All four founding members of LA Queen Pins are Mid-Western born and raised. They pride themselves in this fact and bring that down-home feel to their work. The quartet all met in Los Angeles through mutual friends and decided to try something new and creative to get their right brains working. Though the core of Queen Pins is and always will be women, they are open to working with a variety of different artists that they have met along the way that can bring something extra to what they create. Our blog is mostly focused on what we are up to creatively and socially in the LA scene. We have lots of info on restaurants, bars, and fun stuff we do in LA while being “young and struggling.” So sit back, take a look at all the things we’re doing and leave us some love! And who knows, you may run into us in this crazy city and possibly make it up onto our blog! If you’re lucky.
The Queen Pins:
Brittany is your classic case of small town girl with big city dreams. Born and raised in Southern Illinois, Brittany knew at a very young age that the suburban “normal” life was not for her. Mostly thanks to her mother, she grew up loving the theater, music, dance, art, and anything creative. Once out of high school, she headed to Southern Illinois University where she majored in Mass Communications with an emphasis in TV/Radio. After the four “educational” years at SIU were over, she strapped a U-Haul on to her tiny little GM Sunfire and left everyone and everything she had ever loved for the California sun! She worked as an executive assistant to the Co-EP of a reality show for almost two years till she left to pursue a career in features and is currently working freelance in the film world. Her passions involve meeting new people and hearing all about their lives, traveling, working too much, spending time with all her crazy LA friends, missing people from back in good ol’ Southern (REPRESENT!) and enjoying the California weather that her tax dollars pay so much for. Oh yeah, her and Melissa have met Rob Pattinson. Jealous?!
More commonly known as Mel, Me(m), or HOLLA, Melissa is one fun lovin’ extroverted Chicagoan who moved to LA in pursuit of fame, money, and a tan. Growing up as the oldest of four, Melissa had to set the bar; whether it was with jokes (man, does she have lots of jokes), career goals, confidence, or perseverance. This played a big part in her moving to LA from Chicago. She took all that she had grown up knowing and packed it in her ’96 silver Honda Civic and made the trek. But, as we all know, LA is no walk in the park, definitely not for the timid, but with hard work, and goals in mind, she made it! Well, more like made it through the first mile in the marathon of life. Melissa has been lucky enough to have gained experience at DirecTV, TLC and the Style Network, where she currently works for the show ‘How Do I Look’. Where will she go next? Well, that is something that you will have to (like they say in the biz) stay tuned to find out.
Jessica was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. Always having an artistic side to her coupled with having an amazing city as her backdrop she quickly developed an interest in design. After transferring colleges three times, she finally found her niche at Columbia College Chicago studying Production Design and Film. In those three short years, she met some of the best people possible that challenged her in both her personal and working life. In May of 2008, a day after college graduation, Jessica packed everything she could into her car and made the move to sunny Los Angeles. She has been freelancing in art departments and working as an assistant to the CEO of a small production company since then. It wasn’t until she moved to L.A. that she met her QueenPin counterparts. With instant professional and personal connections to these three amazing women, she knew they had something. Keep up with her blogs to find out what the future holds for this L.A. QueenPin!
You can basically say that Miss Margo Murphy came out of her mother’s womb an artist. Or to be more ladylike, Margo Murphy was born an artist. Margo grew up in a Northwest suburb of Chicago. While growing up she loved everything artistic and spent a lot of her free time creating art. She spent five years (yeah, she took five years. SAY SOMETHING!) at the University of Arizona where she found her niche in graphic design and illustration. Margo moved to LA in May 2009 because there was no way she was going back to cold Chicago after spending five warm years in the Arizona sun! She currently works as a graphic designer for the teen heartthrob mags Tiger Beat and Bop where she stares at dreamy teen stars all day… But she also has tons of other experience in print and web design. Check out her website http://margomurphydesign.com/ ! If you like what you see, maybe you can hire her to do some freelance work for you! Shameless promotion? Hey, this is HER bio!