I took a sharp turn when I slowed my roll in my two-decade career as a Producer/Writer in TV, Events and Communications in my 40’s to go back to school. In a period of four years, I earned an AS in Math and Natural Science, an AA in English, a BA in Communication from UCSD with Summa Cum Laude distinction, and have been accepted to USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism for a Masters in Communication Management. Mama never knew she had it in her!

I want to be constantly learning, growing, writing, creating, strategizing and making positive social impacts on the human experience in all the work do. In this next phase, I am taking my breadth of work experience and now add to it an emphasis in social, cultural and political theory; equity, diversity and inclusion expertise; and science communication and organizational communication know-how.

As a natural-born writer, my work has appeared in numerous television programs, including a nationally franchised morning news segment airing five days a week on ABC news affiliates, pop-science entertainment news segments for the TV show “Dailies” on ReelzChannel, Emmy Nominated documentary “Power in Motion,” the TV series “Veteran’s Project” for the History Channel, as well as multiple marketing and communications projects for clients such as Deepak Chopra, Petco, Pitney Bowes, Kids’ Turn, Multiple Sclerosis Society, and many more. My feature articles covering topics including parenting, travel, science, and social commentary have been published in TIME Magazine, ScaryMommy, The Los Angeles Daily News, The Signal, San Diego Family Magazine and The San Diego Reader. I was also interviewed live on Canada’s CBC Radio One Early Edition with Stephen Quinn about a popular parenting article I wrote for ScaryMommy.

It’s been a long road. Changing paths is not easy, but it is worth it. My life circumstances had me on my own supporting myself at 17-years-old before I graduated high school. While I did briefly attempt college, my options then were limited. What I lacked in support and finances, I made up for with an abundance of passion, vision and drive to gain a foothold in the career I was aiming for at the time, the entertainment industry in Hollywood. After landing my first few movie and TV jobs in assistant-level positions, I was quickly promoted, launching me into an over two-decade career as a Producer and Writer in television production, live events, marketing and communications on projects for Comedy Central, Netflix, HBO, The History Channel, Spike TV, Food Network and many others. I worked side-by-side with celebrities, managed millions of dollars, tireless schedules, countless clients and crews, and was paid to travel throughout 17 countries across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. It was more than I ever imagined for myself, and yet, there was more meaningful work for me to do with all I had learned. So I became a changemaker in my own life in order to make change on a grander scale as of yet unknown.

I don’t know if all of the time, money and effort to change careers will pay off, especially now, in times of global pandemics, anxiety, and all of humanity wading into the frightening unknown, but not knowing is not unfamiliar. I didn’t know what I was doing when I pursued a career in the entertainment industry, but I succeeded in making that dream a reality for over 20 years, won two Emmy’s and traveled the world. I didn’t know what I was doing when I got married, but I still took that leap and will be celebrating my 19th wedding anniversary this year. I didn’t know what I was doing when I became a mother, but now I have a kind, smart and talented teenager, who I am so proud of I could confetti the world with her praises.

I can say there is one thing I do know. Not knowing the outcome, but having the courage to do it anyway, is how we discover who we really are. Embrace the uncertainty. Do what scares you.

BA in Communication, UCSD, Summa Cum Laude… Never too late.