It was so much fun reading your emails,
so I thought I send you a little of my history. I worked as a
hairdresser for a couple of years in Southern California then moved to
St. Thomas V. I. Working there and sailing around the Caribbean. Back in
LA was partners in a bar called the Oar House. Created a wild and crazy
sound system which caught the attention of a VP at Mattel. Ended up
working at Mattel creating talking and sound toys for many years. Became
the voice of the talking Barbie Doll.
After Mattel worked for a firm as
Advertising/PR Director with offices in LA, Paris, and Moscow. Spent
three years traveling around the US, Paris, and Moscow running trade
shows. Got tired of all the traveling especially to Moscow. My father
was a director of over 600 television shows. Thought it would be fun to
become a director. Studied continuity (script supervisor). Worked behind
the camera as a script supervisor and in front as an actress part time.
During this time I was a volunteer for many charities, raising millions
of dollars. Ended up working full time as a professional fundraiser.
Was diagnosed with MS and told I would
not walk if I kept working in high stress jobs.
When I was at MiCoHi, El Camino, and
UCLA, I studied fine arts. Created letter art using special designs for
each letter. Moved to Maui to kick back and paint. Got a position
painting my letter art in the window of an art gallery in Lahina for
several years. Moved to Las Vegas and am plying my art trade at Planet
Hollywood. Wrote the book about my adventures at Mattel and how I became
the voice of Barbie. I love the two web sites you created for me.
Gwen Florea, August 2, 2007