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Behind-the-scenes Linda Taylor

May 28, 2013

Linda Taylor

Behind-the-scenes Linda Taylor

TRAIN ‘Drive By’ music video feat. Linda Taylor

February 18, 2012
TRAIN 'Drive By' music video (2012)

The making of music video ‘Drive By’ by Grammy winning band TRAIN. Director Alan Ferguson, known for other music videos such as Jay-Z, Katy Perry, Nelly Furtado, Tiesto, John Legend, The Isley Brothers etc.

It was so wonderful and an honor to work with these guys! Many many thanks to Alan Ferguson for choosing me out of 400 who auditioned for this and to everyone else from the amazing fans who showed up there out of their love, to make-up/hair  Hannah Lux Davis, Brian Jensen, casting director Dustin Blackburn, production Luga Podesta & Brandon Bonfiglio, Shafer Vineyards in Napa Valley, and all friends who supported this video. Thank you. Sending everyone light and love!! – Linda

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I’m not famous, but I am Aromanian

September 9, 2011
I'm Not Famous But I'm Aromanian, Linda Croitoru ( aka Linda Taylor )

The first feature film in Aromanian language “I’m not famous, but I’m Aromanian”, starring Linda Croitoru aka Linda Taylor and Toma Enache. A film by Toma Enache.

 

I'm Not Famous But I'm Aromanian film poster

A famous Oscar winner, film director Toni Caramusat ( performed by Toma Enache ), who just returned back home from Hollywood, is fascinated by the idea of increasing the number of Aromanians, and as he’s being set a different blind dates with different Aromanian girls from around the world, he only wants to search for his soul mate. There are beliefs that the last descendant of the Aromanian people, is still alive, hidden somewhere in a cave . That is Armânamea ( performed by Linda Croitoru ). Toni eventually finds her and falls in love with Armânamea, but soon he realizes he can’t possibly have her. Why is it impossible to keep Armânamea?  

A profound Aromanian story which will use as set locations Romania, Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Albania, USA.

The project involves young and creative Aromanians, working in various fields and with different social status, who want to bring their culture to another level through a film they can find themselves in, wherever they are.  A film that can bring all Aromanians together. An ambitious project, that is likely to bring great satisfaction to all those who support it . 

Find out how you too can join and support the film.  

I'm Not Famous But I'm Aromanian

 

I'm Not Famous But I'm Aromanian -LindaTaylor

 

I'm Not Famous But I'm Aromanian-LindaTaylor-film

 

I'm Not Famous But I'm Aromanian -Linda Croitoru aka Linda Taylor

 

I'm Not Famous But I'm Aromanian - LindaTaylor aka Linda Croitoru

 

Linda Croitoru aka Linda Taylor, I'm Not Famous But I'm Aromanian

Click the above photo to view the video ( Behind the scenes with Linda -Access Direct A1 TV )

Click the above photo to view the video ( Interview with Linda – Prima TV )

Daily BR!NK Interview with Linda Taylor & Monica Coenraads

April 5, 2011

According to Thomas Fuller, “An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.” Well, today, Daily BR!NK is proud to feature two great women whose passion and relentlessness in fighting a disorder of the nervous system known as Rett Syndrome (something we, at Daily BR!NK, had never heard about prior to these interviews) are nothing short of extraordinary. When Monica Coenraads’ daughter Chelsea was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, her passion and can-do attitude led to the foundation of the Rett Syndrome Research Foundation and the subsequent creation of the Rett Syndrome Research Trust (RSRT). Over the years, she has developed a strong network and witnessed groundbreaking advancements which catapulted Rett Syndrome to a high-profile disorder within the scientific community — all of it for the love of her daughter. Monica’s interview is followed by a discussion with Romanian top supermodel Linda Taylor and Professional Advisory Council at the RSRT, whose role in spreading the word is primordial for a disorder still relatively unknown to the public.

1. Monica Coenraads

What were your original career plans?

I originally got an MBA from the University of Connecticut in International Business. Shortly after graduating, I met my husband and ended up running the family restaurant that my father had bought but couldn’t run due to illness. After ten years, I knew that the restaurant business did not lend itself to family life, so I sold it and had my first daughter, Chelsea.

Tell me about Chelsea . How long after her birth in 1996 did you realize that there was something different about her?

Everything seemed fine at first, but we had a nagging feeling around her first birthday that things were stagnating rather than evolving in her development. The disease does not show up right away, much like autism. She was officially diagnosed in October 1998.

For our readers not familiar with it, what is Rett Syndrome?

It is a very debilitating childhood neurological disorder that affects girls almost exclusively. The child is typically normal during the first year of life, but somewhere around six to eighteen months, she will start to undergo a regression: lose motors skills she already has, like going up the stairs; the ability to walk; or language. Most children with Rett Syndrome do not speak at all; hallmark symptoms include a loss of hand use, which is replaced by repetitive movement. It’s like the child is washing her hands constantly, sometimes every waking moment. They need help with every basic aspect of daily living, including going to the bathroom and feeding..

Are all children hit the same way with Rett Syndrome?

No. It is a spectrum disorder, so some children are more highly functioning than others… but even those whose symptoms are less severe need help with every aspect of daily living. My daughter was hit hard: she’s fourteen and in a wheelchair, and she cannot use her hands. She has no language. She has a severe seizure disorder and has orthopedic issues– scoliosis, contractures. She has gastrointestinal problems and [is fed through] a feeding tube.

How many individuals have Rett Syndrome?

Statistically, it affects one in 10,000 girls. There are approximately 15,000 girls with Rett Syndrome in the United States and about 350,000 worldwide. To give you an idea, it’s pretty much the same prevalence as Huntington disease or ALS.

As a mother coming across this terrible syndrome, whom did you turn to and what resources were available?

Once Chelsea was diagnosed, I started to do my homework: what did scientists know about Rett Syndrome? More importantly, who was working on trying to find the cause? There was a parent support group that had been around for fifteen years at that point, but they were not focused on research. There was a clear need for an organization to fill that gap. From October 1999 to August 2007, I was the co-founder and research director of the Rett Syndrome Research Foundation, whose role is to raise funds and allocate those funds as efficiently and effectively as possible. We wanted to market Rett Syndrome to the scientific community, and we’ve come so far since 1999.

Was Rett Syndrome not a big deal in the scientific community at this point?

It really wasn’t. But it’s a different scenario now; it may surprise you, but Rett Syndrome is a high-profile disease in scientific circles. Part of the reason is the interesting nature of the gene that causes Rett when it’s mutated.

What is your role within the organization?

What I bring to the table is the ability to network. I bring scientists to the Rett field and facilitate collaborations. I’m able to do that because I am passionate about the science. When I started, I knew very little about science. Fast-forward twelve years and I’ve become very familiar with the neuroscience community.

How did you go about making a name for yourself?

It started with one phone call at a time. I learned from organizations for other diseases that were doing a good job, and I learned a great deal from them. I also learned from the scientists themselves, like Adrian Bird, who published a landmark scientific paper in February 2007 that demonstrated the first global reversal of symptoms in pre-clinical models of the disorder (read more about it here.) It catapulted our level of awareness and research. With the help of an animal model, Adrian and others have taught us an incredible amount about the disease.

What is the single most impressive fact you have come across over the past few years?

Rett Syndrome is a woman’s disorder. If you removed breast cancer and reproductive organ cancers, you would be left with a couple of disorders that only affect women, Rett Syndrome being the most prevalent.

What keeps you going?

I look into my daughter’s eyes, and I know she is trapped inside her body. She has feelings, wants, desires , and I’m trying to get her out of her prison. This passion for the research and the belief that I have in every fiber of my body– that a cure can be found– keeps me going. My philosophy has always been to turn lemons into lemonade and grab every opportunity that comes my way. I wasn’t planning on going into the restaurant business, nor was I expecting to spend the last fourteen years battling Rett Syndrome.

How can Daily BR!NK readers contribute to your success, or to that of the organization?

We’re always looking for donations. Look up an event you’d like to attend on our site and/or provide an auction item.

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2. Linda Taylor

First and foremost, you seem to be a sort of modern Wonder Woman. How would you define exactly who Linda Taylor is and what she does? Did you always want to become a model?

Oh, gosh– I take that ‘Wonder Woman’ as a compliment! Thank you, but first and foremost, I am simply another human being just like you and others here who try their best to do their part to contribute to a better world, safer environment, healthier or happier life. No, I never knew I would become a model until I became one. Nor that I wanted to, but probably because I was meant to. Mother Nature ‘wanted’ me to…the rest is just a whole wonderful journey that I’m still on.

When was the first time you heard about Rett Syndrome, and what struck a chord with you?

I knew nothing about this devastating syndrome until summer 2010, when my business partner, Jason Rem (director of the film Rett: There Is Hope), brought the issue to me as a ‘problem’ and also as a matter of ‘what can we do about it? How can we help?’ We started to work on finding a solution, first by making a documentary and spreading the word around. Then, I personally became more and more involved with RSRT (Rett Syndrome Research Trust), doing all that I could to reach out to a larger audience and working on a mission to reverse Rett Syndrome. Of course, the moment that really ‘struck’ me was the first time I met Heidi and Jonathan Epstein and their little girl Hannah, who was diagnosed with Rett when she was 15 months old. That was the moment that I knew…I just knew that there would be no peace in me until I put a stop to this syndrome.

Tell us about your involvement from a practical standpoint. What are your responsibilities?

Besides working with Rem Entertainment as a producer, I am the Professional Advisory Council at RSRT, working on the campaign to raise awareness about Rett by spreading the word around, reaching out to the media, and putting together fundraising events.

Here’s what I find remarkable about you: lots of international stars such as yourself join charities and causes for their image, but you are genuinely attached to your cause. How did your childhood in Romania influence your involvement in the nonprofit world?

I was raised in Romania in the Communist era, where I often saw lots of poor families and sickness, too. I grew up with a knowledge that there can be illness around us, but that at the same time, we can make a difference and see these situations solved– that is where my heart is, still. Each one of us can make a difference– in anything! Helping, supporting, and loving each other is all that it takes. You might be surprised, but miracles do occur when that happens. To this day, I haven’t yet encountered a situation I could not face and solve.

How do you foresee the Rett Syndrome Research Institute evolving in the next few years?

Our goal is to bring funds to the research table so that scientists can work on human Rett Syndrome reversal. In 2007, we actually found that a reversal on a male mouse model of Rett Syndrome was possible! (See the astonishing news made by Dr. Adrian Bird, in Science Magazine here). That is our hope. And that is what RSRT is working on right now.

Let’s talk about your career. What is the best part about being an internationally renowned supermodel and what is the most challenging aspect of the job?

A modeling career can only take you so far. I have accomplished that journey very well, for which I couldn’t be more grateful to the universe and everyone who made it possible for me over the years to remain grounded. However, nothing is too challenging when working with great people, great minds, and great souls, and above all, with beauty. Everything else becomes part of your world, and I know that my world is part of the people’s world, too,  and that has been always a blessing.

How can our readers contribute to your success and that of the organization?

Please do visit our RSRT website page at www.rsrt.org and stay informed. Spread the word around. Call us. Take action. Take part. Get involved. Donate. Whatever you do, your contribution, your support, your love and care are going to change and save the lives of thousands and thousands of innocent little girls affected by this devastating syndrome.

More Than A Birthday Wish

October 4, 2010

Four years ago, 25.500 children died every day from preventable causes. Today that number is 22,000. Every year 8 million children are not reaching their fifth birthday. Majority of those deaths are concentrated among the poorest 20% of households in the developing world.

That is 2,000 fewer than just one year ago but I wont stop till this number is ZERO.

I opened a Fundraise page on Facebook for UNICEF’s mission ‘ Believe in Zero’ .

With your support and UNICEF’s resources and commitment, I know we can help reach this goal of ZERO deaths from preventable causes.

Please join me in this great cause and i’m asking of you to donate little as you can or whatever you can afford.

I believe that number SHOULD be Zero.

Click here to view my birthday wish.

Make a donation. Make a difference.

Living Love

July 28, 2010

”Love is the essence of all creation” John-Roger who also says that loving is the deepest truth about each person.

These are the actions of love: increase your Light, continue your development, be a joy to everyone you see, lift yourself continually. Do everything with your attention on getting a smile on your face and love in your eyes. Look at everything through love.

Let love be your guide, your breath, your life.

Life is awareness, awareness is life, and the degree of your awareness is the degree of your loving. The greater your awareness, the greater your loving; the more you open to Spirit, the more clearly you see and the more completely you love.

Live without hurting yourself or others, in ways that will nurture and care for yourself and others. Within those parameters, all the choices are yours.

And do yourself a favor. Live honestly, with integrity, with loving kindness and charity for your fellow beings. Your reward will be your ability to do better and the awakening of Spirit inside you to higher levels of expression.

If the key is to be loving, you’ll give up every consideration, every hesitation, and every reason not to be loving, and you’ll be loving in every situation in your life.

My wish is for you to be loving, to be open to all the blessings that are already yours.

Living love is loving yourself first, so that you can love others. It’s taking care of yourself, so that you can help take care of others. It’s doing those things that are good for you, so that you’ll be happy, healthy, and a joy to be with. Love is everywhere when there is loving in you.

If other people fit in with your plan for taking care of yourself, that can be fantastic. If they undermine the plan, let them go their own way. Let them go in love, with good thoughts and good feelings towards them— but let them go if they do not support you in those things that are good for you.

Experience the devotion to yourself that allows you to take care of yourself.

Going to a doctor is a form of love. It’s a way of saying that you are starting to take better care of yourself, and taking care of yourself is loving yourself. You release the downward flow of energy and circulate it back up again.

This physical body is truly a temple of the Spirit, for the Spirit resides in each one of us. And you can build your body so that it does not become a heavy body, but a light body, so the Spirit can work more closely with you.

Take care of yourself on all levels. Do those things that will be uplifting. Be with other people who are following the upward path. Be loving to yourself and to others. Chant the sacred names of God. Open your heart to God’s presence and walk joyfully in His loving embrace.

Love it all equally. Love it all, own it all—and you will be free.

Enough love will handle all things. If you are having difficulty handling something, you don’t have enough love for that thing. So your next step is laid out right in front of you: get some more love. If there are still areas of your life that cause you difficulty, bless them.

When things are going badly, sit down and say, “I love me anyway.”

Keep chanting your tone, keep loving yourself, and keep on keeping on. Even your negative experiences are gifts from Spirit to build your strength, your awareness, your empathy, and your loving, so thank God for them. When you are secure in your knowledge of God’s love for you, you know that everything that happens is to lift you and move you closer to your own divinity.

Love your karma, also. It is your opportunity to learn and to gain wisdom. By loving even your negative creations, you can shift their energy and release karma. You have the opportunity to change the karmic flow of your life through your ability to be loving. Through loving, you can complete your karma.

You are blessed and you are loved because you are divine. You never walk one step of your life path alone, for the Light of God is always with you.

And truly, nothing on this planet is more important than people, than the Soul that is each person. As you learn to recognize the Soul, the divinity in each person, you will be able to love all that you meet. So treat people as they deserve to be treated, as the extension of God that they are, and look for the divine in all things and in everyone.

As soon as you judge, as soon as you take someone else’s inventory, you strike against divine love. Loving is a very neutral state. It’s “I love you if you’re good, I love you if you’re bad, I love you if you’re not doing either one of those.”

As you go about your daily life, be kind and friendly to others. Kindness is authentic, heartfelt action towards somebody, being friendly is being loving.

It’s the love that says, “Whatever you do is fine. I’ll assist you, and I’ll lift you.” It’s a peaceful, easy-going, flowing love. And a statement of your maturing behavior is to love just because you’re going to love: “I love because of who I am.”

There is nothing quite as nice as sharing your loving heart. A little loving can awaken others to their own Light, and then they, in turn, can share it with more people. We can change the world this way. Then, wherever you go, people will thank God that you’re there.

When you use this approach as a method, it becomes a way of life. If you did that from now on, you could help to create a wind that would clean the planet.

Love is the only channel for clear communication, and the quality of loving communicates far more than words. What will truly communicate to others is your loving.  The words won’t matter much. You can say, “Where’s a good place to eat?” or “What’s new with you?” or “Have you read any good books lately?”—and if you ask with a consciousness of loving support, people will get the loving behind the words.

People are much too valuable and much too precious to hurt or abuse or offend in any way at all. Always speak kind words and speak from loving.

Honesty can be a great expression of loving. When you share with a person in loving honesty, you do not hurt or push away the person. You assist the person to a new level inside himself or herself. Remember that “being honest” is not license to jam your opinion at someone or to hurt them in the name of “truth.”

Always be loving in your approach. And if you feel like you’d like to give someone a piece of your mind, give them, instead, a piece of your heart. Give them love.

If your spouse, a loved one, or a friend has the courage to be honest with you, let them know you appreciate it and give them loving support so they have the freedom to be more of who they are with you. It will be tremendously rewarding for you and others if you become a good listener.

Let people talk to you. Love them and let them know you care.

You don’t have to offer any solutions; they’ll come up with their own if you let them. All you have to do is lovingly be there with them.

Listening is one of the deepest, most profound signs of loving—listening to yourself and listening to others. Your heart goes out and wraps around them, and God’s spirit of loving embraces you both.

There is love and forgiveness for everything and everyone. So sacrifice your anger for your loving expression.

Sacrifice your self – righteousness (which is “wrongeousness”) for kindness and loving words. Sacrifice your point of view for the highest good.

Truth and love are cohesive. They erase separation and bring balance. When you start worrying about others and what they are going to do with their lives, you are in a process of separation. You have either separated yourself from them by judging what they are doing, or you have separated them from their own process of unfoldment by your concern that they have somehow gone astray. Let it go. Let the truth manifest in them however they are aligned with it. It doesn’t have to be your way.

Remember, that you can love everyone, but you can be very selective about those with whom you will share closely. And if you can’t love certain people, be neutral towards them. Don’t hate them. Just let them go.

No matter what anyone says or does, you can look at that person inside of you and feel loving for them and find upliftment. And if you want to see people perfectly, look at them through the eyes of love. When you do, strange as it may seem, everybody has a loving consciousness.

Loving is the most important quality you can nurture in yourself. In the midst of all the apparent conflict and stupidity in this world, you can still love. You can still have compassion. You can still reach out and say, “I’ll help anyway.”

It is a gift for both you and them. It’s what this world is all about.

Love will not stay stagnant within one individual; it is always in a state of motion. It is the way God shares His nature with the world, and it “sleeps” if it is not shared.

Be open to the opportunities to serve, wherever and however they may appear.

If you resist or serve from a place of resentment and irritation, it will come back on you. If you serve with loving concern and kindness, you will be rewarded more than you ever thought possible, and that reward may be the ability to do more.

Living love is not fearful. It can reach out and touch and share without abusing or corrupting. It brings a blessing simply by its presence.

So if you ever have the opportunity to help someone, do it. Those acts of kindness come back to you when you need them. Compassion is catching, and loving is contagious.

The larger your spiritual heart becomes and the more you live in the center of your spiritual heart, the more you’ll discover that you are awake in the heart of all the world.

God speaks to you through your heart. God brings peace to your life. You can know happiness, and you can know love. There is nothing else worth knowing.

When you look to the spiritual heart for your fulfillment, when you become pure of heart, when you let the spiritual heart speak, when you love—then the body, mind, and emotions follow, and you express total loving.

The heart knows the truth, and it is through the heart that we perceive Spirit. When the spiritual heart is open, then the spiritual eye is opened. Then love flows back and forth, and the Soul is awakened to its glory. You are in paradise even though you live in this physical world.

The physical body will still express emotional and mental qualities, but your energies, your direction, and your upliftment come from the Soul.

And that, Beloved, is a beautiful place to live.

Let your love be your guiding star. Let it be in your breath, your life.

Living Love by John-Roger


‘Emena Thes’ with Sakis Rouvas & Linda Taylor

June 23, 2010

My Congratulations to the entire team who beautifully directed this: White Room, Greece 

Hope you all enjoy it as much as we did. Thank you always for your continued love and support !

Cheers , Linda

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