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Jen Svejda , dancer, actress, and business woman—FINDING SUCCESS WHILE DANCING TO THE BEAT OF A DIFFERENT DRUMMER.

Jen Svejda, raised and educated in Kansas City, she spent a lot of time, throughout her adolescence, performing in the arts,  but she always found the time to help out at her family’s  business.  She attended and, and ultimately worked and studied  acting via a stipend in Dresden, Germany, and graduated from the University of Missouri where she studied Theatre/English. Upon returning home, she helped start up a acting group entitled the  ‘Theatre of the Imagination’, a children’s theatrical company. Jen said, ‘Leaving family and life-long friendships is never easy but I gladly  exchanged the cold Midwestern misery for sunny Los Angeles where I thoroughly  enjoyed performing in my  free time’. Jen, having been invited to compete in the Valley Cultural Center’s ‘Dancing With Our Valley Stars’ where, she said, ‘I worked hard, shed some tears, and was thrilled to walk away as the winner–#1’, became the Director of Business Development for the Woodland Hills Tarzana Chamber of Commerce.

This hard working, beautiful multi-talented beauty, said, ‘I love the Greater West Valley  Community, and my involvement there has brought me so many varied wonderful opportunities and I was thrilled to walk away in 1st place in the dancing with the stars competition!’

She recently, along with financial businessman, Sam Gandhi, co-hosted an event at The Los Angeles Convention Center, on April 28, 20122,   which honored the men and women in uniform who risked and also have lost their lives. ‘I would love to thank all of the people that attended that event’, said Svejda, ‘these men and women have risked their lives  every day so we can all have a better quality of life.’ The proceeds raised from this event  went to families that have lost loved ones of the police force who lost their lives during the line of  duty.

Many international and local dignitaries were present, as the media and other community professionals were honored with awards, such as yours truly—“Excellence in Journalism”–and Jen and her fellow emcee Gandhi, did a spectacular job.

Jen is a special person. She appears to be both fire and ice; strong enough to endure, prosper, and thrive under any situations, and yet soft enough to be a beautiful woman; exuding,compassion, and genuine empathy towards humanity. She is a class act and she is a very intelligent and beautiful woman. The world, not just the Valley is lucky to have her!.

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I was born in Fountainbleu in Paris France to an army family. My father ,Ruben Smith, and my mother Nancy Smith, worked for the Army and as a school teacher in France, respectively.We are originally from the South. My father’s people from Misissippi and Alabama and my mom’s from South Carolina. I am an avid sports fan and I attended and played sports----football, wresting, and track----- at Bishop England High School, in Charleston, South Carolina; my mom chose both a Catholic high school and an elementary school, Immaculate Conception, for my sister and I. Initially, I wasted a lot of time in school pursuing sports and partying but nevertheless,I went to the College of Charleston, The University of South Carolina, where I majored in Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations, with a minor in Theatre and Speech. I finally graduated from The University of Redlands, in Redlands, CA with a degree in business management. I managed to get into SAG-AFTRA, mostly as an extra, but I have done an occasional speaking stint here and there—CD-ROMs, experimental and industrial films, and voice overs in radio. My most recent endeavor was playing a doctor on "Grey's Anatomy". I like horror, love, thrillers, and I like to read. Weightliftingand jogging are some of my hobbies also. Interestingly enough, my family prepared me for a life on the move, as I have been to every state in The USA except for Alaska and Hawaii. I have an older sister who chose the teaching profession and is doing quite fine. What was i like as a child? Well I tend to think that I existed and flourished within "a culture of hate"--------however South Carolina has ceased and desisted with both "The jim Crow Laws' and flying the Confederate Flag------------I witnessed "colored only" bathrooms, and was in establishments where the Klan showed up. I stayed at hotels where my family and I found pounds of raw CHITTERLINS---hogs guts----- at our doorstep!! But don't get me wrong, as despite these ugly truths about the South, I grew up with some very cool whites, mexicans, Filipino's and other races. But it is what it is. It has Metamorphosized into being a cultural and real estate melting pot, as many from other states are recently flocking there for the cheaper home prices, very stable, safer lifestyle and "bible belt" mentality, and affordable education. I too have Metamorphosized , as I am not the militant little athletic, and partying freak I used to be and have settled into writing for Cold Heat News and assisting We Care for Humanity with their charitable functions. Consequently, I am pretty much a normal army brat who has realized that life is what you make it and people and things are subject to change. So change with life and let by gones be by gones. My dad has since passed away, and my mom and sister and most of my cousins are still alive, but their positive,significant influence, along with the impact my elementary and high school friends have had on me continues on;infact, I believe, where it not for my childhood friends, my high school football Coach Jack Cantey and occasional teenage battles with my dad, I would have become a gang member! Thus my personal manifesto is, Live hard, party when it is time, and utilize both education, and Love for God, and know that FAMILY AND FRIENDS are most important;They're one's conduit for a viable and happy life. ALSO, A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND---NOT A "FAIR WEATHER"------INDEED.

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