What is Ms. In The Biz?
Founded in 2013 by actor/writer/producer Helenna Santos, Ms. In The Biz is a magazine-style blog and collaborative community. MsInTheBiz.com is the go-to resource for female entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry, focusing on creating career success while living a purpose-filled, passionate life.
The site has a readership of almost half a million people all over the globe and hosts various events and meetups. There are currently 1900 archived articles from 300+ female writers available at msinthebiz.com with new content coming in the summer of 2018.
Ms. In The Biz also has a compilation book full of tales and tactics for navigating in the entertainment industry titled “Thriving in Hollywood!” available on Amazon and on the shelves of Samuel French in Hollywood, CA.
Founder/Editor-In-Chief: Helenna Santos – @helennamsantos
Helenna Santos is an actor, writer and producer with Mighty Pharaoh Films.She is the Founder of “Ms. In The Biz” and can often be found on panels at conventions such as San Diego “Comic-Con,” and has been interviewed by major press outlets including CNN.
Her work as a contributing writer has been featured in MovieMaker Magazine, Backstage Magazine, and IndieWire.
Her latest projects, the feature films “At Your Own Risk” and an Untitled Sci-Fi/Horror movie which she produced and stars in, both release in 2018.
Assistant Editor-In-Chief: Hunter Drago – @mshunterdrago
Hunter Drago is an actress, producer, and writer living in Los Angeles, California. Hunter grew up in the Washington DC theatre community and was a certified high school drama geek who reviewed local high school productions in newspapers such as The Washington Post and for local news channels. She was nominated for a Cappie Award for best featured actress in a play at 18, after which she moved to New York City to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company School and the Lee Strasberg Film & Television Institute.
A few of Hunter’s credits as an actress include ValDean Production’s Lenox Avenue, the award-winning short film Sisters, and even an appearance on The People’s Choice Awards. She has performed in films, television shows, and commercials and enjoys any opportunity to do meaningful work. She’s also an active participant within the SAG Conservatory, and has performed in a number of productions and classes at the American Film Institute. She was also nominated for the Star Volunteer Award for her volunteer work in social media for AFI Fest. Currently, she is executive producing and acting in an all-female feature film, To The New Girl, set for a 2017 release.
Hunter is also a writer and marketing consultant. She has been a regular contributor for a number of websites, including Ms. in the Biz and Backstage. Her writing often focuses on entertainment industry news, safety on set, and women in film. She is thrilled to be working with such a great team at Ms. in the Biz!
Public Appearances Coordinator: Leah Cevoli – @leah_cevoli
Actor / Producer / Writer / Public Speaker – Leah Cevoli has worked in-front of and behind the camera as an actress, host, and producer of film, television, and web, including appearances on high profile tv shows like My Name is Earl, and Deadwood. As a voice actor, she is most notably known for having voiced 30+ characters on Robot Chicken. A professional live event host, Leah has hosted 1000s of rock n roll concerts and charity fundraisers. Leah is a regular panelist at workshops and conventions on both coasts, and the founder of “All Shapes and Sizes Welcome! Body Image & Women’s Issues in Entertainment.”, a travelling group of women on the comic con panel circuit, who’ve gotten rave reviews and interviews from major media outletts suchs as FOX News,and CNN.
Leah is currently in various stages of production on multiple feature films including, the gritty drama Nowhereland, Michael Reaves’ Blood Kiss starring Neil Gaiman, the full-length documentary Remember The Sultana, with Executive Producers Sean Astin and Jim Michaels. 2015 will see her in a lead acting role in Soriority of The Damned, and a supporting role alongside Helenna Santos, in The Last Beat.
Leah has a reputation for crowdfunding success and social media magic. To date, Cevoli has managed 15 campaigns and has successfully raised over $1,000,000.00. She is also an experienced yogi, a beginner fire dancer, and a certified Reiki master practitioner. www.imdb.me/LeahCevoli www.LeahCevoli.com
“Thriving in Hollywood” Book Co-Author: Alexandra Boylan – @aboylan4
Producer/Actress/Writer – Alexandra Boylan was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She started acting in her high school theater department, and soon began booking indie films in Boston. After moving to Los Angeles, she studied under Harry Mastrogeorge, who mentored her for six years.
Her most recent credits include, “Bellflower”, “Passion Play”, “Flock”, “Home Sweet Home” and a world peace commercial. For a complete list of credits please visit www.imdb.com/name/nm0102153/
Alexandra created her own production company MirrorTree Productions. Producing the feature film “Home Sweet Home” released by Image Entertainment June 4th and the upcoming “Catching Faith”. Mirror Tree LLC has completed numerous short films, and a web series. Alexandra is also the Co-Creator/Owner of “Your Perfect Adventures Productions” just released the first of its kind live action movie app game “Your Pizza Adventure” available on the App Store. Alexandra stars in the critically acclaimed web series “Flock”, featured on blip.tv, an official selection of the Hollyweb Festival. To view her websites please visit, www.mirrortreeproductions.com and www.yourperfectadventure.com
Web Consultant: Deborah Smith @DebCreates
Actress/ Blogger/Storyteller – Deborah is the ultimate girl next door/ gal pal but don’t underestimate her wit or brains. Originally from Los Angeles, she fell in love with the Bay Area while attending UC Berkeley in English and Theater. Since she caught the travel bug, she moved to Australia to pursue her Master’s Degree in Film Production and Marketing. Five years, and one Aussie boyfriend later, she has worked in the Australian film industry while starting a construction surveying company and her own marketing/web design freelance business. She has returned to Los Angeles to continue building characters, chase her dream of becoming a superhero, and write about powerful historical women whose tales’ go unheard!
2013 – 2017 PAST ADMIN TEAM MEMBERS:
Managing Editor: Julie Wilson @
Julie Wilson is a digital marketer with an intense passion for live music. As a teenager she collected every issue of Rolling Stone and listened to everything she could get her hands on. As an adult she goes to a lot of concerts because she feels there is nothing like the live music experience. Along with her love of music, she is also well versed in marketing and writing. Julie strongly believes in the healing power of the written word. Her own blog, Married In My Mind, helped her get through a roughtime in her life and connected her to a whole audience of women who experienced similar heartache. She worked for four years at Live Nation in their email marketing department and is now working freelance jobs in social media. In her spare time she enjoys taking and teaching yoga and hanging out with her corgi, Ein.
Social Media Coordinator (and resident “Mr.”): Leslie Foster @
Leslie Foster is an LA-based filmmaker and a co-founder of Traveling Muse Pictures, a non-profit film collective, which is currently in post-production for a documentary about violent homophobia in Jamaica. He is also completing “The Ritual Cycle,” an experimental film series, which will be displayed as part of a gallery installation piece. Leslie’s passion for activism, fine art, and philosophy informs his filmmaking.
He has worked for over seven years in the film industry, with over twenty credits to his name including his work co-producing the 2009 Crystal Heart award-winning short film “Marbles with Thoreau.” Having grown up and worked all around the world, he thinks of himself as an urban nomad and fantasizes about joining a roving band of vagabond artists.
Assistant Social Media Coordinator: Kaytra Parkman @KaytraParkman
Events Coordinator: Dellany Peace @
Producer, actress, writer, director, curve model & body image advocate. Originally from North Carolina, Dellany attended New York City conservatory American Musical Dramatic Academy; her debut on Broadway was with TheatreWorks USA (winner of 2001 Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award) right before embarking on the national tour. Dellany worked on independent films in N.C., co-starred in award winning Bailey and did featured/stand in work for Molly Shannon in Talledega Nights. Now residing in Los Angeles, Dellany is currently in pre-production for several new web to TV series under the tent of her new production company Scarlett Gale Media. Dellany provided voice acting in “Pink & Blue” starring Levar Burton and Darryl Hannah. Dellany is a series regular on web talk show Go Curvy and was named Curvy Couture’s Miss December 2014. Dellany’s first produced web series was award winning comedy 2 Hopeful Spinsters featuring Michael Madsen.
Associate Editor of Communications: Teresa Jusino @teresajusino
She has written/co-created and is currently co-executive producing a digital series called Incredible Girl, based on the short film of the same name by Executive Producer, Celia Aurora de Blas. Her short story, December, was published in Issue #24 of the sci-fi literary journal, Crossed Genres. She is the writer of your future favorite TV show.
Database Coordinator: Sarah J. Eagen @sarahjeagen
Sarah is an LA based Actress and Choreographer who firmly believes in the power of positivity. After earning a double degree in Theatre and Neuroscience (yes, you read that correctly!) and studying at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland, she was in the midst of earning her Ph.D. in Genetics when she decided to follow her passion of being an actress- and she hasn’t looked back! Sarah spent several years working in Theatre, Film, Commercial, and VO in Seattle before relocating to LA, where she has added Acting Biz Consultations, Writing, and Producing to her repertoire. She also does 99-second speed-thrus of popular movies on her YouTube channel www.youtube.com/MsSarahJE/videos. Sarah loves traveling and staying active (hiking, rock climbing, and canyoneering are some of her favorites), reading, and enjoying a good mug of tea. For her latest news, visit www.sarahjeagen.com
2013 – 2014 Social Media Coordinator: Angelique Toschi
Angelique Toschi is a social media professional who is active in multiple social media communities. She uses her BA in English from UCLA and MA in Mass Communications, Advertising from Cal State Fullerton to help her create strategies and write social media content for various clients across multiple industries. Some of her current and former clients in the entertainment industry have included The International Academy of Web Television, web series “Lenox Avenue”, and Transmedia LA. She also currently handles social media and corporate communications for Shakey’s USA, Inc. (57 locations across the US).
2013 Associate Editor: Holly Elissa
Holly Elissa is a dedicated wanderer, storyteller, activist, mountaineer and social entrepreneur. As an artist, yogini and founder of the NGO Caleb’s Hope, the rights of women and children the world over have become the driving force of her life. Despite running a charity, she believes trade and investment – not aid – are the solution to seeing people from all walks of life rise up and live fulfilling, healthy, economically sustainable lives. Her company, Ethos, is a place where art and social enterprise collide to promote cross-cultural understanding and increased opportunity for everyone.