("Eclectic Ladies in Comedy" Panel - March 30, 2014)
Like Ginger Peechee-Keane (who likens herself to being "The Tony Robbins of Mature Adult Sexuality"), I also do motivational speaking. Keynotes include the Chicago Dept. of Human Services, Executive Women International and the Screen Actors Guild. Additionally, I've been interviewed on ABC’s Nightline and Tony Brown's Journal on PBS on the influence and impact of diversity in the media and written essays for The Los Angeles Times and Soap Opera Digest on the subject. I also contributed a humorous essay on mid-life dating and the practice of safe sex to Not in My Family, Gil Robertson's heralded anthology on the HIV/AIDS crisis.
Along with graduating from Southern Illinois University (Go, Salukis!) with concentrations in Theater & Journalism and the Negro Ensemble Company theatrical training program (Go, Negroes!) in New York City, I'm also an honors grad of the Hypnosis Motivational Institute in Tarzana, CA, where I spent a year training to use hypnosis therapeutically. Cited by the State of California and named "Volunteer of the Year" by the Los Angeles Dept. of Children's Services for my work with at-risk youth, I use Milton Erickson’s teaching tales and humor methodologies to affect positive behavioral change.
We've got to change our beliefs before we can convince others. There are no barriers other than those we create ourselves. And, yes, I DO practice what I preach!
Second Row: as "the tragically disfigured Lena Hart" on the NBC soap SUNSET BEACH -- as "Ellen Parker, " the cheated-on coach's wife opposite O.J. Simpson on the HBO dramedy, FIRST & 10 -- with Diana Ross in the holiday classic, THE WIZ -- on NBC's THE BLACKLIST...
and the best is yet to come.