In this week’s Meet MEDIA CONNECT profile we spotlight MEDIA CONNECT/Finn Partners receptionist Dawn Frederick.
MEDIA CONNECT: Is there a person or event that shaped you to be who you are today? How so?
Dawn Frederick: I have no fear of being interviewed on television as I was selected from an audience of 5 and 6 year olds on the Bozo the Clown show. I did a doll commercial for Bozo and he congratulated me on my success and promised, “If you’re a good little girl this year, you might get that doll for Christmas!” I was a good girl and my resident Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, my parents, gave me that doll for Christmas!
MC: If you weren’t promoting books, what would you be doing?
DF: I would paint and/or sketch pet portraits full time (Dawn the Bird, Inc. P.O. Box 296, Brooklyn, NY 11224) and play violin/viola in a band or orchestra at night. Late nights or early mornings I would do voice-overs for different corporations. My voice over coaches are Charles Michel and Xavier Paul. I’d finish the Art and Music undergraduate degrees I started decades ago!
MC: What was the last book you recommended to someone?
DF: My Greek Drama by Gianna Angelopoulos, and Laff it Off by George Wallace.
MC: What is something you learned in the last week?
DF: I’ve learned that I can help secure clients for the company. I’ve been with the company for 34 years and never had the good fortune of actually getting a client, not even an introduction. I’ve given my card to thousands of individuals. The comedian George Wallace was the first person to hire us from my introduction.
MC: Who’s the most impressive author you’ve ever worked with?
DF: I’ll have to say George Wallace!
MC: What do you love most about working in book publishing? Any favorite authors/books?
DF: Besides George Wallace, I was always fond of comedians, actors and musicians. I love reading autobiographies of these people and get ideas on how to improve my musicianship. Business books are my next favorite type of book to read. I even enjoy reading books about accounting! I own quite a few of those. I’ll never forget meeting Rich Dad/Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki and his wife Kim when they visited MEDIA CONNECT. I left Robert a phone mail message in Japanese prior to his visit! I forgot what I said. I wrote it out phonetically. It was Rick Frishman’s client. I get to practice my foreign languages on the staffers. I’m studying quite a few languages online.
MC: Share one humorous childhood story, feel free to embarrass yourself:
DF: I’m a violinist/violist of many years. I used to play viola exclusively with the All-City Orchestra and Youth Symphony Orchestras on the weekends. Our concerts with the Youth Symphony Orchestra were held at Carnegie Hall and All City Orchestra performances were heard at Lincoln Center. I studied violin and viola at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School – The “Fame” school. During the joint concert with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the All-City Orchestra held at Lincoln Center, we were recorded by CBS-TV News’s Lucille Rich. She walked over with the microphone and camera crew. I was surprised! I kept my eyes on the music and kept playing viola with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra violist that was assigned to my stand! I kept smiling and playing the viola! There was also a New York Daily news article about the orchestra performance.
I taught violin and viola to children and their parents for 6 years with the Ladsonian Foundation Children’s Orchestra featuring the late Noel Pointer (fellow student at Music and Art). I play violin for the Doctors Orchestral Society for close to 25 years. Our next concert is on December 12th at the Norman Thomas High School, 111 E. 33rd Street, 2nd floor at 7:30 pm. We’re playing Strauss, Mahler and Sibelius.