I’m looking for an assistant – no PR per se, just personal assisting.

By Joy A. Kennelly

I am looking for a detail oriented, honest, hard working personal assistant who has no other desire in life than to have a flexible work schedule and make a little extra cash as a personal assistant.

Must be self-motivated and willing to work as little as 5 hours a week or up to 15 hours during crunch time with advance notice. I just need an extra pair of hands to accomplish everything I’ve got going on.

This is basic office administrative work as a personal assistant. Must possess the following 11 attributes:

1.) Type 60 wpm with accuracy 2.) Proficient in computer applications (Excel, Word, Filemaker Pro, Microsoft Office applications) and Internet savvy 3.) Comfortable dealing with numbers, excel, budgets, filing, and occasional research 4.) Be organized & run errands when needed 5.) Make follow up calls using good verbal communication skills and professional phone etiquette 6.) Produce and implement mass mailings quickly and efficiently 7.) Handle misc office duties as needed including basic book keeping. 8.) Help organize and implement monthly biz events. 9.) Friendly, positive attitude 10.) Honest to a fault 11.) Discretion with confidential materials.

Perfect for the efficient office manager now mom who chose to stay home to raise her children and is now seeking a professional outlet since the kids are in school. Or, a student who wants sporadic spending money and the chance to interact with lots of different types of people, and only wants to be assistant.

Very casual, flexible work situation with occasional opportunities for dressing up; can work from home. Must have own laptop computer, internet access and unlimited phone minutes. Prefer someone living in the South Bay.

Candidate will perform administrative activities and assist with client related activities including events, follow up, presentations, and basic administration. Will work as an independent contractor; rate is $10/hour. Looking to hire by mid-April.

Please fax resume and cover letter to 424 247-9628.

 

Very funny analysis of what makes art as told by animals…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDo_vs3Aip4

That’s all, just click and get ready to LOL. Too funny.

Lots of good stuff to report on all my clients & projects…

By Joy A. Kennelly

Where to start? Let’s see. Well, first off, Domiziano Arcangeli, my Italian actor client who is on hiatus from publicity while he’s producing his first feature film (Big news!), will soon be leaving for Japan to act in a huge martial arts film.

He’s very excited about the opportunity and I’m thrilled for him. Things are moving right along for him. Congratulations Domi! Work with you when you get back and your film is in the can? Sending you lots of love.

My Artist client, Gali Rotstein, also on hiatus from publicity while she creates a larger body of her amazing artwork, has just had her stint extended at Lois Lambert’s Gallery. You can catch her newest pieces on display in conjunction with the next show now.

That’s great news for her. Support the arts! Visit Lois’ gallery! BUY ART!!! Especially my clients! I have great taste (so I’ve been told) and you’ll be very pleased with your investment. Go Gali, go Gali!:)

On a personal professional note, I’m excited to announce my next South Bay Professional Connection has been created and ready to launch. Here’s the press release with all the details. I’ve added a special up-and-coming talent as the opening act named Jayme Mackinga.

Recognize the last name? Yep, that’s my Pastor Jim’s 16 six year old daughter I’m always raving about. I told you we had amazing talent in my church so why not start from the top? Right? LOL

She’s really gifted and won a major award at a huge conference this past year which once I receive the info I will share with you. jayme-2.jpg

John Pieplow, my headliner, has been pursuing a very successful music career for many years and is gracing us with his presence for the very first time ever in the South Bay. Very excited to have him perform as well. Okay, here’s the press release now:

MEDIA ALERT

THE SOUTH BAY PROFESSIONAL CONNECTION PRESENTS

WHAT: A Special Birthday Benefit Concert by Acclaimed Musician John Pieplow at The Ardmore at 705 in Hermosa Beach, CA. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

WHO: South Bay residents, business owners, and Hollywood entertainment industry guests. Acclaimed Musician John Pieplow, john-guitar-couch.jpg known for his unique musical blend of blues, jazz and pop, will perform a special birthday benefit concert for the American Cancer Society. He has played at the East West Pro Tennis Classic at Home Depot Center, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater with Huey Lewis and the News; Chicago; Earth, Wind and Fire and Chris Botti. John was the headline band for the 2008 St. Patrick’s Day Show at the House of Blues Sunset Strip.

He has opened for The English Beat; Rock Star Supernova Winner Lucas Rossi; American Idol Finalist Ryann Star, five-time Grammy-nominee, Ambrosia; and multi-Grammy and Oscar-winner Christopher Cross at the House of Blues Sunset Strip. Pieplow has won several music awards including: “Best Alternative Band 2004;” “Best Solo Artist 2003;” a 2005 nomination for “Best Guitarist;” 2006 “Album of the Year;” and a 2007 nomination for “Best Song-Writer” by LA’s Rock City News.

In the past year and a half, John Pieplow has performed more than 80 shows at premiere music venues in Los Angeles including the House of Blues, Troubadour, Key Club, Whiskey A Go Go, The Roxy, The El Rey Theatre and the Viper Room.

In addition to his musical appeal, John developed a dedicated fan base as the film director of the cult favorite “STRANGELAND.” (See film/theatre bio below)

WHEN: Wednesday, April 2, 2008 7pm – 9pm

WHERE: The Ardmore at 705 (Club 705) located at 705 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 (310) 372-9705. Free, covered parking is available directly behind the building off Ardmore St.

HOW: $10 donation includes appetizers prepared by The Ardmore Chef Max, formerly with Donald Trump National Golf Course, Palos Verdes and the Viceroy Hotel. A portion of the evening’s proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

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WHY: 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.

ABOUT JOHN PIEPLOW

A native of Brooklyn, NY, John Pieplow began a career as a theatre and film director soon after designing film sequences for several Broadway shows, including the hit musical (and nine-time Tony Award-nominee), Baby, and as well as the dramas Terra Nova (written by Academy Award-winner Ted Tally) and Lolita (written by Pulitzer- Prize winner Edward Albee). Following Broadway, he directed numerous award-winning commercials, including campaigns and product launches for top fortune 500 companies such as Visa, American Express, and Pepsi with Michael Jackson.

Upon moving to Los Angeles, Pieplow returned to the theatre, directing nine plays in less than two years. His production of Red River Rats was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He is widely known as the director of the hit international cult film, Strangeland. A lifelong guitarist and keyboard player, John Pieplow has worked and performed with many outstanding and prominent musicians including co-producing a film soundtrack album, titled, Rebel, with Yes co-founder, Chris Squire. John also wrote and performed music for the prime-time television show, Sons and Daughters, for Lorne Michaels and NBC. This spring, he will join mega-hit rock group, Foreigner, as their opening act.

ABOUT THE ARDMORE restaurant-2.jpg

The Ardmore restaurant provides an elegantly casual fine dining experience. Their attentive staff provides classic cocktails or a fine bottle of wine wine to accompany their superb steaks, chops, pastas and seafood. Sit back and enjoy sophisticated entertainment in an unhurried, relaxing environment at The Ardmore at 705 in the heart of Hermosa Beach, CA.

The Ardmore at 705 (Club 705) is located at 705 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 (310) 372-9705. Covered parking is available directly behind the building off Ardmore Street.

CONTACT: Publicist, Joy A. Kennelly, The Joy Writer PR & Marketing 310 714-2077

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The Joy Writer PR & Marketing New Business Focus

By Joy A. Kennelly

What I find interesting is when you’re ready to learn something all of sudden everywhere you turn the message comes through loud and clear. For me, it’s to focus on what’s important to you. Even today’s sermon was about not being a double-minded man, but focusing on God rather than money.

Single minded focus in whatever you do.

All my life I’ve taught my clients in order to become successful they need to focus on their one true passion in life regardless of how many other areas they’re talented in or enjoy and the rest will fall into place. If your passion is singing, be a singer. If your passion is writing, be a writer. If your passion is painting, be a painter. If your passion is sculpting, be a sculptor. If your passion is directing, be a director.

You get my drift…

Once you have the foundation and reputation for that one thing it’s so much easier then to branch out into your other interests. People like someone who is successful at one thing rather than half-ass with multiple things because then you’re harder to categorize and it’s confusing. Your brand is mixed up.

Doesn’t mean give up on those other interests and passions, just put them on the back burner or develop them independently of your main thing while you work on building up what really makes you happy.

Well, I woke up this morning and realized I need to take my own advice! What a novel concept! All my life I’ve taken whatever client has money because I knew I could help them and I liked the variety. I also didn’t want to commit to one type of PR for fear of becoming bored.

However, when I did commit to my short film festival I had huge success with it. When I committed to other client’s, we had great success.

I’ve not had the success I think I’m capable of with my PR business because I’ve not committed to it and focused like I could have. I’ve always just looked at it as a way to make money, not something I’m really passionate about. My true passion has been writing which is why I blog so much.

Just keeping it real.

I know I’m good at PR, I know I can help whoever crosses my path if I believe in them, I have had some success, but I wasn’t focusing on what made me happy. I was focused on making everyone else happy.

As a result, after a few months of working together the client would run out of money and decide to stop working together.

What I realized in working with the clients I’ve helped become successful (like Actor Domiziano Arcangeli and Artist Gali Rotstein) is that if you really believe in the talent and skills of the person you’re working with and give more than 100% because you’re having fun doing it, people find the money. And you find them success.

t becomes a mutual give and take or exchange that doesn’t depend on money, but rather passion and love for building a career together. It takes time, dedication and commitment.

Looking back, the clients I wasn’t passionate about, but were working with simply because they were paying me were the clients who never worked out. Like they say, money can’t buy happiness or success.

It’s the times when I’m working with a client and would work with them even if they weren’t paying me because we’re having such a great time together that I’ve had the most success.

That’s why when I woke up this morning I realized what really, really, really makes me happy right now is Fine Art. Nothing else has made me as happy or fulfilled as launching an artist’s career.

Maybe it’s because they’re a different breed and more sensitive like me, maybe because they appreciate my efforts more and actually say thank you for helping them in addition to paying me, maybe because the art scene is so hot and exciting right now, or maybe simply because they’re bringing beauty into the world, or even something more intangible, but I love it.

I’m passionate about Art and my Artist clients.

Having had this epiphany I can’t go back. Although I love entertainment and never thought I’d leave it, I feel like I’m ready for the next stage in my career and it doesn’t involve that world in the way I’ve been involved with it before.

I will still incorporate entertainment types into my art openings and fund-raisers and events, but it’s not going to be the focus of what I do for my career right now. I love actors and filmmakers and screenwriters, don’t get me wrong, but now I’d rather enjoy their participation with my clients rather than my cultivation of their careers.

Does this make sense?

With fine artists, I have a true synergy in spirit and concept. I don’t have to worry that they’re going to be involved in something that morally I don’t agree with and resist representing because the artists I choose to work with have definite styles that fit what I like. If I don’t want to work with goth or other types of artists, I don’t.

Real simple.

However, with entertainment you never know which direction your client will take, or what they’ll be passionate about next. Not that there’s anything wrong with it. I have just found that when I’m true to my values and my morals in my work, then I can give more than 100% freely and easily which benefits everyone.

When those values and morals are compromised, I can’t participate as fully and it’s a lost situation. I really need to do work I believe in. This maybe a little idealistic and maybe impossible, but I’m going to give it a whirl and see what transpires as a result.

So, from now on I won’t be working with filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, or anyone else who is not art related. If an actor or entertainment type wants to build his art career, then that’s a different story. However, right now I’m declaring my commitment to representing Fine Artists only.

And it feels right.

Everything else I do will be simply for fun (like covering Mercedes Benz LA Fashion Week’s designers.) I love fashion and the high drama of the shows, but I don’t see myself doing publicity in that realm, nor building an actor’s career through attending these type events any more either.

Attendance will simply be for me and my viewing pleasure. And your reading pleasure.

I’ll leave fashion to my friend Adrienne who runs Magnolia PR. Not to say if a designer wants to work with my artist clients I won’t make that happen, but for now, I’m just going to enjoy being part of the scene as an observer, not working it.

What I will work are my Fine Artist’s careers because when they’re successful, then I’m successful. I’m very close to announcing some new, exciting details on my latest artist clients – so stay tuned!

Happy Sunday!

Ace Gallery was over the top tonight!

By Joy A. Kennelly

I wasn’t sure I wanted to drive all the way up to Beverly Hills for Ace Gallery’s Art Opening this Wednesday evening, but I’m so glad I did. I’m glad too, I persuaded my friend to join me. We had such a fun time being out and about.

I so rarely go out any more up in Hollywood since I’m not representing any celebrities right now, it’s a real pleasure when I do. Before it was work, now… just pure pleasure. I wear what I want, I arrive when I want, I don’t have to worry about photographers knowing my client is there, I just relax and have a great time.

What’s been interesting about attending art events lately is that the crowds just keep getting better and better looking. Also, bigger and bigger. And more celebrity filled, or maybe it’s just where I’ve been going. I do love a good event.

When I arrived at my friend’s house he wanted to catch up before dashing out so I regaled him with stories on the latest politics of my hometown, Hermosa Beach. When I recently told one of my other publicist friends that one of the highlighted speakers at a local meeting I’ve been visiting was a bunny breeder we both had a good laugh because I’ve come so far from what I was used to – from Playboy bunny parties to real bunnies.

What a slide.

However, I like where I’ve slid because now I’m focusing on art clients, with the occasional entertainment client thrown in to spice things up, and I’m real happy. Who knew living by the beach in the South Bay would be the place of eternal happiness? Just kidding. I do love the beach though! For the most part, very relaxing and beautiful. Nice guy eye candy too.

What I love now is when I drive up to the “big city” I really enjoy the experience. Tonight was no exception. After a bit of catching up with my bud, we drove over to catch the last hour of the show. And I do mean show.

When we arrived I thought it was only to view Sculptor, Robert Graham‘s latest work forgetting there were other artists on display as well since this gallery is so huge and cavernous.

I love coming here because you never know what you’re going to see and some of it can be really bizarre. This is one of the top of the line contemporary art galleries in LA I’ve been told. Could be wrong, but I believe it to be true.

The gallery again was packed, probably more so earlier, but with still a very large crowd for a Wednesday night in the heart of Beverly Hills at 10:00 at night. Everyone was wearing the requisite black, myself included, and there was a man with the ugliest, hairless dog walking around who was bald himself. Like attracts like?

That’s what I love about going to art openings in Los Angeles. You never know who or what you’ll see next. But that’s mild compared to what came later.

Keep reading.

We wandered into the two smaller rooms hosting Robert Graham’s interesting sculptures and then moved towards the larger room expecting to see more of his work.

I had completely forgotten there was another photographic artist on display named Martin Schoeller who has shot these amazing pictures of female body builders.

Walking into the main room was a little shocking because all these woman’s pictures were blown up huge and they’re all staring at you from every corner with their massively built out bodies and little bikinis – a little intimidating to say the least.

I used to see someone who was a professional body builder in his past. One night I was touching his leg and felt something hard on the back side of his calf. I said, “What’s this?”, knocking on the hard part. “Calf implants,” he replied casually. OY! And I thought breast implants were bad.

Speaking of that, a friend of mine said real breasts are becoming an endangered species. There was also an article about it in the most recent Glamour mag which made me laugh out loud a couple of times. Apparently this young Hollywood actor has been dating so many women with fake breasts he feels he can’t find true love because he feels the women aren’t being real. Get it? Real? Double Oy!

I have breasts on the brain with this blog because later on in the evening as I was preparing to leave I bumped into a friend I haven’t seen in years and couldn’t remember how I knew her.

We both stood there saying I know you, but how? Then she remembered my breast cancer fundraiser I had asked her to help me with years back and it all came flooding back for both of us. See the connection? More breasts. Now that’s a show I would still like to produce – maybe at Ace Gallery? Stranger things have happened!

As my friend and I were catching up, the woman she had brought began macking out wildly with this guy she’d just met and it was so distracting I could barely keep from laughing out loud. It was like a scene out of a Benny Hill sketch!

Then when Mary finally got her friend away from the guy it looked her girlfriend was going to kiss Mary too! You should have seen Mary’s face. It was priceless.

Back to the art exhibit/show. So, we’re wandering around admiring the large photos of intense looking body builder women (you really must click through to see what I’m talking about – amazing!) and there is Wolfgang Puck wearing his chef jacket.

By the time I picked up my bottle of water, he had disappeared. Only to be replaced by our good ‘ole Mayor Villaraigosa. Now I’ve blogged about his major propensity for the spotlight in the past and didn’t really want to see him face-to-face in case he’d read it because I asked him to do his job rather than gadfly around.

Needless to say, I left him alone as the People Magazine journalist interviewed him.

What was funny is that later on towards the end of the evening I was standing near the exit on the phone telling another friend what a fun evening this was, when he walked by and looked directly at me and asked “How are you?” like he knew me. Oy Oy Oy!

I must say, he’s extremely good looking up close and personal. No wonder that woman had an affair with him and who knows how many others? Very sexy and charismatic. Love a man in power wearing a suit!

He wasn’t the only celebrity in attendance though which always makes it fun. As we were admiring Robert Graham’s art drawings in the upstairs part of the gallery (I told you this place was huge!), we were all invited to go back to the main gallery hall for a special show.

We were heading downstairs, when I bumped into an old friend I haven’t seen in years who had been in the film, One Hour Photo, with Robin Williams. She’s not credited, but she was the nude picture girl in one of the scenes, remember? Very nice Russian woman.

In any case, as we turned around to leave after finishing our conversation, there was Robert Graham posing with what looked like the beautiful model for his work. At least I think so. The nudes are very soft and surreal drawings that imply a human body more than anything.

We left that area and hurried to see what was going on in the main hall. All of sudden music was playing and there was a palpable feeling of excitement in the air. As we neared the entrance, all of a sudden I realized why.

There, standing in line to go on the center stage, were five of the body building models from the pictures showcased tonight! Amazingly petite, but wide as they are short in certain ways. I’ve never seen such built legs and backs and pectoral muscles on any female before. If I were a guy I couldn’t imagine feeling safe sleeping with any of them because they could crush you in a leg hold!

I took some pix on my cell phone, but I don’t know how to download them, however I’ll try to learn because you really must see these pix. I really must begin taking my regular camera with me everywhere. In any case, it was very entertaining.

People were whooping and hollering just like at a boxing match or sporting event as each woman strutted her stuff. I was so surprised because, again, this gallery is in the heart of Beverly Hills, but at Ace, I guess – Expect the Unexpected!

There was an announcer on the center stage telling us where each woman was from and how many body building titles they’d won. Then with music pulsing, each woman would daintily walk out to showcase her body for our review. Some of the guys nearest the stage were just eating it up!

Apparently the last woman had won the title Miss International in a competition Aahnold had started. I asked the announcer where he was, and we both laughed.

One guy who was standing near me told me he could never imagine even kissing someone like that though because they were too masculine. I felt bad for the women because I’m sure they feel they’re beautiful this bulked up. I never want to get like that ever myself!

I don’t think I have to worry about that though. As my friend John says, I’m not big, I’m ample. At least my breasts are real! He did compliment my look tonight though which was nice. I had a great evening and will make the trip every time to enjoy such an eclectic art experience.

My friend told me later an actor from the film Crash had been standing near me the entire show. Bummer. I would have liked to have told him how much I enjoyed the film! That’s what I mean. All kinds of people come out for these events and it’s a blast.

I bumped into a psychic friend of mine and she gleefully told me she has her own TV show now. Very happy for her and any of my friends who find success. We clinked water bottles and then I left to find my bud.

And with that, I’ll bid you adieu.