When I was nine...
During a robust career, I had the joy to start a family. Soon after my son was born, I went off the grid as an actress to create a marketing company to ensure his education and opportunities. I was fortunate that I had strong business relationships to build on. My company, Unipro Marketing Services, produced sales meetings, trade shows, media and road shows for Fortune 500 companies like Xerox, IBM, Abbott Labs, and more. We won dozens of marketing awards, published articles, and I was a keynote speaker at industry events across the globe. It was all mind boggling and exciting. I loved being a woman-owned business!
Another one of my passions was always to explore what our creative limits are (or aren't), so I invented a patented think tank called "The Idea Kitchen" and owned patents on two interactive tools, "The Idea Sandwich" and "Thought Soup". I wrote a book on creativity and taught these principles around the world. These tools helped many companies effectively brainstorm and ideate for optimum success.
There followed a few years of change/challenges (like we all go through) and in 2014 I was in a position to choose whatever future I wanted. I signed up with Shirley Hamilton Talent, went back to acting classes, auditioned, and started to work (again). I graduated the conservatory at The Academy at Black Box Acting. And now I am working in theater, TV/Film and Commercial, voice-overs, producing and writing.
...I was given a solo in the church choir. Afterwards, I was taken out to lunch (being from a family of 6 kids, attention was rare) and so of course, I stayed in the choir!
That little event was the catalyst that triggered the direction of my life.