“In my life, I opted for the dream, the mental fatigue of working my ass off, of never faltering even when I wanted to. I chose motherhood over marriage, personal growth over making shoddy choices, being smart instead of giving in to being lonely. I chose to support my friends and colleagues—actors, chefs, publicists, agents, athletes, comedians, writers, filmmakers, lobbyists, social activists, environmentalists, dot-commers, artists, designers, visionaries—those that continue to break barriers, say to hell with the status quo, and who don’t run with the pack, instead they lead the charge. I chose not to compete with them but rather hold myself to a similar standard.

I have opted for self-respect, integrity, and to fight for what is right. I have chosen to live a life I won’t regret because being a woman—a strong, fierce woman, filmmaker and mother—means I make no excuses. I stand tall, work hard, know my limitations, and I play to my strengths.

I am highly imperfect and gloriously flawed.”

Dawn Garcia was born in Santa Monica and is a writer, director, journalist, public speaker, die-hard advocate of equality, and a firm believer that the arts will save humanity. While she started in makeup and special effects (having worked for Steven Spielberg and Placido Domingo among others), it was writing that stole her heart. She has written several pieces of fiction, published over 2000 articles, written 2 books, completed three screenplays, developed two TV Series, multiple feature films, and will be directing for the first time this year.
She owns and operates ĀTÔD Magazine {A Taste of Dawn}, is the Managing Print Editor of Sensi Magazine Southern California, and is an annual Juror for the International Design Awards.
She is a single mother of one daughter, still resides in Los Angeles (because no matter where she goes in the world, LA still feels like home), and she searches for passion and truth in the everyday.
She is a member of Women In Entertainment (WIM), Women In Media, NYWIFT, J. Paul Getty Trust Associated Press, NAHJ, LA Press Club, ASJA. She volunteers at Women’s March Foundation Los Angeles and Equality California. She is an advocate of equality, from women’s rights to LGBTQ rights, and believes human rights are inherant. The dream is to see the scales balanced and no longer have conversations about wage discrepancy, hate, political instability, and instead contribute to a world where togetherness is the norm and unity is the most fundamental truth we know—and practice.
Dawn has also taken her love and passion of film and is a Founding Member of The Academy Museum that will be on the LACMA Campus in Los Angeles honoring the history of filmmaking through The Academy of Arts, Motion Pictures, and Sciences.



I am Mexican, Spanish, English and Irish. My grandmother (dad’s mom) used to sing on the radio in México and when she came to America with her sisters and brother, she was hired by Max Factor as his secretary. My grandfather (mom’s dad) was one of Bob Hope’s favorite scratch golfers and was often called upon during big rounds, and he could make you laugh in any situation.

I can also take leftovers and forgotten (but still good) fridge items and make a meal that might make you beg for seconds! And my guilty pleasure … I’ll never tell!






The moment I met my sweet daughter Barcelona, my entire life opened up into such a pool of possibility and wonder that I knew I would never see anything the same again.




My daughter is my source of inspiration, the voice in my head reminding me to always make what I do count,

and the driving force behind genuinely wanting to leave this world a far more beautiful place.

She is my everything and that joy and conviction is something I hope to always be acutely aware of.

After having lost my own mother when I was only 15, and then to go on losing so many friends, family and colleagues from a very young age that I stopped counting, a part of me had become displaced. That slowly faded with every niece and nephew born (I have 8!), but it’s my daughter that put my heart back together so wholly, I’m convinced my heart expanded and continues to do so—well past any loss I’ve endured. To spend my life knowing whatever I do is no longer for me, but for her, that’s the stuff that dreams are made of. She is my sunshine, my moon and my stars …”