Mark Derwin attended the State University of New York at Cobleskill, but was kicked out after one semester. He briefly worked at IBM and held a series of odd jobs before moving to Los Angeles.
Derwin was cast in his first contract role as Adrian Hunter on the daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless. He was on the show from 1989 to 1990, and was featured in a high-profile storyline as a grifter and, ultimately, a murderer.
His next role was on the long-running soap opera Guiding Light as detective A.C. Mallet. Derwin played the character from 1990 to 1993. During his time there, the role of Mallet became a leading character.
Derwin returned to daytime television in the role of Dr. Ben Davidson on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live (1999-2002, 2004 and 2008). He was again paired in a high profile leading role, this time as the love interest of the show's star, Erika Slezak. His character was eventually discovered to be the son of the show patriarch Asa Buchanan.
Derwin co-starred alongside Bonnie Hunt in the non-traditional primetime sitcom, Life with Bonnie, which was partly improvised. He recently was seen in the teen comedy Accepted (2006), playing the father of protagonist Bartleby Grines (played by Justin Long).
In 2006 he was seen on How I Met Your Mother, playing Greg. Currently, Derwin plays George Juergens on The Secret Life of the American Teenager. In 2009, he had a recurring role on season 7 of 24 as "Joe," an advisor to President Allison Taylor (played by Cherry Jones). In 2011, he appeared on Hot in Cleveland in the episode "How I Met My Mother," playing a paroled convict.
Darin Grimes is currently the Director, International Account Management for Universal Pictures' Illumination Entertainment theatrical titles; he oversees all international promotions' creative executions for Universal's animated movies such as The Lorax and Despicable Me 2. Having served over 15 years at DreamWorks Animation in a similar capacity, Darin is familiar with frequent foreign travel, odd hours, and unique cultural experiences.
Born in San Francisco and raised in Portland, Oregon, Darin moved to Los Angeles in 1984 to study music at USC but switched schools and majors to graduate from UCLA with a degree in Film and Television. Currently a resident of West Hollywood, Darin made a calculated commitment to his dental care and is now reaping its rewards.
"I have enjoyed an amazingly rewarding relationship with Drs. Toomin and Bieber, who have positively affected my appearance, confidence, and future in incalculable ways."
Max is a senior partner at Deasy/Penner & Partners, a real estate firm with offices in Beverly Hills and Pasadena. He has a knack for judging a property's selling points and uses his keen understanding of negotiation to meet his client's goals. What's more, his experience has given him a sharp eye for discerning a property's selling points as well as its weak spots. Prior to joining Deasy/Penner & Partners, Max studied at Davidson College, and he is an alumnus of Webb, a prestigious boarding school in Claremont.
Navigatio College Consulting grew out of my love of assisting students with all things college, a passion I discovered while ushering my own son along the admissions path.
My consulting partner, Anne Morris Vogel, and I enjoy helping students find college options that best fit their goals and desires and guiding them through the often daunting college admissions process. Our researched knowledge and support have brought calm and success to many students and families.
I received my B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and have completed my coursework for the UCLA certificate "Counseling the College Bound Student." I am a member of the Western Association for College Admission Counseling.
Carmen Fanzone is a former infielder for the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs, as well as a talented trumpet player.
Born and raised in Detroit, Fanzone was introduced to baseball and the trumpet when he was just a small boy, and both have left a permanent mark on him. So much so that he was one of Central Michigan University's few students who was both an athlete and a music major.
After graduating, he spent several years playing for minor league teams before, in 1970, he was welcomed to the Boston Red Sox. His time with them only lasted for one season, though, and in 1971, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs, where he spent the next four seasons. All during this time, his trumpet was never far away. He even sought out nighttime gigs at Chicago nightclubs.
When his professional baseball career was over, music became his primary pursuit, a move that led to a two-year stint with the Baja Marimba Band, among other opportunities. Currently, Fanzone is married to the singer Sue Raney and works with the Los Angeles chapter of the American Federation of Musicians. He still practices trumpet every day.
Scott Lowell is best known for his role as Ted Schmidt in Showtime's popular critically acclaimed Queer As Folk for which he was twice nominated for a Prism Award. The groundbreaking and provocative series originally ran in the U.S from 2000-2005 and is currently airing in countries all over the world.
Scott was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the suburbs of New Haven, Connecticut. He majored in theater at Connecticut College and also studied acting at the National Theatre Institute (he was fortunate to study at both schools with the legendary Morris Carnovsky). He moved to Chicago where over the course of a decade, he immersed himself in the local theater, including performances at the famed Steppenwolf and The Goodman. He also landed his first TV role in Chicago on Early Edition.
Scott moved to Los Angeles in 1998 and quickly found himself busy in a number of successful commercial campaigns, guest roles on sit-coms and a lead in a sci-fi television film. In 2000 he landed QAF and spent the next five years shuttling back and forth between LA and Toronto, Canada, where the series was filmed. He also kept busy traveling around making speeches for a number of civil right organization (including the Human Right Campaign) and political campaigns as well as appearing as a presenter and host of a number of GLAAD Awards shows.
Since QAF has wrapped, Scott has appeared on stage in a number of independent films and television series including various voices in the animated series American Dad. He has also been hard at work writing screenplays with his writing partner, Eddie Jemison (including the recently finished Weeping Willow) as well as developing ideas for television. Scott also works on behalf of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute.
In his spare time, Scott enjoys painting, hiking (especially with his dog), traveling, cooking, discovering new bands while keeping up with old favorites, and occasionally even playing the French horn. He is an avid reader and an awful, but effective, ping-pong player. Scott currently resided in Los Angeles but still cheers for the Bulls and Cubs.
I'm so lucky to have found a career that I truly love! For me, being a stylist is the perfect mix of technical skill and creativity. I was classically trained at the Vidal Sassoon Academy and have 13+ years of experience. However, I believe in continued learning so I frequently take part in classes to further my knowledge. I specialize in cutting, color and styling. I especially love to work with each client to create a look that best suits their features as well as their lifestyle.
Brian Hohlfeld was most recently the Head Writer of Gaspard and Lisa, a new pre-school animated series from Chorion Silver Lining based on the series of best-selling picture books. For two seasons he was Executive Producer of Playhouse Disney's My Friends Tigger and Pooh, which was nominated for a 2008 Daytime Emmy in the Special Class Animation category and won the 2008 Gabriel Award. Brian was awarded the 2008 Humanitas Prize in the Children's Animation category for writing the MFTP episode entitled "Eeyore's Sad Day."
Brian's feature film credits include the 1991 Paramount film He Said, She Said, starring Kevin Bacon, and the perennial Lifetime cable movie On the Second Day of Christmas, starring Mary Stuart Masterson and Mark Ruffalo. He also contributed uncredited rewrites to The Mighty Ducks and Elmo in Grouchland.
No stranger to the world of the Hundred Acre Wood, Brian co-wrote the 2005 release Pooh's Heffalump Movie, and wrote the 2003 Disney animated theatrical feature Piglet's Big Movie, which was a finalist in the screenplay division of the 2004 Pen Center USA Literary Awards. For those two films, Brian also co-wrote three songs with Carly Simon. Also for Disney, Brian co-wrote the video releases A Very Merry Pooh Year. Pooh's Heffalump Halloween, MFTP: Super Sleuth Christmas Movie and MFTP: Tigger and Pooh and a Musical, Too! Brian directed and edited A Magical Ring, a feature-length documentary about the nationally acclaimed one-ring Circus Flora, which played at the Big Bear, Ft. Lauderdale, and Lake Arrowhead Film Festivals. He wrote and directed the short 35-mm film Lives of the Saints and two no-budget digital features, Another Christmas and Abdul Loves Cleopatra.
A member of the Writers Guild of America since 1986, Brian has worked for Universal, Warner Brothers, TriStar, Columbia, New Line, and Propaganda studios, where he developed scripts with directors Ron Howard, Richard Benjamin, Jonathan Kaplan, Brian Henson, and Ken Kwapis.
Brian was a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he taught Advanced Screenwriting, Film Appreciation, and Story Development for Animation.
He lives in Eagle Rock, California, and is represented by Brad Gross of Brad Gross Management in Los Angeles. He has a daughter, Hunter, and a son, Graham.
Peter Breitmayer is a successful film/ TV/ commercial actor living in Los Angeles with his wife Michelle and little boy. He hails from Minnesota originally and moved to La La Land in 1996. He's had so much work done by the Toomin Bieber office, considering the time he was spending in the office, he finally applied for a job as a hygenist...he had no experience, education or training, so they let him down easy. But Peter continues to be an incredibly satisfied client.
Lisa Marie Cisneroz
Lisa Marie Cisneroz is an entertainment industry professional with radio, television and digital experience. Originally from Gurnee, Illinois she's now happy to call sunny California her home. Cisneroz is currently the Executive Assistant to the SVP, Creative of Digital Media at OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. She maintains a busy desk and is often the first face to greet visitors in the Digital Media Department. Thanks to Toomin & Bieber, Cisneroz performs her job and other responsibilities with a healthy and dazzling smile.
Rick Scarry is a character actor/writer who has appeared in over 150 television shows, movies for television, 22 feature films and numerous television commercials.
Before shifting his focus to acting, Rick spent many years as a Los Angeles radio personality and broadcasting executive with stints at such legendary stations as KMET and KHJ.
During his radio years, Rick studied with such noted acting teachers as Stella Adler and Adam Hill laying the groundwork for his shift to acting. Rick left the radio industry in 1990 and entered the competitive world of acting with small roles on such shows as LA LAW and Married With Children. As his resume grew, the roles became larger and over the years Rick has guest starred in numerous hit television series such as Desperate Housewives, The Office, Weeds, Mad Men, Cold Case, 7th Heaven, The Closer, Star Trek The Next Generation and the recurring role of city councilman Brendan Kelly on the hit Showtime series Weeds.
Among his feature films are Clint Eastwood's "Space Cowboys", "Liar, Liar" with Jim Carrey, the Coen Brother's film noir styled "The Man Who Wasn't There", "The Negotiator", and "Naked Gun 33 1/3" He also co-wrote the screenplay for the 1988 feature film Fear.
What can I say? I have a home decorating store in Woodland Hills, CA. specializing in window coverings like blinds, drapery, fabric shades, custom pillows, bedding, and upholstery. We get into all types of homes from a 700sqft apartment to 10,000 square foot home (even the bird's room had running water). Born in Amsterdam, NY and relocated to Los Angeles area in 1993. Some of my clients have included, Beiber & Beiber, actor Brad Garrett (4 homes), news person Sam & Leslie Rubin, news person Roger Lodge, musician Danny Elfman, and more.
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"I'm a pretty lucky guy. I'm doing the job I wanted ever since I was a kid."
Not only that, but Adam Bezark's job is one of those that invariably makes people say two things. First, they say, "Wow! You've got a cool job." Second, they say, "I never really realized that people actually do that job."
What's this mysterious profession that both impresses and baffles strangers? Adam's company creates rides, shows and attractions for theme parks, world's fairs, museums and spectacular special events.
The Bezark Company is an award-winning creative boutique that specializes in "Story + Spectacle." His work can be seen at Walt Disney World... Universal Studios... Legoland... as well as major attractions around the world. Adam has conceived, written and/or directed over $1 billion in completed projects.
"What's great about this line of work is that it's incredibly diverse," Adam explains. "One day we're working on a major ride-thru attraction like Pirates of the Caribbean. The next day we might be planning a parade or fireworks spectacular. Or we could be directing a big-screen 3D movie with live actors and stage illusions." Many of Adam's project involve taking existing properties such as major blockbuster movies and turning them into dynamic real-world experiences. He's developed "mega-attractions" based on Terminator 2; Jurassic Park; JAWS; Ghostbusters; and many others.
There are other fun perks to Adam's work. The unique nature of the "experience" business has allowed him to work closely with a wide range of celebrities and creative talents: James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cirque du Soleil. "Celebrities are just like everyone else," he explains. "At first they don't realize that this amazing world exists, this world of custom-built spectacular adventures. But then they get into it, and it's one of the most fun things they get to do."
And of course, Adam is a huge fan of Toomin & Bieber. "I was referred to Dr. Toomin about fifteen years ago, by one of my colleagues," he says. "In a world full of changes, he's been such a constant source of great care and good friendship." Maybe he'll get to use his relationship with T&B someday... if he gets to design a "Wonderful World of Dental Care" ride.
Visit www.bezark.com to learn more about The Bezark Company.
Deborah Lewis is currently the Executive Director of the Angels Gate Cultural Center, a visual and performing arts center in San Pedro, California. She oversees a staff of nine and a board of twelve, planning and implementing short-term programs and long term plans while maintaing the budget and leading the fundraising efforts. Angels Gate Cultural Center has 50 studio artists on site as well as two galleries, community classes and artists in schools programs.
Deborah Lewis is also a consultant with Arts Access Now, an organization that provides cultural access services including strategic planning and training around the Americans with Disabilities Act, and programmatic access including Audio Description, Sign Interpreting and Open Captioning for arts and cultural organizations. She is currently consulting with PICSASSO PRO, Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture and the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
She was formerly the Executive Director of the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation where she administered the grant and scholarship program as well as providing technical assistance around the American with Disabilities Act to arts organizations. During her time there, she provided ADA consultancies to organizations including the Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara Art Museum, Pasadena Playhouse, Rubicon Theatre, LA Stage Alliance, Amaryllis Theatre Company, Arts Inc. and ArtAbility.
Deborah has also provided audio description training and consultation to the Los Angeles Radio Reading Service for the Rose Parade, the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, ArtAbility in Arizona, VSAarts of Georgia, the Yale Repertory Theatre of Yale University and the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disabilities conference through the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She is one of the founding members of the Audio Description Coalition and the California Audio Describers Alliance. She produced the performances of artists with disabilities including CandoCo, Light Motion, and David Roche.
Deborah joined the ELA Foundation after 15 years of work at Special Audiences in Atlanta, Georgia, where she brought the arts to over 100,000 disabled and disadvantaged people annually. During that time she started an audio description program in the state of Georgia, first by becoming a describer and trainer herself, then training over 45 describers and enrolling 50 theatres. She also collaborated with 10 arts organizations to bring about the first Cultural Paralympiad during the Paralympics in Atlanta in 1996 and received the Arts and Business (ABBY) Award for this effort.
Previous to her work at Special Audiences she served as the Marketing Director of the Academy Theatre, Community Residency Consultant for Affiliate Artists and the Assistant Director of Development and Public Relations at Otterbein College.
Deborah lives in Altadena, California with her husband, Boyd. She is active on the board of Interact Theatre Company, sings in Canterbury Choir at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena and describes plays and cultural events through Audio Description Los Angeles.
It would take too long to cite all of his credits, but here's a small sampling: He has his own documentary called Super High Me based on a joke from his standup act. It's available on DVD! How does a little show called NBC's Last Comic Standing grab you? Fact: he finished top six in the 2007 season, no big deal. Doug was a series regular on four seasons of VH-1's Best Week Ever. He makes recurring appearances on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live. His second Comedy Central Presents half-hour special premiered in January '09. He had the nerve to hit on Jennifer Aniston on the classic sitcom Friends, is a character on The Sarah Silverman Program, and oops, almost forgot, got Larry David in a headlock on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm.
If that's not enough for you, he's a creator/writer/star of The Marijuana-Logues, a show that's been a hit (small pun intended) in clubs and theatres from Los Angeles to New York – and drew a bongload of rave reviews. Now there's a CD, also called The Marijuana-Logues, and a book, The Marijuana-Logues: Everything About Pot That We Could Remember.
In 2006, High Times Magazine named him Stoner of the Year, and in 2009, he successfully made it to all the shows in his thirteen-day Medical Marijuana Tour. Now Doug has a new CD, Unbalanced Load, out on Comedy Central Records and continues to express his love of movies on his I Love Movies podcasts (available on iTunes). Enough about Doug Benson already!
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Dorothy Thorpe LLC and Cindy Crawford's business partner, Glenn Rotner has played an integral role in creating and licensing Cindy Crawford Home, a line of furniture representing genuine value for a broad range of consumers. In the short time since its launch in 2005, Rotner has helped establish the brand as one of the most successful home collections nationwide.
Working closely with Ms. Crawford, Rotner was able to analyze the potential of Cindy Crawford Home as a stand-alone retailer and increase it into other venues. The brand was originally designed exclusively for Rooms to Go, the country's largest independent retail furniture chain, and sold regionally. Rotner's licensing program, however, became such an overnight success, the brand has now expanded to a national level and currently sells to over 8 major furniture retailers including R.C. Willey, Art Van and Raymour & Flanigan.
Following the vast national success of Cindy Crawford Home, Rotner has created a licensing program for Cindy Crawford Style, a new home collection that features linens and home accessories. Cindy Crawford Style is sold exclusively at JC Penney. In 2010 JC Penney will add an exclusive Jewelry line called "One Kiss" by Cindy Crawford.
In 1983, Rotner launched The Trading Room, a commodities trading company, where he served as Vice-President from 1983-1985. In 1985, Rotner began working for Dorothy C. Thorpe LLC (DCT). DCT business initially involved glass and ceramic decorating for specialty retailers, department stores, and restaurants. In 1991, Rotner was promoted to President of DCT, and in 1999, he purchased the company and became the Chief Executive Officer.
In the years following, Rotner has expanded the company to specialize in manufacturing and importing private label souvenirs and gifts for casinos, theme parks, airport gift shops, cruise lines, restaurant chains and other specialty retailers. The company also imports, licenses and manufactures furniture for several retailers, including Rooms to Go.
Rotner is a graduate of the University of California San Diego with honors in Economics and Political Science. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization serving on the Executive Committee and was a previously the Chairman of the Los Angeles Chapter. Additionally, he serves on the board of the Phoenix House of California and the Cedar Sinai Heart Fund.
Rotner, his wife and their three children currently reside in Encino, California.
A Taste of Honey's Janice-Marie Johnson is unquestionably not the new kid on the block. Nor is she unfamiliar with the intricate machinations of the music industry. As co-founder and principal songwriter of the internationally acclaimed and Grammy award- winning group "A Taste of Honey," Janice-Marie is back in the spotlight which has long been her home.
Janice-Marie Johnson is currently performing to sold out audiences across the United States and Canada, as a featured artist in the Solid Gold Dance Party tour. Her performance level is at a all time high. She will take your breath away with her stunning performance of Sukiyaki. Your spirit is sure to be elevated by her legendary "Boogie Oogie Oogie" 'bass slapping struck'.
A brief glance at Janice-Marie's musical accolades may seem daunting to both insiders and outsiders alike. A Taste of Honey's self-titled debut release rocked the record industry in more ways than one. It featured the multi-platinum smash hit Boogie Oogie Oogie, a Janice-Marie penned composition, which garnered the group a Grammy for "Best New Artist of the Year," and nominations for "Best R&B Single" and "Best Vocal Performance by a Group or Duo." While this was a phenomenal accomplishment, it was no fluke. Their second release, Another Taste earned international acclaim by walking away with the coveted Gold Prize at the "8th Annual Tokyo Music Festival," with Janice-Marie also receiving the Gold Prize for songwriter. The Janice-Marie composition, Do It Good, as well as the Another Taste album, was certified Gold in Japan.
Some may say that success comes easy. Perhaps when speaking of Janice-Marie, it's more correct to say that success comes naturally. Today, she resumes her rightful place in the forefront of the music arena. Among her labels are entertainer, singer, musician, dancer, songwriter, publisher and producer. Janice-Marie confides, "I like a variety of music...classical music in the mornings... reggae in the afternoons. I like to get my boogie on in the evenings...but at night...I want my love songs. I'm a ballad, fireplace, take-a-walk-up-in-the-hills sort of person." To this end, her music punctuates her diversity of spirit ... her extrusion from life and living.
Case in point, A Taste of Honey's third release, Twice As Sweet. Her talented magic transformed Japan's Kyu Sakamoto's 1963 hit Sukiyaki into an international mega hit classic. Produced by George Duke, it was certified Gold in both the United States and Japan, along with "Rescue Me," another single from the same album.
Through the years, Janice-Marie's songs have been covered, sampled, hollowed and borrowed many times. Her music of yesterday contributes greatly to the success of numerous 'R&B,' 'Pop,' 'Rap' and 'Hip Hop' hits of today. Janice-Marie's song Boogie Oogie Oogie has been recorded or sampled by a many recording artist. Currently Janice-Marie has teamed up with Madonna via technology. Scheduled for released in the Fall of 2006 is Boogie Oogie Music by Madonna vs. A Taste of Honey on EMI Music UK & Ireland. It is a legal mashed duet that is incredible. In 2005, the Janice-Marie Johnson penned composition was recorded by Brooke Valentine, Fablolous and Yo Yo, for the 2005 Roll Bounce movie. A second version of 'Boogie' was also recorded the same year by Keyshia Cole and Fablolous and was featured in the Roll Bounce movie and on the sound track. Her music has been featured by a host of other artists as well, including Ice Cube, Mary J. Blige, MC Lyte, Positive K, Pure Sugar and European and Austrailian artists Martin Carboo, Peter Andre, Sahra and a multitude of other Japanese and European artist. Her music has also been showcased on television programs including "American Idol," "King Of Queens," "All My Children," "Fairy Odd Parents," "Monday Night Mayhem," "The Parkers," "Rock and Roll Jeopardy," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Martin Short Show," "Touched By An Angel," notables from a burgeoning lists. Movie credits include "Roll Bounce", "Into The Blue"," Screwed," "Cowboys & Angels," "A Fate Worse Than Death," "Step Mom," "Mystery Man," "Contact", "54," and many more. Commercial credits include Coca Cola, Frito Lay, The New York Lottery, Burger King and Old Navy. Janice-Marie's music is also featured in a variety of video games, ring tones and slot machines including the Dick Clark's American Bandstand slot machine.
After such an extended period working behind the scenes, Janice-Marie the record producer, musician, songwriter and entertainer has once again returned to the limelight. Bringing her artistry to center stage, Janice-Marie exuberates her classic style and grace...a timeless signature that embraces her themes of love, joy, solitude and nature ... giving more to the senses with more Taste of Honey, a style and grace that is all her own. She has been performing to sold-out concerts from the West Coast to the East Coast and beyond having recently returned from working in Sweden. Janice-Marie spellbinds audiences with her exciting persona and uplifting sprit. Highlighting her classy demeanor, she woos her audiences and commandeers their undivided attention, leaving them wanting more.
Her 'Hiatus' CD contains songs of love and life. Alice O'Neil of Hollywood-Behind-the Scenes writes in her review of the Hiatus of the Heart CD... "she seduces listeners with her vocal art and guitar expertise. She gives a new meaning to the age-old longing to be free, in all its manifestations."
Until The Eagle Falls, was written as a gesture of gratitude to all of the people who took part in that magical weekend in Gallup, New Mexico. That's where, through the osmosis of her ancestors' songs and dance, the spirit of this ancient ancestry impacted her heart, mind, soul and spirit. In celebration of her Stockbridge-Munsee-Mohican heritage, Janice-Marie weaves legendary Native American mythology about how the eagle NEVER falls (and a haunting melody) into a tranquil and precious ballad of devotion…eternal…a love song of the ages.
Until The Eagle Falls CD and Music video garnered Janice-Marie with the 'Award of Excellence' and the 'Award of Distinction' at 1st Indian Summer Festival Film and Video Image Awards, a Nammy Award (Native American Music Award) for 'Best Producer,' and the Silver Arrow Award for her contributions to Native American Music.
In addition to all of the above, Janice-Marie is currently featured on the Escape Urban release, Nothing But Love Spoken Here the debut solo CD by Felton Pilate of Con Funk-Shun, where she sings a duet with Felton on the song Only For You. She is also the featured love interest in Felton's music video for his first single, Nothing But Love Spoken Here. To put just a little more sweetness in your day, you can also catch Janice-Marie as she co-host along with Felton on the 'Nothing But Love' radio show. For more information visit www.lovespokenhere.com.
The duet style vocals of Janice-Marie and Madonna on the EMI release Boogie Oogie Music are a match made in heaven. The CD, which also features a variety of other legendary artist and songs, is scheduled for release by EMI Music UK and Ireland, in the fall of 2006.
Currently, Janice-Marie is back in the studio working on a brand new CD scheduled for release in June of 2008.
If after listening to Janice-Marie's music you find yourself inspired and uplifted, don't blame it on the 'Boogie', ..... just blame it on the cogency of Janice-Marie.
With an extensive background in film and photography as well as a fascination with special effects and fantasy sculpture Paul Mejias has brought an impressively diversified set of talents to his chosen field. From an amazingly realistic gorilla for INSTINCT, to a show-stopping Gallimimus in the stampede scene for JURASSIC PARK, Paul's sharp eye for detail and perfectionism have brought him a well deserved reputation as one of the finer artists in Special Effects. You can see his work in such films as JURASSIC PARK, INSTINCT, MOUSEHUNT, THE LOST WORLD AND GALAXY QUEST.
Note: Dates represent pre-production and shooting schedule, not theatrical release dates.
Welcome to Bloom Service, we are entering our 21st year in Studio City. We provide our customers with exciting and innovative gift baskets and fabulous European style floral arrangements. From the elegant and sophisticated to carefree and whimsical. Our flowers are the freshest available and we import the world's finest roses from Ecuador. We provide full service floral needs for weddings, parties and Bar Mitzvahs. We have a full gift shop and carry cards, balloons and many wonderful gift items. We deliver and all credit cards are welcomed. (800) 85-BLOOM
Robert received his post-graduate degree in advanced composition and conducting from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, England. While overseas he studied privately with the renowned and acclaimed teacher Nadia Boulanger in Paris, France.
Robert lived in New York City for 13 years where he did a wide array of musical work from musical director for Grammy and Tony Award winning composer/playwright Rupert Holmes. He toured as keyboardist with Chaka Kahn and composed numerous scores for theatre and modern dance. He also contributed over 700 songs for the CBS Record children's series of educational records: Professor Beethoven and orchestrations for EPIC Records artist MECO. Before he left NYC, he began a 6 year affiliation arranging and conducting with Eddie Fisher and a variety of Rhythm and Blues artists from the 60's including Sam Moore and Lou Christie. He was lso the musical director at "Catch A Rising Star" in New York City back in the heyday of the 80's as well as The Comedy Store in Los Angeles and The Improvisation and Comic Strip in NYC.
Robert also received the Richard Rodgers Award from Stephen Sondheim and the Academy of Arts and Letters in NYC for his adaptation of the Horace McCoy novel, "THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY?" as a stage musical that had it's world premiere at the Denver Centre Theatre and subsequently at the Manhattan Theatre Club in NYC. The work is receiving a new production in Washington DC this fall at the American Academy of Dramatic Art and will be taken to Moscow for the 11 International Theatre Festival in December of 2006.
His work in Los Angeles consists of extensive composing for film and tv; most notable - The Invisible Man series for the Sci-Fi Channel and a series of films for Rysher Entertainment. As a pianist Robert has studied with a variety of pianists and teachers and worked in a wide range of styles and idioms southern R&B and blues/jazz to classical piano and technique.
Born in Herkimer, New York, Chick Vennera's career in entertainment had an early start. Beginning dance lessons at the age of three, piano at seven, clarinet and saxophone shortly thereafter, Chick found his passion at a very young age. Chick continued his musical education throughout high school, singing and playing in nightclubs as well as school dances. Upon graduation, Chick left New York bound for California to study acting at the esteemed Pasadena Playhouse. Two years later, Chick entered the Army where upon completing basic training he was assigned to the signal corps. It was while in the signal corps that Chick won the Third Army Entertainment Contest and was reassigned to Special Services and later the Third Army Soldier Show. Chick spent the balance of his military commitment singing, dancing and playing music for the troops.
After completing his military commitment Chick returned to the West Coast where he continued to work as a musician playing in various nightclubs in the Los Angeles area. It was during this time that he auditioned for the Academy Award winning choreographer Onna White who was choreographing Disney On Parade.
Chick spent the next two years touring the United States, Canada and Mexico performing as a dancer, acrobat and clown portraying many Disney characters. After the Disney tour, Chick worked with director/choreographer Joe Layton dancing and working as a back-up performer for Raquel Welch and the Sid and Marty Croft Review, in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe. During this time Chick went to New York to audition for a new show called "Grease". Chick won the role of "Sonny" and performed first in the "Bus and Truck" Tour, and then later in the second National Tour. When "Grease" broke the record of longest running musical, Chick performed the role of "Sonny" on Broadway. After leaving the "Grease" tour, Chick again returned to Los Angeles where he began studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse with acclaimed director and teacher Milton Katselas. For the next two years, Chick acted various rolls in film and television until he returned to New York to do the play "Jockeys" directed by Milton Katselas.
Chick was awarded the Theater World Award for his role as "Angel" in "Jockeys". Back in L.A., after "Jockeys", Chick starred in "Thank God It's Friday" where, as "Marv the Leather Man", he performed the now famous dance on seven cars in the parking lot of a Hollywood discotheque. Casting director Marion Dougherty, who had seen Chicks performance in "Jockey's", asked him to audition for the role of "Danny" opposite Richard Gere and Vanessa Redgrave in the WWII love story, "Yanks" directed by John Schlesinger. This began Chick's work as an actor in more than 50 films, including "The Milagro Beanfield War" directed by Robert Redford.
Chick's voice can be heard portraying characters in many animated television series, including Steven Spielberg's Emmy Award winning "Animaniacs", in which Chick created the voices for "Pesto" and "The God Pigeon". In addition to acting, music, dance and voice-overs, Chick has written and directed for television, stage and film. Chick has also worked as a singer and songwriter for radio, television and film. Chick expanded his resume to include teaching.
Under the guidance of acclaimed director and teacher, Milton Katselas, Chick taught for over a decade at the esteemed Beverly Hills Playhouse before starting his own school, The Renegade Theatre Group, in June 2009. In addition to the Theater World Award, Chick has received the Golden Eagle Award and was part of the ensemble cast awarded the Daytime Emmy for "Animaniacs".
Chick is a member of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences. IMDb Mini Biography By: FilmExposure Trivia Is an acclaimed acting teacher at the prestigious Beverly Hills Playhouse acting school. Trained at the Pasadena Playhouse and with Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Is also a saxophone player, singer and dancer and has performed in nightclubs across the country. He's the son of a musician.
Wabi bicycles are designed here and made to my specifications by an ISO9002 certified supplier in Taiwan. The designs are road oriented, made to allow longer rides at speed. Climbing, descending, cornering, accelerating and comfort- all aspects of the bikes' performance were considered in the design. The result? Two sub 19 lb steel framed fixed gears (one tig welded, one brazed, lugged) and a 16.3 lb scandium framed fixed gear with incomparable performance, at prices not possible at your local bike shop. We import them ourselves, saving you hundreds of dollars over comparably spec'ed bicycles.
Pamela Hubbard-Wiley received her Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University of Education. She received her Master of Arts and Bachelor's degrees in Speech Pathology and Audiology from California State University Los Angeles and San Jose State University, respectively. While at Claremont Graduate University, Dr. Wiley took business management classes from the late renowned Dr. Peter Drucker as well as other esteemed professors.
Dr. Wiley's professional career began in the Los Angeles Unified School District where she served as an itinerant speech- language pathologist and later as a teacher in the severe oral language/aphasia program. She subsequently became a teacher consultant for the aphasia program, participating in the early stages of the IEP process and providing technical and instructional support to classroom teachers. Driven by a desire to provide families with better, innovative services, Dr. Wiley struck out on her own in 1979 and established a private practice. Her hard working spirit and business acumen, coupled with her expertise made the center successful from its inception.
Dr. Wiley has received numerous honors and awards throughout her distinguished career. In 2000, she was named a Fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association, which is the highest honor bestowed upon its members. Also during that year, she was awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration's Businessperson of the Year for Southern California. Additionally, she has received commendations from several local, state, and national politicians for her ground-breaking work and community involvement.
Dr. Wiley is a frequent lecturer at conferences throughout the country and universities throughout the world. She has co-authored a chapter in a widely used textbook, Communication Disorders In Multicultural Populations, now in its third printing, published by Butterworth Heineman. She is also working with a colleague to develop a workbook for speech pathologists on developing and implementing social skills training for children and adolescents with Asperger's Syndrome, high functioning autism, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The book will be available in summer 2008.
Dr. Wiley has served many children and adults throughout her career. She says, "I feel as passionate and excited about speech pathology today as I did over 3 decades ago. We have great staff, families and community partners such as our regional centers. It's very gratifying." Dr. Wiley continues to assist with the provision of direct services to children in center programs such as the social skills language program and the annual Say N' Play Summer Speech Camp program.
Luis Alvarez works for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. He is the Program Administrator of the Bad Check Restitution Program & Contracts Section. As a Program Administrator, Mr. Alvarez oversees the D.A.'s check fraud program as well as all D.A. contracts. In addition, he speaks to the public about crime and informs people of what to do when they are a victim. A graduate of UCLA ('94) and Loyola Law School ('99), Luis is also the spokesperson for the D.A.'s Office with the Spanish press.
Luis joined the District Attorney's Office in 2001. He has written many of the D.A.'s community outreach pamphlets and web content, among them, identity theft, elder abuse, and most recently, the award-winning Protecting Our Kids website which teaches Internet safety to kids and parents.
His other career is that of a licensed realtor at Keller Williams International Realty. Though based in Valencia, Luis has helped numerous clients buy and sell homes throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, Pasadena, Hollywood, Downtown Los Angeles, Chino Hills, and Marina del Rey. His colleagues recognized his dedication with the Keller Williams' Rising Realtor of the Year Award in 2005. Luis' clients also speak highly of his attention to detail, honesty, and astute negotiating abilities.
In his spare time, Luis enjoys bicycling, music, writing, and traveling.
The Mandel bread business started from an old family recipe. I never knew my Grandmother Nettie. Buy my family always talked about what a great cook she was. Among Grandma Nettie's creations were chocolate cream pie, homemade wine and a kind of Jewish biscotti called 'Mandel bread'. Grandma Nettie was old school, she never wrote down a recipe.
As the story goes, one evening Grandma Nettie and her daughter Erma were invited over to their friend Helen's house for dinner. Grandma Nettie brought homemade wine and Mandel bread as a hostess gift. Nettie's friend loved the Mandel bread so much she kept pestering Nettie for the recipe. Finally Nettie wrote the recipe down. Tragically, Nettie was struck by a car as she got off the bus near her house. The year was 1965. I was 1 year old.
When Nettie passed away all of her recipes were lost. My Aunt Erma phoned her friend Helen, who still had what would be the only surviving recipe from Nettie, her recipe for Mandel bread. I grew up with a big family back east, and at family get togethers', Aunt Erma's contribution was always Mandel bread.
All these years later, my wife and I decided to turn the story in to a business. Aunt Erma's Old Fashioned Mandel Bread made it to its first grocery store this year at 'Whole Foods Market Beverly Hills,' and sold out in 1 day! We are working hard to grow the business to serve more stores.
I still keep my day job in animation, and occasionally dabble in other areas of entertainment. Last year I shot a music video with a Japanese recording artist. All of the lyrics were in Japanese, I had no idea what the artist was singing. I even filmed a web commercial with American Idol Kristy Lee Cook right in the Toomin and Beiber dental office. Kristy Lee was the country singer on Idol in season seven.
The New York Times recently said, "Nowadays, probably no other performer could infuse (that song) with the manic mischief that Jason Graae, a frisky clown with a real tenor, pumped into it..."
Jason Graae has starred on and off-Broadway in "A Grand Night For Singing", "Falsettos", "Stardust", "Snoopy!", "Do Black Patent Leather Shows Really Reflect Up?", "Forever Plaid", "Olympus on My Mind", "All in the Timing", "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (Drama Desk Nomination- Best Actor in a Musical)" and many more.
Jason made his Metropolitan Opera House debut as featured vocalist in Twyla Tharp's "Everlast" with American Ballet Theatre. Jason has performed his one-man show all over the country, including Rainbow and Stars and Birdland in NYC, Caramoor Music Festival, Wolf Trap, Feinstein's in L.A., and The Plush Room in San Francisco, to name a few.
He has received the New York Nightlife Award, 4 Bistros and was listed in TimeOut NY's Top 10 Cabaret shows of 2006.
In Los Angeles, he just won his second L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award - the 2008 Joel Hirschorn Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre. He won an Ovation Award for "Forbidden Broadway Y2KLA!", an Artistic Director's Achievement Award for "Fully Committed" and a Santa Barbara Indie Award for "High Button Shoes".
Jason originated the role of "Houdini" in the L.A. production of "Ragtime" at the Shubert Theatre. Other L.A. credits include "Marcellus" in "The Music Man " at the Hollywood Bowl, many shows at Reprise!, and "Grand Hotel" and "The Grand Tour" at The Colony.
On television, Jason has appeared on many shows including "Six Feet Under", "Rude Awakening", "Friends", "Frasier", "Sabrina the Teenage Witch", "Living Single", "Caroline in the City", "Providence", etc. On PBS, he was a guest soloist twice with the Boston Pops and once with Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony on "Holiday for the Troops at The Kennedy Center" and recently in "Words and Music by Jerry Herman".
Movie appearances include the title role in "Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms" (2008 Toronto and London Film Festivals), Disney's "Home on the Range", "On Edge", "Gepetto", "The Dukes of Hazzard in Hollywood", and the upcoming "Awakening of Spring" (produced by HERE). He has been heard on many cartoons and for five years he was the voice of "Lucky, the Leprechaun" for Lucky Charms Cereal, a balanced part of your complete breakfast.
He made his Los Angeles Opera debut as "Njegus" in "The Merry Widow", repeating the role with Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera and New Orleans Opera. Also with L.A. Opera he was featured as "Offenbach" in "The Grand Duchess", directed by Garry Marshall. He played "Frosch" in "Die Fledermaus" with Washington National and San Francisco Operas.
Jason has recorded over forty CDs, including original cast albums, concerts, compilations, and his two solo CDs, "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile - Jason Graae Sings Charles Strouse", and "Jason Graae LIVE at The Cinegrill" (Fynsworth Alley).
In 2008, Jason played "Marcellus" in the Bushnell Center's 50th Anniversary production of "The Music Man" with Shirley Jones and Patrick Cassidy, performed and gave master classes at the Yale and St. Louis Cabaret Conferences, toured with ASCAP's Jerry Herman and Company, sang in Cy Coleman and Charles Strouse tributes at the Kennedy Center, sang with Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall, and most recently in L.A., played opposite Constance Towers in "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks".
Odom Stamps is the President of Stamps and Stamps, Inc., an Architectural, Interior and Landscape Design Firm founded in 1991, in South Pasadena, California. He graduated with Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Tulane University, School of Architecture in 1983, and has been married 28 years. His wife Kate, is the other founding member of Stamps and Stamps. They have a daughter, Emma, who is also a recent graduate of Tulane. They have two dogs, Bubba and Colbert, and a parrot, Sinbad.
Odom's leadership and accomplishments in the political arena include former Mayor of the City of South Pasadena and City Councilmember. His appointments include Cultural Heritage Commission member, Cultural Heritage Commission liaison to the Planning Commission for the new Zoning Code, Chairman of the Oaklawn Bridge Restoration Committee, member of the South Pasadena Goldline Station Design Committee, member of the Mission Street and Fair Oaks Street Improvement Committee. He currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Community Redevelopment Agency.
In addition to being an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects, Odom's professional involvements are through memberships in Architectural Preservation Technology International, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Los Angeles Conservancy, from which he has received numerous awards. Odom serves on the following boards:
Odom's community involvements are as follows: committed anti 710 Freeway fighter (founding member of South Pasadenans for Responsible Housing - formed in 1995 to stop Caltrans from selling large blocks of surplus properties to developers, and to ensure their single family residential use, in accordance with State Law), South Pasadena Education Foundation supporter, Friends of the Huntington Museum and Gardens Fellow, and the Sierra Club - John Muir Circle supporter.
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Clay Bravo's hilarious and heartfelt solo show about growing up Italian, and how it "belted" her into stand up comedy, will knock your socks off! A Hollywood veteran of over 30 national and international commercials, she can currently be seen vacuuming with a cow for Chick Fil A, as the margarita making secretary for Become an Ex, and chasing Ashton Kutcher for Nikon. Her favorite TV appearance is in Without a Trace, where as the apartment manager, she accidently locked Anthony La Paglia out of the building. Film work includes the recent big screen remake of "Bewitched" and the upcoming "Another Harvest Moon" starring Ernest Borgnine.
So get your ringside seats, as this "show within a show" takes comedy to a whole new round! When the gloves go on...all bets are off!
People the world over are experiencing the same restlessness, the same sense that their lives could be more balanced, more creative, and frankly, just more fun. Yet, moving from their current realities to living their dreams often seems like an overwhelming or impossible journey.
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Niels is an internationally certified Life Mastery Coach who guides passionate individuals of all ages to live their dreams. He collaborates with individuals for personal coaching, executives for leadership coaching, and businesses - for corporate coaching for their employees.
Niels draws on formal coaching training, the teachings of great wisdom traditions and cultures, his European heritage, and his travels across the globe.
Niels has been acknowledged for his loving, enthusiastic energy that creates a safe place to explore; his knack for divining the true essence of people's dreams; his laser sharp insight that clarifies goals; and his gentle guidance that keeps people confidently moving towards their dream lives.
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Thousands of collectors throughout the world have been enjoying award winning artist John A. Conroy's designs for years. Visit his website to see his designs.
Printed onto 100% pre-shrunk unbleached cotton shirts or totes, these fun and whimsical designs are sure to delight and inspire. The process involves designs that are created and drawn completely by hand. Next, they are silk-screened individually to insure quality.
"Life is too short to be serious all of the time! It is my responsibility as an artist to assist in keeping these components of life intact - dancing, singing, playing, movement, color, balance, focus, originality and most importantly, fun! It is my personal goal and pleasure and a fundamental part of my company philosophy that each design I create be flawless and of the highest quality. I am dedicated to achieving this goal and to enlighten the world with my unique and fun style of artwork."
My journey into filmmaking began as an amateur in my hometown of Modesto, California in 1985. At the ripe old age of 14, I saw "The making of Raiders of the Lost Ark" on television which made this business actually look like FUN. My Dad's super8 film camera was equipped for single-frame exposures and so my first films were in stop-motion animation, usually about 20 seconds long.
I've always been fascinated with silent films because film and music are the two universal languages. My dream and prayer was to one day go to Hollywood and live among other like-minded film lovers....making meaningful movies and also making a difference in the world. In Modesto, I partnered with some friends in high school to make half a dozen short super8 sound films (not video - film) with the help of church friends and of course, family.
We got our first video camera in about 1988 and I took video classes in Junior College. I also managed to volunteer at the local cable station, appear in TV & print advertising and I even worked in the feature film Back to the Future 3. For a girl from nowheresville, having a big movie crew come to within 30 miles of my town was better than a dream! I worked for 19 days on location watching and learning how the "big boys" make movies. I wore a 100 year old victorian dress complete with corset, bonet and high laced shoes (growing up watching "Little House" really paid off!). If you're a bride, I can give you great pointers on how to move gracefully in such a gown - practice, practice!
I went to Loyola Marymount University film school followed by a special semester in film studies. I also interned at Warner Brothers. After graduation, I moved to Toluca Lake, took a class at the American Film Institute, did office work at Disney and Script Supervising work on low budget films.
I taped my first wedding video in 1990 for my cousin Bonnie in Salem, Oregon. It was my gift to her. That was before digital video, in the days a analog linear editing. Back then, wedding videography was not the art-form it is today because of all the limitations of technology. Digital video cameras didn't really exist in variety until the millennium which is coincidentally when I got laid off from Disney (I was part of the Tokyo DisneySea themepark design team). I was then able to start my new business when digital video was the newest revolution.
In about 2004 there was a slow-down in Hollywood that brought a flood of talent into the event videography market. Suddenly there were 200 new video businesses where 30 had been. Live events are vastly different from features or television production because these are not actors and a church is not a set. It takes some special finess to shoot a wedding without making people feel uncomfortable about being on camera. In 2008, with all the talent available in Los Angeles, there's no such thing as just a wedding video anymore.
Gone are the days of cheesy video when you hired a guy just because he had a big camera. High Definition technology is available to everybody now. My specialties are editing and camera operation - as they always have been - and although I miss the movie set, I really love making beautiful wedding videos. Each movie is a personal fairytale woven in magic.
For more information on Carol visit her website: www.videobycarol.com.
Born in 1940, Robert F. Lyons has been prominent on the movie and television scenes since the mid 1960's.
He has appeared in such famous television shows as: "Bonanza," "I Dream of Jeannie," "The Incredible Hulk," "Days of our Lives," and "Walker, Texas Ranger." Movie roles include: Shoot Out with Gregory Peck, James Gregory, and Susan Tyrell, Cease Fire co-starring Don Johnson, The Todd Killings, Dark Knight of the Scarecrow, and American Eagle.
Recently, Robert Lyons appeared on the Emmy-nominated, TV series "Cold Case," and played a role in the 2006 action/drama movie Cut Off. With over 100 movie and television roles in the last four decades, you're sure to recognize Robert Lyons and his movie-star smile the minute you see him.
Sue Raney has one of the most beautiful voices in music. She is always in-tune, displays complete control over her vibrato, and has the rare gift of being able to interpret lyrics with such deep understanding that she makes them sound fresh, even if the words are familiar. Raney would be much better known today if she did not spend most of her time as a well-respected voice teacher, living in the Los Angeles area, and if she had recorded more extensively throughout her career. But she is one of the greats.
Sue was born Raelene Claire Claussen on June 18, 1940, in McPherson, Kansas, and her career started very early. "I came from a musical background for my mother was a singer and my great great aunt had been in German opera. When I was about four my mother realized that I could sing. My first public appearance was at a party in Wichita, Kansas when I was five."
Unable to find a voice teacher for her daughter at that time (due to her extreme youth), Raney's mother (who later in life became a vocal teacher) took voice lessons herself and then passed what she learned down to Sue.
"Early on I sang the hits, tunes that the girl singers in the big hands were performing. While growing up in the 1950's. I first listened to Doris Day, Patti Page, Rosemary Clooney and Kay Starr. I discovered jazz when I was 16 or 17 and of course soon loved Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan."
After working steadily in New Mexico and taking several trips out to Los Angeles during a couple of summer vacations, Sue Raney joined the Jack Carson radio show in 1954. "That is why the family moved out to Los Angeles. I had auditioned for Frankie Laine and made a couple of demos for his office. It was through him that I ended up on the Jack Carson show. It was one of the last major radio programs on CBS and at 15 I was the teenager on the show for nine or ten months. After Jack Carson I started appearing on Ray Anthony's television program and then became the vocalist with his hand when he played the Palladium. When I was 19, I put an act together and started working on the road."
She was already an established singer when most young girls were making a rather awkward transition from Elvis Presley to Clearasil. It took time to polish her vocal talent. There were ups and downs, good breaks and bad ones. There was the time in Australia when the critics banged nothing but praise out of their typewriters and the crowds came early and stayed and stayed and stayed. Then, for a time, things couldn't be better, She completed her third album for Capitol Records and was swamped with hotel and night club bookings as well as offers for various television appearances.
Unfortunately, an auto accident crumbled the classic stairway to stardom. Bedridden for months, Sue faded out of the musical picture. But no one seemed to forget. With the help of crutches, she made an appearance on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show," and became an instant hit.
In the 1960's Sue Raney worked with the Four Freshmen at Las Vegas, toured with her own group, and appeared frequently on television variety shows including those of Red Skelton, Dean Martin and Danny Kaye. During the following decade she became active in the studios where her impressive voice helped sell products. But when asked to name her favorite gig, Sue Raney says "Possibly the highpoint of my life musically was when I toured with Michel Legrand in the 1980's. We worked with symphony orchestras in addition to having a self-contained rhythm section. I had a chance to sing Michel's lovely songs and it was wonderful." Of her own personal recordings she says, "I think the trio of records that I made for Albert Marx, on Discovery in the 1980's are the ones that I am most proud of. I also like the Henry Mancini tribute Dreamsville that I did with Alan Broadbent." Sue is also an accomplished songwriter, contributing lyrics to several songs including Statue Of Snow.
These days Sue Raney is quite active as a voice teacher."I've been teaching since the early 1980's, originally at the Dick Grove school and now privately nearly every afternoon. It is very rewarding. Teaching has allowed me to relearn what I thought I knew and explore new areas. I find that I'm now in better shape vocally than I've ever been. I sing with the L.A. Voices and Supersax, occasionally appear at the Moonlight Tango Cafe in Sherman Oaks near Los Angeles with Bill Watrous' big band and still go on the road when it feels right and it is artistically rewarding." When asked about her future goals, Sue Raney replied, "I'd like to record a duet album with Alan Broadbent. But basically I just want to keep on doing what I'm doing, singing the music I love."
This biographical sketch is a compilation of material from various liner notes and reviews by several writers, most notably Scott Yarnow.
Ray was born and raised in Queens, New York. After college he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. It is in LA where he rose to fame in television. Ray is best known for his roles in "LA Law," "Dynasty," "NYPD Blue," "Touched By An Angel," Doogie Howser M.D.," "The Practice," and most notably "The Sopranos."
Ray remains active in local Los Angeles theatre as both an actor and director at The Playwright's Kitchen Ensemble.
Christina was selected as number 7 among the top 25 most powerful Hispanic women by "Hollywood Reporter" magazine. Click here to read the full article
JoAnn Jansen is one of the most sought-after choreographers & movement coaches working in the industry today. She has been honored to choreograph for several well known actors, and her work has been featured in everything from movies, to television shows, to the theater, to music videos. JoAnn is well-known for her remarkable rapport with actors.
To learn more about JoAnn, visit her website at www.joannjansen.com.
John Proulx (pronounced "Proo"), has been a patient of Dr. Bieber's since 2003. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, John received his Bachelor's of Music from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. In 2001, John moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. Since then, John has become a sought-after jazz pianist, vocalist, recording artist, and Grammy-winning composer.
John's debut CD, "Moon and Sand" was released on the Max Jazz label on August 1st, 2006. It has received glowing reviews, and even earned him an opportunity to be a guest on the Marian McPartland Piano Jazz radio program on NPR.
John is also quickly establishing himself as a prolific composer. Legendary jazz singer, Nancy Wilson, recently recorded, "These Golden Years", a song co-written with lyricist D. Channsin Berry, on her latest CD, "Turned to Blue", on the MCG label. She just received a Grammy for "Best Jazz Vocal Album" at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards. To learn more about John Proulx, you can visit his website at: www.johnproulx.com.
"I'd highly recommend Toomin and Bieber's office. The staff is very friendly, and Dr. Bieber is the real deal. I really appreciate their preventive dental approach, and the personalized attention you receive on each visit is fantastic!"
Founded in 2002, Real Plans Outrageous Dreams (RPOD) is a Los Angeles-based strategic success company founded by Adrienne R. Hymes II. Hymes specializes in motivational keynote presentations, strategic planning and organizational development strategies. As an education-focused presenter, Hymes shares specific strategies that guide schools, organizations and communities toward the primary goal of transforming abstract "outrageous" dreams into achievable goals through tangible, realistic plans. A fan of "edutainment," Adrienne charismatically engages her audience by seamlessly pairing a powerful message with comedic delivery, inviting full audience participation.
In March 2007, Hymes successfully launched the first "Living Life with Contagious Inspiration™" personal empowerment and spiritual awareness conference in Los Angeles. The Contagious Inspiration conferences will be held bi-annually with national expansion.
For nearly three years, Adrienne had the privilege of serving as one of the few presenters for the prestigious Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) speakers bureau in Los Angeles—a position that required multiple presentations per day to high school and college audiences. During this time, Adrienne was able to creatively pair her tactical public relations experience with her professional stage presence and natural abilities to grab and hold an audience's attention. As a public speaker, she is keenly aware of the importance of delivering meaningful information in a way that it is both informative and entertaining to the entire audience.
With more than ten years of corporate public relations agency experience, Adrienne has an eclectic communications background that includes a specialization in healthcare issues; corporate and diversity training; marketing communications; and print/broadcast journalism. As a corporate trainer she conducts workshops on effective public speaking and presentation skills and strategic planning, most recently for large medical device company, Medtronic MiniMed (diabetes) in Northridge, CA. She has been trained at such prestigious public relations agencies as Ketchum Public Relations in Washington, DC and Ketchum Los Angeles, as well as Manning Selvage & Lee in Los Angeles.
For more than three years, Adrienne has taught her independent workshops in public speaking and strategic planning as an adult educator at the Culver City Adult School throughout the year. Adrienne's public speaking and training experience is supported by her background in television broadcast journalism. She has experience in the field of television broadcast journalism, and has worked at the FOX and ABC affiliates in Richmond, VA. She currently produces and hosts the Time Warner public access television community affairs talk show, "Absolutely Adrienne," in Los Angeles.
A graduate of the University of Virginia, Adrienne earned her B.A. in rhetoric and communications studies in 1994. She earned a full academic scholarship (the University Achievement Award) and the Philip Morris academic scholarship.
She is currently an active member of the University of Virginia Alumni Association, and continues to mentor UVA and local Los Angeles students. Adrienne serves on the Vestry of St. James' Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, and is a proud member of international service sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Toluca Lake, California resident, Lauren Jacobsen, has won the UCI Track Cycling Masters World Championships and set a new world record. Representing the USA and racing for cycling team NOW MS Society, Lauren won the gold medal in the women's age 50-54 500 meter Time Trial on October 16th, at the Dunc Gray Velodrome in Sydney Australia. Lauren set a new world record of 39.704 beating the former world record of 40.202 set in Colorado Springs in 2002.
At 52 years old, Lauren, is the first woman in this division to ever break the 40-second mark. Her record setting time was almost a second and a half faster than Donna Smith, the current USA National Champion and silver medalist at the World Championships. Jacobsen started cycling a short 3 years ago, where cycling coach Antony Galvan, identified Jacobsen as having potential as a sprinter.
Galvan worked with Jacobsen from May to October in preparation for the title. When she is not racing her bike in circles, Lauren Jacobsen is a residential interior designer in Los Angeles.
Paul Salamunovich has conducted the all-volunteer St. Charles Borromeo Choir for the last fifty-eight years. The Choir has performed with the Los Angeles Master Chorale on many occasions and, in 1973, was featured on the NBC Christmas Eve Special with Doc Severinson and Henry Mancini. They have since recorded for numerous motion pictures and television shows including True Confessions, Flatliners, ER and Cirque de Soleil's Journey of Man.
The Choir has been invited by the American Choral Directors Association to perform at three of its National Conventions: 1981 in New Orleans, 1991 in Phoenix and 2003 in New York. They made their third appearance at an ACDA Western Division Convention in February 2002 (Honolulu), having also performed in San Diego (1974) and Sacramento (1994).
In June of 1985, by invitation of the Papal Church Music Society, the Choir toured Europe in conjunction with the 8th International convention of Sacred Music, the high point being a private audience at which the Choir sang for Pope John Paul II in Clementine Hall in the Vatican Palace. On September 15, 1987, the Choir sang at the Diplomatic Reception/Prayer Service for Pope John Paul II at St. Vibiana's Cathedral, officially welcoming him to Los Angeles and, on June29th, 1988, they sang Mass at St. Peter's in Rome for the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, with the Pope presiding. This occasion marked one of only four times a group other than the Sistine Choir has been afforded this honor and the St. Charles Choir is the only American choir ever invited.
Paul Salamunovich has been the Music Director at St. Charles Borromeo Church in North Hollywood since 1949. He has long been recognized for his contributions to the field of sacred music and was honored by the Vatican in 1969 with a Papal Knighthood in the Order of St. Gregory.
In April 2001, Salamunovich was named Music Director Emeritus of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, capping his ten-year term as its Director and marking the culmination of a lifetime association with both the Chorale and its founder, Roger Wagner. Paul was a Charter Member of the organization and was, for twenty-four years, Assistant Conductor of both the Roger Wagner and the Los Angeles Master Chorales. In 1998 Paul and the Master Chorale received a Grammy nomination for the "Best Choral Performance" for their recording of music of Lauridsen – Lux Aeterna. This overwhelmingly successful recording is still being heard all over the world.
Salamunovich has also earned national and international attention as an esteemed conductor and educator. As a music educator, he began his teaching career at Mount St. Mary's College in 1957, while still a student himself. Paul joined the part-time faculty of Loyola University in 1964; he became a full-time member in 1973 and remained on the faculty as Director of Choral Activities at what is now Loyola Marymount University for twenty-seven years, being promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 1980 and awarded an honorary doctorate and Professor Emeritus status in 1993.
During his career, Paul has conducted clinics and festivals throughout the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, South America, Europe, Australia and the Far East. He has also conducted at an unprecedented four consecutive ACDA National Conventions: with the LMU Men's Chorus in 1987, their Women's Chorus in 1989, the St. Charles Borromeo choir in 1991 and the L.A. Master Chorale in 1993. In November 2003 Paul conducted the St. Petersburg Philharmonic of Russia along with the Master Chorale of the USA in the Mozart Requiem at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome for the concluding concert of the 2nd annual Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra.
Salamunovich has been responsible for choral music in numerous feature films and television productions. These projects include such films as First Knight, Air Force One, Sum of All Fears, Steven Spielberg's A.I. and Sony's XXX. By invitation of the University of Southern California, Paul is the Interim Director of the USC Chamber Singers for the 2007-2008 Season.
Rabbi Janet Bieber
Rabbi Janet Bieber has served the Southern California Jewish Community as an educator, chaplain, counselor and Cantor for over 25 years. In 2005 she received Rabbinic Smicha from the Academy for Jewish Religion. For six years she served at the Jewish Home for the Aging in San Diego as Rabbi, Cantor and Administrator of all Jewish programs and religious services.
Rabbi Janet holds a Masters degree in Jewish Education from the University of Judaism and has taught over 400 children and adult B'nei mitzvah privately and in classes. She has performed numerous concerts in Hebrew and English, with Yiddish Songs as her specialty. She is currently working on integrating English into the Yiddish text to preserve the sound of the Yiddish while making it accessible to everyone. Her most recent CD, "Kol Isha: The Voice of a Jewish Woman," contains music in Hebrew Yiddish and English and includes two original compositions.
Rabbi Janet is currently the Director of Religious Education at Temple Emanu El in Burbank. She is available to all those in need of Rabbinc services – weddings, funerals, baby namings, lifecycle events.
Jonathan "Legacy" Perez
B-Boy, Dancer, Choreographer, Director, Dance Instructor
Jonathan Lee Perez, aka Legacy, was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of four, he moved to Miami, Florida. Mentored by his father as a young teen, Legacy excelled in soccer and received a scholarship. Unfortunately, due to an injury, his dream of pursuing a career in soccer was cut short. At fifteen, he was exposed to breaking (B-Boying) at a skating rink called "Hotwheels", where he learned that breaking came to him naturally; and where he acquired his name "Legacy".
Legacy's first dance job was in 1998 at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum, which led to a contract at Universal Studios Florida. In 2004, Legacy moved to Los Angeles with $240 in his pocket and a dream to show his talent in music videos, commercials, and movies.
In the few years Legacy has been in L.A., he has accumulated an impressive resume. His highlights include a featured role in "Stomp the Yard" and two world tours with Gwen Stefani in 2005 and 2007. He has worked with many top choreographers, including Jamal, Rich and Tone, Tina Landon, Dave Scott, and Sho-Tyme. Among other things, Legacy has appeared on the Vans Warped Tour w/ The Black Eyed Peas, the Lady of Soul Awards w/ Toni Braxton, The Video Game Awards w/ Method Man & Redman, the Latin Grammy's with Roselyn Sanchez, the MTV Movie Awards with Lindsey Lohan, The Grammy Awards with Rhianna & The Time, performances with Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera's "Candyman" video and Janet Jackson's "Rock With U" and is currently working on Chris Brown's next music video.
Known for his acrobatic movement, distinguished for his individuality and drive, Legacy aspires to become a choreographer and director. He appreciates all the support he has received throughout the years and hopes to return it on a bigger scale.
In the summer of 2008, Legacy's first instructional hip-hop/break dance video entitled "Let's Break" will be available in stores!
Big Thanks to his mother Gladys, father Oscar, and brother Oscar Andres. Peace to his crew Street Masters. Thanks to MSA for keeping it real and to Tiffany - You're the best! To Gwen and all the amazing crew, THANK YOU!
Contact: MSA (323) 957-6680
Charley Walters is a director of the International Creative Production at Dream Works Animation. He has managed the roll-out of overseas versions for the animated films Shrek the Third, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar 2, and the upcoming Monsters vs. Aliens. In addition to contributing to the international success of these films, Charley helped manage the domestic PR campaigns for such films as Shrek 2, Over the Hedge, and the studio's premiere short film "First Flight."
Prior to and between his seven years at the studio, Walters also worked on NBC's Production and Public Relations committees for the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Athens, and Beijing, and he recently formed his own PR company which can be found at www.cw3pr.com.
Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota and a graduate of Northwestern University near Chicago, Illinois, Charley now resides in Los Angeles, but with a fairly hectic travel schedule. He thanks Doctors Bieber and Toomin for always being so accommodating to his rather unpredictable schedule and for making sure he's proud to smile in whatever part of the world he happens to be in.
After retiring as a Director of Photography (credits on the IMDB), Jules started writing movie and book reviews for his web sites, Cinema Signals and Critical Mystery Tour respectively. In addition to his membership in the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.), he added accreditation by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) as an online and print journalist. Accordingly, he receives screening Invitations from the studios and mystery books from publishers, satisfying his need for a steady flow of both to keep him grounded in the two areas of entertainment he couldn't do without. His movie review blurbs appear on Rotten Tomatoes.
His sessions with Dr. Bieber are as much social events as dental, because of their mutual interest in movies and similar perceptions and values. Of course, it's sometimes difficult for Jules to hold up his end of the conversation with his mouth wide open.
Other interests include classical music by living composers (John Adams, #1), swimming and weight training. He cheers for the Dodgers and the Lakers.
Jules Brenner's Movie Reviews
Jules Brenner's Critical Mystery Tour
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