**FEBRUARY/MARCH UPDATE**: I'm excited to be working for TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX TELEVISION as a Casting Associate, casting two series leads for a brand new FOX TV pilot, directed by Lee Daniels, called "Empire."

I booked nearly 30 venues for Derik Nelson's Fall 2013 TAKE CHANCES TOUR, which was designed to raise thousands of dollars for high school arts & music programs. I worked full time on PR and Marketing, as well as design & mechandise for the tour.  In addition to managing 30 school accounts and designing 30 custom digital Press Kits, I was also the Tour Manager while on the road: managing the band and directing day-to-day logistics, performances, news interviews, bookings and appearances, and all of Derik's industry management needs.  I also performed on stage, and was the light board operator for the live show.  I wrote, directed, and co-edited both Tour promotional videos. You can view the videos & FAQ list at or go to to see the complete list of Tour Dates & Locations.

I was honored to be hired as an actress in Renee Zellweger's new pilot TV show, "Cinnamon Girl." Unfortunately,
it will not be moving forward with Lifetime, but it was an incredible experience to work with Ms. Zellweger and the cast on such a cool project!!

My original artwork and new paintings for Derik's "Songs About Winter" album can be downloaded 
here. Go here to see lots of samples of my artwork!

Last winter I was contracted by Disney English in Glendale, California as a Project Editor in curriculum development.

See Derik & my cover of Coldplay's "Fix You": over 350,000 views 
on YouTube!


Thank you to everyone who attended our Seventh Annual Winter Concert!! We sold out in less than 12 hours (!) and we had a wonderful time singing some of my favorite Christmas songs, beloved Derik Nelson originals, plus some never-before-heard covers!

Invitation Art/Design ©Riana Nelson

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