Gigi has enjoyed, concurrently, over 30 years experience in the film and entertainment industry, 9 years in the legal community and 20 years in event production. "Discovered" while working in a diner, Gigi started her entertainment career as an in-house model in the `70s. She has used this opportunity to gain training, knowledge and experience as an actress, makeup artist, agent, manager, writer, director and producer for stage, film, television and live events. Her specialty is Special Effects, marketing, and production coordination.
Gigi's work in the legal community began while serving in the Army assigned to a Provost Marshal in a Military Police unit in Maryland. This background was expanded while in a major studio's legal department where she participated in the initial development of the current Universal City Walk.
Comfortable on both sides of the camera, Gigi has been in over a dozen
films and television shows and is a popular speaker at media events and
seminars. She has produced and directed on numerous projects including over
100 live events, fund raisers and seminars, 2 independent feature films,
and 6 shows for cable television. Her most recent endeavors include writing
several scripts and writing and producing a Native American musical play,
Coyote Tales, a live action storytelling for her non-profit
charity, The Crestline Creative Arts Foundation. Her past legal research
on environmental and conservation laws have won her national governmental
and media recognition in the fight to preserve the Yellowstone buffalo.
Touted as the "Queen of No Budget," Gigi's Special Effects Makeup
work can be seen in numerous low and moderate budgeted horror genre films
(including Phantasm IV: OblIVion, Up Against Amanda,
and Zombie Hunter) as well as mass casualty makeup in public
service projects, "Every 15 Minutes" for Southern California
high schools sponsored by the California Highway Patrol, among others.
Gigi applies her unique marketing techniques to the entertainment and legal communities for developing and producing fund raising programs for non-profit and professional organization for live events and seminars, media services (press releases, press conferences, public relations) as well as public access shows.Gigi currently resides with her three cats and her actor/musician husband, Reggie Bannister, in their San Bernardino Mountain home of Crestline, California.