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Summary

While earning my BFA from West Virginia University in Theatre, I committed myself not only to the craft of acting, but also to learning all it takes to put on a production. I studied writing, directing, and stage management and wrote and directed my own plays. Upon graduation I became part of the film community in Denver, CO, working first as an actress and then progressing to production coordinating and production managing commercials, TV projects, and live events. Eventually my career took me to Los Angeles where I continued to work in that capacity until 2003 when I decided to become a real estate agent and mom.  My desire to be a part of a project on all levels has made me invaluable to the companies I've worked with. I know what it takes to get a project off the ground; from finding the support team to make it happen, to pulling off a successful event within a budget. I get excited about the projects I work on, and I get others excited as well. 

  In all I've done, I've relied on my social and writing skills, my ability to be an effective communicator, my proficiency in problem solving, and my ability to get a job done in the most efficient way possible. I love to learn new things and am always up for a challenge.

Professional Experience 

Dec 2003Present

Realtor

Flex Realty, Prescott, AZ and Century 21 Crest, Sunland, CA

Award-winning realtor representing buyers & sellers in residential purchases.  Built up a successful career from the ground up working with advertising and self-promotion, networking, and referrals.  Hired by other realtors to organize and maintain their contracts & files for them so that their deals could be approved and closed.  Experience helping clients with horse properties, easments, legal issues, renters, and relocation.

Feb 2010June 2010

Fundraising Coordinator & Administrative Assistant

Flintridge Montessori Preschool

Coordinating fund raising events, creating the school newsletter, giving tours of the school and doing general office adminstrative tasks.  Networking with parents to encourage fundraising involvement and setting up business donations and participation in the fundraising events. Assisting teachers when needed. *This work was considered "volunteer" and performed in lieu of paying tuition for my children to attend the school.

Jan 2010June 2010

Writer

Voice of the Village Newspaper, Various Websites

Regular contributor/writer for this free  local publication writing community spotlight and human interest stories.  In addition, I wrote a regular article for the Mom's Club of the Foothills Newsletter called "The Green Spot" where I gave tips on having a more environmentally conscious lifestyle.  I also wrote "green tips" for a website called The Prairie Tree Project, focusing on "reduce, reuse, recycle" habits for the family from a mom's perspective.  

1995Dec 2003

Commercial Production Manager/Coordinator

Various Commercial Production Companies

Freelance work coordinating and managing the production of numerous commercials, TV shows & Live Events.  Responsibilities included:  Hiring crews, negotiating pay-rates, managing and tracking budgets (excel spreadsheets), coordinating meetings between various departments, working with advertising agencies, negotiating discounts with vendors, creating maps and pre-production books, working with celebrities, assisting in securing locations & obtaining permits, filing, phones, word processing, accounting.

Excellent organizational, problem solving & writing skills.  List of credits available upon request.

Leading up to this (years 1995-1997) I worked as an actress, production assistant, director's assistant, assistant to the art director, wardrobe supervisor, location scout, casting assistant, talent wrangler & set dresser.  Computer programs mainly used: Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Calendar Maker. 

19931995

Office Manager

Mason-Kay

Largest Jade importer and wholesaler in the country.  Billed clients and updated accounts, handled receiving, shipping, insuring & inventorying of product, market research, photographing inventory, updated detailed computer inventory, heavy phones.  Computer Programs used:  Wordperfect & FoxPro.

19931994

ESL instructor

Denver, CO - Peace Corps Volunteer Preparation

I taught English to an Ethiopian family in their home in Denver, CO, in preparation for placement overseas with the Peace Corps. The position was organized through the Peace Corps in order to build my experience teaching English as a second language.

May 1993Jul 1993

Public Relations Assistant

Planet Hollywood, London England

Public relations assistant and office administrator.  Answered telephone and written inquiries for this newly opened Amercian restaurant and entertainment center.  Also arranged reservations for celebrities, ordered supplies, and assisted managers in all departments with word processing, proofreading and letter writing.

Summer1992

Assistant Stage Manager

Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Shepherdstown, WV

Assistant Stage manager for mainstage production at this seasonal theatre festival.  Assisted the stage manager throughout rehearsals and performance phase, worked with actors to learn lines and prepare for production.  Worked with all areas of production in the role of an ASM. 

19911992

Historic Text Assistant-Work Study Program

West Virginia University

Historic Text Assistant for the fashion exhibit entitled  "Current Reflections" which toured various US museums.  Researched the fashion industry from the late 1500's to the present and created a display text to accompany the garments on the tour.  Designer:  Linda Milian

2008-Present

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Fundraiser/Blood Drive Organizer/Event Coordinating

I organized a yearly blood drive for 6 years starting in 2008 . I also have been a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society since 2010, initially fundraising for Ski For Life, an LLS fundraiser in Harrisburg, PA.  In 2013 I created a community fundraising project for LLS and organized every facet of the fundraiser that raised over $12,000 within a few months.  https://www.facebook.com/Hot12OfLebanonCounty/

For 3 years I have helped the Prescott YMCA gymnastics department in obtaining donations and local business support for their annual gymnastics meet.  I also assisted in various Earth Day celebrations in Denver, CO, by planning children's activities at the event, and finding financial contributors for various projects.

Education

Sep 1989May 1993

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude

West Virginia University

Magna Cum Laude Graduate, 3.8 GPA, Performance Scholarship Recipient, Alpha Psi Omega Member