Tag: Self-esteem

Celebrating the Emmy Awards- Celebrity Connected Style

Did you know that one way a start-up can really garner a spotlight position is by signing on to be part of the Celebrity Connected award show gifting suites?  Here is where talent (actors, social media influencers, top athletes, etc.) converge with brands and media to help promote top-notch products and services. Plus, it is a TON of fun to attend!

Last week, I had the privilege to be a VIP guest at the Celebrity Connected gifting suite to celebrate the upcoming Emmy Awards.  The location was one of my favorites in all of downtown Los Angeles- the Millennium Biltmore. The grand ballroom was all “abuzz” with dozens of vendors hailing from all over the world.

While all were amazing, several were standouts, and I would like to highlight them here. Also, I will sprinkle my vendor spotlights with a few anecdotes from the red carpet and the ballroom  – you may see some familiar faces!


First up:  Unicorn Cupcake Boutique

Meet Tracy Lombardi from Unicorn Cupcake Boutique.  She is one smart entrepreneur! Her Unicorn Cupcake Boutique was amazing ! This brand truly is adorable!  Cupcakes and a unicorn theme! Plus,  the SWAG (gifts) were very clever, including unicorn soap and a sassy t-shirt that read “ Less Bitter, More Glitter!”

Also note, that they donated several SWAG bags to be used for a pre-Emmy event.  As I came home  from Celebrity Connected with a dozen bags I opened my email to a special request.  I received a note from a Mom who has a child attending the Parkland HS in Florida (Stoneman – Douglas), asking for any donations for an upcoming event.  Knowing that these children have experienced the unspeakable, I saved most of the goodies from the Unicorn Cupcake folks and will ship it to this family. So, Tracy and Unicorn Cupcake gals, I hope you don’t mind, but your donations are helping young women in Florida feel less bitter with more glitter!

Tracy Lombardi
Unicorn Cupcake Boutique
Big Cupcake Truck
Instagram and Facebook: unicorncupcakeboutique

SPORTAMIX:  Bringing Coaches and Athletes together 




When I first arrived at Celebrity Connected, owner Gene Sheynis invited me to spend time at the SPORTAMIX booth in order to learn more about this “matchmaking” for athletes to professional sports, colleges, etc. and to meet sports agent, Leigh Steinberg.   Luckily, I  love sports, especially football and soccer,  so interviewing Mr. Steinberg later in the day proved to be a pleasure, despite no real preparation.  What I learned is that this UCLA/ BERKLEY graduate does not predict Penn State to be in the Rose Bowl, but he does have a winner with SPORTAMIX! 


Toasting to the success of SPORTAMIX with Celebrity Connected Founder and CEO, Gene Sheynis


Here is the description of SPORTAMIX straight from their website: 

Sportamix is a sports networking platform that enables direct communication between athletes, coaches, recruiters and fans.

Any athlete from anywhere in the world, despite nationality, age, geographical location, or social status, can be discovered and connected.

Follow on Instagram: @SportamixLive


Scenes from the Celebrity Connected Red Carpet and Ballroom:

There are only a handful of “celebrities” that would reduce me to becoming a “fan girl”.  Two of those celebrities happened to show up at this Celebrity Connected event. Sadly, George Clooney did not show.


Steven Webber is a character actor known for his roles in WINGS, NASHVILLE and countless other shows and movies.  I love his evilness in NCIS and truly it was an honor to meet him.  He was funny, gracious and after 20 minutes I stopped being a “fan” as he declared us “new friends”.  Steven, if you read this blog – know that  I appreciated our conversation, the laughs and hope you get to say “alive” in upcoming roles! (wink, wink).


Judd Hirsch! Oy Vey! Ordinary People is one of my very favorite movies.  Taxi was a favorite TV show and Superior Donuts, was light entertainment – but he made it work!  It was a pleasure to be in his presence.  A true master at the craft of acting and a “helluva” nice guy, too!



I like bling.  And, bling with style made with clever design gets my attention every time. That is why I really enjoyed meeting Dana from Piece Jewelry.  Her passion “overfloweth”.

In their own words:

The Story Behind PIECE:

Many years ago I fell in love with another local jeweler’s website and designs, and seeing her pursue this dream gave me courage to go after my own. I always wanted to create and sell items from my own hands. My love for jewelry started when I was very young, and I have always been a one PIECE kind of jewelry girl. Finding that one PIECE that’s your favorite, and then picking your whole outfit to match that one awesome pair of earrings or that one amazing necklace. Hence the name of our business “PIECE” and our tag line “Find Your Favorite”. I hope everyone finds a PIECE that is their favorite, just like I have for so many years!

PieceJewelry.com        Instragram/ PieceJewelry 






The “family” at Lighthouse Roasters are so kind, generous and knowledgeable about one of my very favorite topics in the whole world- COFFEE!!!  Their brews were excellent and they gifted many social influencers during Celebrity Connected and other events that weekend a generous boxed set of TWO of their signature coffees and a drip coffee maker!

Instagram: LighthouseRoasters

Label me a FAN FOR LIFE!! 

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Lighthouse Roasters from SEATTLE had AMAZING coffee! A blend of four different coffees – delicious!

Yes, Virginia it is a SOLAR POWERED HAT with a FAN by KOOL BREEZE!

Have you ever sat outside to watch your child play soccer/ football/ softball/ baseball ,etc. IN THE HOT, HOT SUN?  You end up sweating from the top of your head to your toes! Well, the creators of the KOOL BREEZE hat came up with a solution that uses a mini-solar panel to operate a small fan in the core of the hat.  It works! The minute you step outside you hear the BZZZZZZ of the fan.  Bring on the summertime concerts! (The photos below looks like I am dreaming of all the applications this hat / product design could have! Shark Tank??)

Instagram: KoolBreezeSolarHats





Now there were many more brands, but due to space, I will give them shoutouts and upload photos on my Instagram account.  

Enjoy the photos taken by the amazing JOY DAUNIS of JOYDAUNISPHOTOS.com


In this featured image from Left (top) to Right (bottom) are: Unicorn Cupcake Boutique and social media influencers (and pals) Tommy Geraci and Amanda Greene/ Actress Nikki Soohoo with Tommy and myself/ Steven Webber (centered)/ Tommy and I with singer Kirsten Collins and host and fitness expert- Shaka. Smith/ Camryn holding Sheree make-up.


Raising a Confident Kid / Tween / Teen Model

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Once a month I host a radio program titled, Parenting the Talent. I have blogged before that I was inspired to do so as a way “pay it forward” to parents and professionals who helped our family when my daughter, Natasha Sattler  was first starting out as a professional actor. Today I had the opportunity to interview Marlene Wallach,  CEO and President of the Wilhelmina Kid- Teen Modeling Agency and author of an array of self -esteem and inspirational books aimed at the tween-teen audience.

Marlene, who hails from my native state of New York and makes me yearn for “home” with her New York accent, gave tons of sage information during our interview. Much of this information is available through her very cheery and comprehensive website geared for the tween and teen crowd – Just Ask Marlene or JAM! On the website one can check out her book which offers the “411” about beauty, fashion and also provides help for those kids who are having a difficult time with self-esteem during the tricky adolescent phase of life.

Below are the highlights of our interview. To hear the interview in its’ entirety please go to iTunes (press the June 28th tab)  or Blog Talk Radio. 

Marlene provided solid information which included the following important words or wisdom for parents and aspiring modelsL 

1- Modeling involves the WHOLE FAMILY.  The entire family will be impacted when one or more members becomes a professional model. Therefore, the WHOLE family needs to understand that changes will occur to family dynamics and routines. Also, commitments need to be honored, even when there is a class trip planned or other event.

2- Education is important. Marlene did not advocate for homeschooling when it came to professional models because of her concerns with socialization. However, she understood that sometimes circumstances necessitate home educating a child. She did mention that summertime was the busiest for kid models with back to school, Halloween and Christmas holiday print and commercial jobs. Therefore, many kids are working models during the “off season” where schooling is concerned.

3. Headshots that look natural are key for older tweens and teens.  And a quality snapshot is acceptable for younger children. (Leave the makeup bag at home! If you are 12, look 12 in your photo.)

4. Parents within the special education community wrote in prior to the show with some questions.  Some have children with Autism or Downs Syndrome. Louise asked Marlene about the likelihood that children with special needs would find regular assignments within the modeling world. She indicated that children with special needs are a niche market and while some companies, such as Toys R Us, conduct many print advertisements with inclusion in mind, most print ads do not incorporate a large number of children with exceptional needs. Yet, Marlene did add a caveat that children who are cooperative, take direction, are able to demonstrate sound reading skills, have parents who are easy going and they too “follow directions” will be more successful in the modeling world.

5. Modeling is an investment.  Parents should be aware that there are “start up fees” such as headshots and resumes.  Also, maintenance fees, such as for travel or wardrobe.

Meet Walden, age 16 and working professional model

1. Marlene noted that most modeling agencies choose 90% of their roster of kids to represent via photos they receive. Traditional “snail” mail is best. Open call does not generate as many contracts as many believe. Marlene gave an example that at a recent open call her agency conducted they interviewed 1500 kids. They signed 30. And of those only five will have regular work. This is not a career for the weary (child nor parents).

2. Marlene advised Walden to make her audition remarkable.  Walden asked how she could best leave an “impression” with the agents when they see so many “new faces” during an open call.  Marlene suggested that she tell a joke or say something that would quickly show her “personality” and help agents to recall her name, face and the lasting “impression” come the end of a busy day when decisions need to be made.

Here is how YOU can learn more about our guests from today’s PARENTING THE TALENT:

To  connect with Marlene or book her for a speaking engagement contact her via her website. Marlene is available to speak about raising a child model, self-esteem with tween and teen girls and other related topics.

To learn more about Marlene’s Tween Lifestyle Collection of books on beauty, fashion and self-esteem go to herJAM website, too!

Ask her a direct question here: justaskmarlene@gmail.com.

To connect with Walden please contact her representative at the UR Supermodels (management group)  

♥ Also, at the beginning and end of this show we gave a shout-out to a niche clothing store with “groovy clothes for all ages”-  the NEW VOGUE SHOP in Wellsville, New York. They generously will give a $50 gift certificate to the FIRST PERSON who goes to their FACEBOOK PAGE and posts the following:  ” I listened to PARENTING THE TALENT and the code is FASHION

Thanks for reading and be sure to check out ALL the 411Voices.com  radio shows, hosts, and much more!

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