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Meet Multitalented Soon Hee Newbold Burbank’s Newest Reserve Officer

Recent graduate of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy, Soon Hee Newbold is one of the Burbank Police Department’s newest reserve officers.

Newbold, who has a full-time career in the film industry, has been credited on IMDB for a wide variety of projects as a writer, director, composer, editor, and actress among several other titles.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Adopted and raised in Maryland, Newbold moved to California to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

“My favorite form of telling stories is through film which is why my husband and I moved out to Southern California,” said Newbold. “My main focus is acting, producing, and directing but I took other positions when I could since I had the expertise in certain backgrounds. I wanted to learn each facet of the industry and be intimately familiar with the whole process to become an overall better storyteller.”

Newbold performed for many years, starting at a young age as a soloist playing the violin, viola, and piano. Growing up, she was a member of ensembles and major orchestras in Florida, New York, Virginia, and California. Although her focus is currently in writing and directing, she is an established composer and has traveled across the world as a guest clinician, conductor, and composer.

Newbold started academy training to become a reserve officer on September 10, 2017 and graduated this year on February 1. She endured intense physical training, firearms and defensive tactics training, and sat through classroom lectures at Biscailuz Center Academy.

“I’ve always been a big supporter of the heroes that risk their lives to support our freedoms and keep us safe so I wanted to give a bit back to the community and to those that do this on a daily basis,” said Newbold.

Before pursuing the police reserve, Newbold had volunteered for BPD and produced PSA videos over the past few years.

Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“By becoming a sworn officer, I am able to contribute even more and utilize other skills I have for the department.”

Burbank Police Department Lt. Cornils is proud of Newbold’s accomplishments and grateful for her wide range of skills.

“As a department, we are proud of her accomplishments in completing the reserve police officer academy, honored that she has chosen to continue volunteering in service to the community, and look forward to working with her in this new capacity,” said Lt. Cornils.

Sudden Twist of Fate Becomes a Fulfillment of Dreams

By Juanita Adame

Call it fate or coincidence.

But, whatever it was that brought a University of Miami graduate to Los Angeles and turned him into an award winning film director and classically trained opera singer was probably a mix of both.

Nunzio Fazio (Photo Contributed)

Born to Italian parents, Nunzio Fazio said that during college, his goals were more about law school and business, and less about acting and film-making.”It was kind of like well, I just stumbled into this,” Fazio said in his soft spoken voice and gleaming white smile.

So, how did it happen?

“Well, during my sophomore year in college I was in a band and thought it’d be a good idea to get us some gigs touring the country,” he said.  His vision however, didn’t go as planned. “Two of the guys didn’t wanna go because they were married,” he said.

Somewhat disappointed, Fazio said he decided not to let it bring him down. “There were auditions for a few theatrical plays, I was taking improv classes and figured- why not?”

To his surprise, Fazio was not just cast for one, but each and every play he auditioned for. He realized he had discovered a love for theatre and ultimately changed his major to acting. During this same time, Fazio somehow managed to cross paths with an esteemed vocal artist named Gina Maretta.

Maretta had a track record of being one of the best. Her student clientele included everyone from: Latin pop sensation, Gloria Estefan to Journey front man, Steve Perry.  Fazio soon became a part of that list and began training with Maretta. He said she taught him everything there was to know about singing classical Opera.

He calls this experience one of the most extraordinary gifts he received. “She taught me so much, I mean how to get through a concert and how to sing when you are too tired,” he said. “Those are some techniques I learned and will cherish about Gina forever.”

Nunzio Fazio playing Jerry at the Sands Hotel for the film Millie and Jerry.   (Photo Contributed)


After graduating from the University of Miami, Fazio said his life changed yet again. “I took a test, got into the Director’s Guild,” he said. “That was my ticket out of Miami and I took it.”

Fifteen years later, Fazio still calls Los Angeles home. He has directed a number of films including the award winning: “Kenmore Ave” and “From the Midst of Pain.” He has produced several others including “Kissing Strangers” and the ABC specials:  “Alice Through the Looking Glass” and “Sleeping Beauty.”  His films have played at the Cannes, Sundance and Toronto film festivals.  Fazio has won several awards including: Best Director, Best Documentary and Best Social Commentary.

His vocal talent has been compared to that of the ‘Three Tenors’ and he said he is greatly inspired by the 1920’s opera great, Enrico Caruso.  “It is such a great feeling when your talent gets recognized,” he said. “I enjoy singing so much.”

Fazio is currently working a project called, Lone Star Hit Men,  “It’s kind of like Goodfellas in Texas,” he said.He said he loves making movies and singing opera. For him, moving to Los Angeles was a risk, but he is glad he took it.

You just really have to do it,” he said. “Take the gamble and leave home, whether to Los Angeles or New York.  Go somewhere where, whatever it is you want to do, is the normal way of life.”






Writer/Director Elizabeth Sarnoff Talks About ‘Slow Dance in Midtown’

Only a few writers are in the elite ranks of being their own top competition. ELIZABETH SARNOFF (Lost, Deadwood, Alcatraz) is one of them. In 2005, both Lost and Deadwood were nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Dramatic Series. (Lost won.) But perhaps being multitalented (writer, director, producer, actor and bass-playing musician) has something to do with it.

Just prior to being the writer/director for Slow Dance, Elizabeth had served as the Co-Creator and Executive Producer of the Fox television sensation, Alcatraz.  BNB’s Greg Simay caught up with her at the opening night party at La Loggia.

Elizabeth Sarnoff

Q: How did you handle being the writer and the director for Slow Dance In Midtown? Does the “writer” part of you quarrel with the “director” part?

ES: I think the two roles blend. And it’s wonderful to have a thought and not have it run the gauntlet of being re-interpreted by a dozen different people. It’s a liberation!

Q: During the play, I really enjoyed the eloquent-but-natural dialogue. It reminded me of [the critically-acclaimed HBO Western] Deadwood.

ES: Well, my Dad talked that way, so it seemed very natural to me. And working with a fantastic mentor and writer like David Milch really helped me tap into the all the wonderful ways with words I heard growing up.

Q: You certainly didn’t need a play to put yourself on the map.

ES: Slow Dance In Midtown was totally a labor of love. I wrote it (back in 2000) at a painful time of my life, and I was dealing with loss and betrayal like the characters in my play. And last November I had quit the show (Alcatraz) that I had created, and was looking for a new creative direction. And then came the opportunity to direct Slow Dance In Midtown.