trained in photography, journalism, script writing, film directing, marketing, conflict resolution, psychology.
editor first, artist second
I like to introduce outside-the-box solutions, organize and decode the most puzzling ideas.
left corporate world
After a corporate career, I branched off to be an independent editor consultant handling the VIP clients' PR content for media coverage.
like a movie
I saw a lot of projects created. Each day, a new assignment, a new client. I was often being flown to different cities and worked from airports, trains, boats (and even a submarine once). The Pandemic changed my life, and now I am using it as an excuse to help others organize their work processes.
Not only I work with the best photographers, but I was able to see the most influential people in person: Stephen Hawking, Brene Brown, Mark Zuckerberg, Martha Stewart, Lady Gaga and many others, which allowed me to gain a perspective on what it takes to be an inspiring leader. My mission is to help creatives obtain the necessary confidence and direction.
My media work taught me to separate myself from the noise. There is a concept in Buddhism called Wabi. The beauty in imperfection, the harmony in the now, openness to honesty and truth. I am not going to promise that you will write your book in 30 days, build a class in one day, and get a 6-figure salary tomorrow. There will be no fake promises or little white lies.
But I will do everything in my power for you to be ready - to work on that book, build a class, start a creative business and, if opportunity presents itself, take that job with 6 figures. Is coaching necessary? It is not. But it is enriching, inspiring, and disciplining process. Through creativity we transform and grow. Through creativity we become more enjoyable people.
"Whatever difficulties you face,
there is something that you can do well and thrive in it"