Diane Strand Through hard work, determination and dedication Diane Strand alongside her partner, Scott Strand, in both Life and Business, have built three successful JDS entities; Multi Awarding JDS Video & Media Productions, Inc., /dba: JDS Actors Studio and the nonprofit 501c3 JDS Creative Academy which altogether make up JDS Studios.
Affiliations: Is an executive board member of Southwest Economic Development Coalition, an appointed board member, by Chuck Washington for Riverside County Workforce Development, a board member of Shakespeare in the Vines, and JDS Creative Academy’s Founder, Executive Director and Board President. In addition, JDS Inc. and JDS Creative Academy are each members of the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce. JDS Creative Academy is a Title 17 Vendor for Inland Regional Center, and a State of California registered approved Apprenticeship program.
Life & Business Philosophy: Dream Big, Work Hard, Take Risks, Integrity, Never say Never, You only really fail if you quit, Give Back, Share your Knowledge, Tell your Story, Family, Community, Be Professional, and Kindness Matters.
Goals: I hope and plan to continue to provide opportunities to those who want to find a career in visual, performing and digital arts, in all populations: mainstream, and those with developmental disabilities and autism. Expanding workforce opportunities, bringing community together through the arts, growing JDS Creative Academy’s 3 day Digifest event, continuing to work with our valued JDS Inc. clients helping them market and communicate their business, launching actors into the mainstream entertainment industry, and raising my three Children – watching them grow up and become productive humans and one day retiring on the beach somewhere south of here with my husband.
Mentors: I have had several, and new mentors enter my orbit every day. I try to glean something from every interaction I have, even those I mentor, I learn and grow from them just as much. I have my Dad’s strong work ethic, just keep plugging away until you get it, while in college, I learned Business 101 from one of my first Bosses, who was a CPA, and I learned TV Production working for some amazingly talented individuals in the entertainment industry. My husband ignites my entrepreneurial spirit, and supports me so I can be strong, my JDSCA board who share the vision, and the business professionals in my community that I collaborate with and admire.
Favorite Reading: Scripts and Periodicals. I read a lot for work so I don’t read a lot for pleasure….. I am a TV Girl. My “Must See TV” Show still to this day is General Hospital. I have been watching it for 40 years. The only time I did not watch the show, was the year I worked on the directing team for the show. I was reading scripts two weeks ahead of what aired. J
Resume: General Hospital, Friends, Veronica’s Closet, Warner Bros., Universal Studios, The Walt Disney Company: Disney Channel, Built the HD Control Room at Staples Center, the DNC 2000, HBO Pay Per View, and Independent Production Companies. President of JDS Video & Media Productions, Inc. founded in 2003, Producer at JDS Actors Studio founded 2010, Founder, Executive Director and Program Manager for JDS Creative Academy founded in 2014, and the Producer for JDS Creative Academy’s new show Spectrum of Innovation news and information for Riverside County, launched October 2018.
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan