Elise Ballard

About Elise Ballard

Elise Ballard is an author, speaker and the creator and host of the online community and website, Epiphany Channel. She became an “accidental expert” on epiphanies after having an epiphany that so drastically changed her life, she was compelled to start asking everyone she could about these personal, transformative moments. This resulted in an amazing journey that started as a film project and led to her book, Epiphany: True Stories of Sudden Insight to Inspire, Encourage and Transform (Random House/Crown Publishing), a collection of over 50 interviews with people from all walks of life recounting the stories of their greatest epiphanies, and the EpiphanyChannel.com project, where many of her interviews are still filmed. Originally from Texas, she started her career in entertainment working as an actress and moved into independent filmmaking and producing in Los Angeles as a partner in a production company who had films distributed by Lions Gate and Monarch Entertainment. Her directorial debut, Lord of the Wiens: A Dachumentary, a movie about the annual Wiener Dog Races in Buda, TX, became a cult hit. She is a regular contributor to Psychology Today, is a TEDx speaker and was thrilled to realize a long-time dream of being invited to attend and cover the 2011 Nobel Prizes. She serves as one of the judges for the prestigious Humanitas Prize in Los Angeles, awarding writers for emphasizing and celebrating humanistic values in their work, and has created, directed and produced numerous projects including the YOU DVDs accompanying the YOU book series by world-renowned, bestselling authors, Drs. Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen. She currently is in development on several projects, including more for the Epiphany Channel, film and television versions of the Epiphany project, and future books for the Epiphany series. She loves talking to people and asking them questions and has too many books and worries sometimes about all the ones that she never may get to. Passions include going to movies and plays, long walks, journals, travel, smelling flowers, making photo books, chocolate, good wine and (almost all) food, and certain television shows make her very happy. She also is a quote junkie and is very proud to be a Daily Lover.

How to Prepare for a Life-Changing Epiphany

“What is your greatest epiphany in life?” This is what I have been asking people from all walks of life – everyone from world-renowned figures such as Dr. Oz, Deepak Chopra, Maya Angelou and Barry Manilow to people like my fifth-grade teacher, an ex-convict, stay-at-home moms and a waiter in Tanzania. By definition, an epiphany… Continue Reading →

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