Deborah Green was raised in Topeka, Kansas by her mother and father who are her inspiration. Her mother, being her most valued female role model, was a teacher and her father was a clinical social worker. You could say that helping other people is embedded in her genes.
When she was a child, sitting at the dinner table with strangers who needed a home-cooked meal was commonplace. As she grew into adulthood, she noticed that she felt best when she was able to help others, so she has continued what she learned from her parents by opening her home to those in need. “Not everybody has the time but because I didn’t have children, I had the time. I know what it’s like to sacrifice and compromise yourself for someone else who is less fortunate,” she reflects.
After high school, Deborah attended Brooks College in Long Beach, California and majored in fashion merchandising. After graduation, she worked her way to talent coordinator on the live television arena of The Fashion Channel (now QVC), learning the valuable lesson to always remain calm under pressure. She was then recruited as a model agent before becoming an executive assistant for six years, running the day-to-day operations for executives before she decided to strike out on her own as a makeup artist.
In less than two years, she achieved union status in the I.A.T.S.E. Local 706 Makeup Union. Deborah has worked for more than 30 television networks and commercials, music videos, and A&E biographies. In 2007, her work was showcased in the Getty Museum and in 2008, she was nominated for a daytime Emmy for AMC’s Sunday Morning Shoot Out.
Finding it important to experience many different roles and skill sets in life to grow and find oneself, she worked for years doing spokes modeling for trade shows, appeared in fitness videos, and produced infomercials while simultaneously working as a freelance makeup artist. She has no regrets and can never say ‘I wonder what that would’ve been like’ and encourages everyone to explore all their gifts.
“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” ~ Anthony Robbins
Despite the thrill of working closely with celebrities on domestic and international shoots, something was missing. It was a balance between work and life. For nine years, Deborah had been working 15+ hour days, and although the work was exhilarating, she knew she had so much more to give—if only she had the time. She also realized that being of service had always motivated her, whether in the corporate or entertainment world. So in 2008, Deborah returned to her office management career to enjoy a better work-life balance. Today, she works as an executive assistant to the senior partner at a financial and accounting firm in Encino, California.
“Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life.” ~ John Wooden
Deborah has traveled to almost all 50 states as well as China and Spain for work and has enjoyed Budapest, Vienna, Prague, and nine northern Baltic countries with her family. Yet, to this day, becoming a Lipstick Sister is one of the highlights of her life. Traveling to Malibu for the wine safari was one of her favorite activities with the group.
“It is a perfect fit for me,” she said. “I love the vulnerability and the unconditional support we give each other. Everyone has such a big heart, and I feel like mine grows every time I am around my Sisters. This group has given me balance, and I am so excited to learn from them all and to share the things I have learned in my 50 years.”
Deborah turns 50 today on this August 9th. Happy birthday, Sister!
With her parents in Prague
Fitness is part of Deborah's lifestyle
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