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 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


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: James Lesure at Habitat for Humanity LA on-site build (teaser)


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 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!


Bright Idea: Take a moment to explore something you’ve always wanted to

As I decompress from a busy and productive week in New York City, I smile to myself, grateful for the opportunity to explore. While here on business, I was able to enjoy a change of pace, change of scenery, and a change in perspective. In meeting with various clients in the publishing, broadcasting and merchandising worlds, I was able to see the industry I am in through their eyes. Not only was it eye-opening and refreshing, but it was inspiring. Because of it, I have added to my goals and to my direction.

What are some of the things you are doing to broaden your horizons? What have you always wanted to do, but have put it on the back-burner because of time constraints, laziness, or simply because you are fearful that you will actually succeed?


Simone Smith: Simone I. Smith Jewelry/ “A Sweet Touch of Hope” (American Cancer Society)

Sometimes the act of giving comes in the form of creativity. LL Cool J has been blazing trails in entertainment since he emerged on the burgeoning hip-hop scene in the 80s and beyond. He has since been a fixture in all facets of the entertainment world. It’s been a journey, but he’s maintained his top position in the game. All the while, his wife, Simone, has been by his side. In 2004, she was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, called Stage III Chondrosarcoma. After her lengthy fight and triumph, she not only fulfilled her dream of creating a jewelry line, Simone I. Smith, but she also fulfilled her philanthropic goals by teaming up with the American Cancer Society in order to donate a portion of the proceeds (10%) from select pieces to help with the fight against cancer.

“Her treatment required an invasive surgery that altered the appearance of her lollipop tattoo. “It literally looks like someone took a bite out of it,” says Simone. Inspired by her experience, the lollipop now represents Simone’s journey to getting well and staying well, and has sparked a desire to help other cancer survivors.”


And so, “A Sweet Touch of Hope” was born.

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