The Ms. In The Bizbook launch party for “Thriving In Hollywood! Tenacious Tales and Tactics from Ms. In the Biz”was a packed house this past Monday, February 9th, 2015 with over 250 industry guests ranging from executives to writers and content developers to working actresses were in attendance.
Guests included: Lisa Hennessy (Exec Producer – The Biggest Loser, creator – Dreamjobbing) Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Criminal Minds), Patrick Gallagher (Night at the Museum, Glee),Jeff Schroeder (CBS Interactive Host), Kevin Michael Martin (TNT’s The Last Ship), Helenna Santos(Founder/CEO Ms. In The Biz), Alexandra Boylan (Catching Faith, Home Sweet Home), Leah Cevoli(Robot Chicken, Deadwood), Kristen Nedopak (Exec Producer and Showrunner – The Geekie Awards),Taryn O’Neill (Granite Flats), Paula Rhodes (The League, The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy), Barry W. Levy (Scandal, Mad Men), Entertainment Attorney Nadia Davari, Alex Boylan (creator – Dreamjobbing), and yours truly, Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, The Bay).
The 5 star reviews are in on Amazon and the book is making waves with raves from: Hollywood heavyweights including Jane Espensen, Marci Liroff, Women In Film and the Geena Davis Institute, Actresses and Actors such as Mena Suvari, Madeline Brewer and Hayley Atwell (Marvel’s new series “Agent Carter“!), and publications such as Backstage, IndieWire, PopCults.
As Santos states, “Thriving In Hollywood! is a compilation of 25 posts from the over 1000 on MsInTheBiz.com designed for the next generation of female Hollywood Power Players. It’s like Chicken Soup for the female entrepreneur in entertainment’s soul. Reading this book makes you feel like you are chatting with your best girlfriend’s over coffee or happy hour, hearing their tales and tactics to thrive in the business.”
The aim of the book is to provide the best of the uplifting stories and time tested practical tips that have been found on the site. Whether someone is brand new to the business, or an industry veteran, “Thriving in Hollywood!” is all about “thriving” not just surviving, because the more empowered women are then the power structure in the industry can shift in a dynamic way.
Demonstrating that there is a hunger for this knowledge and community, in less than 2 years the Ms. In The Biz website has amassed over 1000 articles from over 140 female contributors working within the entertainment industry, 40 of which are now regular monthly bloggers, and it is read in over 184 countries.
“I was overwhelmed by the support and turnout. Being in a room surrounded by incredible women all supporting and encouraging each other in the film industry, was inspirational for me,” said a very proud and chipper Boylan.
About Ms. In The Biz
Founded by actress/producer Helenna Santos, Ms. In The Biz is the premium online destination for women in entertainment who are looking for a positive community that shares resources, imparts wisdom, and fosters success. After seeing a need for an online collaborative community of like-minded women in entertainment, Helenna created Ms. In the Biz to act as a hub for the next generation of female Hollywood power players.
I am proud to say that I recently started writing my own column for Ms. In the Biz titled “Ethnicity and Entertainment.” More info about my column at http://msinthebiz.com/author/vida-ghaffari/ What I love about this group is that it’s a group of infinitely creative women that are all about empowering each other. It’s really a tremendous sisterhood. It’s like an artistic sorority without the cliques and the cattiness and no hazings of course!