Life & Business Coach * Scribe * Media & Marketing Specialist.
Creativity and promotion with clarity and purpose. Passion, drive, vision and integrity. Whether it’s food, music, culture,
entertainment, travel/hospitality, horticulture, philanthropy, the arts, history, the environment, creativity, humanitarianism
and human interest in the heart of the matter… That's Stacey Kumagai.
*DIVERSITY INCLUSION * GLOBAL MOVEMENT
She boasts a three decade career spanning every sector in the entertainment/media industry in creative conceptualization,
enterprise development, visibility branding and full live event production execution as a professional whose expertise
encompasses Radio & Television Broadcasting, Internet, Independent Film, Theatre, Advertising, Marketing, Promotions,
Public Relations and Music Production working with BMI/ASCAP, SAG & AFTRA, IDA, WGA and American Federation of
Musicians in the number two Arbitron and Nielsen ratings market of Los Angeles. She is a published author of a book on
California State Law Taxation featuring a romantic comedy subplot with distribution to 400 worldwide offices in seven
different languages. In 2003, Kumagai became a published poet in her own right, inducted in the International Library of
Poetry’s publication, “The Honey of the Soul” with her poem, “Poetry Lives,” published by Watermark Press. Born to a
mother who was in the U.S. Japanese Internment Camps and a WWII Veteran father whose name is on the Go For Broke
Monument in Downtown Los Angeles, she grew up with parents of integrity, an unmatched work ethic and culturally
influenced over-achiever mentality. Her entire career has been devoted toward promoting, publicizing, producing and
executing projects involving humanitarian and philanthropic efforts in association with passionate individuals involved in
activism and the entertainment arts… a tribute to both her parents who never got to fulfill their life’s dreams.
From her early broadcast beginnings, Kumagai started in front of the camera with her first sound bite at the age of three on
KNBC-TV. After receiving The Academy of Achievement Award from Press-Telegram presented by former Governor George
Deukmejian and Pro-Bono Humanitatus Award from the Aztec Sun Press, Kumagai was prepared to lead an adventurous
journey utilizing communications with a purpose. But it was Oscar-winning actor, Louis Gossett, Jr. who told her to get into
the entertainment/media business, while Kumagai was working as a Guest Relations Tour Guide at Disneyland (and got to
thank him, 20 years later!)
and later becoming a certified student studio communications counselor. she simultaneously became a local radio
personality by day and by night, a broadcast studio counselor, editor of the newsletter, “The Call Letter,” while doing
calligraphy on diplomas. She flipped the mike from radio to TV, working other jobs as a TV reporter and Host. Discovered in
Faces International’s book of headshots, she got her first break uttering her first word on the sitcom "What’s Happening
Now?," the drama "The Bronx Zoo" and landed a recurring cameo on the ABC series, "Hotel" with James Brolin and Connie
Selleca as ‘the elevator girl.’ More camera work was done as a model… for Ford Taurus under J. Walter Thompson agency,
Univega Bicycling, The Disneyland Hotel, EIKI Projectors and The Southern California Hair book. She has additionally done
tea room modeling, local runway and shoe modeling, but went on to do radio announcing and voice work.
She simultaneously worked as a radio and television host, producing and writing in the field and did fashion commentating.
As a freelance broadcast journalist/voice-over artist, she worked for several Orange County cable television entities, OCN
in conjunction with OC Register, Rogers Cable Systems, HBTV and The City of Long Beach. She became Quality Control
Director of Programming, for Pat Boone’s TV station, KDOC-TV 56. Here she also did on-air commercials for “Hot Seat” host
Wally George and appeared in a commercial for “Request Video” the pre-cursor show for MTV’s “Total Request Live.” From
here she ended up being an announcer for the O.C. Fair, and Kumagai became a broadcast media relations specialist. She
ended up working a 10 year contract for the State of California’s 32nd agricultural district, producing live TV coverage
segments with animals (4H & Future Farmers of America), Guinness World Record stunts and segments with Entertainment
Tonight, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Donny & Marie Show, KTLA Morning
News, Fox’s Good Day L.A. and many others.
segments with two-headed snakes, Clydesdales, reptiles, lawn mower races, fire fighter challenges, pink sheep, live cattle
drives down a city street, worked with killer bees with in the middle of a 45 mph dust storm and even bungee jumped on
LIVE Television. She did calmer things, too like several Harvest Festival Craft Fairs, the Huntington Beach 4th of July
Parade (ironically the very parade she marched in as part of a championship baton twirling team) and The Laguna Beach
Sawdust Festival. She worked several years on The Southern California Home & Garden Show, the largest show of its kind
in the State of California with Interior Design, Topiary Gardens, Top Chefs and an earthquake safe steel-framed home. After
being cast as “The Yellow Overdrive Power Ranger,” for Saban’s TV pilot, she honored her commitment to host the
unveiling of the Straw Bale Eco-Home for Habitat for Humanity at the first-ever Southern California press conference and
gave the role away to another lucky actress.
DIVERSIFYING: She continued to go into ‘overdrive’ herself to also produce events and p.r. campaigns for an array of other
multi-hyphenates and talent – indie film premieres and festival screenings, award shows and her hunger for the diversified
career lifestyle knew no limits. She was going to school and working three careers, when suddenly her father was stricken
with diabetes and pancreatic cancer. He was given 2 weeks to live on the day her mother was having a mastectomy after
being diagnosed with breast cancer. Her mother was simultaneously suffering from Alzheimer's which would end up being a
twenty-six year battle. After burying her father, Kumagai continued with school, working three jobs, and was commuting all
over Southern California, while taking care of her mother.
Kumagai multi-tasked also working at 102.7 KIIS FM Los Angeles in Marketing Promotions. It was here she worked big
events including the historic unveiling of the Elvis Presley postage stamp and concerts benefiting The Elizabeth Glaser
Pediatric A.I.D.S. Foundation tied to the Rick Dees Morning Show. Her voiceover radio work included a Valentine’s promo
for The Rick Dees Morning Show and her voice was a staple on the KIIS-FM Prize Hotline. It was here she got heavily
involved with many organizations, including Women of Washington/Los Angeles, Women in Communications, the Southern
California Broadcasters Association, Women, Inc., American Women In Radio & Television and the Unity Media Access
Project. For seven years, she worked as a mentor, teacher, coach, motivator and counselor empowering young college
women in broadcasting. As President-Elect of Women In Communications, Orange County Chapter, she co-chaired and
produced the annual Matrix Awards. When the membership chose to disband due to the Los Angeles Chapter
encompassing the Southern California region, she had the chapter donate their funds to the public library system, where
the funds could buy books for under-stocked libraries- so underprivileged kids could read.
After receiving her Advertising Marketing-PR Communications Certificate of Academic Achievement from University of
California, Irvine in association with the School of Fine Arts, Kumagai redefined herself as The Southland's Media Monster,
President of Media Monster Communications, Inc./BrainGASM Productions. Kumagai, an established media pitcher has
accomplished a number of media historical local, regional, nationwide and worldwide ‘firsts.’ She promoted many
benchmark moments including National Radio Talk Show Host, Dr. Laura Schlessinger's first appearance on "The Oprah
Winfrey Show;" and simultaneously worked a full time stint in marketing/sales and music production as Director of Broadcast
Affiliate Relations for Who Did That Music.
As Director of Broadcast Affiliate Relations/Producer in the music industry, she created custom broadcast music packages
for WPNT-FM 100.3 (recorded in the historic "We Are The World" - Westlake Studio!) & WBBM-FM B-96 Chicago. She
produced first-time-ever music I.D.s in the history of Washington's Country Station 98.7 WMZQ-FM and WJZW-FM Smooth
Jazz 105.9, packages enriched by the talents of Capitol Recording Artist Dave Koz and vocalist Joey Scarbury ("Greatest
American Hero"). She was part of the BBC’s Radio One Sound Design, lending her own voice to some of the crazy studio
bumper tracks, and was also broadcast music rep at The National Association of Broadcasters in Los Angeles and New
Orleans and the Country Radio Conference in Nashville. Preparing for the music production company’s move to the Valley,
Kumagai left Orange County to move to Los Angeles. From here, Kumagai joined her music industry colleague, Jeffrey
Ganter in 1996 to launch What If...Inc., where together they landed the book writing deal with the CPA/Law Firm and teamed
working events for Johnnie Walker's Ambassador of Scotland.
Kumagai was asked to co-host as fill-in talent on the long-running nationally syndicated radio program, “After Midnight with
Blair Garner” on Clearchannel’s Premiere Radio Networks. She also co-hosted with Hollywood Harrison on Boot Scoot’n
Party’n Nights Country radio program.
She continued her involvement with organizations and ended up working to help produce numerous events for AWRT. In
addition she worked on committees to facilitate the Genii Awards programs which provided scholarships for college
students nationwide. She served full-term as 1st Vice-President of Programming (then President Elect) on the Board of
Directors for the Southern California Chapter of American Women In Radio & television, a sub-division of the National
Association of Broadcasters. A media judge for the Gracie Allen Awards and Co-Chair for the 41st and 42nd annual Genii
Awards, kept her busy with the organization. She didn’t continue with AWRT once her mother’s Alzheimer’s progressed,
instead she diverted her focus to caring for her mother.
career path with Jeffrey Ganter in developing entities underneath a company umbrella. Together they became a corporate
rehab team and spearheaded the business/marketing management of a 300,000 square foot motion picture studio lot in
Burbank which hosted "Dante's Peak," "8 Heads In A Duffle Bag," "The Truman Show" as lot projects. She and Ganter co-
founded The Rhythm Channel Foundation for Deaf Musicians and Performing Artists, a charity organization which enhanced
the arts for the deaf and hearing impaired culture and worked with board of director alliances for getting program closed-
captioning on MTV’s Total Request Live with Carson Daly.
Expanding her specialization in multi-cultural clients to healing industries, she worked on projects to develop confrontation
and tolerance with Urban Graffiti Live Slam Festival featuring Latino and African-American spoken word artists and
performers. Additionally, Kumagai extended her work clientele to include projects to benefit Inner City kids. She has
worked with many projects including the Independent Living Project of the City of Riverside and the Hollenbeck Youth
Center bringing over 10,000 toys to underprivileged children in the Inner City. Her cross-promotion events have benefited
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, NAACP, Amnesty International and ACLU, City of Hope, Black Business Expo, Jewish Home
For The Aging, Asian American Performing Artists Association, A.I.D.S. Project Los Angeles, Hispanic Media Association,
Special Olympics, Women In Business, Animal Rescue Foundation, Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, The Actor’s Fund and
Independent Media Project for Minorities.
Kumagai's belief in education in association with entertainment is incorporated into each client she takes on and the
above list is no exception. She also did p.r. for the documentary, “Straight from the Streets” which received a Moxie Award
from the Santa Monica Film Festival. It garnered a distribution deal which is now being incorporated as required studies in
various school systems. This feature length documentary, five years in the making, begins with the Los Angeles uprising in
1992 and concludes with the HISTORIC Million Man March of 1995.
Kumagai continued building Media Monster Communications, Inc. in the interim and did p.r. for The Hollywood Reporter's
sister publication Back Stage West's acquisition of “Dramalogue” and their live version of the actor's trade weekly,
"Actorfest." Kumagai’s p.r. and promotions increased the attendance and growth of The Temecula Valley International Film &
Music Festival to intrigue interest in first sister-festival alliance with Rome Independent Film Festival. And she did an Emmy
p.r. campaign for Cinematographer, James Chressanthis, ASC, nominated for his work on "FOUR MINUTES" -- an ESPN
Original Entertainment (EOE) production. It was the very the first-ever original movie to premiere on ESPN2, about Roger
Bannister who ran the first four-minute mile. She was also responsible for the p.r. for the world’s first syndicated TV
program to be on Hewlett Packard's Jornada 545 Pocket PC, a one-minute puppet soap, “Paris Falls,” and helped launch the
roll out of Showtime Independent Films festival projects inclusive of Actor, Tim Daly's Directorial Debut for the film, "Bereft,”
“Sexual Life” with Anne Heche and “Speak” starring Kristen Stewart which is still creating buzz amongst the school systems
across America as a ‘must see’ film. Her other work with Showtime also includes the final season of “Queer As Folk” with Hal
Sparks and their sneak preview live events rolling to DVD.
Kumagai’s other benchmark p.r. includes the first-inaugural concert ever at Stage 1 at Candlewalk with Lonestar & Olivia
Newton-John to benefit Fender Kids Rock Free Music Education Program and Susan G. Komen Foundation charities.
Kumagai launched first-time author Amy Botwinick’s “Congratulations on Your Divorce: The Road To Finding Your Happily
Ever After” with vibrator sales benefiting victims of domestic violence. This cultivated an immediate network of 1000
women working together, and resulted in a Women’s History Month event of music, reading and spiritual empowerment for
women getting back on their feet. Other ‘firsts’ include doing p.r. for Selma Shimmel’s “The Group Room” North America’s
first and only Cancer Talk Radio Show helping survivors and their families. Kumagai also did benchmark p.r. for the first-
ever 102.7 KIIS-FM Wango Tango Concert Benefit for the Los Angeles Breast Cancer Alliance with 14 back-to-back act live
acts featuring Gloria Estefan, Mariah Carey, Will Smith, Tom Jones, Hootie & The Blowfish, and the first-ever Los Angeles
concert for the boy band, N’Sync. Kumagai secured more than 250 local, regional, national and international media crews
and photographers in just 2 weeks p.r. time, which included online p.r. live backstage concert feed from Earthlink to the
rest of the world. Her ‘firsts’ continued by utilizing the dovetailing promotion of clients and projects, such as The Los
Angeles Times Reading By 9 program Literacy Project in conjunction with her clients from Fox Kids Countdown while
benefiting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. This lead to Dr. Seuss' 95th Birthday - Read Across America National Literacy
Project working with the Screen Actors Guild Foundation with special recognition from President Clinton & The White House.
Being “GREEN” since elementary school, where Kumagai actively participated in water conservation drives, this initiative
continued in high school, under her leadership as Senior Class President, she created and developed recycling drives as a
primary means of fundraising and helping the planet. Staying the path with education and empowering with information and
inspiration, Kumagai has worked with a number of environmentally-conscious client projects. From organic health food and
cleaning products to homeopathy - Kumagai infuses the cross-pollination technique of all she enjoys. Her work with multi-
entitied Shanda Lear Enterprises (daughter of the Learjet inventor) promoting the Stealth 205 electric boat and scooters to
promote environmentally conscious options of transportation resulted in work with the American Lung Association.
Kumagai’s ‘p.r. with a purpose’ stays true to the green course. Her most recent work, the first-ever “Friends of Avalon Bay”
water quality concert benefit for Catalina Island and Musician-Environmentalist, Jon Hartmann’s music CDs paying tribute to
the Pacific Electric Railway and his new release which echoes the problem of America’s addition to oil, with “George Bush
Sings” – a political satire jazz-rap. She has also worked with client Mimi Kennedy’s involvement with the Environmental
Media Association and Earth Day E.V.s, post her film, “Erin Brockovich.”
Other unique projects have included "Dragapella" - barbershop quartet in drag, featuring two attorneys promoting political
activism; Norma Vally “Chix Can Fix” – empowering women to be safe and to fix things themselves; Jazz Musician,Maurice
Gainen (Starbucks CD Master Engineer, who launched his own album, Jazz World Colors); Chef Traci Higgins-Freeman's
Grand Opening of “Lilah Belle’s Healthy Meals for the Taking” in San Francisco; and Dr. Ward Coleman’s Four Mountain’s
anti-aging/stress-relieving holistic health practices and products with the homeopathic “Wheel of Healing” – articles which
SATURATE the Internet today in syndication. From the bi-coastal Urban Sports radio program, Celebrity Sports Talk – where
guests included veteran broadcasters Stu Lantz and Tommy Hawkins; The Latin Jazz Festival; Jewish Home For the Aging
fundraiser benefit; and countless other events. Kumagai has also done p.r. events including many Guinness World Record
moments including street luge, card stacking and incorporated clients into the World-Famous Hollywood Christmas Parade.
Rounding out her leadership education from Cornell University in High Performance Leadership, she has taken 'leading the
way' in terms of lending her voice, thoughts, ideas and insights been a Guest Public Relations Spokesperson on over 700
Nat'l and Int'l Radio & TV broadcasts Kumagai is the BBC’s choice ‘go-to-guru’ for Oscar-time in discussing p.r. buzz
regarding campaigning, stories which are now archived on the Internet today. She is a featured structure as "The Fallen
Angel" in a theme park attraction at the Towa Nasu Resort's "Dark Castle Haunt" ride in Japan which was created by
Technifex, the company that created the pirate ship at Treasure Island in Las Vegas.
Kumagai has been interviewed by more than a dozen students from high schools and colleges across the U.S. and abroad
for their ‘final’ class essay and interview projects for those wanting to break into the field of public relations or
entertainment. In addition to running Media Monster Communications, Inc./BrainGASM Productions, she currently is a co-
author ghost writer for a series of books and specifically has 60 children's books and five adult upmarket novels ready for
Kumagai continues to take on clientele who are diverse in thinking, passionate in being and wanting to make a difference
through purposeful media relations, marketing and business development. With a career that has spanned across all facets
of communication, given this cutting-edge positioning which also includes online media relations, global awareness, media
branding, visibility and leverage with production, and event management, she is a BrainGASMing Media Monster.
Humanitarianism and Philanthropy have been part of her personal and business Media Monster/BrainGASM mission...
informing, educating and bringing about awareness for creating change in perception, reaction, and activism. It’s all about
making a difference and having a productive life of clarity.