Dawn Garcia

Location Los Angeles

Writer/Editor at ATOD Magazine, Writer/Producer at Notice of Filming

Film Producer Writer Influencer
8 Projects

Work History

Founder | Editor-in-Chief
ATOD Magazine™
May 2011 - Present
Greater Los Angeles Area + Worldwide Coverage
A Luxury Lifestyle and Culture Digital Magazine | Travel, Food, Spirits, Art, Film, Culture, Interviews Dawn created ?TÔD Magazine with a passion to share the world with others. Starting from scratch, she learned how to code, design in Wordpress, curate content that would create a beautiful, clean, non-invasive site that would focus on the most prominent creative aspects of living. WORDPRESS: Create Website Layout + Design, working daily in the program SOCIAL MEDIA: Organically grow Facebook (74k), Twitter (26k), Instagram (4k+), YouTube, Vimeo MANAGE: Story ideas, content, overall creative direction, social media campaigns TRAIN + MANAGE: A team of writers and photographers from around the world (United States, Europe, Asia) WRITE: Original articles, events calendar, individual pages, marketing strategies, influencer campaigns, social media campaigns DESIGN: Continually update, alter, and redesign the site to maximize visual appeal, responsiveness, quality and style PRODUCE: Videos, Workshops, original content shared across all platforms APPS: Use of multiple apps, highly versed on mobile and digital responsiveness Dawn Garcia and ATOD Magazine™ has been featured on The Food Network, National Radio Shows, Web Series', publications (print and digital) + global platforms. She speaks publicly about writing, social + digital media, story development, lifestyle branding, and living your dreams. MEMBER of the PRESS: NAHJ (National Association of Hispanic Journalists), NYWIFT (New York Women in Film and Television), Women in Media, Women in Entertainment, ASJA (American Society of Authors and Journalists), YBA, Leisure Society, USPA, GNA, EU Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/atasteofdawnATOD INSTAGRAM: @dawngarcia | Twitter: @atasteofdawn
Managing Editor
Sensi Media Group, LLC
Jun 2018 - Present
Greater Los Angeles Area
Editor of SENSI California magazines: Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego. WRITE: Bylines, callouts, cover page, articles, TOC, sidebars MANAGE: content, editorial, design, and direction of each monthly print publication PARTNER: Work with advertisers, publisher, creative team, writers, photographers Maintain google docs, basecamp, layout, etc. Familiar with Chicago Manual of Style, Grammarly Work in MS office, MAC, Adobe suite, Basecamp Manage Las Vegas Editor, editorial content and direction Manage LA/OC/SD content, story submissions, contributors, etc. Sensi Magazine is a pro-cannabis publication with regional monthly editions in Denver/Boulder, Southern Colorado, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego, Las Vegas, and Boston. Sensi is committed to quality and dedicated to showcasing “the new normal” in the post-prohibition world. The lifestyle magazine appeals to a sophisticated audience of cannabis-curious readers who are as interested in reading about the top brunches in town as they are the best topicals to treat back pain. Sensi launched in Denver/Boulder in May 2016 and was honored as Publication of the Year in the 2017 Cannabis Business Awards. Sensi publishers will soon be launching editions in markets like Phoenix, Florida, Pennsylvania, Seattle, and Northern California with plans to expand to 60+ markets in the US in 2018. Sensi Magazine is published by Sensi Media Group. WRITE: Bylines, callouts, cover page, articles, TOC, sidebar, MANAGE: content, editorial, design, and direction of each monthly print publication PARTNER: Work with advertisers, publisher, creative team, writers, photographers Maintain google docs, basecamp, layout, etc. Familiar with Chicago Manual of Style, Grammarly Work in MS office, MAC, Adobe suite, Basecamp Manage Las Vegas Editor, editorial content and direction Manage LA/OC/SD content, story submissions, contributors, etc.
Writer | Director | Editor
Dawn Garcia
May 1998 - Present
Greater Los Angeles Area
CURRENT PROJECTS: TV Series (Co-Creator/Writer), Original Feature Film (Screenwriter), Short Story (intended as a proof of concept for an original feature film), Live Action Short (Director/Producer) PUBLISHING: 3 Print Publications (Managing Editor), 1 Online Luxury Lifestyle, Arts & Culture Magazine (Editor-in-Chief) BIO - Born in Los Angeles, Dawn is a Latina based writer, screenwriter, editor, and lifestyle personality that has worked in film, entertainment, and publishing for nearly two decades. Dawn is a Co-Founder of Notice of Filming Productions working with a group of writers, directors, producers and actors to bring to life a Creative ThinkTank driven by unique storytelling. With a deep passion for story, she has had the pleasure of working with entertainment giants like George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, and Placido Domingo. Once a makeup and special effects artist, her background in production and translating both literal and visual storytelling is something that only encouraged her natural curiosity to create quality content. Hollywood is in her blood. Her Mexican and Spanish grandmother was Max Factor's secretary, her grandfather was Bob Hope's go-to scratch golfer, her other grandfather was Poncho Villa's godson, and she grew up hearing stories of Clark Gable and Hedy Lamarr. Life has been an adventure and her cultural influence is a natural additive to how colorful her lens of the world became. Creator of ATOD Magazine, a luxury lifestyle and culture digital publication (that's been translated into 8 languages), Dawn also takes her love of art, travel, food and life to global audiences through her writing and that of her staff of writers and photographers. All of which span 5 countries, compelling readers to experience more, live bigger, and embody new things. Dawn resides in Los Angeles with her daughter.
Contributing Writer | Food, Art & Culture
Moto Spirit Magazine, Locale Magazine, Lapalme Magazine, HuffPost, Robb Report and more ...
Dec 2015 - Present
Los Angeles
Creating original content and interviews in travel, food + drink, art, design, film and culture.
Contributing Writer
Robb Report: Robb VICES
Feb 2014 - Feb 2015
greater los angeles area and beyond
Working directly with the Editor-in-Chief of Robb Report and Robb Vices, I research and write articles per assignment for the affluent lifestyle online version of this globally recognized publication. The goal: To take readers to the most illustrious locales around the globe.
Food Writer | Columnist
The Argonaut
May 2012 - Aug 2012
West Los Angeles
Columnist of the new Food & Wine Column (name TBA) at The Argonaut Newspaper (Publication in Print AND Online): Articles include Reviews, Interviews, and Insights into the Food Scene in Santa Monica, Culver City, Marina Del Rey, Playa Vista, Playa Del Rey, Venice, and West LA
Creative Director
Beautiful Barcelona
Jul 1997 - May 2012
Greater Los Angeles Area
From 1998-2012 Creative Director + Lead Writer For 7 years 2005-2011 Creative Director on editorial + fashion photo shoots, Lead Makeup Artist
Film Reviewer
Newport Beach Film Festival
Nov 2011 - Mar 2012
Newport Beach, CA
Review and critique Festival Entries
Freelance Creative Director
Galla IT
Jul 2010 - Dec 2011
Orange County, California Area
Instrumental in the concept-to-storyboard development, interactive and communication design (especially with ATOD), ad/marketing campaign and strategy, Lead Generation with the power of creative content, copywriting, and functionality of 5 Mobile Apps – Wallbot, Calendar4U, Whose Baby is Crying, LuckyYou, and ATOD (Android Marketplace), created all Social Media pages. Orchestrated project coordination working with a team of 16 developers and programmers both onshore and offshore.
Writer/Researcher/Assistant to the Director
2007 - 2008
Create, design, and write original screenplays, website content, documentary research. Work closely with Director to develop story plot and characters, polish screenplays, and define marketability.
Writer - NonProfit FKCE
Saddleback College
2005 - 2006
Create original logos, brochures, website content; research and develop innovative marketing strategies; administrative support and interaction with clients/students.
Writer | Web Architect | Copywriter
Earthbound Media Group
2003 - 2005
Orange County, California Area
Web Architect, Copywriter: USC - 1) School of Dentistry, 2) TAG - Threat Assessment Group, 3) USC School of Physical Therapy and Biokinesiology, 4) The Beauty Show
Contributing Writer - Arts & Entertainment
Lariat Newspaper - Saddleback College
Sep 2003 - Jun 2004
Review and write original coverage of local theatre, art exhibits, and featured courses.
Advertising Coordinator
Dec 1997 - Sep 2002
Work directly for VP of Advertising and Sales Team, manage travel, expenses, meetings, presentations, create comprehensive filing systems, work directly with clients, including Fortune 500 clients, assist in marketing campaigns, brand management, and broadcast management. Clients included 20th Century Fox, Dreamworks SKG, UMG, Nike, Electronic Arts, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Adidas.
Screenplay Reader, Log Line Writer, Screenplay Coverage
Dreamworks, New Line Cinema, BET Films, 20th Century Fox
2000 - 2002
Greater Los Angeles Area
Provide detailed notes and editing on feature-length screenplays, create log lines and pitch summaries, chose only the highest quality films based on content, story pacing, grammar, overall story, and marketability for studio profit.
Makeup Artist/Special FX
Lost World
1995 - 1996


Saddleback College
2003 - 2006
Pasadena City College
1998 - 2000
Zoetrope:All-Story Writer's Workshop
1998 - 1999
Robert McKee's Story Workshop
1997 - 1997
Sunset Gower Studio Make Up Academy
1994 - 1995