A friend of mine once described me by saying “One minute she’s like the Dalai Lama, the next a dizzy blonde” and maybe that does sum me up…
I’m definitively blonde, blue-eyed and Swedish, but I left my home for the world and trained as an actor and director at KADA in London and as a producer at UCLA in Los Angeles. I also did various life coaching courses that gave me diplomas saying I can transform people’s lives. In other words: I was trained to help you fix your life using a sufficient amount of drama to turn it into a Hollywood blockbuster with a guaranteed happy ending and a franchise opportunity. Along the road I lived in six different countries and had every imaginable job under the sun, including working as a PA to the CEO of an equity company and as a sales manager for the UK’s largest online art gallery, specializing in selling Damien Hirst’s incredible dots.
When I got tired of selling dots I decided to do what I love and become a freelancer working in creative fields. I’ve been doing mainly social media, directing and writing (from website copy and magazine articles, to ebooks, adverts and commercials) and move to Cape Town to work with charity. I ended up working for Little Angels (www.littleangelsincapetown.wordpress.com), where I am now a board member, spokesperson and youth leader. I recently also became a board member for the Proudly Hout Bay Women’s League - an initiative to reclaim Hangberg, bringing down criminality and deal with a plethora of other problems.
These days I am working to launch Magique in LA - a social enterprise in the media and dating industries (www.CarnavalDuDesir.com). The branding and marketing branch of the business That Woman Is A Woman Productions, is based out of Cape Town and I continue to do writing and marketing for people through this side of the business, as well as developing some scripts for future production. As a result of my business I travel between Cape Town, Los Angeles and London.
I also have a blog - Confessions of a Dizzy Blonde - a Sex and the City style take on personal development. I share the lessons I’ve learned in life with a large dose of inspiration, humor and…sex. (www.confessionsofadizzyblonde.wordpress.com)
Name: Maria Montgomery
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Company: That Woman Is A Woman Productions
Occupation: Director, Marketing/pr, Screenwriter, Actor and Producer