About Cassidy

Welcome Cassidy Gard: Contributor to LiveThroughTheHeartHi, my name is Cassidy Rainforest Gard. My hometown is Gainesville, Florida. It’s especially close to my heart because Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are also from the same small town. I always wanted to be somewhere that fueled the arts because my Mom raised me in such a free spirited, creative upbringing. You probably picked up on my hippy roots with a middle name like Rainforest.

I moved to NYC at 17. I spent a year working as a stand in on Gossip Girl trying to figure out how to make a life for myself in Manhattan. Then, I finally gave in to my Mom’s pleas and agreed to start college. I matriculated at Hunter College in 2008. It was the single most important thing I ever did in my life, but at the time I almost dropped out daily. I couldn’t stand that I was getting marked down for skipping class when I booked jobs that I was studying to do in the first place. It was a constant balance between working and attending class. I am grateful to have found my passion early on in broadcast journalism.

New York City had a whole life of opportunity that was accessible without finishing college first. My professors didn’t feel the same way. I was impatient to wait a whole four years to start working in the entertainment industry. However, it was important for me to finish what I started. I compromised by doubling my course load and finishing in two and a half years instead of four. I graduated with a BA in Media Studies and Women Gender Studies at 20.

I moved to LA at 21 to become a TV Host. I now interview actors at press junkets and movie premieres to promote their new films. By night, I write, vlog, and invoke conversation that fuels my love for life. I was an online contributor for Backstage. If you’re interested in learning more about my previous work, I wrote about it here.

I recently started studying “A Course in Miracles.” I love meeting new people and cherishing the ones closest in my life. I’m on a journey of spiritual discovery and writing has become a powerful way for me to connect and share my journey.

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Feel free to e-mail me at cassidygard@gmail.com