Gold Stevie® Winner - Female Solo Entrepreneur of the Year 2019
I'm Pauline the founder of Story Rock Star. I'm a passionate entrepreneur, filmmaker, and author.
At 157cm tall, nothing about me is small. Apparently, I’m unforgettable… I hope for all the right reasons. I’ve had an awesome creative life so far. I’ve acted on the stage in London, directed films and documentaries in Australia, and written my first young adult novel, 'Can you feel it?'.
I teach teenagers filmmaking and storytelling. My main area of focus is the deaf community, particularly for the charity 'Hear for You'. These teenagers are orally deaf and use a hearing aid or the Cochlear implant to assist in their hearing, sometimes both!
With Hear for You, I helped create the first Deaf Film Festival in Sydney, Australia. This festival gives a voice to teenagers around Australia who have a hearing loss.
I'm passionate about raising awareness of teenage issues, especially cyberbullying and mental health. My short film Liv has stimulated the conversation on cyberbullying globally, through its international film festivals screenings. Liv often receives standing ovations and fist pumps from its teenage audience at festivals and youth conferences.
I worked with the REELise Film Festival for five years as a board and committee member. Throughout my time with REELise we stimulated the conversation on cyberbullying alongside teenagers through pocket filmmaking.
I've also worked for the Indigenous department of the Australian Catholic University (ACU). We collaborated on a transmedia/cross-platform strategy to raise visibility both internally and externally for their Indigenous programs. The main aim was to increase enrollment from outback Indigenous communities to ACU for midwifery and other programs.
In November 2019, I won the Gold Stevie for 'Solo Entrepreneur of the Year' in New York City for my business Story Rock Star. Story Rock Star became a Startup in 2018, it works predominantly in the government sector and for charities specialising in the challenges of hearing loss in Australia. In October 2020 Story Rock Star won the Silver Stevie® International Business Awards in Paris for 'Startup of the Year.'
I love collaborating with companies, charities, individuals or schools through storytelling and filmmaking. Don’t be shy, call me… we could create magic together.
2020 - Bronze Stevie® Winner Las Vegas - Women in Business Award Startup of the Year
2020 - Silver Stevie® Winner Paris - International Business Awards Startup of the Year
2019 - Gold Stevie® Winner NYC - Women in Business Female Solo Entrepreneur of the Year
2018 - Published YA paperback novel Can you feel it?
2018 - Australian Hearing - created a corporate film for volunteer recruitment drive for
2017 - Published YA Kindle e-book Can you feel it?
2017 - Run filmmaking workshops for 'Hear for You' collaborated to create the first Deaf Film Festival
2017 - Board member and mentor for REELise Film Festival 2013-2017 - raised awareness for cyberbullying with teenagers, through pocket filmmaking.
2017 - Committee member Women in Film and TV (WIFT)
2016 - Co-chapter head of Sydney Film Fatales - a global female feature film directors' collective
2016 - Adapted Feature Script LOLA into YA Novel - Can You Feel it?
2016 - BLUE MIST screens: Short Shorts Tokyo, Rhode Island International Film Festival USA, Antipodean Film Festival St Tropez (chosen out of 6,000 shorts for Short Shorts Tokyo)
2013 - Semi-finalist Final Draft Big Break USA - LOLA
2013 - Australian Catholic University (ACU) Indigenous Department. Developed a Transmedia strategy to raise Indigenous intake into university programs: Midwifery and IT.
2012 - LIV screens: Palm Springs ShortFest USA & FlickerFest Australia
2012 - Quarter-finalist The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting (Oscars) - LOLA
2012 - Nominated Australian Writers' Guild - Monte Miller Award - LOLA
2012 - Metro Screen Scholarship - Multiplatform Producing
2011 - Tropfest Mitsubishi Super Short Series - short documentary (Tropfest's first online content)
2011 - Nominated Australian Writers' Guild - Monte Miller Award - LIV
2009 - Winner Best Comedy - Forster Film Festival
2008 - Graduate AFTRS - Screenwriting & Producing
2006 - Metro Screen Filmmaking
2002 - Girls' Talk - debut theatre play - Soho Theatre London UK - picked up by three additional theatres in central London.
2000-2002 - Academy Drama School - London UK
1993 - 2002 - Investment Banking in London (see LinkedIn Profile)
Tel: +61 421 778 778