Belle Karper Bio
Award-Winning Screenwriter, Author and Speaker
So, it goes like this . . .
Education – UCLA and University of Arizona
Writing Conferences – Los Angeles and New York
Day Job - Full-time Author & Screenwriter
Current Awards –
Official Finalist – (4th to the crown!)
Official Finalist Selection
Finalist and 1st Runner Up Screenwriting Comp
Current Writing Projects –
— Announcing “PICKLED TINK” -Award-Winnning – “Dumb Guy” Screwball Comedy with a Southern Flavor! Come on, Y’all!
— Announcing “MAKING UP WITH MORTELLA” Multi-Award-Winnning – Dark Comedy about Good and Evil, the magic of MakeUp and the Beauty of the Heart.
— WHY THE WIDOW WEARS BLACK – Award-Winnning Edgy Memoir of an Outspoken Survivor
— ME AND E.B. – Award-Winnning NonFiction Short Story of my experience with E.B. White (Stuart Little, The Elements of Style, Charlotte’s Web, and on)
— Four projects which are confidential and in the works . . . shhhh!
Current Interests –
My Family and kids ….. Film Production ….. Comedy Screenwriting ….. Writing Screenplays, Books, Short Stories and Articles ….. Widow Mediator/Moderator, Date Coaching ….. Charity Work – Advisory Board-New Directions for Youth, Our House, Big Brothers Big Sisters
To live fully.
Years of not dying — through whole-hearted living ….. Half my life with one man ….. Gave birth to two great kids ….. 2004-2010 Widow ….. 2004-2010 Raising two widow children ….. 2005 slated Video-speaker “A Widow’s View-Why Kids Need Big Brothers” for LOS ANGELES BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS for the 2005 Gala – member and supporter of Big Brother Big Sister Programs ….. OUR HOUSE CHARITY group for 1.5 years sharing stories with other like-aged widows, widowers and how to deal with children ….. Requested to Moderate OUR HOUSE CHARITY Grief groups – Los Angeles non-profit age-specific grief counseling organization ….. Advocate for Sleep Apnea cause and correction ….. Interviewed by Los Angeles newspapers on my fate as a widow and how it affected my children and the strength of mentoring programs ….. Informal Spokesperson and Interviewed for Our House Grief and Support Program Newsletters ….. Monthly MODERATOR with adult survivors of death and facilitate discussions of death, frustration, loss and dating …..
Ran the LOS ANGELES MARATHON with my children in honor of my dead husband.
MENTOR for Newly Widowed Spouses and Children – referred through religious organizations, friends and business associates ….. Board Member, Committee Member and Volunteer for various local Charities for several years – NEW DIRECTIONS FOR YOUTH ….. LOS ANGELES BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS ….. LAS VIRGINES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Annual Mother/Son Event ….. Teach a Child How to Read Volunteer/Mentor – Las Virgines School District and San Fernando Valley READ project ….. EXECUTIVE BOARD SECRETARY (Past) AND BOARD MEMBER – NEW DIRECTIONS FOR YOUTH 2 years, currently on Advisory Board …..
CONGRESSMAN BRAD SHERMAN for Congressional Recognition ….. COUNCILMAN DENNIS ZINE for Los Angeles Recognition ….. CITY OF CALABASAS, JON WOLFSON for City of Calabasas Recognition ….. and various other VIP’s recognition.
Instrumental in finding and securing cooperation between SAN FERNANDO GRAFFITI REMOVAL PROGRAM and ICI Paints and Coatings International – and follow-up mentorship cooperation for parentless and misguided teens ….. Spoke personally with LOS ANGELES MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA about the importance of mentorship to youth that are victims of parental death and big city horrors ….. I am an expert on the delightful art of being a widow.
Years of REAL ESTATE — Commercial Residential Income Development – from dirt to sale and various Residential SFR projects.
Basically, gave up lucrative positioning in Real Estate to pursue a reality in film writing and production for the world stage.
Other Experiences –
….. Steven Tyler (Yes! of Aerosmith) called ME beautiful and tickled my tummy with his Rock’n'Roll fingers … And, my tummy is still buzzing!
….. Slutted it up for a night at the Playboy Mansion… but kept it (reasonably) clean while there. … Damn.
….. Dogsledded on with a team of twelve feisty dogs on an Alaskan Glacier bed… of all things, named Denver Glacier! This is Alaska, dammit! Not Colorado!
….. Ice-trekked with “Crampons” up steep ice inclines on Mendehall Glacier. Spooky huge. Felt like we were on the moon.
….. Camelback strolling by the sea … s.l..o…w….l…..y……
….. Jumped from a plane at 15,000 feet… with a parachute in the Vegas Skyline! ”AAAAaaaaAAAAAaaaaaah…AAAAaaaahh…AA…aaaa!……… Ahhhhhhh-Wow!”
….. Rode on an elephant instead of a jeep on Safari.
….. Float-plane landing in the Misty Fjords of the Alaskan Wilderness. Just I, my husband, our guide, and a rickety old plane. Yikes, that’s a short landing strip.
….. Learned that you can’t always just drop a hook and get a fish in Alaska.
….. Floated on a 10×10 reed raft down the River Kwai with piranha Swimming below us in Thailand.
….. Loving concerts by the light of the moon at the Hollywood Bowl.
….. Climbed the Great Wall in China.
….. Mother/Daughter “Chicks Only” Cruise through the Caribbean.
….. Stood in the shadows of Stonehenge.
….. Swam with a Stingray, and later slipped it the tougue… !
….. Hiked in the mist of a Costa Rican Cloud Forest.
….. Crossed the Continental Divide.
….. Belly danced in Istanbul.
….. Negotiated pearls in the Hong Kong Jade Market.
….. Swam with wild dolphins on the shores of Honolulu.
….. climbed all Dunn’s River’s Falls in Jamaica, and managed to keep my swimsuit on.
….. Pulled an “all-nighter” on a 22-hour day in the chill of Oslo.
….. Tatted lace in Bruges, Belgium.
…..Zipped Ziplines zig-zag 600′ above the rainforest of Jamaica-mon.
….. Counted windmills in Copenhagen.
….. Belted out Broadway Showtunes all over the Southwest.
….. Strolled the “Red Light” district of Amsterdam.
….. Explored the art on the walls of Buckingham Palace.
….. Feared the teenage soldier, carrying an uzi, drinking from a juice box in Cartagena.
….. Perfected the salsa in the Dominican Republic.
….. Our own Mother and Daughter Caribbean Cruise — Pure Maternal Perfection.
….. Did the “Bird Song” standing on the table at the Haufbrau Haus in Munich.
….. Heard the one-day “hurdy-gurdy” festival charm the sky as the bears turned in the twisting city of Bern, Switzerland.
….. Smelled the indelicate perfume of B.O. in Paris.
….. Was sleeping-gassed on a train from Nice to Rome.
….. Got slicked by stingrays on the shores of Grand Cayman.
….. Prior Student of E.B. White.
….. Got a stiff neck from eyeing the beauty of the Sistine Chapel.
….. Enjoyed the comings and goings of amoebic dysentery in Mexico City.
….. Drank warm beer everywhere east of the Atlantic.
….. Stood at the top of the Twin Towers.
….. Cried at the view of Ground Zero.
….. “Taco-ed” the boat, white-water rafting on level 4/5’s on Tennessee’s Ocoee River that was used for the 1996 Olympics.
….. University of Arizona Varsity PomPon/Cheerleader with kicks long past my head.
….. Fly-fished river trout on forgotten currents in Utah.
….. Downhill Trails on my Mountain Bike’s full suspension on Mammoth Mountain.
….. Giggled in snow showers at the Grand Canyon.
….. Marathon Concert-Going At the KROQ Weenie Roast.
….. Red rock dust on my hiking boots in Sedona.
….. Chewed sugar cane stubs along the Mississippi.
….. Dinner every month (STILL) with my surviving widow-friends. Keeping it close and fun now.
….. Lived through the riots in Watts’ Los Angeles and McGovern’s Alabama.
….. Ate deep-fried pickles on a hay ride in Tennessee.
….. Have worn the same lipstick color since I was a teen.
….. Personal Assistant to Bette Davis.
….. Buried one husband.
….. Married another.
Stay tuned for MORE!
Finalist and 1st Runner Up Screenwriting Comp
Contest Top 20 Finalist Atlanta PeachTree Film Festival 2011
— Announcing ”MAKING UP WITH MORTELLA” — Dark Comedy about Good and Evil, the magic of MakeUp and the Beauty of the Heart.
Award-Winning Author, Screenwriter, Speaker, Humor, Comedy, Suspense, Tragedy www.BelleKarper.com Email Belle@BelleKarper.com
WHY THE WIDOW WEARS BLACK - An Edgy Memoir from an Outspoken Survivor
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