In 1982 I joined the Press Club of Dallas, primarily because I wanted to be in their Gridiron shows. While my Press Club friendships lasted a lifetime, that dream of running a newspaper didn’t. It faded along with many of the newspapers I loved.
Like others before me, I became a PR consultant to support my writing habit. In 1984 I opened a 2-woman boutique agency, Holt & Associates, with my daughter, Deni. After neglecting to take any PR courses in school, I had to learn how to “do PR” by leaning on friends in the Press Club. Everyone bombarded with those questions was so helpful, this club deserves the credit for my success.
I continued to write a weekly column for the Oak Cliff Tribune during this time, reviewing concerts, films and theater as long as they weren’t PR clients. When the 106-year-old Tribune folded in 2009, I was a part owner of the paper.
We’re both freelance journalists now, so I’ve returned full circle to my roots. Although I haven’t yet found a small town paper that needs my full-time services, we stay busy. My beat is cars, entertainment and travel for print and online outlets.
I’ve volunteered in several capacities for the Press Club over the years, including service on the board and publicity or volunteer coordinator for events. A past board member of Oak Cliff Lions Club, I’ve also served as Communications VP for Texas Auto Writers Association, Honorary Regent of Old Chisholm Trail NSDAR, and on the advisory board for Garland Summer Musicals. Other memberships include DFW Film Critics Association and Duncanville Church of Christ.