Name: Lynsey Leoncavallo
Company: 3 Amigos Casting // Women Who Lift
Title: Co-Founder of 3 Amigos Casting // Founder and Program Director of Women Who Lift
Lives In: Los Angeles, CA
About Me: Lion Mama to a fierce girl named Rocky, "Casting Guru", owner of an all-female-run casting company and founder of a fledgling not-for-profit program that pairs women in need with female trainers who are looking to give back. I believe in women empowering other women. I get fired up over injustice. I love making meaningful connections, brainstorming, problem solving, dreaming up the impossible and finding a way to make it happen, even if there are tons (and I mean TONS) of failures along the way.
What are your skills?: Finding the right people for the right job, Writing/Content Contribution, Photography, Brand Collaborations, Production Work, Event Coordination
Where did you go to school?: I graduated from The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a Bachelor's Degree in TV, Radio and Film.
Interested in: Business, Collaboration, Sponsorship, Starting a new company, Networking, Inspiration
Personal passions, charities or hobbies you love?: I'm passionate about being a mom and I do a mean Grover impersonation. I love being active, lifting weights, and staying strong. I participate in Cycle for Survival, because it combines my love of teamwork, competition and fun. It’s also one of the charities I hold close to my heart. I like to escape my busy world through movies. I'll watch anything anyone suggests, no questions asked. I used to work in International Film and my love for travel and other cultures remains strong. I am currently jonesing for a family trip to Japan.
Why do you want to be a part of heymama?: I believe that if you put a bunch of spirited, determined women in a room together, nothing is impossible. Now, more than ever, I think it's so important for women to band together and support each other. To fight for each other. To lift each other up. I am inspired by the women I read about on 'heymama'. I'm excited to connect, see what we can learn from each other and how we can do more together.
What are your brand goals for this year?: Our 2017 goal for Women Who Lift is to make ourselves known nationwide. We are new, in the process of our first trial run of the program and aiming to do a second run by summer of 2017. Before the end of the year we hope to extend the program to other cities across the country.
Words you live by/quotes you love?:
"With our thoughts we make the world."
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?: "Teach your kids empathy when they're young. Start early. Donate clothes, but don't leave them at a clothing drop - find a family and hand them the donations. Let your children see the effect they can have on the world. Let them see it early and often."
Name one thing that scares the shit out of you?: The current injustices that are happening in our country and around the world terrify me. I worry about what the future will look like for our children. It has reminded me not to take anything for granted. Also spiders. I'm terrified of spiders.
What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?: I'm a (proud!) high school dropout. As a teenager I was unhappy with my circumstances at home, so I decided to make a change. While everyone I knew was planning for the junior prom, I was researching universities, writing college essays and fighting the school board alongside my mom to obtain my high school diploma. I had managed to meet all graduating qualifications in three years, except four years of physical education classes. My mom and I lost our battle for my diploma, but I was accepted to college anyways and so I dropped out of high school to attend college early. The following year my name was still being read aloud during attendance in the high school senior classes.
What part of your business do you feel needs the most focus // support // love right now?: Right now we need to spread awareness of our brand. We need to build a following and let people know that hey, "We're here!" and that this opportunity for women in need exists.
If you could tell your 20-year-old self one thing, what would it be? : You'll find your people. Don't stop looking.