"Cynthia Brian's advice will make a big difference in your life so that you can have more fun and fulfillment every day!" Deepak Chopra, The Chopra Center for Well Being
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Cynthia Brian is not your standard Hollywood star, but she does have starstyle! Woman, wife, mother, actor, model, teacher, interior designer, landscaper, artist, casting director, writer, published author, producer, television host, world traveler, international speaker, furniture designer... this lady is the Renaissance woman of the new millennium.
Born on a farm in Napa Valley in Northern California, the eldest of five children, she raised chickens and sheep, drove the tractor and picked fruit to earn enough money to pay her way through college. After being named The Outstanding Teenager of California in 1969 and presented the trophy by then governor Ronald Reagan, she was named teenage ambassador to Holland and was off to study in the Netherlands for 18 months. While there, she served as a foreign correspondent for several local newspapers earning enough money to travel throughout Europe. Thus began her world travels that would teach her to speak seven languages (so that she could communicate with people in their own language), be an exchange student three times and travel to the far corners of the globe. Her higher education was exercised at UCLA, Universite de Bordeaux in France, and CAL Berkeley, where she received her Bachelors degree in History.
Cynthia's passion for traveling and people is matched by her passion for acting which she has been doing professionally for over 28 years, working in films and commercials with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. She has hosted several television shows, is a frequent guest expert on both TV and radio programs, and has been active in all phases of the acting world in conjunction with her alliance with SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists). Her popular radio show showcases best selling authors and experts in personal growth, business, and success. Together with Jerry Ackerman, she has completed her first screenplay, a comedy adventure entitled “A Broad Abroad” chronicling the wild adventures and mishaps encountered during the years she lived in Europe.
She has assisted in casting several feature films and print jobs and specializes in the coaching of children for film and television. Her company, Starstyle™ Productions, LLC, helps promote self-esteem and confidence in children, teens and adults via the medium of video. Cynthia offers private consultations on the business, and her book, “The Business of Show Business”, now in its 13th edition with a foreword by Richard Nelson Bolles, is extremely useful and popular. As an acting consultant, she has guided several hosts for talk shows as well as talent on established series, including producing and directing, “The Green Grocer.” Cynthia also works as a media coach, helping authors, writers, and other professionals become camera ready and media savvy with their promotional efforts.
Because of her artistry and creativity, Cynthia is also founder and president of her own interior design firm, Starstyle™ Interiors and Designs, where she draws on her acting background to create beauty from the inside out. Many of her design clients are also her acting clients. Her expertise in creating a loving living environment where people are the stars of their own homes on any budget is apparent. Her designs have been featured in several books, magazines and newspapers. Cynthia is proud to be a member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and IDS (Interior Design Society), Allied Board of Trade as well as a certified interior designer. As chairperson for the First Annual Interior Design STARS Awards and Gala, Cynthia promoted excellence in the achievement of others while writing, directing and producing the video A Quest for Pure Design.
Being the ultimate entrepreneur, she began designing furniture after searching for years for the perfect game table. The handmade, heirloom quality Starstyle™ Gametable and Starstyle™ Ottoman are now available at designer showrooms. Desks and other pieces are all made to order.
Living in close communication with nature has given Cynthia a genuine appreciation for nature and gardens. She produced an award winning calendar A Gardener's Calendar with photos from her gardens and monthly tips on how to make your garden grow. She is the co-author of the New York Times best seller, “Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul” and columnist of “Gardening with Kids”. Gardening consultations and landscaping for beauty and enjoyment continue her work of "beauty from the inside out."
It seems you can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl! Cynthia was the poultry leader, cat project leader and gardening advisor for the Lamorinda 4-H club and is extremely active with her two children, Justin and Heather, who seem to be following in mom's entrepreneurial footsteps. She has assisted with Girl Scouting, is a lector at her church, and played on a championship co-ed softball team. Cynthia is happiest when she is working in her expansive gardens and orchards and spending time with her children and menagerie of animals which include birds, chickens, ducks, geese, goats, turkeys, rabbits, cats, dogs, and a pot belly pig. As youngsters her children worked on numerous acting projects with their Renaissance mom and her dentist husband still flaunts her friendly smile on his business cards.
The goal of Cynthia Brian is to serve others and enhance quality of living by recognizing that our differences are our greatest strengths. We must start from the inside and work out knowing that nothing is impossible and that "sooner or later, the person who wins is the one who thinks s/he can!" Her theory is that we must be individuals, we must be willing to risk, and we must think big. "Dream the dream, write the plan, go into action to get the skills necessary to create your destiny and, most of all, believe in yourself and all the possibilities," is Cynthia's recipe for success and happiness. It is important to appreciate the little things in life so that we may create global harmony and beauty one step at a time. "See the invisible and create the impossible" is her creed. With this in mind, she produced, wrote and hosted a motivational television series called Starstyle - Live Your Dreams about passionate people who are doing what they love in life, despite the risks, obstacles and naysayers. This series is an inspiration to all who doubt the possibilities of living. She also created and hosted the national TV series, The Business of Show Business to help aspiring thespians learn the ropes of the entertainment industry while avoiding the scams.
As Founder and President of the 501(c)(3) charity, Be the Star You Are!, (www.bethestaryouare.org) Cynthia works tirelessly to empower families and youth-at-risk through literacy and positive media. Cynthia is an honorary Board Member of Moms in Print supporting mothers who write. (www.momsinprint.com/board.html)
In addition she is a much in demand international speaker traversing the globe with words of inspiration, tools for living, and hope. She has authored five books, including Be the Star You Are! 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference, Be the Star You Are! for TEENS, Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul, The Business of Show Business, and Miracle Moments.®. Several syndicated columns are penned by Cynthia for newspapers, newsletters, magazines, and web sites around the world, including “ Business Bytes™” Be the Star You Are!”, "Digging Deep-Gardening with Cynthia Brian", “Media Maven” and with her daughter, “Animal Cuts™”, and “Tea for Two, a Mother-Daughter Brew”.
For a farm girl from Napa Valley, her hard work, energy, action, angelic guidance and jamias dit jamias (never say never) positive attitude, have certainly added the sparkle to a starstyle life!
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