Maria Montgomery

Entrepreneur, Director, and Writer in Los Angeles, California

Maria Montgomery

Entrepreneur, Director, and Writer in Los Angeles, California

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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 contemporary 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, 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, 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 Hout Bay, bringing down criminality and deal with a plethora of other problems.

These days I am in the launch phase of Magique - a social enterprise in the dating industry. It's based in Los Angeles and Cape Town.I also blog for the Huffington Post and have a personal 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.