In The Spotlight: Creative Entrepreneur Vicky Mara Story

Vicky Mara Story is a fierce force with an excellent affinity for business. Vicky has defined her entrepreneurial skill set as an art and is the ultimate Creative Entrepreneur, within both her family life and business. She excels as a Producer and all facets of overseeing a business. The loveliest part — she’s humble about it. This makes her a “gem” as we say. Gemma Magazine is excited to cover an inspiring woman with both business and creative talents in addition to managing a family,  as we feel the journey of empowered women is to empower others.

How did Vicky Story become a Gemma Magazine aspiration? After speaking with her for ten minutes at a social gathering that Gemma was covering, we knew. Story is soft-spoken, remarkably calm, and has an inner strength. Vicky is a gorgeous woman but more importantly; she’s a beautiful person. She has concrete goals and a creative business sixth sense. The more she talked about her path, (both within business and life), we wanted to know more.

For a bit of backstory, Vicky did not have the most comfortable childhood. Both of her parents immigrated to the states from the Philippines. Their first stop was Ohio but eventually landed in sunny Los Angeles. The Mara family lived on 37th Street (across from USC). Walking to school in South Central L.A. with her siblings consisted of survival, and as a young Filipina girl, she did not always feel safe. However, her home was filled with love, and her father represented strength to her. Both of her parents instilled a strong work ethic within her that Vicky carries with her to this day.

Vicky is also married to acclaimed film Director Tim Story ( Vicky and Tim founded The Story Company (, an entertainment production company, in 1996. They have a wonderful partnership while continually achieving both family and business goals. They also are the parents of three children. Vicky explained how it could be challenging working together at times, yet, it’s also a beautiful collaboration. While Tim is immensely busy directing, Vicky handles all business affairs and logistics for The Story Company.

When she had a moment, she sat down with us to chat. We must note, there could not be a more appropriate last name for the Story family. The entire family is lovely and Vicky has set the tone for the family environment. Tim Story is very supportive of Vicky’s projects and they both are advocates for education.

The Story Family

After hearing your story (Both ups and downs), it’s apparent that you have so much love and respect for both your parents. How did they inspire you?

My dad and mom had an incredible work ethic. My dad was a real businessman — he ran rental properties, owned a market in South Central L.A. and managed a nursery. He was terrific under pressure and never cracked. My dad was a self-made entrepreneurial businessman. My mom worked for LAUSD for thirty years, and her consistency was such an influence. They sacrificed so much for their children, and it made an enormous impact. My interest in a business career is most likely from the importance of having a strong role model as a father and watching him succeed through good and hard times.

Why were you drawn to production?

For me, production is inspiring. I naturally am attracted to business — numbers, organization, logistics, budgeting, and scheduling. I probably got it from my dad. I received my degree in Operations Management from Cal. State L.A. Many of the characteristics of Operational Management consist of the production process. I eventually started producing music videos. I worked my way up from PA to Production Manager to Producer. The hours were long (first to arrive and last to leave), but I loved it!


Did you and Tim meet through work?

No, we were friends for two years before working on ‘The Firing Squad,’ the first independent movie we made together. After ‘The Firing Squad,’ we moved on to music videos. Tim directed music videos before getting into the film industry. However, I never produced for him, only for other directors, but would oversee all his business affairs at The Story Company. He’s a true creative storyteller and is in his element when directing a film. We are both very supportive of each other’s career achievements, and it’s a great balance.

As Executive Producer of The Story Company, what type of productions would you like to bring to fruition and what are you currently producing?

We want to broaden the scope a bit and start branching out more into the television sector as well as producing more as a company, whether it’s an episodic, cable, network or other streaming platforms. Currently, ‘Prince of Peoria’ ( has been the most recent production airing on Netflix. It centers around a prankster prince who wants to experience life as an ordinary teen leaves his kingdom to live incognito with a single mom and her studious son. We are excited about The Story Company’s upcoming film project. Tim will team up with Eddie Murphy for New Line Comedy Inspired by the hit Walter Matthau-Jack Lemmon comedy ‘Grumpy Old Men.’ Tim will direct and produce the comedy through the Story Company banner, and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett is also producing.

What do you like about production?


I love the energy of production. As soon as you walk on set, there is this fantastic setting for all creatives from all departments to thrive. It allows me to be in my own world and be an entrepreneur. The beginning is always exciting because the project gives you a clean slate, and you get to build in every department. I love dealing with budgets, negotiating, and money. I’m a businesswoman at heart and production allows me to do that on a per project basis since there is a beginning, a middle, and an end. Therefore, I get to treat every production like it’s a new business venture.

You are also a devoted wife and mom. Do you find the balance difficult?

Well, the kids are a bit older now, so it’s not as physically taxing.  I’m very good at time management and setting my priorities for each day (both family and business). Of course, as a mom, there are so many sacrifices we make. I have recently had a renewed sense of wanting to take The Story Company in different directions as well as take on other business opportunities I’m developing. With three children, there are always activities, homework, and sports.  We are big on family life, and it’s our priority.

“Mindfulness represents unconditional love towards the self (without judgment, resentment, or past mistakes), that will transcend and produce a beautiful sense of peace. Ultimately, it is about understanding your true core and letting go of others opinions. My path is in front of me and I take one step at a time.” (Vicky Mara Story)

You are so calm and centered. Do you meditate or practice mindfulness?

I do, but it’s a process. With meditation, it took a while for me because I had to learn that there is more than one way to do it and the most important way is what works for you. In my personal experience, meditation and mindfulness go together. If we are truly able to clear our heads of all the clutter and distracting thoughts, we can have an authentic presence with just “being.” Then, we are completely living in the present moment. I had to get “out of the box” of what it’s all supposed to look like and tap into me. For me, it was honoring myself, accepting myself, being mindful of my time, and understanding what I can give back to others and family. As women, we have a lot of responsibility placed on us as wives, mothers, and work. Mindfulness represents unconditional love towards the self (without judgment, resentment, or past mistakes), that will transcend and produce a beautiful sense of peace. Ultimately, it is about understanding your true core and letting go of others opinions. My path is in front of me and I take one step at a time.

What does self-empowerment mean to you?

For me, Self-empowerment is to stand in your truth authentically and being confident in who you are. It means sharing with people you trust through selfless conversations and giving them insight, empowering them, and having an impact on others. Personally, being authentic with yourself and others is the ultimate empowerment. It has represented understanding my power and accepting it. It has also consisted of standing tall and moving forward without reservation and affecting others who we love.

Vicky Story is such an inspiration as a woman, entrepreneur, and someone who gives back to the community. On behalf of Gemma, I would like to thank her for her time and thoughtfulness for such an insightful interview.

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Staying True to his Craft: Actor Spencer Trinwith Talks ​Upcoming Projects and “Wonder Woman 2”

The decision to pursue acting is always a brave one. Of course, many artists feel it is their life passion and must fulfill their dream. The fact is the industry consists of handling rejection, competition, and hard moments. However, certain artists learn to lean into the struggle (setbacks and all), and channel that energy to become even more passionate and determined. Sometimes, there is even an art to learning how to adapt. Such is the case with talented actor Spencer Trinwith, who always knew from an early age that he wanted to be an actor. Spencer is within his authentic element when working on a film set. He’s on the rise and applies a smart and insightful approach to his craft. Spencer has also experienced an enormous health challenge but tapped into other forms of creativity to stay focused. Trinwith knew acting was his life purpose and that would not change. “There is something so special about how collaborative acting is — all of these different parts moving in unison and working toward a similar goal. Not to mention, it’s darn fun,” said Trinwith.


Trinwith explained his desire to act as a career became very clear in High School. He expanded by emphasizing that he was not into academics. Spencer wanted to focus on the arts. He attended the University of North Carolina for the Arts and lived in DC for a while. He comes from actor parents and due to his innate interest in the arts combined with the family exposure to creative endeavors inspired his ambition even more. He was even named after Spencer Tracy. Trinwith has quite an impressive resume. He has appeared on television in “Law & Order: SUV” alongside special guest star, Sharon Stone as well as the television show “VEEP” with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Hugh Laurie. Spencer’s professional theater credits are extensive. He played Norm in “Suicide, Incorporated” in Washington, DC to stellar reviews. He also starred in an adaptation of the Stanley Tucci film “Blind Date” titled “The Personals,” for the stage.

After a health setback at the age of 21 that left him viewing life from a different perspective, his mindset had to shift to keep him healthy and focused on healing as well as still inspired to accomplish his future goals. Spencer has made a full recovery and even worked on five films this past summer. He’s excited about his short film (about to hit the film festival circuit), Saved by Grace, which required intensive physical stuntwork. Spencer happily took on the challenge. He is also starring in Wonder Woman 2 1984, which is “set for July 5th, 2020 Warner Brothers worldwide release. His story is inspiring, and when he had a moment, the thoughtful and passionate actor took the time to speak with us.

Tell me a bit about your childhood. Your parents are involved in the acting world, correct? It’s always great to have that support.

It is wonderful! I get to have a scene study partner pretty much on call 24/7 between the two of them! I grew up in the Bay Area and Washinton, DC. My parents have always been incredibly supportive of me pursuing this career.

You recently went through a challenging time with degenerative disc disease. How did you stay so strong mentally? Did you feel there was a time that you might not be able to act again?

Music. Most of the time playing guitar would be too difficult for me. But I got into producing on my computer. I would spend hours while on bed rest. Sometimes days. I would compose music — everything: hip-hop beats, electronic, rock, metal, soundtrack, EVERYTHING. I have a gigantic catalog of music from my time before my surgery. I’m very proud that despite everything, I was still able to find a way to be creative. I never stopped creating!

You have had the opportunity to work on many film sets over the past summer. What was the film shoots like for Saved by Grace and Really Love?


Saved by Grace was particularly exciting for me because I got to perform all of my stunts. From hand to hand combat, to falling out of trees. They had me doing just about everything, and I welcomed it! Mud and everything! I had a blast working on Really Love. My scene with Kofi Siriboe and Yootha Wong-Lou-Sing was virtually all improvised. It was such a fun give-and-take!

Regarding your acting process, you had mentioned that you try to approach from a simplistic approach versus “doing too much.” Can you elaborate?

Yes, the age-old actor dilemma of: “What do I do with my hands right now?” We can easily fall into the trap of feeling like “we are not doing enough” and because of that: we can run the risk overcompensating. Trying to push for a result. For me, I try to keep it to a few steps — Know what your character wants, commit to your character’s circumstances, listen to your acting partner, respond to your acting partner and your hands will follow after.


spencer outsideAlso, you are always challenging yourself to step outside your comfort zone with your roles. Is this your nature concerning risk-taking with specific roles?

I feel it’s a bit of a mutual attraction! I enjoy working on roles that are a far departure from myself, or extreme circumstances. To let my imagination run wild with the thought of “What If?” It’s certainly a rush and a difficult task. But I love it.

What does acting bring to you personally as well as your life?

I cannot live without it. There is something so special about how collaborative acting is — all of these different parts moving in unison and working toward a similar goal. Not to mention, it’s darn fun. When I was on bedrest, it was very isolating. Yet I did have a deep, burning desire for acting and knew that is where I belonged.

After living in DC, which is a gorgeous city, what do you think of L.A. now that you are after living and auditioning here?

DC And LA couldn’t be any more different! Both have a lot to offer. I will say though, the first time I ever flew into Los Angeles, (considering I have no family here or relation to this city), as soon as my plane touched down at LAX, I had this overwhelming sense of belonging. I knew this was going to be my home and when you are in a new home its best to create a network of friends and associations that make you honestly feel “at home.”

You have been working so much. Did you take a Thanksgiving break?

I did not spend Thanksgiving with my parents this year. I volunteered with “family” at Project Angel Food in Los Angeles, bright and early at 6 am on this holiday, prepping meals in their kitchen for those in need. It’s a fantastic charity in Los Angeles County which provides free meals for men and women too sick to shop and cook for themselves, and it’s been doing this for almost 30 years.

Everyone is super excited about WW2 1984! Can you please expand upon your character a bit?

Due to NDA (non-disclosure agreement), I can’t speak about my character or the film. However, I’m so excited for its release as I’ve been a lifelong fan of DC comics and characters!

On a final note, please click the link below to hear Spencer speak on a recent podcast from KTLA!

Gemma Magazine would like to thank Spencer Trinwith for joining us. We can’t wait to see all of his upcoming projects. Hopefully, we will have the opportunity to do a followup. For now, Spencer is happily traveling due to nonstop work and living out of a suitcase. He would not have it any other way.

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Photos by Brian To / Styling by Victor Hugo Guevara




Talk Show Host Harry Howard Talks Life Goals

If you have not heard of Harry Howard, you will soon enough. Harry is the infectious and standout online talk show host of HarryHowardTalks from Focus TV Network (, America’s First Streaming Video Talk Show Network. Howard knows how to make others laugh and motivate his audience while making it look so easy. His talk show airs every Wednesday, and we love watching him! Harry hosts creative and eclectic guests and he’s so natural with a great energy. Howard is also focusing on his main passion — becoming an actor. Harry is focused, positive, and professional and it shows in everything he takes on. Harry also has the gift of taking the knowledge he learns from each experience to his next challenge. Not to mention, he’s already young but looks even younger than he is. This is a plus in the entertainment industry.

So, how did Harry get started in the entertainment industry? While working with actors and comedians as an assistant to a manager, he realized that he wanted to be a client rather than become a representative. Growing up in LA, Harry always wanted to be an actor but thought it would have been too competitive and risky. He eventually left the business side and started taking classes at UCB and Ivana Chubbuck Studios. Since then, Howard has been in a couple of videos for Buzzfeed as well as booking various tv and film roles in addition to hosting Harry HowardTalks. He realized that being on camera as opposed to being behind it was always his real passion. He has an incredibly busy schedule but took the time to speak with Gemma Magazine.

Where did you get your drive? Or, would you consider yourself self-motivated?

My parents always told to follow my passion and never to fear rejection as long as I tried my best. My grandfather has an incredible rag to riches story, which has inspired me to work hard. Ever since I saw Empire Strikes Back when I was, 8 years old, I knew instantly that I wanted to work in the film industry. I originally was obsessed with running a studio, but my strongest passions were to be on camera. I love the creative process and am a gifted editor as well, which I have been doing since high school. I eventually landed a job in the mailroom at CAA when I graduated due to a lot of luck and ferocious hard work. I am self-motivated but am blessed to have parents and friends who support and root for me to succeed.

You mentioned that you highly enjoyed your time at UCSB, where you studied Film and Media Studies. Also, you completed 6 internships your senior year. How is that possible?

I would do 3 to 4 internships a week during my summers in college. My first internship ever was at Warner Bros. Pictures in the creative development department. After that, I wanted to get experience working for as many production companies possible during my summers in college. I was aggressive when I was in college about getting internships over the summer to the point where I would l leave class every 20 minutes to make a phone call. I made a tremendous amount of relationships doing this. They were the best summers of my life, partying at my Fraternity on the weekends at UC Santa Barbara to interning in Hollywood on weekdays.

Was there a point when you considered managing talent? What made you know that you wanted to be in front of the camera?

I always wanted to be in front of the camera, but growing up in Los Angeles and seeing all the rejection, definitely made me fear going down that path. It is so hyper-competitive to become a working actor, not to mention, just getting major auditions and then going up against 50 people for the same role. However, at 28, I realized I didn’t want to run away from pursuing my dream before it was too late. One thing I have learned is that it is never too late. So I left the film business to become an artist. Since becoming an actor, I have learned that this whole business is difficult on all sides and it’s the people who work the hardest who survive.

To expand on this, you mentioned that you would not be where you are now without your CAA experience. I’m sure you learned invaluable tools from your experience there. Can you share some of those life lessons?

Working at CAA taught me how to set meetings, deal with talent, and put on the best face regardless of the emotions that are running through my head. Working at an agency has taught me how to be super confident when communicating with others and remain persistent in the classiest way possible. I learned to always to be professional when I worked at CAA and to act the same way when dealing with my guests. Every great agent is super proactive and keeps going without stopping to close the deal. I’m very grateful for CAA because I now apply it to my talk show hosting. I learned you have to be persistent and nonstop booking guests as well as interviews. I wear a suit like an agent and act professional like an agent, but use my quirky, artistic personality to become a talk show host. Combining everything I learned at CAA with my acting lessons and creativity, I was able to evolve in to being a talk show host. Since confidence is a crucial characteristic at CAA, it all comes down to being the consummate professional. The combination of valuable traits has transferred to being a comedic and confident artist as an actor. I am beyond thankful for that experience at CAA.

You are a natural at hosting and it shows. How long does it take you to prepare for each show for HarryHowardTalks?

It takes me 20 minutes of research before I interview a guest. I read vital points that are going on in their careers and improvise the rest. The audience enjoys listening to the interviews that are the most natural.

Do you feel like that you learn (or are empowered) from particular guests?

Yes, a lot of my guests are very insightful, positive people who are successful. They have incredible mindsets, which have allowed them to achieve endless success as artists. I always find this fascinating.

What has made your show so successful?

It is amusing and informative. The key to my talk show hosting is making my interviews funny but also inspiring others at the same time. Motivating people is significant to me, but of course, my favorite thing to do is to make them laugh.

You are very passionate about acting. What does it bring to you versus hosting?

Acting allows me to go deep into my soul and explore my creative energy and become someone else. Hosting is sort of like an actor and a talent agent combined. At least for me, it is, because of my experience at CAA. With acting, I can be on set and be part of the filmmaking process. I have always loved movies, so acting has become an enormous passion of mine.

You like to make others laugh. Where does this originate? Were you continually cracking your family up as a kid?

I have always enjoyed watching people’s reactions and to see how far I can go to affect someone else’s emotions positively. I was the kid in school who always tried to entertain everyone. It stems back to my childhood I guess where I felt the need to have to get the attention of my peers. There was always something about making people laugh that gave me the biggest adrenaline rush. Making other people smile makes me smile the most.

Any upcoming projects in acting/hosting that we should look for?

As of now, tune in to HarryHowardTalks!

For fun, tell me when your interest in Beatboxing began and why you are a natural at it?

I started listening to people do it when I was in 5th grade and immediately got hooked and began to imitate them. My brain has always been more creative than logical. Therefore, when it comes to listening to sounds and imitating people, it has been natural for me. I can use my mouth to emulate this music, and I can’t explain how it works. I do it. It is something that one has almost to be born with. Beatboxing is pure creativity without overthinking things. I was able to naturally pick up on it without having to learn how to do it. I have gotten better and better the past 20 years through practice.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? You have a lot to offer.

In five years, I see myself hosting talk shows on multiple platforms and being on a sitcom on a TV Network or some skit show. My dream is to act in TV and film and host on every media outlet that exists. The biggest goal of all is to star in an action comedy summer blockbuster. I have to stay positive and am prepared to face a lot of rejection as an artist until all my dreams come true. We would like to thank Harry Howard for chatting with Gemma Magazine.

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Event Planner Extraordinaire: Chad Hudson of Chad Hudson Events

Chad Hudson Pic IMG_3528Firstly, if you get invited to a Chad Hudson event, Go! It will be creative, memorable, and something you have never seen before. Chad Hudson — event planner to the stars, the studios and more, encompasses the rare talent of combining his astute business skills and endless creative resources in order to execute events on an epic level (  He is the ultimate Creative Entrepreneur.  “CHE,” aka Chad Hudson Events, has grown to enormous proportions and keeps getting better. Hudson and his highly talented and trusted team have produced countless spectacular soirees with the goal of carrying out the client’s vision as their trademark signature style.

Since starting his company, Chad Hudson Events has become a nationwide full-service event production, design, management, special projects, and lifestyle services company. CHE emphasizes the relevance of developing unique ideas and implementing a creative design process that adheres to a strict aesthetic. CHE’s staff is divided between NYC and LA and has planned and executed more than 2,000 events to date, ranging from small receptions to the largest premieres in the world.

Kingdom Premiere 2016

Kingdom Premiere 2016

Coinciding with the 10 Year Anniversary of the Legendary Twilight Premieres LOS ANGELES — Chad Hudson Events is coming up on their iconic Ten Year Anniversary of putting on the most exclusive and beautifully designed events for some of the biggest premieres and parties in and out of Hollywood and around the world. Hudson has remained dedicated to his work and he has reason to celebrate! He started his company in 2008, after working in the event department at Warner Brothers. Giving back to the community is also a priority for CHE; which is why Chad started CHE’s favorite WeHo Supperclub dining nights out, where 10% of our patrons’ bill gets earmarked to a deserving Los Angeles based charity. To celebrate this special anniversary, CHE will be hosting their most significant #WeHoSupperClub night ever, at the seven thousand square foot Farmhouse, on Wednesday, November 14. This special event will be benefiting The Trevor Project National Suicide Hotline.



Some of CHE’s notable events range from numerous Super Bowl parties to the legendary Twilight premieres (the largest-ever SoCal film opening, at L.A. LIVE, Microsoft and Regal Theaters), private celebrity events for Beyonce and Jay-Z, Kate Winslet, Bobby Flay and many more. Hudson is inspired by various creative resources such as art, architecture, travel, and even the fine details.

Breaking Dawn – Part 2

Breaking Dawn – part 2

After speaking with him, it’s very inspiring to see the time and commitment he has put into building his company. The pressure can be high-level, but also something Chad seems to thrive on. When Chad had a quick moment to stop, he took the time to speak with us.

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You were an event producer/manager at Warner Bros Pictures. That is a fantastic experience. Did your work there inspire you to create your own Event production Company, especially being able to foresee possible areas where you could change the game a bit?

Yes working at Warner Bros Pictures for seven years with the incredible event team there helped me learn all aspects of producing a successful event both from the client and planning side. My mentor at WB Courtney Saylor taught me a lot about logistics and budgeting, and I did a lot of our event design work in-house at WB and wanted to do more of that.

Did Chad Hudson Events start with smaller and more intimate events? Also, I’m assuming that the goal was to always go to a higher level? It seems like you have created a niche like no other: “An Event Production Company that can handle any talent.” That is quite the accomplishment. Can you please expand?

Yes when I started my company we took on a lot of pro bono charity work, smaller independent film premieres, birthday parties and such. But we then were able to prove ourselves and were awarded larger jobs. Regarding the talent – We have handled talent on many aspects – inviting them to events, managing their guest’s lists on the red carpet, booking travel, star and hand and footprint ceremonies on Hollywood Boulevard, private events at their homes, etc.

Chad Hudson Events has a perfect approach, yet there are so many details involved. You have an incredible team. How do you keep them motivated and what are your expectations from them?

I am very grateful to my amazing team. I’ve been lucky to be surrounded not only by the most talented event team in the business but that we are also friends outside of the office and that makes work fun. As far as expectations go, I trust them to get the job done. I try, and they’re great about running everything by me for feedback, and our relationships work great that way.

Netflix Bloodline Premiere 2016
Bloodline Premiere (Netflix)

Netflix Bloodline Premiere 2016
Netflix Bloodline Premiere at the Landmark Regent in Westwood

Do you thrive off of pressure? Event production (at your level) can be very stressful. What is your perspective on the event production industry? Also, do you consider yourself an “out-of-the-box” thinker? Some of the smartest business people are very adept to finding alternative solutions. 

I thrive off of pressure. I think when we are in one of our super busy stretches or rushing up against a deadline there is an excitement in the air of all that we are accomplishing together. I do consider myself as an out of the box thinker. I like to look a different way to accomplish the same goals for our clients. Some tend to get stuck in a pattern of doing things just because they work, so we try to mix things up a bit, so they don’t get boring.

How do you keep coming up with innovative ideas? I would imagine it takes a solid combination of business and creativity.

Creativity is the key. I like to find inspiration in unique ways. Depending on the event nature, we brainstorm innovative ideas from art, architecture, the event venue, lighting, etc. Sometimes if it’s a film or television premiere, the theme is evident from the synopsis.

Divergent Premiere in Westwood CA on March 18th, 2014. Sean Twomey/ 2me Studios
Divergent Premiere in Westwood CA on March 18th, 2014. Sean Twomey/ 2me Studios

You were quoted as saying, “Every step of the CHE experience focuses upon flawless guest list management and personal experience for all filmmakers, talent, executives, and guests.” How do you make this happen?

We have learned from trial and error over the years of how to successfully manage the front of the house and guest list for events. It’s a juggle and depending on the nature of the event frequently takes a lot of my team to get it done. But the bottom line is communication. We have a team who is in constant phone and email contact with the client, guests, filmmakers, execs, talent, etc to make sure they’re taken care of. We then translate that to talent letters with allotments, seating charts, confirmation letters, transportation booking, etc.

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What do you do in the small amount of downtime that you have?

I love to travel when I can. That’s my favorite way to escape. Because I’m continually working from wherever I am via phone, it helps to be somewhere without WiFi or cell service haha.

How do you handle your “promotional services” differently than your
“event productions”?
It depends on the promotion type. My first company was Chad Hudson Presents, and I did a lot of promotional events from Halloween, to nightclubs to product promotions, etc. So we have an extensive contact list of different demographics to promote to depending on what the client wants. For our promotions, we usually are working off of more selling tickets or driving guests to a product or service.

Stoli's Most Original Bartender Competition
Stoli’s Most Original Bartender Competition

How do you manage the logistics of both NYC and LA?

We have our main office in LA and a satellite office in NY. Most of our staff is in LA, but we have a few members of our fantastic team in NY who have been with us since our NY launch seven years ago. We travel back and forth quite a bit. We were there for two significant events last month for over two weeks.

ANY hints for the future of Chad Hudson Events?
We have to keep you guessing about something! 😉

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CHE has produced countless events at the highest level. As you can see, the proof is in the photos. Gemma Magazine would like to sincerely thank Chad Hudson for taking the time to interview with us. Congratulations to him and his team on their 10 year Anniversary! In celebration of CHE’s 10 Year Anniversary, we have included the link to The Trevor Project:


Food Network Emmy Consideration Party at the Television Academy in North Hollywood on March 26th, 2014. Sean Twomey / 2me Studios

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SACHIKA Shuts Down​ LAFW with “Black Sheep” Collection

To-Tam and To-Nya Sachika (twin sisters) ( and fashion’s Yin and Yang, are a powerful fashion force who are beautiful, powerful, and elegant. Their authentic love for fashion (in both a creative and business manner) shines through in every endeavor that the fashionistas take on. The Sachika sisters started their business in 2009 and are just as inspired today. Through the years, I have covered the Sachika twins for various events, and three characteristics come to mind — passionate about fashion (in all capacities), an incredible work ethic, and their dominant mindset when it comes to achieving their goals. This is a beautiful combination, just like the two of them fusing their unique talents into one original company.

SACHIKA is a contemporary ready-to-wear fashion house established since 2009 by Identical Twin Fashion Designers To-Tam & To-Nya Sachika.  The brand has earned a secure place amongst the stars and influencers as it proudly celebrates and embraces all body types. SACHIKA is known to fabricate beautiful dresses that complement the female body. It has been featured included but not limited in publications such as Italian VOGUE, Forbes, ELLE Magazine, The Fader, Arise Magazine, Teen Vogue, Daily News, NY Times, Businessweek, Fashion Week Daily, and

Sachika's Black Sheep Fasshion Show

How do To-Tam and To-Nya see the modern woman about fashion?
The Modern Woman is fierce, she’s independent, and she knows what she wants,” says To-Tam. “Designing is like creating the perfect balance between the imaginary mind and the reality of life,” says To-Nya. Their newest collection entitled “BLACK SHEEP” is a collection dedicated specifically to the working woman. She dares to be different and isn’t afraid to go after her dreams. FOR “BLACK SHEEP,” 
they used a combination of different fabrics such as vegan faux fur, satin, polished pontil, ruffled knit and stretched models. The collection as all black, focusing on various textures and silhouettes.

SACHIKA’s staple boutique is located in the trendy Mile-End of Montreal, and their atelier is located in Los Angeles,  where all the designs are created and confectioned. SACHIKA is currently available in Canada, USA & France. Black Sheep is not their first full collection. They have showcased numerous complete collections in the past during NYFW, LAFW as well as MWFW ( Midwest Fashion Week), Toronto Fashion Week, and Viet Fashion Week.

Recently, the Sachika twins debuted the ‘Black Sheep Collection” in Downtown LA at the US Bank Tower, at the Skyscape. It was an exciting show with a meaningful message. The “Black Sheep” collection represents the modern woman who wants to ” Stand Out ” as opposed to blending in within the workplace or when she goes out. The Black Sheep woman doesn’t follow the crowd, she leads the pack and carves her path. The message was important to both To-Tam and To-Nya, as they have carved their own path throughout many years of hard work.

After the show, Gemma Magazine sat down with the Sachika twins to discuss the exciting night and the details that went into it.

How would you describe the “Black Sheep Collection?”

The Black Sheep collection is a staple collection for today’s executive, high-corporate, working woman. We believe every piece in this collection is not only wearable and functional but very much needed for the modern woman who wants to ” Stand Out ” as opposed to blending in within the workplace or when she goes out. The Black Sheep woman doesn’t follow the crowd, she leads the pack, and in this case, she leads with poise, sensitivity, class, and purpose all while wearing outfits that command class and sophistication.


What went into the creative process of casting, designing, and production?
It’s an immense amount of work.

As designers and businesswomen, we always try to work and get inspired by real-life situations. We delved into our past and childhood and remembered how we were still the misfit, the outcast, the rule breaker, the ones who dared to try something different. “The Black Sheep” concept came to us quickly as we realized it was also a path that many successful women had to go through in their journey. For this collection, our focus was a classic, apparel silhouette, important details, and functional and distinguished styles throughout the process. We also believe black is without a doubt, the most worn, as well as the most flattering color for women to wear.

Additionally, We wanted to remove the negative connotation behind the words “black sheep” and instead celebrate every woman’s boldness and uniqueness. Throughout the process of creation and production, we were immersed and inspired by the mission of this collection which was to encourage women to be assertive and to be different.

A quote to Love:

“The Modern Woman is fierce, she’s independent, and she knows what she wants.” says To-Tam. “Designing is like creating the perfect balance between the imaginary mind and the reality of life,” says To-Nya.


Is part of your mission/goal to inspire and empower women through fashion?

Thank you, Elisabeth, and absolutely! SACHIKA is so much more than a Designer Label. It is a movement for the Modern Ambitious Woman. At its core, SACHIKA’s real mission is to empower women.

How do you balance it all? Boutique owners, designing, and fashion shows (in addition to traveling a lot to build your brand)?

We are both obsessed with what we do. Seeing women’s faces light up when they wear our clothes because they feel amazing, sexy and powerful, is what truly keeps us going. We love the feeling of being able to put a smile on these women, and we want to continue to do so forever. How do we balance it all with so many things on our plate? By just enjoying the journey every day, always keeping each other in check, properly managing our time and by continually motivating each other.


What do you both do to relax and take a break from the fashion industry?

We both love traveling and discovering new things. Traveling inspires us to create. We also enjoy fitness and singing. You may catch us on stage at some random Karaoke bars in Ktown during the weekend lol. We are also major foodies, and we love to cook. Maybe one day, we will release a cookbook and have our cooking show 🙂

Do you feel you are the perfect combination for forming a business? You are family, as well as having business and creative talents.

We believe two things are essential: 1) having a clear vision of what you want to accomplish 2) having the right team. We are truly blessed to have each other as there is already a strong common ground and an unbreakable level of trust. We feel like God created us and made us identical Twins for this exact purpose. 🙂

What can we expect next from SACHIKA?

We intend on expanding our brand to overseas such as Europe and Asia. We also are working on developing and creating more designs for our men’s line TUXXMAN. You can also expect to see us continue to provide not only excellent designer wear but also a support system for all the modern ambitious women. Thank you for this interview!



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Gemma Magazine would like to thank the Sachika Twins for taking the time to interview with us. We are excited to see what is upcoming, as they are always developing new concepts for their brand.

Gemma Magazine is an Online Magazine for Artists. We cover Fashion, Artists, Actors, and Creative Entrepreneurs from A Diverse Perspective. Our goal is to inspire through the power of artists!  


The Art of Inner Happiness with Rob Mack

We all want it, right? The “H-word”: Happiness, inner peace, and to feel good. It sometimes seems so attainable. At other times, it seems impossibly complicated. Sometimes a little guidance is needed… or even a complete makeover.

Rob Mack ( is a happiness coach and author. He writes and speaks to people about how to live happier lives from the inside, out. In addition to serving as a Celebrity Love Coach for the television show, Famously Single, on E!, Robert has been a featured guest expert for shows like The Today Show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, CBS Early Show, The Balancing Act, and and magazines like Self, Health, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Upscale.

Rob is currently a co-host on “Good Morning LaLa Land” ( every morning (9-10am PT on AppleTV, Roku TV, Focus TV, KnektTV, YouTube, Vimeo, and all social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Periscope)!


He has such a calming presence, is dedicated to his work and has an inner beauty that shines from the inside out. Rob keeps an incredibly busy schedule so we at Gemma appreciate his time talking to us. His insightful answers are inspiring!

Firstly, after reading your backstory, I was genuinely surprised by your admission to having an urge to end your life years earlier. I respect your honesty and value you creating awareness! I feel many people have had these thoughts but would never admit it. Can you pinpoint the decision to hold off?

Well, I was depressed for a very long time, for as long as I can remember being alive, honestly. When I finally decided that I couldn’t take it anymore, I conducted some research on suicide, on the means and methods, and on how to do it.

Eventually, I decided I was going to slit my wrist. I found a steak knife in the kitchen and began to bury the blade into my wrist. At that precise moment, however, as I started to cut into my arm, my mind got very quiet. My problems seemed to disappear, and a strange, unfamiliar peace pervaded me. It was then that I decided to postpone suicide for a little while. At first, I only committed to an hour. Before long, that hour turned into a day, that day became a week, and so on. During this time, I researched – and applied – everything I could learn about happiness.

I know you’re from Pennsylvania and earned a Master degree at Swarthmore College where you received your Bachelors of Science in Psychology, and the University of Pennsylvania, where you earned a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (M.A.P.P.), an ivy-league degree held by only a few dozen people in the world. Where do you get your motivation from?

I get my motivation from my parents. They are both highly motivated people, and that’s putting it lightly. Their work ethic is extraordinary.

My dad was in the military. After the military, he worked extra long hours at jobs for decades, sometimes attending night school simultaneously. My mother took care of us, 3 kids, while my dad worked, often while herself working a job, too. Later, when we became adults, she took a job at the airlines. She woke up at 3 am, drove an hour to work, pulled an 18-hour shift, drove an hour back home, slept 3-4 hours, and did it all over again, day after day, year after year. Not once did I hear either of them complain about this.


You are incredibly accomplished in addition to your academic achievements. Did school come naturally to you? Also, you currently have your own your private practice, correct?

I always considered myself average or below average in intelligence, so I always felt like I had to work harder than everybody else to get by. Looking back now, however, I realize that school came pretty easily to me. I did well in most subjects and always got straight A’s. I was salutatorian of my class. I was always the kid that the other kids cheated off of. Haha!

I have owned and operated my own private coaching practice for over 20 years now. I coach people from all walks of life, including professional athletes, actors and actresses, models, entertainers, executives, entrepreneurs, and everyday people alike. By applying ivy-league science, I help them experience greater authentic happiness and effortless success.

How did you know that you wanted more in life, take atypical risks, move to LA? Intuition is powerful and should be studied. How do you feel?

I had several really awful jobs growing up. I discovered pretty quickly that I wanted more out of life. I always wanted to be a professional basketball player, but that didn’t pan out. Starting in college, I tried to figure out my passion and purpose. I struggled with it, to be honest, for over ten years. In the end, I discovered psychology, self-help, and spirituality.

I wasn’t drawn to LA my whole life like many people are. However, after some serious soul searching, I realized that I wanted to help as many people as I possibly could. Plus, various professional opportunities in LA kept surfacing. LA kept calling me, literally, so I decided to make a move after my second season of “Famously Single” on E! I definitely tapped into my intuition through meditation to make that decision!

You seem very trusting of the theory “When you are Happy First, Success Follows.” However, I’m sure you can see why so many people feel the opposite. Can you please expand upon this.

First, happiness is the greatest success. No matter what we want to accomplish, achieve, or acquire in life, we want it because we think we’ll feel better as a result. We think it’ll make us happy. If we didn’t think it would make us happy – or, at least, happier – we wouldn’t want it at all. Success without fulfillment is a failure.

Second, happiness also leads to success. Based on the most recent research, we know that happiness leads to a better life. It leads to more money, better relationships, better health, a longer life, and so on. We know this from thousands of scientific studies.


You Wrote a book “Happiness From the Inside Out: The Art and Science of Fulfillment.” What was the creative process? Also, what inspired you to write it?

“Happiness from the Inside Out” began as a running list of happiness tips and tricks that I discovered in my life and the lives of my clients. It was a happiness journal of sorts.

Later, after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters in Applied Positive Psychology Program (MAPP), I added science to it. Eventually, it became “Happiness from the Inside Out,” the book! (

I’ve written four other books since then. I’ve learned a lot in the process. This is what I learned:

1. Keep it short and simple.

2. Write when the inspiration strikes (even if it’s just a few words).

3. Write for the joy of writing (and not for any other reason.

OK, Let’s talk about Love! How is your experience on “E’s! “Famously Single?” I’m sure that’s an example of challenging people on their limited belief systems.

“Famously Single” – and the good folks at Irwin Production – including superstar producers Pegah Sabheti and Damian Sullivan, let me be myself. I will always appreciate them for that. It was a truly wonderful experience, and I’m deeply grateful to have worked alongside superstar therapist Dr. Darcy and superstar dating coach Laurel House. They are both brilliant, beautiful women. It was an honor. It was fun, and the cast both seasons were phenomenal!

You seem so chill at all moments. Did you have to work at this, especially given the hectic schedule you have?

I used to be the most anxious person in the world! I have had to work extremely hard at it, yes. It’s been the single most dedicated pursuit of my life.

If a woman or man was looking for love (long-term) and knew this was essential to their happiness, what advice would you give?

If you’re looking for love, put happiness first. The happiest relationship consists of two independently happy people. Be happy – love will follow.

Second, love yourself – don’t wait. Life is short. Do for yourself now all the things you want a lover or partner to do for you in the future. Then, you’ll enjoy the journey and the destination. Plus, you’ll get there faster.

Tell me a bit about your podcast #ManWhisperer

Man Whisper was created by my “Famously Single” dating coach sidekick, Laurel House. We explore all things related to dating, love, and relationships. It’s both fantastically fun, and phenomenally informative.

Laurel and I compliment each other surprisingly well. She’s brilliant, beautiful, and honest! It’s no accident that KTLA,, and E! News call on her regularly to provide insightful guidance and reliable advice on love, dating, and relationships.

You work with two incredible women: Jezlan Moyet and Dr. Erin. I feel all 3 of you have excellent chemistry. What is it like hosting a live-streamed show five days/week?

Good Morning LaLa Land is the most fun, meaningful, inspiring conversation currently on the air! It is a pure pleasure and privilege to work with Dr. Erin and Jezlan. They are incredibly beautiful, bright lights, each with their own unique, divine gifts. It’s an honor to work alongside them every day.

Andy Waldman – the Executive Producer of Good Morning LaLa Land and Owner and CEO of Focus TV and Focus Magazine – is a heaven-sent, real-life angel. Associate Producer Victoria Simone is more beautiful on the inside than she is on the outside, if that’s humanly possible, and she’s as smart, funny, and creative as anybody I’ve ever met. I’m beyond blessed to work with this all-star cast of creatives.

Also, our guests are phenomenally inspiring. I never cease to be impressed by their struggles, stories, resilience, courage, and faith, and I’m inspired every day to share their light and love with our rapidly growing audience across the world. We each have a dream job, even if we have to wake up at 3 am to make it happen! Lol.

The highlight of the year thus far for Good Morning La La Land has to be hosting the red carpet for the 2018 Daytime Emmy Awards. What a blast!


OK, I have to say it. Your Style! Do you enjoy fashion yourself or go with your wardrobe stylist’s advice at all times. It seems to come quite naturally. You have that amazing and that effortless vibe — on point!

I love fashion!

My best friend, Melanie Whittle, is a celebrity stylist. She’s dressed some of the most well-known actors, performers, and models on the planet. She’s curated a signature style just for me. I riff off that signature style the best I can, but I keep her on speed dial for those fashion emergencies and epic events like the Emmy’s. I’ll be calling her one day soon when we receive our own Emmy Award!

Melanie has now extended her brand and taken her creative wizardry, eye for aesthetics, and photographic panache into the world of home decor and real estate, so I miss her now more than ever.

I think I’m doing ok, though… at least, for now! Ask me again come award season! Lol.



We would like to thank Rob Mack for the inspiring interview. It’s always refreshing when someone shares their voice — their inner and honest thoughts and beliefs about their passion and life’s work.

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