This is why they pay me the big bucks…LOL!

By Joy A. Kennelly

Glad I’m not Hulk Hogan‘s wife today! Sorry, just had to share. It’s always sad when a celebrity marriage fails. Also, when it’s as a result of infidelity. And a family friend. And someone much younger. And… you get the point.

Makes me glad I’m not married right now. At least to Hulk Hogan.:) Marriage is nice when it’s to the right person and they’re faithful till death do us part. Right? Right.

In any case, very happy to report that I’ve had a 62% positive result from cold call pitching one client this week. What was fun was to find a few old friends I forgot did this type of work. Now to see what transpires as a result of my efforts. Very excited and wish him much success. I’ll share when there’s something more there.

Still prepping other clients for their public debut, but we’re jammin’ and it should be very soon. Mr. De Mille, I’m ready for my close-up…:) I love this part of the process because then when the client is ready, we just pop!

Anyone else think those new Wamu commercials are a total crack up? Especially the roller skating one with the little guy and the big woman? Whoo Hoo everybody! Can you tell I’m watching Access Hollywood and commercials while I write this? Can’t wait to watch Will Ferrell’s newest film, Semi Pro. He is totally my sense of humor.

Oh, almost forgot to tell you. Very excited to see what happens when I put my laser focused attention on pitching Travel Tray in a much wider fashion. I was letting another company act as our intermediary which didn’t work out as we thought so onward and upwards.

Lest I have lead you to believe the owner is anything other than the most gentle, wise, wonderful person, please hear me now. He and his wife are great. I’m honored to be representing their company. However, don’t try to copy their product(s). We know they’re good, but they’re patented and not yours to copy ok?

Okay, that’s all. Just wanted to give a little brag because, Damn I’m good at what I do. LOL. Sorry, Will Ferrell is rubbing off on me a little. (Well, maybe I’m a little good.:)

Have a good evening!


Quick Client Updates

Joy A. Kennelly

I’ve been under the weather lately due to the drastic change with the weather which has prevented me from writing an update sooner. I was also a little bummed to learn that WordPress isn’t probably the best blogging site for me to use which has made me hesitant to write here as well.

I’m trying a new look to see if it will help at all, but still am not sure if this will have the reach I’m looking for.

Once I learn how to transfer everything over to Typepad I will be doing that shortly I’ve decided. I’ll let you know. Stay tuned….Thanks for stopping by regardless though!

Now that I feel better here’s a quick update of what’s been happening.

Oftentimes I also get hired to write press releases for various PR companies which is fun for me and something I can turn around fairly quickly. I enjoy the variety, working with other writers and publicists, and learning new topics that I wouldn’t otherwise get involved in.

I’ve written about music, venues, restaurants, technology, events, film, books, and other clients I often never meet. What’s great to hear is the success rate publicists have with the final version I wrote for them.

Recently I was approached by a new publishing company to edit a press release for the launch of a two-volume book on the life and career of French Actor, Jean Gabin. This was a special treat to work on since I’ve known the Author/Film Historian, Charles Zigman, for over 15 years.

Here’s the final version for your reading pleasure. If you’re a fan of Jean Gabin, click on the link at the end to buy a copy or two. Great gifts for the film buffs in the bunch!

Otherwise, that’s all for now. Have a great week! I plan to.

Enjoy the read!

“Jean Gabin is one of the greatest actors who ever lived. He is, to me, the paradigm of the perfect actor. He’s still, he’s honest. He’s brave. He would never make anything up. He would never add any emotion to it… And he performs with such simplicity, that it can only be understood as artistic courage…” David Mamet



Introductions by Brigitte Bardot & Michele Morgan, With an Appreciation by David Mamet

Los Angeles, CA Considered to be one of the greatest movie stars of all time by movie fans throughout the world, the legendary French actor Jean Gabin’s prolific film career is documented in the WORLD’S COOLEST MOVIE STAR: THE COMPLETE 95 FILMS (AND LEGEND) OF JEAN GABIN, VOLUMES ONE AND TWO by Film Historian/Author Charles Zigman. These are the very first filmography books on Jean Gabin and his ninety-five films in any language, not to mention the very first books ever written about Jean Gabin in the English-language. Allenwood Press will release the two-volume set on July 20, 2008.

The legendary actress Michele Morgan, who appeared with Gabin in some of his best known feature films, wrote the foreword to Volume One. Actress Brigitte Bardot penned an original foreword to Volume Two, and Playwright/Director David Mamet provided an “appreciation” for the back jacket of the same volume.


WORLD’S COOLEST MOVIE STAR: THE COMPLETE 95 FILMS (AND LEGEND) OF JEAN GABIN, VOLUMES I AND II is for Jean Gabin ‘newbies’ and ‘completists’ alike: For the un-initiated, both books feature lengthy biography and introductory chapters which place Gabin and his famous big-screen persona into perspective; and for film buffs, Film Historian/Author Charles Zigman presents ninety-five separate chapters dedicated to Jean Gabin’s ninety-five theatrical feature films. Each of the two volumes features more than 100 rare archival photographs, most of which have never even appeared in previously published French-language books about Jean Gabin.

More than fifty motion pictures which have never been subtitled into English have been translated by native speakers and written about by Author Zigman in WORLD’S COOLEST MOVIE STAR: THE COMPLETE 95 FILMS (AND LEGEND) OF JEAN GABIN, VOLUMES I AND II, allowing English-speaking readers to feel, by reading about the films, that they’re actually ‘seeing’ them. Excerpts included from original U.S. and European newspaper reviews, written between the 1930’s and the 1970’s, demonstrate how prominent movie critics received Gabin’s pictures when they were first released.

Throughout the world, Jean Gabin is considered to be film history’s consummate ‘everyman,’ and he continues to be a huge cult figure in the United States: In September 2002, two week-long Jean Gabin festivals were presented at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’ and at the Walter Reade Theatres in New York, both to sold-out crowds. “For many people around the world,” Ian Birnie, film curator of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has said, “Jean Gabin is, and has always been, French cinema.”

During the 1930s and 1940s, Gabin’s popularity in the U.S. nearly equaled that of Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, and Bette Davis. Volume One, subtitled “Tragic Drifter,” explores the period between 1930 to 1953, and covers the first forty-six of Gabin’s films, including the internationally renowned GRAND ILLUSION, as well as the 1937 gangster classic PEPE LE MOKO in which, as in other films made during this period, the actor played international movie history’s most famous tragic drifter.

Volume Two, subtitled “Comeback/Patriarch,” covers Films 47 through 95, which Gabin made between 1954 and 1976. During this period, Instead of playing the tragic drifter, the star played


a series of mega-cool gentleman-criminals and world-weary yet life-loving patriarchs. Gabin even turned out comedies during this period, films which have been previously unknown to English-speaking audiences.

Film Historian/Author Charles Zigman’s goal is to introduce as many people as possible to Gabin’s films and life in a fun, informative, comprehensive way. WORLD’S COOLEST MOVIE STAR: THE COMPLETE 95 FILMS (AND LEGEND) OF JEAN GABIN, VOLUMES I AND II will be available on July 20, 2008. Each of the two volumes will be sold separately.

WORLD’S COOLEST MOVIE STAR: THE COMPLETE 95 FILMS (AND LEGEND) OF JEAN GABIN, VOLUMES I AND II is the inaugural release of Allenwood Press, a new publishing company dedicated to presenting older movies in a fresh, vibrant new style.

Film Historian/Author Charles Zigman, a native of Los Angeles, has taught Film and Television at Augusta State University, Georgia. Zigman is a graduate of both UCLA’s undergraduate filmmaking program and Columbia University’s Graduate Department of Film in New York, where he co-wrote a screenplay with writing legend Terry Southern. Zigman has also contributed articles to NEW TIMES LOS ANGELES, CULT MOVIES MAGAZINE, THE HOLLYWOOD STOCK EXCHANGE, WORD.COM, and L.A. TRIBE.COM, not to mention several chapters to the 2001 book GIG: AMERICANS TALK ABOUT THEIR JOBS AT THE TIME OF THE MILLENNIUM (Crown Books). For the past ten years, he has traveled the world, researching and writing about all ninety-five films of Jean Gabin. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, go to

Volume One: Tragic Drifter: ISBN: #978-0-9799722-0-1. ($39.95 U.S./£20.00 U.K./ €26.85 European Union.) Hardcover, 6 x 9, 576pps., 113 black and white photos, Pub. Date: July 20, 2008.

Volume Two: Comeback/Patriarch: ISBN: #978-0-9799722-1-8. ($39.95 U.S./£20.00 U.K./ €26.85 European Union.)

Hardcover, 6 X 9, 532pps., 100 black and white photos, Pub. Date: July 20, 2008.

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It’s days like these when I’m so happy I do what I do…

By Joy A. Kennelly

Not much time to go into too much detail, but just know today was a great day. Signed two new clients, got a lot done for my other current clients, had an amazing evening with Christian friends in the entertainment biz, and learned that some pro bono PR work I’ve been doing for months and months has paid off in a huge way!

God is good is all I have to say! More later, but just know today was an awesome day!

LA’s exploding art scene and clever Valentine’s Day promotion

img_0756.jpgBy Joy A. Kennelly

Last night I was invited to attend a Valentine’s party downtown which looked like fun and seeing as my other single girlfriend didn’t have plans either, we decided to see what it was all about.

The invite promised a chance to win 2 nights at the Standard Hotel & more! Wine, chocolates, roses, raffles, art exhibit and a smart car on site – sounded interesting. Besides, who can turn down chocolates and roses on Valentine’s Day?

On the hour-long, traffic-ridden drive down there I was beginning to question my decision, but as I got closer and saw all the people walking around, heard music, saw the red carpet, and the gallery openings I began to realize we were actually going to be attending something bigger than even expected.

The organizers of our private event had very cleverly wrapped their event around the regularly scheduled Downtown LA Art Walk which takes place the Second Thursday of every month in Downtown Los Angeles.

What a brilliant idea! We were thrilled to have more to do than just one party, which was fun, but small. There were tons of sponsors all perched on little cocktail tables selling their wares, condos and offering goodies to go.

I picked up some candy cigarettes (why? I don’t know…), a bottle of excellent Honest Tea which tastes light and refreshing, some lovely chocolates from Valrhona, some healthy dog treats from the Polka Dog bakery (again why? I don’t even own a dog! Mainly I liked the woman’s sales pitch – it was for my sexy beast. Too funny.), an introduction to Pussy Pooch, the ultimate pet destination from Boston, and numerous other sponsors.

Leaving there we decided to hit some of the other art openings in the surrounding area and were happily surprised to see some really great art. I kept telling my friend that the art scene is exploding in LA.

Then, this morning, my client sent me a link to the New York Times article which states when referring to the predominance of white male artists at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s spanking new Broad Contemporary Art Museum, “It should also be embarrassed by the dominance of New York artists (21 out of 30) at a point when Los Angeles has one of the liveliest art scenes on the planet.”

Now if the New York Times says it, will you believe me? Here’s a link to the whole article. Very cool. If last night was any indication of how hot the LA scene is getting I’m very excited!

What I loved about last night was there was so much raw, creative energy in the air. All kinds of people milling around on the streets, laughing, popping in all the various galleries and engaging in conversation inside. All kinds of amazing, interesting, not usually seen art from a wide spectrum of artists.

Here’s some pix to show you what I mean – highlights of the evening then I have to run. More later. This was the first gallery in a wide open area at the bottom of the building – very raw and eclectic. There was even a 50 person marching band accompanying us part of the way- wild! Sorry some of the pix are blurry, I was taking on the fly since I didn’t know if the gallery owners would allow me. But I am press so… Enjoy!



Some PR & Marketing ramblings on clients and things that work…

By Joy A. Kennelly

There’s always a lot of behind-the-scenes prep work that goes into publicizing clients that I don’t report on because what am I going to say? I’m waiting while my director client is researching information to give to me to allow me to do my job?

Or, I’m editing information to write a new client bio? I’m switching servers for the current web site and researching the best web designer for this client? I’ve pitched some new companies for Travel & Play, and am waiting to hear back? Boring! But true, nonetheless.

I find when working with people there’s generally a foundation that needs to be laid first. You need to have 1. a strong bio, 2. a focused description of whatever your project/art/etc is to help with the pitch to media and others, 3. strong visuals prepared to distribute and populate the web site, 4. a press release, 5. a media list tailored to your new client, and 6. a strong web site at a bare minimum.

Speaking of which, a web site needs to be updated constantly (which is why I have blogs – I’m not tech savvy for my official business site: The Joy Writer and need to find someone who is, but this I can do!) with the latest accomplishments, outcomes, etc to allow people to see you’re a viable entity and worth taking a 2nd look.

Another way to set yourself apart and get your name out there is event marketing. What has been fun for me all my life is planning events because not only do I often times see people I haven’t seen in ages, but I always meet someone new and end up staying friends with them as well.

But the added bonus is that event marketing is a great way to keep my name in front of a lot of people in a fun, exciting way that reminds people of my skills and connections, but doesn’t say – Hey, look at me! Hire me! I want work!

It’s more like building a relationship that creates opportunities for work to naturally flow out of the relationship rather than straight advertisement. Does that make sense?

What is funny to me is that oftentimes I’ll help people promote events that I have nothing to do with, but simply want to help get more people to attend. However, what invariably happens is that those invited think not only am I promoting the event, but I’m also organizing it! It’s a natural mistake because I do also produce events, but not all the time.

That happened one year when I publicized an activity from the South Bay International Surf Festival that happens every year during the summer in August to honor and celebrate our lifeguards. I was fascinated by the lifeguard contests that happen where they have to swim, row and surf in relay teams out in the ocean under timed conditions.

I wanted some friends from Hollywood to come down and hang out with me for one of the events. I created an invite with an image of the lifeguard fighting a huge wave in a small dory and a little description of the overall Surf Festival and sent it out to about 300 of my closest friends. (I exaggerate on the closeness, but I do know a lot of people from all over.)

Well, apparently I wrote it so well it was forwarded to a Reuters Journalist who contacted me to write a story about some of the lifeguards because she assumed I was the publicist for the event!

Since I didn’t want to lose the story opportunity to promote my hometown, I quickly rounded up some local lifeguards as contacts for interviews during the event, took pictures and sent everything off to New York for her review. She loved it, interviewed everyone and off the story went on the wire for whoever to pick up.

Now I wasn’t paid to do that, but because I love my home town and am proud of the lifesaving capabilities of our lifeguards I felt it was my duty as a publicist to make sure to see it through to fruition. Plus, I got to meet some great people!

I love helping people get their stories out into the world. I also love promoting quality events and people. That’s what makes my job so rewarding and diverse. There are admin elements about this work that drive me crazy, but I’m planning to get more help to allow me to focus on what I am good at doing, and free up my time more.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my ramblings, now to get to work! Have a good one!

The South Bay Professional Connection©, Spa Riviera & Actress Maria Rangel wrap up



Special Guest Appearance by Actress Maria Rangel (NBC’s Hit Show Age of Love)

South Bay, CA— Spa Riviera Owner and Renowned Microdermabrasion Specialist, Tony Cutrona, along with The South Bay Professional Connection Founder, Joy A. Kennelly, co–hosted a Pre-Valentine’s Day networking evening of health, beauty, food, special guests, and a holiday celebration in Redondo Beach, CA on Thursday, February 7, 2008.

The South Bay Professional Connection networking event took place at Spa Riviera. The day spa and lobby area amply accommodated over seventy-five guests who attended the first-time event and visited the business sponsors represented.

The evening began at 6pm with Clarisonic and Microdermabrasion skincare demonstrations and chair massages provided by Spa Riviera experts which continued throughout the evening. Spa Riviera Microdermabrasion and European facial treatments were given away during the drawing.

Artist Bigwood’s fine art was on display for sale and commission from Bigwood’s private art collection which was admired by attendees such as, Del Amo Rotary Club President, David Guelff; Chiropractor, Dr. Brian Carrico of Performance Health Medical Group; Hermosa Beach UPAC member, Kimberlee MacMullan; and Strand Rental Owner, Suzanne Rampe, among many others.

Actress Maria Rangel (star of NBC’s hit show Age of Love) arrived at 7pm to showcase her new “Yummy” line of soy candles and designer dresses. She also signed autographs, posed for pictures and answered questions from fans.

The networking event was enhanced with appetizers provided by Award-Winning Chef Rafael of Lou-e-Luey’s Restaurant, and capped off by red velvet and chocolate cupcake desserts provided by Chef Melinda. Nutritionist, Jayne Justice, offered New GoChi – Himalayan Goji juice tastings and cocktails.


Renowned Microdermabrasion Specialist and Spa Riviera Owner, Tony Cutrona, and his expert staff offer Microdermabrasion, European facials and body treatments by appointment only. Spa Riveira is located at 611 South Catalina Ave., Lower level – L40, Redondo Beach, CA 90278 (Corner of Catalina and Avenue I –free parking underneath.) For more information, please call 310 316-2888;


The South Bay Professional Connection’s (TSBPC) mission is to promote the interests of the South Bay as a whole to the media, the public, businesses, and residents.

TSBPC provides a wide variety of community, professional, social and business opportunities for professional groups, companies, and others interested in connecting with South Bay businesses, residents, visitors, and cultural, entertainment and educational institutions.

The South Bay Professional Connection achieves these goals through membership, special events, a comprehensive calendar of events, local, state and national government advocacy, public-private partnerships, and public relations/marketing for members.



Clarisonic Representative, Christina Kirk

1) Skincare demonstrations were offered by a Clarisonic representative, Christina Kirk, during Spa Riviera’s Pre-Valentine’s Day Networking Event co-sponsored by The South Bay Professional Connection on Thursday, February 7, 2008.

Spa Riviera Massage Therapist, Martha

2) Chair massages were provided by Spa Riviera’s newest massage therapist, Martha, during Spa Riviera’s Pre-Valentine’s Day Networking Event co-sponsored by The South Bay Professional Connection on Thursday, February 7, 2008.

South Bay Lovebirds, Deborah Thomas & Steve Barnes

3) South Bay lovebirds, Deborah Thomas and Steve Barnes, appreciated Bigwood Art on display during Spa Riviera’s Pre-Valentine’s Day Networking Event co-sponsored by The South Bay Professional Connection on Thursday, February 7, 2008.

Dr. Carico admires Bigwood Art

4) Dr. Brian Carrico of Performance Health, UPAC Member Kim MacMullan and others, admired the Bigwood Art display during Spa Riviera’s Pre-Valentine’s Day Networking Event co-sponsored by The South Bay Professional Connection on Thursday, February 7, 2008.

Actress Maria Rangel

5) Actress Maria Rangel (Star of NBC’s Hit Show “Age of Love”) showcased some of her “Yummy” soy candles and dress designs during Spa Riviera’s Pre-Valentine’s Day Networking Event co-sponsored by The South Bay Professional Connection on Thursday, February 7, 2008.

Fans gathered around Actress Maria Rangel

6) Fans gathered around Actress Maria Rangel of NBC’s Hit Show “Age of Love” during Spa Riviera’s Pre-Valentine’s Day Networking Event co-sponsored by The South Bay Professional Connection on Thursday, February 7, 2008.

Lou-e-Luey’s Restaurant

7) Award-winning Chef Rafael of Lou-e-Luey’s provided delicious appetizers during Spa Riviera’s Pre-Valentine’s Day Networking Event co-sponsored by The South Bay Professional Connection on Thursday, February 7, 2008.

Chef Melinda

8) Chef Melinda presented her Sugar Cups cupcakes during Spa Riviera’s Pre-Valentine’s Day Networking Event co-sponsored by The South Bay Professional Connection on Thursday, February 7, 2008.

Hosts Tony Cutrona and Joy Kennelly

9) Renowned Microdermabrasion Specialist and Spa Riviera owner, Tony Cutrona and The South Bay Professional Connection Founder, Joy Kennelly, at the Pre-Valentine’s Day Networking Event on Thursday, February 7, 2008.

GoChi Juice

10) The Himalayn Gochi Juice tastings and cocktails were a big hit among attendees of the Spa Riviera’s Pre-Valentine’s Day Networking Event co-sponsored by The South Bay Professional Connection on Thursday, February 7, 2008.

Last night at Spa Riviera was a lot of fun!

By Joy A. Kennelly

Next time I do an event like this, I hope to have a lot more help! I always forget how much work producing an event is, especially when you’re coordinating multiple sponsors/companies/personalities. But it’s always worth it in the end.

Fortunately, I met a woman at a recent Rotary Club meeting who is going to refer USC interns to work with me since a lot of her students want more hands on experience than a bigger PR firm will offer.

So true! I don’t have interns only copy and file, but have actually given previous interns opportunities for real life experience since it’s just me running the whole shebang and I need help doing a variety of PR activities. Plus, it’s great experience to have on your resume!

If you are interested in an unpaid internship and don’t mind commuting to the South Bay (although some work is virtual too), please send your resume to: I’m going to need more help once some of these deals I’ve been working on close.

I feel last night’s event was a great success for a first time ever promotion. Everything just flowed like clock work. (I’m taking the liberty of copying my thoughts from last night from my other blog because it was fresher then, but I’ll edit it and add more…)

We had a great turn-out. Once I figure out how to upload pix from my new camera and receive pix from others, I’ll share them with you! One of our local residents, Kim, who I’ve become friendly with while politicking, was very sweet and came early to help set up.

You gotta love people like her who are so servant-hearted. I think she’s my new best friend. LOL We all agree she looks like a younger, beautiful Maria Shriver.

Actress Maria Rangel was in all her glory sharing her experiences on NBC’s hit show, Age of Love, with a rapt group of women. It was really cute to watch. We all agreed the “tennis guy” was cute, but dull. I guess if all you do is play sports and nothing else… Boring! I don’t care how cute you are…

In addition to the wonderful Yummy soy candles she was selling, Maria literally gave this woman the dress off her back from her new line of Yummy designs to try on. I was laughing so hard I think I forgot to take pix, but I do believe our other photographer did.

I hope to receive some of those pix, but in the meantime, imagine one lovely long blonde haired woman modeling this extremely sexy long dress for all of us to admire. Then imagine the other lovely brunette woman (Maria) wrapped in nothing other than a spa wrap towel cheering her on! Too funny and so Maria. I just love that girl!

The Gochi drink was a huge hit too because after all, Oprah endorses it! And Oprah is god-like right? Also, Dr. Oz, Time Magazine and so many more call it a Super Food! Gotta try it! Trust me. You’ll be so amazed at how good you feel! It has changed my life by controlling my hormones which I am so happy about. Believe me, so are others!

Chef Melinda booked her first wedding cake order and cupcake delivery order too. Go Chef Melinda! Her new company name is Sugar Cups – isn’t that adorable? “Get your cake and eat it too!”

The red velvet cupcakes were so tasty, I wish I had another one right now. Perfect gifts for Valentine’s Day if anyone needs a nice company present for anyone. Hint, hint.:)

Spa Riviera Owner, Tony Cutrona, was a hit with the ladies and men because everyone wants to look years younger with his amazing microdermabrasion treatments. I especially enjoyed his new massage therapist, Martha’s gifted hands as she released some of my tension during a chair massage. Hopefully I can book one today!

Lou-e-Luey’s outdid themselves too. Award-winning Chef Rafael’s shrimp ceviche is absolutely divine, as was everything else, and everyone was asking for cards all night long. I had no idea they were such a great Baja seafood place and had won so many awards! I really must visit soon. They were a referral from a friend and were really wonderful.

Highly recommend Chef Rafael and his delicious food! Thank you!!!

Otherwise, prepping some other new clients today and meeting more later on. Then this weekend in a conference both days which I’m very interested in attending. It’s called the Armstrong Method and although I personally have never met the leader, my friend has and highly recommends her. We shall see!

I hope to have pix to upload soon and appreciate you swinging by.

Come again!