Hello good people. Listen, I'm not a social media starlet or influencer with tens of thousands of followers. Nor will I pretend to be. Instead of seeking followers, I seek to follow God. I'm a Believer that decided to pursue my dream so I won't wake up one morning, look at my husband and kids and resent them, wondering, "What if...?" So instead of using my degree in education with an assurance of health care and benefits I took a risk, like most artists who love freedom. Years ago, I've could have introduced myself as Mrs. What's-Her-Name, mother of two, but instead, I am Miss LaCora Stephens: single, no children and a woman creating her YES!
Some know me as a Los Angeles-based entertainment reporter, producer, on-air host and recent inductee to the Women in Film program. That's right, baby! (in my George Costanza voice) Can I call you baby? No...too soon? Okay, respected.
So, as I was saying... I'm a member of WIF and simply put, an Emerging Media Professional. After a successful career in education, I felt the need to share positive images with the world by expanding outside of the classroom. I created and produced a unique talk show: The YES! Show, highlighting positive, family and faith friendly content.
I direct and produce programming for TV, New Media and Education: daytime talk show, news on religion and celebrities, live performances, commercials and web series. And, I dabble in writing. Currently, I'm writing my first film that will highlight her directorial debut. Man, it is hard! Who would have thought that an English teacher would have nemesis named Creative Writing? lol Anyway, I coordinate all phases of video production from content development to directing crews, casting, research, talent scouting, conducting in-studio, on-location and red carpet interviews, post-production editing and serves as on-camera talent.
LaCora is currently working on a new project that will highlight her directorial debut in the art of film.
LaCora is also known as CoCo!
She's won twice on
the same game show!
She's taught in Taiwan.
A dog bite on the bum forced LaCora to fall in love with cats!
Her love affair with Krispy Kreme left her with 13 cavities.
LaCora is a yellow belt in karate.
LaCora has the best arms ever! Though, she loves the arms of Michelle Obama and Angela Bassett!
LaCora loves the Walking Dead. When Glenn died, she almost cried.
My experience entails reporting for one of the largest media wires: Lee Bailey's EURweb, that regularly breaks news and produces exclusive, unique content for radio, online portals and broadcasters. I've been sat at the helm for red carpet coverage for major entertainment events and networks including OWN, FOX, TV Land, NAACP Theatre Awards and BET Award Show. Coverage includes key features, breaking news, exclusive interviews and celebrity hot topics.
Outside of entertainment, I continue a role in education teaching English as a second language to students in Taiwan. I have produced content for the school such as a full series of music videos for the kindergarten department. Prior to that, my pilot program "Fostering Images" was picked up by Pasadena Unified School District's after school program LEARNs. Enjoying the media aspect of my program which a final fashion show directed by me and an edited video of process and fashion show itself, I honed my skills in production and it has led me to where I am now. And a speeding ticket also helped, but that's another story for another day. lol