Executive Producer, Director, Writer - Maria Plass followed the path less traveled ALWAYS interested me. Professionally, I felt like the square peg trying to fit into the round hole. I enjoyed yoga, vegetarianism, meditation and felt connected to the ‘hippie’ lifestyle that was very popular during the ‘morning of my life’.
However, without consciously realizing it, I ventured off the "Yellow Brick Road." I got caught up with materialism, the corporate lifestyle and way of thinking and just forgot about What Matters Most until I took a Reiki class. That’s when the whirl-wind of change started…
I’d realized that I had tapped into a hidden mystery shared by few and instinctively realized there was more out there beyond the conventional. Compelled and inspired, I followed through with additional training. Inspiration led to action, gratitude and motivation to share with others not only the miraculous benefits I’d been given, but all that was beyond the visible eye.
I’ve come to know & understand that our world offers much. The only requirement is for us to ask and our willingness to receive. I quest to share the knowledge gained in the hope of promoting awareness because that is the first step in planting the ‘seed of change’. I believe that we are all given a pair of ruby red slippers, that the Yellow Brick Road can be a hill, winding road or straight path and that our choices determine if we live in Kansas or in Oz. In the ride of our life, the virtues of intelligence, heart and courage are most valuable when learned and shared. And togetherness makes the journey to the Emerald City, 'What Matters Most'. ~Glinda~
Producer, Director, Writer, Editor - Eric Anzalone is a summa cum laude Film and Media graduate of Arizona State University and a 2016 Telly Award winning editor: What Matters Most - ep. "Dance for Kindness." He has written, developed, produced, directed, and edited for the big and small screen with networks and indies from VH1/MTV to Experience Nirvana Productions and his own company, Buck and Finch Productions.
Though Eric spends most of his time in front of a camera or microphone, his work in production and post includes companies and brands such as Pepsi, Miracle Whip, Wonderful Pistachios, Random House, ESPN, Scholastic Films,The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the iconic disco group the Village People. He is a published author, the novel Collisions Course (2012), an accomplished musician, and is currently a Film and Media master’s degree candidate at Arizona State University.
Line Producer Lorraine Gonzalesloves to create something out of nothing. She likes discovering the unknown & revamping the known. With nearly seven years of experience in the broadcasting production world, each project worked on always feels like the first. Interning and working in newsrooms at Univision WXTV, MTV & KRAFT Foods Creative Services,and several other production companies. Lorraine feels every position held from production assistant-producer-director has enabled her gradually to make a domineering impact in this profession.
Creativity is a function of leadership”- Linda Naiman Producing, writing, editing, directing are all platforms that enable my creativity and enhances the leader inside. Joining Experience Nirvana Productions has enabled me to do just that & more! Coming in on the 11th hour and field producing the Dance For Kindness Event 2015 was definitely one to remember! It reminds me that as a whole, we are able to make a difference around the world & that's What Matters Most seeks to do, inspire a better tomorrow.
DP, Camera Operator, Lighting - Chris Racioppi is deeply rooted in lighting and cinema theory, Chris sees light as a tangible, comprehensive form of energy which can be harnessed to convey an emotion on the viewers end. In high school he would rent cameras from the television department to film bands performing in Asbury Park. Graduating from Full Sail University in 2011, he has since held jobs in Production and Post production fields.
Chris feels there is too much petty nonsense that people stress about and is hopeful that his work with the What Matters Most Team will subdue that wasted energy into a constructive and more positive.
Editor - Amina Ouchater is a filmmaker based in New York city, she has more than 9 years experience in working on a variety of film and television productions. She graduated in film and television from Casablanca university, Morocco. She lives and works in New York city, Amina has worked on film and television as script supervisor and editor while developing her own project in the same time. Amina had been offered to direct a documentary produced by Radio-Canada Montreal for upcoming women filmmakers in Africa. The documentary called “Citizen of Arts” was screened in major TV stations around Canada, France and few African countries.
Amina is inspired by the work of What Matters Most and she is looking forward to contributing to a better tomorrow. It' also the perfect platform to utilize her creativity to make a positive change for a healthy body and mind.!
Intern, Associate Producer - Joelle Rublee is currently a graduate student at Delaware Valley University majoring in Public Policy of Food and Agriculture. She graduated from The Evergreen State College with a focus on anthropology and film production. She has been working on various productions for a majority of her life through her father's production company but with her video work, she wants to show what people are doing to change their lives and their communities.
Joelle was introduced to the mindfulness movement in high school where she attended a small private school with a focus on zen and martial arts and she is inspired by Experience Nirvana's mission to create positive media!
Sharyn Alice Murray
After Effects Editor - Sharyn Alice Murray, visual storyteller, has edited, directed, produced and inspired many of the hosts and producers who come in and out of Princeton Community TV where she has worked for the past 6 years as a video & graphic designer. She is the Co-Producer ofCook for the Health of It which is filmed on location and is solely responsible for the editing of this multi-camera shoot, as well as, the design & animation of the show's graphics.
Sharyn is also involved in directing a promotional piece for the Arts Council of Princeton and freelances for the Princeton Public Library producing short documentaries. She has also produced book trailers for children's book author, Megan Blakemore Fraser .
Sharyn has been inspired by the Experience Nirvana journey. She was an early supporter and instrumental is being an initial supporter in What Matters Most Show's success on Princeton TV.
Voice Over Artist - Iyabo Morrison is quite delighted to be the "voice" behind the What Matters Most morning inspirations as she is a firm believer in daily affirmations. The journey to this space began for Iyabo at the tender age of 11, when she first stepped behind the microphone to present the morning announcements on a daily basis at her elementary school. However, it was not until the new millennium when she decided to actively pursue her life long dream of becoming a voice over artist.
After extensive training, intensive research, and sheer luck, Iyabo has been able to develop a distinctive sound and brand. How appropriate the culmination of Iyabo's dream lands her at What Matters Most, where her talents are no longer a dream deferred. As a strong believer in kismet, Iyabo does not feel this role is a coincidence.
Voice Over Artist - Joe Assante is a happily re-married father to 4. His background in Talk Radio and his simple, honest approach to life, give his views a clear and common sense feel without being preachy. Although writing is his passion, his dream is to be a household name through TV. 'I love the interaction between people. Everyone has a story and that's what makes life great' -
Joe's philosophy on life makes him the perfect fit for Experience Nirvana and What Matters Most. He enjoys giving back and making the world a better place by inspiring a better tomorrow...
Joe is also the author of "Wisdom Of A Lifetime...Things I would want you to know if I died tomorrow". You can find information about his book on - www.WisdomOfALifetime.com and www.joeassante.com that would be wonderful.
David Marcus Gibson
Voice Over Artist - David Marcusis a voice over talent that decided in the fall of 2012 to make voice over a “serious hobby” to grow organically. “The Golden Throat” name was acquired in the days of using a PA System in a football stadium to do “play-by-play” calls for Pop Warner Football in New Hartford, New York laced with quite a bit of humor. The parents of the kids said that David had a “golden throat” and a huge ego became much, much bigger. David’s background includes television broadcasting, stock brokerage, owning a business that he sold to a world leader in hockey equipment in 1998, creating a fundraiser that netted over $100,000 over four years for a non-profit organization, and being a Band Dad to his high school marching band kids.
David wanted to work with the What Matters Most team because he was drawn to the positive karma and believes that creating positive energy creates positive change.
Production Assistant - Leala Arnold graduated from Kean University in 2009 with a 2nd BA degree in Film after receiving a BA in English from Montclair University. Leala’s experience includes contributions to indie films, Holiday of the Dead and Man in Box, along with interning for the web series, The Dog Files.
Her dedication and keen-eye is a valuable asset on the set where she can be found doing a myriad of activities and always on her toes checking the details. Her quest for What Matters Most led her on the path of Experience Nirvana. She looks forward to collaborating with the ‘dream team’ and ‘inspiring a better tomorrow’ -
Production Assistant - Jo Ann Cousin has a degree in psychology and has always been interested in helping people and improving their lives any way she could. Therefore, when given the opportunity, she eagerly joined the What Matters Mostteam!
For years, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry and was intrigued with their mission of finding disease cures. However, the most fulfilling time of her life was when she worked in Theater. She adventurously moved from California to New Jersey to join the Alvin Ailey Dance Company as their wardrobe supervisor. She also worked in costume departments across the country from the Old Globe in San Diego, CA to McCarter Theater in Princeton, NJ along with many other theaters in between. Her daughter sparked Jo Ann’s interest in theater due to her passion to perform.
Jo Ann's involvement with What Matters Most is very important to her now that she has a grandson because she wants to make a better world for him!