Hi, it's me, Lori.
As a kid, I moved around a lot, living everywhere from Michigan to Mogadishu, Somalia where I lived through the coup that brought down the country (I was held up by a machine gun and had a pet monkey who sat on my shoulder).
Once I moved to Los Angeles, I held many positions within the entertainment industry. My creativity and relentless work ethic earned me the title of Vice President of NBC's print advertising at their agency at the age of 25. In that capacity, I traveled the world, organizing and art directing photo shoots with some of the biggest talent of film and TV.
I learned to direct on the job and became one of the most successful female commercial directors in history. I've also directed music videos, short films, promos and many PSAs.
I was one of the first DGA director members to take the issue of under-representation of female directors to the ACLU and the EEOC. I was the spokesperson for CBS National News on this important issue.
East Africa remains a big part of my life and I've returned many times to visit and to live. I went alone to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and travel yearly to Ethiopia where I work with tribes women in ancient Omo Valley, Ethiopia to help them earn an income from their art. The women I work with have earned enough money that one woman, Gaymo, has purchased a cow and named it Lori. Do you have a cow named after you? No, I did not think so.
My lifeblood has always been my fine art. I'm an alum of Art Center College of Design and maintain a career as an artist with work shown in galleries, museums and is in many notable private collections.
I live in Topanga with my family. This wild bunch includes my son who is currently blazing his own path at Cal Arts as a graphic novelist and a high school aged daughter who was adopted from Ethiopia. They both perform stand up comedy at Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade.
Because you're wondering, Precious is my real last name. Seriously, it's the first question everyone asks, like my whole life.