When we first purchased the building that was to become the Forbes Riley production studios it was a bit of a gamble and leap of faith into the unknown. I had longed dreamed about creating a space where I could perform, or film, or hold classes but with the launch of our fitness company SpinGym my focus was split and then I was crazy raising twin toddlers.
We purchased the building and began the buildout with the back half being the “studio” and the front half being office and the coolest conference room I could imagine – its round, white, with a wall painted as a white board. It turned out better than I could imagined.
Then what to do with it — luckily I had some amazing girlfriends who came to my rescue – in particular were Daphne Street and Leslie Belcher. Over lunch I outlined this dream I had to teach and coach and transform the lives of people (okay, specifically women) but I was open. Within months of talking about this vision we created to completely unique and amazing programs. The first was Forbes Factor – an interactive one day, life changing experience. We had 75 women show up – I taught and led emotional and physical exercises all day and …. wow!!
The evening was then topped off by a fashion show (and yes, I did wear a bikini!!) and the amazing Ann P singing for us – and not just any song, but the song that symbolizes my entire life — This is the Moment – originally sung to perfection by Colm Wilkinson from the Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde.
To top the evening off to PERFECTION, Leslie created and presented me with this glass trophy — magical beyond words.