Trina is a single mom, concert pianist, mom blogger, founder of https://www.middlecinnamonroll.com/ and contributing writer to Thrive Global, ESME & MDWAS.
A former concert pianist from Los Angeles to New York City and back, with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from CalArts, turned stay-at-home mom, turned single mom, Trina is no stranger to bouncing back from repeated failure and the persistent consistency required for every single success, no matter how big or small.
During her music career, she toured the U.S., Europe and Japan, performing in many major cities and venues such as Kobe’s Xebec Hall, L.A.’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and New York’s Symphony Space, among many others. She was a featured performer in the 1990s’ Mel Powell retrospective at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. celebrating his Pulitzer Prize for Musical Composition and she contributed to the subsequent CD compilation. Trina was a member of the Daniel Lentz Group for six years and worked with a variety of award-winning, local and international contemporary composers in addition to Powell and Lentz on World and U.S. Premiere performances of new music and studio recordings.
Upon separating from the father of her three children, Trina attempted to jump-start her music career, but discovered the difficulty in raising three small children on the discordant (and sometimes non-existent) salary it provided, along with an unpredictable schedule. So, after a financially insulting year back in the teaching and performing world, she modeled brand new career hats, including that of a marketing director for a Santa Monica aviation law firm and managing the practice of a prominent Los Angeles entertainment attorney.
Trina has been described as overly-optimistic, too trusting, open to just about anything and a progression and adventure devotee. She is a fitness fanatic who cycles, hikes, swims, scuba-dives and will sometimes attempt a stunt (like jumping out of an airplane) because someone told her not to. But nothing has brought her more gifts, education, laughs, surprises and joy than her three children.
“People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.”
- MARCUS AURELIUS