Summary

The work I've done has always been charged with passion, dedication and 100% commitment. 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 that 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 managing commercials, TV projects & live events. My drive to be a part of a project on all levels has made me invaluable to the companies with which I've worked. 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 budget. I get excited about the projects I work on, and I get others excited as well. I am also fortunate to be able to call upon my experience as a writer and an actress in order to speak and write about the projects for which I have a passion. I have experience with fundraising, public relations, office management, and spent a number of years as a successful real estate agent. In all the work to which I've chosen to lend my time, I've relied on my social skills, my ability to be an effective communicator, my proficiency in problem solving and my motivation to get a job done in the most efficient and successful way possible. I love to learn new things and am always up for a challenge.

Work History

Work History

Blood Drives/Public Speaking/Earth Day Event Coordinating

Volunteer

In early July 2010 the 3rd annual "Leslie Gives Back" blood drive will be held in Tujunga, CA.  The event has been growing and is quite succesful, getting some press and more donors each year  This is an event that I started and conitnue to promote.  I'm also initiating a blood drive for July 31, 2010 in Palmyra, PA and plan to have that also be a yearly event.  As a leukemia survivor, I have spoken to groups about the importance of giving blood and stressed the significance of donating to organizations like the Leukemia Lymphoma Society so that treatments can become available like the treatment that cured my disease.  I also keep a blog in order to assist people in understanding what their friends and loved ones who are experiencing cancer might be going through. www.caringbridge.org/visit/lesliesjourney

I have also assisted in various Earth Day celebrations by planning activities at the event for children to participate in, and finding financial contributors for the various projects I created.

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.

Feb 2010 - Present

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.

Jan 2010 - Present

Column Writer

Voice of the Village Newspaper

Regular contributor/writer for this new local newspaper.  Community spotlight and human interest stories.  I also write a regular article for the Mom's Club of the Foothills Newsletter called "The Green Spot" where I give tips on having a more environmentally consious lifestyle and I've written mom-focused green tips for a company called The Prairie Tree Project.

Dec 2003 - Present

Realtor

Century 21 Crest

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.  I was also 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.

1991 - Present

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

1995 - Dec 2003

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. 

May 1993 - Jul 1993

Public Relations Assistant

Planet Hollywood, London

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.

Education

Education
Sep 1989 - May 1993

Bachelor of Fine Arts

West Virginia University

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