"You should make yourself so happy that by looking at you other people become happy." Yogi Bhajan
For the longest time I’ve tried to define and brand myself, to fit into a nice neat box. But each time, I remember that convention and I don’t get along so well.
Perhaps it’s from growing up with creative, entrepreneurial parents, or having travelled internationally since childhood, or from being on a life-long spiritual and creative quest, or maybe it’s just in my DNA.
It’s led to a personal and professional life filled with adventure, intrigue, success, and non-conformity.
A running joke I have, albeit the truth is… put me in front of a room full of people where I have to describe what I do, and I freeze. Drop me in a foreign country where I don’t know anyone or speak the language, and introduce me to the president, and I’m in my element.
I’m a perennial storyteller, a writer, a strategist, a problem-solver.
Giving voice to things that matter, raising awareness, and expanding perspectives, is what lights my fire.
Along the way I’ve worked for the son of the president of Angola producing an international campaign to introduce western audiences to Angolan Kuduro music and dance; brokered commodities deals in the private sector in Haiti and consulted with the Ministries of Tourism and Environment; almost died from malaria in Ghana while doing my Kundalini yoga teacher training; learned to negotiate in Haiti, Africa, and Viet Nam; produced, did PR for, and competed in the PAPA World Pinball Championships (circa early 1990s - secured over one billion impressions globally); worked with Grammy and Oscar-nominees and winners; was one of the first publicists once-upon-a-time to break independent film into the mainstream media; and so much more.
I'm an author and passionate storyteller. I contributed a chapter to the soon-to-be-published book, “Step Forward and Shine,” and contributed a chapter to the book, "Pain, Purpose, Passion: That Was Then, This is Now." I have a book publishing deal with The Round House Press and am working on my first memoir. My writing has been published in several magazines and I'm a contributing blogger to Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Identity Magazine, and Yogic Living.
Prior to launching BlueZan Consulting in 2005, I served as Vice President, Worldwide Publicity for RCA Victor Group, and at BMG, at Sony Classical with the same title, where I orchestrated campaigns including for Etta James, Ziggy Marley, James Galway, The Chieftains, Rachael Yamagata, Cesaria Evora, Yo-Yo Ma, The Three Tenors, Joshua Bell, and Joe Jackson. I co-founded, and for seven years managed Kahn & Jacobs, a leading entertainment marketing and public relations agency in New York and was named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 26 “Power Players” of the New York film industry.
During my early career, I created and implemented national marketing and communications campaigns for major independent film distributors, television networks, and film festivals. A small sampling of the amazing films I helped launch include Sling Blade, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Trip to Bountiful, Dirty Dancing, Sid and Nancy, Paris is Burning, Brother's Keeper, Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It, Jim Jarmusch’s Down by Law, and David Byrne’s True Stories.
Holistic healing has been part of my life since being a teenager. I’m a certified Kundalini yoga teacher, certified Pilates teacher and certified Shiatsu massage therapist.
Salsa dancing is my passion and when I'm not working or writing, I'm shaking my booty on the dance floor!