Instant gratification popped from a Polariod camera as nine year old Michele’s Barbie struck a pose. She was hooked. Dissatisfaction with the ending to “Breakfast Club” inspired her first screenplay, “The Breakfast Club part II”, to be inked at age thirteen.
These childhood moments shaped her life, studying Photography at University of Illinois at Chicago then switching majors and schools senior year, she collected her BA and a 4.0 GPA in Screenwriting from Columbia College Chicago. Winning 1st place in Columbia’s Written Image Awards for the first feature screenplay she ever penned, she packed up four more feature scripts and headed to the land of golden hazy dreams…LA.
The warm surf kissed sand at Venice Beach sharply contrasted the cold reality that screenwriting jobs weren’t handed out on the boardwalk. Artistic reinvention seemed necessary, so in 2010, Michele built from the ground up, a plethora of freelance journalistic experience with just a laptop and camera in hand.
Her humble beginnings as an online music media mogul began as the LA Indie Music Examiner then six months later was promoted to become the National Music Examiner.
Now, her desirable content on music, art, beauty, travel, events, and lifestyles appears in Guardian, Thrillist, Playboy, Esquire, LA Weekly, Palm Springs Life Magazine, Zwivel and more publications.
Viral interviews with Eddie Murphy for Playboy and Kenny Rogers for Guardian were cited by Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter. In 2016, her Lollapalooza article for Crain’s Business Chicago landed her an interview on WGN News Radio. Her unique photographic styles has also caught the attention of Viacom/Paramount and Sony.
In 2013 Michele photographed the LA Indie Music scene for Sony’s 818 Project , exhibited at the Sony Store Glendale for two months. Her Rock, Travel and Event photography was featured in “Best of 2014” LA Weekly. Photographer Forum’s “Best Of 2015” Book featured her legendary Coachella image.
Exhibiting her photography in various art shows in San Francisco, LA, Chicago and Oregon, Michele continues to gain notoriety for her work. LA’s Duncan Miller Gallery sells an exclusive fine art edition of “Footprints“. Unique Chris Cornell and PJ Harvey framed prints sell exclusively at Amoeba Music, Hollywood.
A love of fashion led Michele to begin her own Beverly Hills jewelry business in 2008, Domino Designs, which is now integrated into her “artz” business.
Whether it’s writing, photography, or designing jewelry, it’s all one creative vision…Domino Artz.