Goldstar's Editorial Team
The Goldstar editorial team is full of creative people who not only write and design fun, easy-to-read summaries of the events on our site, but also offer an impressive array of talents and accomplishments outside of Goldstar. Our team includes professional journalists, stand-up comedians, novelists and graphic designers working together to help Goldstar members get out more to live entertainment.
I am a comedian and writer living in Los Angeles with two houseplants and a rusty-eyed cat. When I'm going out for a bit of culture, I like to soak up classical music, jazz, blues, theater, live comedy, and the occasional dance recital. I am a member of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society and the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, and I have an annual pass to Disneyland.
I have followed a varied career path, starting with washing the windows of my father's office when I was twelve. Since then I have had illustrious careers in babysitting children, babysitting rappers, babysitting salespeople, picking the tails off of freeze-dried fireflies, making sandwiches, guarding college dormitories, writing music and movie reviews, editing press releases, lawyering, and writing high school textbooks. I'm happy to have found Goldstar at the end of this long and winding career pathway. In my free time, I like to read, play games, walk around Los Angeles, take naps with my dog, cook, and drink wine and other assorted alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
I'm a longtime theater critic, a sometimes fiction writer, a raretimes teacher, a fulltime parent, a betweentime freelancer, a onetime telemarketer (never again!), an overtime runner, a primetime TV watcher, and I own goldfish.
After earning my degree in journalism from The Ohio State University, I began my career in corporate communications for a health benefits company, where I earned numerous awards for my work. Eventually I broke out of the cubicle/endless meeting world to be at home with my three children and a neurotic Airedale. Once the kids were well on their way toward becoming productive citizens, I started freelance editing for several textbook publishers. Later I added numerous advertising agencies to my client roster, and now consider myself the Mary Poppins of editing: I go wherever needed, red pen and style book in hand, ready to lend clarity and voice to the written word. I'm thrilled to have found a permanent home at Goldstar.
I am a graphic/web designer responsible for the event images on the Goldstar site. My favorite pastimes include traveling, music festivals and photography. Originally from the northeast, I currently live in Barcelona, Spain, with my husband, new baby and two kitties. I am hoping Goldstar will make its way to Spain, so I can go out more here.
Before joining the Goldstar team, I was a customer so impressed by Goldstar I just had to work here. I love live entertainment, particularly small theater and improv comedy, and occasionally take to the stage myself in plays, comedy shows and readings of my personal essays. I spent six years as a print and web journalist, including three years running a magazine, following a brief but exhausting stint as a high school English and French teacher. My main passion outside of Goldstar is working on my (hopefully) soon-to-be-published novel.
Although I started out reviewing movies, I became a book critic when I learned they would bring the books right to my door, just like Domino's pizza. Since then I have written for a variety of publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and the Chicago Sun-Times. I believe that The Godfather is the best film ever made, and if you bring up Citizen Kane, things are liable to get ugly. I've seen The Phantom of the Opera five times, but that's only because I really love my wife.
Erik Charles Nielsen
Born on Long Island, New York, I grew up in Florida before attending college in Boston. In 2004, I moved to Los Angeles to study English literature in graduate school; I now work for Goldstar by day while pursuing a comedy career at night. I've performed my stand-up at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and on the History Channel's "History of the Joke" special; I'm a regular at the Hollywood Improv, among other clubs. You can also see me in a wide variety of Internet videos, including 60frames.com's "Erik the Librarian Mysteries," in which I starred alongside The Office's Mindy Kaling.
I'm a recovering television writer, with credits in episodic drama, comedy, television movies and even "reality" -- which of course, is scripted. I then segued into web content, and have been a contributing editor to such websites as eHow and BabyNames.com. The first concert I ever attended was The Captain & Tenille, who rocked "Muskrat Love" hard, and I still enjoy seeing live music and sports. I also love a good festival - arts, crafts, wine, food and/or film are all fine with me. I live in lovely Toluca Lake, CA with my awesome mutts, Daisy Jo and Bud Earl, and remind you, ala Bob Barker, to help control the pet population spay, neuter and rescue.