Hi, I'm Rene.
Fellow sensitive here! I help artists, high achievers, and other highly sensitive people like us reclaim their emotional freedom, so they can fully express themselves and their unique gifts and talents - the creativity they were born with - with more joy and a lot less fear.
Those who know me well appreciate my caring and inclusive nature and, most of all, for really listening.
Having spent much of my life studying and practicing personal development & leadership, I've learned a variety of practices that lead to emotional healing and personal transformation, and I'd love to share them with you.
I get you.
A little street cred...
I've always loved learning how to help people, whether it was via recruiting, training them for a job, or sitting down with them to work through personal roadblocks.
So, in addition to receiving degrees in human resource management (with emphasis in training and development), and building upon my education through my work in the corporate world, I decided to become certified in life coaching. I accomplished this through the Center for Strategic Intervention, a division of Robbins-Madanes Training, while also earning the award of Practitioner of Excellence. Pictured with me here are the lovely co-founders and my coaches, Mark and Magali Peysha.
I've had the privilege of taking part in some pretty cool films here in Arizona, with some incredibly talented artists. This scene was one of several that took place at an old jail above a courthouse in Phoenix. I have to say, it was a pretty scary place. Dank and donned with lime green walls, a toilet in each cell, and extremely narrow hallways - not to mention crowded with a bunch of actors and crew - it was more than just a little claustrophobic. Talk about working through anxiety! Yep. It's no wonder the director gave me a shout-out during the hallway line-up scene. Ha ha.
I've done lots of voice work over the years: singing on albums and in jingles, voicing audiobooks, industrials, TV & radio spots, and more. This pic was taken during a quick ADR session for one of those awesome films I was mentioning above. Pictured with me here are director Kevin R. Phipps and producer Ruben Angelo.
I recall the moments in my car while waiting to go in for this session. Normally, VO sessions wouldn't cause me anxiety. But something unrelated had me a little revved up that day, not to mention the fact that I never really liked seeing myself on camera. So, I did some simple but effective exercises before walking in, and by the time my feet crossed the studio threshold, I was relaxed and present, and I finished in a take (with a couple of safeties, of course).
Maybe you can relate?
Singing was my first love. I sang alto in a six-girl singing group in high school, led and accompanied by our choral director. He'd find us these great gigs in and out of town. During my very first performance, I was so nervous that my body shook the whole time.
Live theater used to scare the you-know-what out of me. While back stage, I'd quietly and somewhat frantically go through exercises I'd learned in workshops, trying to work through some of those anxiety gremlins. One time, though, I hadn't eaten enough before a lunchtime performance and had a full-fledged panic attack in the middle of a scene. Thankfully, I was prepared for the role and managed to hold myself together, so no one knew about it but me. Still, I'm sure you'd agree, that's not the best state to be in during a performance! Later, I learned some great techniques that can turn those monsters around. Stick with me. I'll share.
I used to not be able to sleep through the night before going on camera, no matter how prepared I was or how much I looked forward to the gig. I since learned how to shake those nerves, defeat that self-sabotage, and get a good night's sleep before an important event.
There are plenty more stories, and I'll share them later. The important thing to know is, we can work through these things and really enjoy creating freely!
Some not-so-guilty pleasures...
New York Italian...
New York born and raised, I love my Italian heritage. Pictured here are my beautiful grandparents, Italian immigrants and the subjects of Life Magazine's October 5, 1953 cover story.
Titled "From Italians Into Americans: A Photo Essay On Three Generations," the story included their nine boys, two girls, grandchildren to date, and some of their closest friends and extended family.
Eventually, there'd be 39 of us cousins in my generation alone, just on my father's side. I'm the youngest. The eldest was 27 years older than me. Backyard family gatherings were impressive!
Confession: Grimaldi's Pizza... OMG. Have you tried it?
Cool TV stuff...
I first watched Y&R as a kid, and I'd watched it on and off for years after that. I had the good fortune of being invited to the studio for taping in 2001, which is when I picked it up again. Haven't stopped since. Such awesome people! Here I am with my gracious host, the lovely Kate Linder, who plays Esther. We're on the set of "Gina's Place." Remember that? I'm pretty sure I could do okay with Y&R trivia.
I could do even better with Friends trivia. Go ahead... test me!
I love the ocean. There's nothing like the tranquility of the sea. Here, we're enjoying the stunning mica-sand beach on Coronado Island. I love watching the ships in the distance and all the different types of planes flying overhead from NAS North Island. (Sand castle courtesy of the very talented Bill Pavlacka, aka "The Sandcastle Man.")
My son Nick (in the picture above) is everything to me. He's loving, so smart, and has an amazing soul. He's going to be a world-changer. He's already changed mine.
Hiking and nature walks here in Arizona are our jam. If you follow me on social, you'll often see me posting about it. The Sonoran Desert is breathtaking. This photo was taken at Papago Park, a great popular hike, located across from the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden.
My favorite season is springtime. It doesn't matter where I am. I love the temps, the perfect breezes, and the colorful and fragrant flowers.
I'm married to Karl, a USAF F-16 instructor pilot and lieutenant colonel turned author and Boeing 757-767 pilot. (Can you say that 10 times, fast?) Shortly after we were married, I got to take a high-speed taxi ride in an F-16 for his squadron's Spouse's Day at Luke AFB. What a rush... and a major tease!
On my very first professional hosting spot, I was asked to address the camera while a hawk swooped down from a treetop far behind me and landed on my hand. What a cool experience! For another scene, I held a huge python named Xena. Turned out to be one of my favorite, most adventurous gigs.
As an actress and voiceover talent for about 14 years, I had the pleasure of being part of an award-winning comedy filmed in Arizona. This photo was taken on set with actor Charlie Baker. I really enjoyed being part of the film's pre-production and production teams as well.