Elise Ballard is a writer, host and producer. She is the author of Epiphany: True Stories of Sudden Insight to Inspire, Encourage and Transform (Random House/Crown Publishing) and creator of EpiphanyChannel.com. Originally created as a film/television project, the book Epiphany contains over sixty interviews with people from all walks of life – from celebrities and thought leaders to “everyday” people - recounting the stories of their greatest epiphanies. Elise started her career in entertainment working as an actress in New York and Austin and moved into independent filmmaking and producing in Los Angeles as a partner in a production company with films distributed by Lions Gate and Monarch Entertainment. Her directorial debut, Lord of the Wiens: A Dachumentary, a movie about the annual Wiener Dog Races in Buda, TX, became a cult hit. She is a motivational speaker and two-time invited TEDx speaker and contributes articles to publications such as Live Happy Magazine and Psychology Today. Elise also had the privilege of being invited to attend and cover the Nobel Prizes and has created stories and content for several brands and platforms including Dr. Oz, Joel Harper, Time Warner Cable, and Lifetime Network. She is currently writing and in development on several projects, including a memoir based on her days working in Austin, TX at an indie music station, and a docu-reality series based on Epiphany, and is the Director of Development of Cognition and the non-profit, Arc/k Project. She resides in Los Angeles, CA and loves visiting her “homeland” (New Orleans and Texas) as often as possible. www.EliseBallard.com
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