I’m deviating from my normal topic in this article to cover something very dear and near to my heart.
This year, 2010, marks an important anniversary for me, my family and many others in the community. It is the 15 year anniversary of our family owned business, Mishka Productions. After living in Los Angeles trying to make a living as an actress, I found myself in Scottsdale, Arizona at my mother’s house, completely exhausted and needing a different direction in life. Little did I know at that moment that 15 years later, our lives would be entwined in creating spiritual events with some of the country’s top bestselling authors.
It started as an “accident”, and I use that term loosely, with a phone line in my mother’s dining room, a beat up old desk, and a $1,500 check that she loaned me. I had no idea I was starting a business, as I had absolutely no business background. There was no plan, no business outline, no vision, just a connection to James & Salle Redfield who wrote The Celestine Prophecy. That was all we needed. The next thing we knew, there were 1,400 people sitting in a large auditorium and I was on the stage announcing the guest speakers, James & Salle Redfield.
At that time, my beautiful mother, Ariel Wolfe, was a psychotherapist. She had a thriving practice that I quickly took her away from and we soon became business partners in a most thrilling adventure. We started booking other authors for more lectures and started doing an event once a month. It was very exciting to meet so many of the authors we had been reading. We worked with the elusive Carlos Castaneda, Neale Donald Walsch who wrote Conversations with God, James Van Praagh one of the most incredible spiritual mediums, Don Miguel Ruiz author of The Four Agreements, Wayne Dyer who has been named the ‘father of motivation’, Deepak Chopra one of the world’s most renowned holistic physicians and spiritual teachers, and the list goes on. Being a mother-daughter team did not come without its challenges and somehow we managed to work things out. Truth be told, I think my mother had the patience of a saint.