Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Publicist Lindsey Rowe



Lindsey Rowe is a public relations professional, social media aficionado, amateur photographer and philanthropy enthusiast in Los Angeles. She co-chairs the PR and media committee for a childrens advocacy red carpet event as well as gives of her time and talents to various other charitable causes that are near and dear to her heart.

Lindsey has two adopted siblings with cleft palates and has witnessed first hand the struggle that children with clefts and their families endure. She has also experienced the resilience and spirit of those same children who are able to overcome their challenges and has been inspired by them to bring awareness to this cause.



What is the current project you are working on?

Currently, I am producing a documentary called Gwapa (Beautiful)that follows a poor Filipino family's struggle for a healthy future and a mother's remarkable journey to help her three kids with facial deformities.

Every year, 4,000 - 5,000 Filipino children are born with cleft lip, cleft palate, or both. Cleft lip and palate are two the most common and curable of birth defects. Sadly, most clefts go unrepaired in developing countries. Just one surgery can change a child's life forever. http://www.gwapafilm.com

What's it like working with the crew at Thirsty Girl Films? 

BUSY! This is a passion project for our whole crew, so we are putting our hearts and souls into it which means many long nights and weekends! We are all so dedicated to the film and the cause and that makes all the effort very rewarding!

How do you measure success?

All depends on what the goal is. Happy clients = success

How do you handle rejection?

Haha. As a publicist, I hear 'no' a lot! Water off a duck's back at this point!

Did you always want to be a publicist?

I actually fell into publicity. I could not have planned or foreseen this life for myself! All the pieces seem to be falling into place. It just reinforces the fact that we are all part of a beautiful tapestry much bigger than ourselves.

What is the best thing about being one?

Having the ability and connectivity to bring awareness to important causes and projects!

What is the worst thing about being one?

Juggling.

What is the estimated number of projects you have worked on?

More than I can remember. Between my professional life and personal side passion projects, I should be committed.

How has your life changed since you became a publicist?

2 words: SOCIAL MEDIA> The influx of information is astonishing, and you always have to be "ON".

What is one piece of advice you can give to someone who also wants to become a publicist?

Be prepared for the lines to be blurred between your personal and professional life.


Have you had any other jobs before you decided to become a publicist?  


Teaching preschool, which I think uses a similar skill set only because you've always got a pleasant demeanor and smiling face while constantly diffusing problems of all kinds!

How has social media changed the independent film industry?

Thirsty Girl Films recently ran a crowdfunding campaign for Gwapa 'Beautiful' on IndieGogo. It was my first time participating in crowdfunding and it was definitely an eye opener. The power or social media is astounding. http://www.indiegogo.com/Gwapa-Film

What's your favorite quote and why?

I am one of those obnoxious people who posts daily inspirational quotes! I just love to start my day that way! But the quote that I feel really speaks to me is one I have in my email signature. I love the simplicity of it.  "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." ~William James

Do you support any charitable foundations?

I do! I have worked with many AMAZING foundations and charities. I sit on the planning committees for two charity red carpet events. One is an LA animal rescue organization called Kitten Rescue (http://www.kittenrescue.org/) and the other is First Star (http://www.firststar.org/) a children's advocacy organization that fights for the rights of abused and neglected children in the foster care system. 

I highly encourage everyone to find a cause they are passionate about and get involved, it will enrich your life beyond your wildest dreams. 

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Thanks for doing the interview Lindsey. I think Gwapa is a wonderful project. I will be keeping an eye on the project and Thirsty Girl Films.   Speaking of charities, I hope people will check out http://sanctuaryforkids.org/