A self-proclaimed black belt in shopping and a performer at heart, Wendi Russo has found her dream job as on-air hostess at ShopHQ, the premium Lifestyle Shopping Network. A muti-million dollar performer, Wendi can be seen after 9am through 5pm in over 70 million homes nationwide. via cable and satellite television: the DISH Network channels 134 and 228; DIRECTV channel 316 or live streaming at http://www.ShopNBC.com. Wendi's career combines her previous corporate sales experience with her acting and improv training in presenting jewelry, cosmetics, skincare, fashion, home furnishings and watches. Part of the fun of her job is not only seeing the range of products that ShopHQ has on a daily basis, but also being able to work with some well-known celebrities and Home Shopping Veterans like: Jonathan Antin, Suzanne Somers, Dr. Robert Rey, Morgan Fairchild, Dana Devin, Carson Kressley, Carol Alt, Denise Richards, Christine Alt, Christian Audigier, Toni Brattin, Khaliah Ali and Barbara Orbison. Having trained in Los Angeles with the famed Groundlings Improv troupe, William Esper Studios Meisner technique in NYC and Lee Strasberg Institute in NYC, Wendi's ability to speak extemporaneously and improv skills come in handy during her unscripted shows where anything can happen!
Educated in Broadcast Journalism at UCLA, Wendi's casual and relaxed interview style brings out her guests' personality and creates more of an afternoon show vibe. A guest trainer with ShopHQ, Wendi successfully coaches on air guests to bring their products to TV, helping them hone their presentation and allow their natural personality come to life while the camera is on!
To further her knowledge of the jewelry she sells on TV, Wendi has attended Gemological Institute of America, GIA, the world's foremost authority in gemology, diamond grading, jewelry education, gemology research. Jewelry and gems are one of Wendi's passions, and she has furthered her education at the GIA to become a Diamond Graduate, Colored Stones Graduate and Accredited Jewelry Professional (AJP). Wendi will be graduating in June 2012 with a Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) diploma, which focuses on gem grading and identification, and is the industry's highest credential in the world for Jewelry professionals.
Voice Over Talent
A professionally trained Voice Talent, Wendi has worked with Nancy Wolfson of Braintracksaudio and Larry See in Los Angeles, CA and has been chosen for ShopHQ's promos including: Carson Kressley, Calvin Klein and Macy's. She has also voiced for Medica, Userlytics, motivational audio books, e-learning modules for ADP, childrens' books, podcasts, Comcast Radio spots, City of Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce (CA), G4 Golf Improvement system, Unisys website, song recordings, and the University of Arizona Business School MBA program.