Charlene Elizabeth Green (AKA Hustle Diva) is a northern California native who has been writing since very early childhood, penning short stories and poetry, but never thinking of it as more than a hobby. Her first major writing project was a movie screenplay written in 1999 titled Love's Train, which was based on her short story "A Valentine's Day to Remember," written in junior college. She taught herself the scriptwriting craft, and while working a full-time job with the California Dept. of Corrections (at the time) she completed the project in just over a month. Until that point, her passion for writing had lain dormant for years; but after completing her script, she realized it had always been her calling.
In 2001, while [still] in the process of searching for a producer for her movie, she began working on her first novel, One Man's Treasure. With aspirations to be immersed in the entertainment and literary industries, she made the decision to relocate to Los Angeles, and did so in 2003. After completing her novel, she connected with publisher, author, and philanthropist Dr. Rosie Milligan, whom she sought out for agency representation. Dr. Milligan liked One Man's Treasure so much that she immediately took her on as a client. During that time, their relationship grew, and Charlene developed an interest in editing and proofreading. In 2005, she began an internship working as a copy editor and proofreader for Dr. Milligan. Her first major [joint] editing project was rapper/producer Dr. Dre's mother Verna Griffin's autobiography titled Privileged to Live. She further interned for literary agent and best-selling author Dr. Maxine Thompson (currently Charlene's literary agent) as a copy editor and story editor. In 2006, she started her own editing business, Punctuality Editing Service.
In May 2007, after several years attempting to have her novel published mainstream, Charlene took matters into her own hands and self-published One Man's Treasure through Milligan Books. Then, as fate would have it, in December 2007, Dr. Maxine Thompson presented her with the opportunity to have OMT picked up mainstream, and in January 2008 was offered a two-book deal with Kensington Publishing. One Man's Treasure was released internationally on April 1, 2009, and the sequel, And They'll Come Home, was released on March 2, 2010. The third novel in the series, Aftershock, is in production.
Since moving to L.A., Charlene has revisited her talent for writing poetry, and expanded her collection of works. To date, she has over 80 pieces in her portfolio. Though she dabbled briefly in the open-mic scene in 2004/2005, she decided to step away and spend more time writing and honing her skills. In April 2008, she was bitten hard by the open-mic bug when she entered a spoken-word contest at the annual Black Writers on Tour convention, not having done any open mic in over three years, and took fourth place after having competed with more than 20 poets, many of them veterans in the realm. From there, she bombarded the open-mic venues with fervor, adding spoken-word artist to her list of talents. Charlene has been known to frequent the local Los Angeles poetry venues up to five nights a week, inspiring hundreds with her unique words. She has also hosted several events as well as performed in many shows and done speaking engagements after having been seen and approached by some of those whose lives she has touched. She is known on the poetry scene as Hustle Diva.
Charlene is also a gifted motivational speaker who has been praised for her ability to encourage people to pursue avenues in their lives they were otherwise daunted by the thought of doing, by helping them see the ways in which they can proceed without feeling overwhelmed. One of her recent motivational projects is her self-help career guide You Are What You Say You Are: Claiming Your Life's Mission & Living Your Dream, which she wrote specifically for those who are struggling with discovering their true mission in life. This brief yet very relatable guide breaks down in detail the process of finding what you're truly passionate about, how to go about exposing yourself to it, and what to expect after you've entered the realm.
In addition to promoting her novels, Charlene is promoting her poetry books From Me to You…Through Mine Eyes (3-book series), Vicariously Speaking, and My Sentiments Exactly (currently in production); her first spoken-word CD She Is Poetry, and her second spoken-word CD Lip Service (for release in 2011). She is also preparing for her worldwide spoken-word tour, where she will focus on the use of her self-esteem-based poems and motivational talks to help impact & change the lives of those who suffer various emotional setbacks resulting from lack of self-love. She is also still pursuing the long-awaited production of her movie, Love's Train, as well as working on turning both her novels into movies.
Charlene E. Green (Hustle Diva): Spoken Word Artist/Motivational Speaker
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 20 - 90 minutes
Warm, friendly interaction and conversation with the audience, and above all, inspiration through my vast poetry collection. If engaging in a motivational talk, my audience can expect to feel comfortable, embraced, and empowered.
Chair or stool
Table for product sales
All I really need is the mic, moderate lighting, and the audience.
Varies. If certain poems are requested, those will be performed. If not, a standard set list would be "Self-Construction," "Homage," "Misinformed (If the Shoe Fits)," and "Zookeeper."
Past Booked Dates:
02-26-2010 — Southwest College Black History Month Poetry Event, Los Angeles, CA, Featured Performer
02-24-2010 — Black History Month Book Signing, Inglewood Library, Inglewood, CA, Author Appearance
01-24-2010 — Urban Legends Spoken Word and Poetry Showcase, Write Act Repertory Theatre, Hollywood, Performer
01-24-2010 — Jazz, Poetry & Song, Paul Gleason Theatre, Hollywood, Featured Artist
12-17-2009 — Warehouse Restaurant, Marina del Rey, Opening Act/Spoken Word
11-18-2009 — Write Act Repertory Theatre, Urban Legends Spoken-Word Showcase, Featured Performer, Hollywood
11-13-2009 — Family Commons Complex, Motivational Speech/Poetry Performance, Long Beach, CA
11-01-2009 — The Paul G. Gleason Theatre, Hollywood, Sunday Afternoon Jazz, Poetry & Song, Featured Performer
10-29-2009 — The Warehouse Restaurant, Marina del Rey, CA, Spoken Word, 2nd Act
10-24-2009 — Speak Out Loud, Inglewood, CA, Spoken Word, Featured Performer
10-24-2009 — Opportunity Knocks Business/Performer's Mixer, Featured Performer, Dockweiller Beach, El Segundo, CA
09-26-2009 — SGI-USA Festival of the Arts, Santa Monica, Spoken Word
09-20-2009 — United Negro College Fundraiser, Oakland, CA, Featured Spoken Word Artist
09-05-2009 — Leimert Park Art & Music Festival, Sept. 5, 6, & 7
09-03-2009 — The Warehouse Restaurant, Marina Del Rey, Spoken Word/Opening Act
08-27-2009 — The Rhythm Lounge, Downtown Long Beach, CA, Spoken Word Show
08-20-2009 — The Rhythm Lounge, Downtown Long Beach, CA, Spoken Word Show
08-11-2009 — Natural High Spoken Word Event, Culver City, Featured Artist
07-18-2009 — Rhymes & Flow Event, Carson, Spoken Word
07-10-2009 — Sacred Grounds Cafe, San Pedro, Spoken Word
07-08-2009 — Spreadin' Love N Spoken Word, Los Angeles, Host & Performer
07-06-2009 — Junior School for the Blind, Los Angeles, Spoken Word
07-01-2009 — Spreadin' Love N Spoken Word, Los Angeles, Host & Performer
06-24-2009 — Spreadin' Love N Spoken Word, Los Angeles, Host & Performer
06-15-2009 — Junior School for the Blind, Los Angeles, Spoken Word
05-24-2009 — Indigo Lounge, 2nd St. Jazz Cafe, Downtown L.A., Spoken Word/Featured Artist
05-23-2009 — Smiley's Bookstore, Carson, Book Signing for my novel
04-30-2009 — Warehouse Restaurant, Marina Del Rey, Opening Act/Spoken Word
04-14-2009 — Guest Speaker at Mama Hills Help Center/Afterschool Program, Inglewood, Spoken Word & Motivational Talk
04-13-2009 — Inglewood Library, Poetry Reading/Book Signing
04-07-2009 — Guest Speaker at Morningside High School, Inglewood, Spoken Word/Motivational Talk
04-05-2009 — Market St. Bar & Grill, Inglewood, Spoken Word/Featured Artist
03-27-2009 — Souls in Hand Spoken Word Event, Long Beach, Host and Performer
02-27-2009 — Summer Studios Arts Academy, Lomita, Guest Poet
02-08-2009 — Black Heritage Event at Warner Grand Theater, San Pedro, Spoken Word
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