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What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm the Director of Right2Left Social Media Management & Web Design within the Arts Community. "Helping Creatives Stay Creative" is my tagline. Though my background has been in Hospitality & Tourism, my passion has always been for the Arts. When I came to the conclusion that working for someone else was was not allowing me to grow in the direction I was wanting, I went back to school. In order to graduate, I needed a large sample of work, so I reached out to my friends and community and noticed that all the Creative Souls in my life struggled with marketing themselves. Hence, Right2Left was born!
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
Working on board a Cruise Ship, first consoling, then fending off angry, and threatening passengers while floating around the Philippine Sea. This all due to the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. This 'Act of God' happened 5 days after we left Australia's Sydney Harbour headed to Japan for a 42 Day Cherry Blossom Tour. The subsequent radiation leak from the Fukushima Nuclear Facility closed all Asian ports forcing us to travel west towards the Indian Ocean, ill prepared to enter pirate infested waters. By the end of this cruise we had several passengers under cabin arrest, not to mention a Norovirus scare. Good Times!
Were you born and raised in Los Angeles? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Los Angeles?
I was born in Toronto Canada, and though I've spent years living abroad, I called Vancouver, BC home until I moved to LA. Los Angeles was the home of my Canadian born, American Citizen husband who has worked in the Film Industry for 30 years. Interestingly enough, his work as a Writer, Director, and Producer often takes him to Vancouver, which has been aptly named, "Hollywood North". That said, Hollywood CA is where the meetings happen, and where the work gets booked. Even though Vancouver is experiencing a boom due to Canadian Tax Incentives, Los Angeles will forever be the place to be and the true La La Land.
What’s your current hood in Los Angeles and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
We live in Van Nuys. A suburb of LA located in the San Fernando Valley. Though I spend the majority of my waking hours with clients Downtown. As the crow flies, Van Nuys is only 18 miles from the beach in Santa Monica, on the eastside of the Santa Monica Mountains (aka The Hollywood Hills). That said, it can take an hour or two in traffic to get from one to the other, due to the volume of cars on the road here. That's not the worst part... the worst is the difference in temperature between the seaside and the valley, it can vary up to 30 degrees on any given day. What's the best part? The Studio City Farmer's Market on Sunday mornings.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
My musical tastes depend upon where I am... Growing up in Canada, the Bare Naked Ladies was my fave! Then I graduated to the loungy sounds of Leslie Feist. When I lived on the island of Kauai, Jack Johnson played on repeat. In Australia, I stumbled onto their equivalent, Xavier Rudd. In Paris, Melody Gardot was my go to soundtrack for wandering the city. Here in LA my favourite music to listen to while inching along in traffic is upbeat and happy: Pharrell Williams, Bruno Mars & Ingrid Michaelson. For fun, Jonathan Colton - one of my Husband's faves, is very entertaining. I Hate Death Metal.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Haha... That's where Leslie Feist does the trick. There's nothing better than her 'Let it Die' Album to give you a vehicle to tear up, then dance with delight in your underwear!
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Ten Years ago I was all about HBO and male dominated dramas like Sopranos & Entourage over Sex and the City. Then Dexter & Mad Men came onto the scene. Seemingly very different shows, but both committed to the new wave of 'Anti-Hero Protagonists', which I loved! Last Year, Netflix produced Bloodline & House of Cards which completely captured my interest. Once again two different perspectives of a similar theme, ‘Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely’. Today Handmaid’s Tale, written by Canadian Novelist Margaret Atwood about a dystopian future is my new obsession. It depicts what happens when the pendulum swings ALL the way to the right.
Name some spots in Los Angeles that are good for a Tinder date.
Seeing as this is a Film Industry Town... I would suggest heading to one of the many Outdoor Theatre Venues, like on the beach at the Santa Monica Pier. Add dinner at a Food Truck and you'll learn how adventurous your date is. Another late night haunt is at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood inside the 1930's Spare Room Bowling Alley, it's the perfect Old Hollywood Experience, and you'll have the opportunity to learn whether they're a good sport or not. There's also Swing Dance Nights at the Wiltern Theatre, an Art Deco Icon in Central LA. The evening begins with a dance class, it's always a good idea to see if your date can move. Just saying.
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Donald Trump, but I don't think he has the sense of humour for it. I was visiting family in Vancouver, after the President's Inauguration this year. While downtown, I stumbled onto the Women’s March. As we passed the newly opened Trump Tower Hotel on Georgia Street, people chanted "Not Our President, Still our Problem." When people in Los Angeles find out I'm Canadian, more often than not they immediately become embarrassed and apologize for the circumstance that they find themselves in, in this predominantly Democratic State. This gives my optimistic liberal spirit hope.
Who’s your hero and where in Los Angeles would you take them out for a serious hang?
Ooo... I love this question! I've believed for some time now, that Elizabeth Gilbert and I could be BFF's. So if I had the opportunity, I'd give us an excuse to dress up, fine dine, and people watch at Osteria Mozza. THE "LA Scene" Italian restaurant, where the who's-who go to see and be seen! Located in the heart of Mid-City, on the corner of Melrose & Highland. I just know we would talk for hours about the injustice of ageism that haunts Hollywood Actresses, over amazing cocktails, delicious wines and share plates. Like their incredible Burrata & Grilled Asparagus, and Butternut Squash Mezzelune! It would be a night to remember.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I'm a bit of a minimalist, which is why I lean towards unstructured, clean lined, amazing fabric wear. Kit & Ace: Technical Clothing is my fave of late. A Vancouver brand that you can find here in LA in the hot hipster 'hood of Venice, on Abbot Kinney Blvd. KA's claim to fame is the use of machine washable Cashmere. Needless to say everything feels AMAZING, but not just to the touch, When wearing one of their weightless Ts and you're hit with a breeze, the sensation is heavenly. Their style could be called, Casual Chic. A little more urban than boho, but still perfect to go from a beach walk to a lunch meeting on the roof of the Standard.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
I honestly can’t say that anywhere is off limits to me and my adventurous spirit. That said, you would never find me touring the Battleship IOWA in San Pedro. As a pacifist, I don’t believe in spending time aboard a vessel that carried weapons of mass destruction.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Play in the Surf. I've been paddle boarding in Marina del Rey this winter and loved being back on the water. I was on my first surfboard at 10, and when living in Kauai I was in and/or on the water almost every day! But between the Pacific Coast's CCcolddd Water Temperature and the high levels of pollution, (Santa Monica Beach has never reached higher than a C Grade, which can make people sick if ingested). So I choose not to frolic in the waves, but I have signed up to volunteer for LA Waterkeeper's Beach Clean Ups. Being part of the solution rather than the problem is the only way I've found to stay positive.
Where do you go in Los Angeles for a casual night out?
Close to home, we like to wander Studio City. Always good for actor sitings at Joan's on Third, plus there's a ton of cute shops & cafes. After dinner, walking Ventura Blvd with an ice cream cone from Salt & Straw is the best! When up for crossing the "Hill", Montana Avenue in SM, is another lil neighbourhood we like to dine and stroll. Window Shopping at Rachel Ashwells's Shabby Chic is far less expensive when the store is closed ;P That said, the best people watching I've found hands down, is on Abbot Kinney in Venice. It feels like I'm in Provence, every time we sit at a Sidewalk Cafe, and hear French spoken by the passing Travellers.
Where would you go in Los Angeles to celebrate some freaking good news?
I know most people would go to Malibu, but I'm a city gal at heart, and my favourite kind of food is Indian. Badmaash on W. 2nd Downtown is the BEST! One Dad & Two Brothers hailing from India & Canada, kill it in the kitchen! Their Badass Chicken Tikka Poutine on Masala Fries is my fave and their Ghost Chili Lamb Vindiloo will blow out any cob-webs. Their motto, "If Gandhi were our age today, he'd totally be a hipster. He's like 'peace, love, nonviolence, eat healthy, be good." Too fun! Plus, while you drink Chai and graze through the menu, you get to watch Bollywood films projected on the wall. It's the PERFECT place for a Celebration!
What’s your choice of transportation in Los Angeles and why?
An Electric Car. Why? Because you need a car in LA. Just watch 'Roger Rabbit' to learn the history of the challenged transportation system in LA. Why Electric? Because having been a devoted pedestrian wherever I've lived before here, I have a hard time consciously contributing to the pollution.
What are the Los Angeles spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Ooo... There are SOooo... Many amazing things to do in this city, but for a first-timer, I'd start at the Santa Monica’s Pier, the official end of Route 66. Then take a guided Bike Tour from Santa Monica to Hollywood. Or a Walking Tour from Venice Beach, through the Canals and down Abbot Kinney. For the energetic, a Hike in Griffith Park to see the Hollywood Sign, the Griffith Observatory and the Greek Theatre. But my fave, a visit to DTLA’s Historic District. View the Bradbury Bldg, lunch at the Grand Central Market and ride up the hill by the Flight of Angels to Museum hop from MOMA to the Broad, both located on Grand Ave. To name a few.
What are the Los Angeles spots tourists should run from screaming?
Don’t bother taking a Star Home tour they’re a monumental waste of time because the majority of celebrities don’t even live in Hollywood or Beverly Hills! Head to Malibu County Market’s Marmalade for breakfast or brunch on any given weekday and you’ll be sure to find someone to Ogle. Also, Hollywood Blvd’s Walk of Fame is beyond Cheesy, but if you must experience it, park in the Hollywood & Highland underground and walk Hollywood Blvd to see a film at the TCL Chinese IMAX Theatre, it’s pretty impressive and you'll get the sense of Old Hollywood you're craving.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Los Angeles. How do you spend it?
Before getting on a plane or sitting in a car for hours, I highly recommend getting physical! I mean it's California... And you've probably done your share of touring, shopping, and eating Ice Cream & Donuts. So today, be a local and get your 'Sweat On'! I suggest, go to Griffith Park around 4pm, park at the Greek Theatre and hike to the top of Mount Hollywood. With a view of The Hollywood Sign, you can watch a golden west coast sunset and then walk down from the Griffith Observatory. The only way you can top that magic, is dining at Providence on Melrose. Among one of the best seafood restaurants in LA.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Paris. There's something about the pink light, the decorative architecture, the street markets, the fashion, the food, the ease of getting around, and the attention to detail in every facet of life that feeds my soul like no other city I've been to.