Prior to starting her writing business Janina was a professional theatre technician. Janina earned her BFA from New York University (Acting) and MFA at the University of Illinois (Theatre Technology). She moved to Atlanta in 1998 to manage the properties department for the Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center. Expanding her skills and interests, Janina began exploring the field of writing and nonprofit fundraising. She opened JustWrite! in 2001, and in 2003 Janina was certified in grant proposal writing by the Grantsmanship Center and the Foundation Center, leaving the Woodruff Arts Center (in the role of Props Manager).
Janina loves books and she’s intrigued by quirky words and interesting voices. Most people recognize actors by their faces, Janina recognizes their voices. As an acting major at New York University in the 1980’s, she was intrigued by Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) after reading his autobiography That’s Not All, Folks. She realized that her acting interest and basic shyness didn’t bode well for a stage career, but was perfect for the ‘theater’ of audiobooks. Over the years she has volunteered in recording audiobooks for The Lighthouse, and the Georgia Radio Reading Service, and narrated professionally for companies such as Brilliance Audio, Audible Studios, Beacon Press, and Simon & Schuster Audiobooks.
Janina explored yoga over the years on a casual basis. But didn't dive into it until she began running as a serious hobby. She participated in numerous races from 5ks to marathons, including the Chicago Marathon in 2007 and 2008. Yoga was a great cross-training activity, however, when Janina was injured (plantar fasciitis and really bad Achilles tendonitis), she embraced yoga and took a teacher training at Kashi Atlanta Ashram in 2011. She now teaches yoga at studios in metropolitan Atlanta, GA.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us." Marianne Williamson, Return to Love