Author: Leah Cevoli

Leah Cevoli is a multi-talented entertainment professional whose work stretches across many genres. She is a rock ‘n roll enthusiast, body image activist, a certified yoga teacher, and fan of all things horror, Leah's acting credits include appearances on high profile tv shows like HBO’s "Deadwood," and voice-over on the Cartoon Network hit "Robot Chicken". Leah is a contributing writer for Ms. In The Biz and the founder of AllShapesAndSizesWelcome.com: Body Image & Women’s Issues in Entertainment, a group of women who speak on panels and at conventions nationwide. Leah has a reputation for crowdfunding success and social media magic. To date, her company, GreenlightYourPassionProject.com has managed 50+ campaigns, and have been instrumental in raising over $5,000,000 for indie projects. Her latest projects include: the feature-length documentary "Remember The Sultana" narrated by Sean Astin, the gritty feature-length drama, "Girl Lost," distributed thru Cinema Epoch, and the light hearted comedy, "Dance Baby Dance". All three films were released in the spring of 2018.

Once a month LA-area Ms. In The Biz writers are invited to a brunch / roundtable where we can catch up with each other and talk goals, dreams, and areas we may need help with. It’s become one of my favorite days of the month, and I find myself looking forward to the next #MsThirdThursday as soon as the last one ends. MITB founder, Helenna Santos, recently wrote a piece for Backstage about the importance of belonging to a mastermind group, not only are masterminds and accountability groups crucial, but additionally I think it’s extremely important to *belong* to communities…

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For those of us who have chosen to take on a creative career there is no linear path to success, there is no rule book, and there is no handy-dandy guide to promotions and retirement plans. Every day is an absolute adventure into the unknown, with so many factors outside of our control that would make even the most carefree 9 to 5’ ers head-spin. That being said, one thing we can control, is our ability to be CREATIVE. To think out of the box, all while keeping up with current industry trends. Today, I want to focus on HEADSHOTS.…

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There’s this transformation brewing in my soul. I don’t know exactly what it looks like, and that’s okay. For 15 years now, I have lived on, what some may call, the “edge”. Or perhaps, to the beat of my own drum. For me, that has out-pictured as a gazillion and one, freelance gigs, gigs that make me happy, and allow me to have a completely in-flux, operative, organized, yet kinda wildly open schedule to pursue whatever creative whim catches my heart at the moment. I’ve had some pretty head-turning freelance gigs over the years; from touring the country with a…

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I recently bought a new car. It’s brand new. This was a big experience for me. It’s the first time in my adult life that I purchased a new car from a sales rep that was not my friend, and did not have any family/friends with me. In California, my friend Riki Valentine (former Tour Manager/Personal Assistant to Bret Michaels), had gone into the car business and took care of me. Since moving to LA, Riki has sold me my last 3 cars. Now, buying a car takes a lot of negotiations and paperwork, but with Riki by my side,…

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 Lately, I’ve been noticing a lot of articles about how impossibly hard, time-consuming, and downright horrible crowdfunding is. It’s true, it can be all of these things. But, it’s also really awesome, refreshing, invigorating, and downright magical. So here’s a short list about the UP-SIDE to crowdfunding: 1) You will reconnect with people you haven’t spoken to in years!! Not only is this awesome, because hopefully they kicked in some $$, but it’s also a meter of just how far you’ve come in this crazy business of ours. You will get emails of encouragement and support from people you didn’t…

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In the past 19 months, I’ve managed 20+ crowdfunding campaigns; coached a dozen others, and consulted on dozens more. I’ve got a 15 for 15 winning streak on Kickstarter, and I’ve been instrumental in raising over a million dollars (that’s $1,000,000), in funding for feature films, music albums, feature documentaries, web-series, and more. Yet, I’ve never written about crowdfunding for Ms. In the Biz, till now. Originally, I got involved in crowdfunding because of a web-series I was set to star in back in 2011; it was a small goal around $6500 and we ended up raising about $9000, maybe…

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A few years ago, I took some time off from Los Angeles, and for the most part acting, hosting, and voice over as well. It was a scary decision, as at that point I had lived and breathed LA and my budding career for about 12 years, never wanting to be gone for more than a week, afraid that I’d miss some amazing opportunity, audition, job, or meeting. Leaving town was something I needed to do, frankly for my own sanity. I spent 10 months away, and began to really go deeper on this journey to self-love and taking care…

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In this day and age, self-promotion, networking, and over-all being proactive about your entertainment career, is pivotal for success and longevity. It’s a fine line, and there’s a balance that I’ve talked about before when it comes to online promotion and contests. But what about out in the real world? How does one network or more importantly CONNECT with folks in the industry at higher tiers, folks that have the power to hire you without seeming desperate or worse yet, like you have a few screws loose? I think the key is to be authentic, to be yourself, and to…

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I’ve been attending Comic Con’s and Conventions for almost a decade, and speaking on panels for a few years now, but just a few months ago, I got a taste of what it feels like to be a VIP Guest at a Con. And boy, did it feel GREAT!! I was invited to be a VIP Guest to the first ever Pop Culture Expo held just outside of Boston, Massachusetts for Memorial Day Weekend.   The event was produced by Gary Sohmers and Image Meet and Greets; and a ridiculously awesome time was had by all. I arrived via a complimentary…

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I’ve blogged a lot about my journey to self-love, and lately I’ve been speaking a lot about it as well!  In February, I was invited to speak on a panel at the first ever “F Word Event” produced by Asha Daya of Girl Talk HQ and Sarah Moshman of Heartfelt Productions. It was a fabulously new experience for me, as typically I lead a panel of women on topics of self-love, body image, and eating disorders, but at this event, I was asked to present a 10 minute speech about body image (a la a ted talk) on my own,…

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In case you weren’t aware of it, I’m single.  As in, haven’t had a meaningful relationship, and by meaningful I mean, spent more than a few weeks getting to know each other, and at least one sort-of holiday together since about 2008-ish; if you count the pirate aka) “the very young man”, if you don’t count the pirate, than we have to say 2006-ish. That’s how single I am. There’s a number of reasons, both conscious and unconscious but I won’t bore you with those details in this blog. This blog is about the present moment, today, right here and…

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Life sometimes gets in the way of Life… or more so Life happens and you find yourself in a completely different mindset and place than you envisioned yourself to be. It’s been a month or so, since my last MITB piece, and I normally have a new column every 2 weeks, but you see, life has been happening. I started the new year off with a great attitude, feeling strong, and ready to take on the world, my demons, and to continue to climb to the top of every mountain I came across.  I soon found myself in a frantic…

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I love doing all of the year end reviews that pop up on the internet, but this one I’ve been doing for 9 years now!! (2012 in Questions , 2011 in Questions, where the heck did i post 2010?, 2009 in Questions, 2008 in Questions, 2007 in Questions, 2006 in Questions, 2005 in Questions, and 2004 in Questions.) 1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before? Produced/Created a panel that spoke at Comic Con, Wonder Con, and Comikaze! www.facebook.com/AllShapesAndSizesWelcome Was interviewed live on FOX and ABC News Lived in Nashville (Okay, it was only for 30…

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As I write this blog it’s Christmas Eve.  I’m at my parents’ home in the suburbs of Philadelphia and in a few hours, my four siblings, their spouses, and their children will arrive for dinner.  I’ll be the only person at the table without a spouse (or a date), and children.  For even more context, I am the oldest of the Cevoli children, spanning 3 to 10 years differences. I used to adore Christmas. Our family traditions of opening up one present on Christmas Eve, lining up youngest to oldest to come downstairs on Christmas morning, and taking turns opening…

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