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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.

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.