Celebrity Optimist/TV has a new look!

It’s a new year and along with the “new day”, we are introducing our new look! Fresh and new, please stay tuned for new posts, platforms and, of course, optimism!

If you have any ideas and would like to contribute as a guest blogger, please feel free to contact us:

Thanks for visiting!

Kendra K.


Guest Optimist: Ayser Salman inspires through “THIS Podcast”

I was honored to recently be interviewed by Ayser Salman, as one of the first guests on her inspiring podcast project. Not only do I appreciate her friendship, I admire her story, passion and creative ideas she possesses. I am honored, today, to welcome her as our Guest Optimist!

Ayser Salman is a writer who makes a living as a producer/editor specializing in feature film marketing and promotion.  Clients during her 10-plus years include Miramax, The Weinstein Company and mOcean.  Recently she’s also added hosting to her resume with the launch of her new podcast on heyayser.com. Prior to coming to Hollywood, Ayser was a news producer in Kentucky where she learned to end each sobering newscast with an uplifting clip of a cuddly rodent water skiing. As a writer, she’s had a TV sitcom pilot optioned by Fox and recently was selected for the Humanitas New Voices Writer’s Initiative. She speaks conversational Arabic and enough German to make people ask her to stop butchering their language.

Hi everyone, I’m Ayser Salman.  I had the pleasure of interviewing Kendra for my new Podcast, called “THIS Podcast,” the show that focuses on cool people and the causes and projects they are involved in for the greater good.

When I met Kendra about a year ago and she told me about Celebrity Optimist, I thought it was really fantastic.  It’s the perfect antidote to a culture, which often focuses on the glass not only being half empty — but drained dry.

My idea to start “THIS Podcast” came about because I was constantly meeting great people, like Kendra, who were involved with projects they enjoyed, but which served also to give back and help others.  I loved that and I was pretty sure others would too.

And the response thus far has been incredible.  Though we’re a relatively nascent show, people are really taking an interest.  I credit my fantastic guests and their projects.  I hope as the podcast grows in listeners, we can really put the spotlight on these wonderful people and get the word out.

So, that’s a bit about me.  Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll give a listen.  You can find “THIS Podcast” on http://heyayser.com/.


Celebrity Optimist TV EXCLUSIVE: James Lesure is a “man at work” at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Are you loving the new TBS sitcom Men At Work? James Lesure, who plays Gibbs, joins Celebrity Optimist TV for an exclusive interview on-site at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles! Find out more about his role on the show and his optimistic outlook!

The extended version is coming soon, including interviews with the Director, families, and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity LA.


Celebrity Optimist TV on set with Closets for Causes!

Celebrity Optimist’s Founder Kendra Kabasele stops by Closets for Causes’ wardrobe photo shoot for charity to chat with their Founder, Talia Bella! Model Jeanene Beauregard plays up the wardrobe actress Sophia Bush wore in character, as Brooke Davis, on The CW’s “One Tree Hill”. She brings them to life for the catalog being put together for the online auction. Proceeds from the auction go to the charity of the wardrobe owner’s choosing.

(Source: Celebrity Optimist TV YouTube Channel)

To learn more about Closets for Causes, visit www.closetsforcauses.com and follow them on Twitter @Closets4Causes!

Produced, Written & Edited by Kendra Kabasele


Special Post: Celebrity Optimist TV is born!

Celebrity Optimist is proud to announce the launch of Celebrity Optimist TV! There are several projects in development so stay tuned for on-site coverage, interviews, reviews, collaborations and so much more! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us HERE!

Please subscribe to our channel and share the news! We are also currently accepting video submissions of Celebrity Optimist subscribers and readers reciting, on camera, “I’m (insert name) and you’re watching Celebrity Optimist TV!”

Sneak peek to our recent visit to Closets for Causes’ photo shoot set! We had a chance to speak to the Founder, Talia Bella, so stay tuned!


Special Post: The Giving Back Fund announces Top 30 Celeb donations for last year

The Giving Back Fund is a nonprofit organization that provides philanthropic management and consulting to the sports and entertainment industries. The organization is in the news with the release of their yearly list of celebrities who made the largest donations to charity in the previous year. It is the 5th year they have come up with the list.

Giving Back Fund Top 30

 The list is on The Giving Back Fund website and the leading celebs include Actress Jami Gertz, Musician Herb Alpert, Actor Mel Gibson, Producer George Lucas, and Writer Nora Roberts. Some of the celebrities included in the tally are  actors, writers, producers, musicians, comedians, and athletes, among others.

The goals for this Top 30?

  • To honor the most charitable of individuals in the sports and entertainment communities
  • To encourage increased giving within the sports and entertainment communities
  • To encourage increased transparency in sports and entertainment philanthropy

For the complete list, and for lists past, please visit their website.