Where a person comes from is something that will always be with them. Embrace it! Be proud of your journey before you miss out on learning from it! – Amber Adler
A Timeline to understand the here’s, there’s and every where’s of Amber’s eventful life.
🔶 Four short days after stepping into New York City, Amber landed a role as a political supporter, in the film “Maid in Manhattan.” Audiences everywhere were surprised as they watched the blooper that made the final cut. The scene showed Ralph Fiennes calling Amber by her real name before she introduces herself.
Interestingly enough, the political role fit Amber precisely, as her political aspirations had been blossoming since her senior year of high school, when she convinced her her teacher at Zanesville High School to allow her to leave early, on a daily basis, to work on a Presidential campaign in the state capital. Soon after, she became a teen-adviser for her city’s mayor, Jack Fenton.
In college (Winter 2001-2002), at Ohio University, she completed an internship with the mayor of a nearby city. She then worked on a project for Mayor Mike Coleman in the state’s capital-city of Columbus. Her segway from political aspirations into the entertainment world stemmed from the same seed, as Amber leads her life with one goal. Ask her what she wants to do with her life, she says “I want to earn a living by positively affecting as many people as possible.”
Amber accredits her crash course into the world of film to her work as a stand-in and photo double for Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, directed by Michelle Gondry. Following this experience, Amber landed a reoccurring spot as a student, for two seasons on NBC’s popular sitcom, ED. During this time, Amber was become connected to the V-Day movement through her roommate Emma Myles, who went on to become known for her role in Orange is the New Black (Netflix Series). Amber was selected to perform the monologue “My Short Skirt” in Eve Ensler’s highly acclaimed Vagina Monologues. Amber stayed connected with the organization’s efforts for the next couple years.
In 2003, while working as the EA and PA to the President of Beckford Management (talent agency), Amber began training her vocals for an acting audition at the Julliard school. For this, she worked daily with industry staple Craig Derry. Amber recalls how her “days were packed but lived to the fullest“. Derry has worked with such household names as Etta James, Mark Anthony, Michael Jackson, and Mary J. Blidge, Ashanti, Sean Kingston, Kevin Little and more. Derry says, “Amber has, not only, the sound but the idealism that the world is waiting for!”
Amber spent 2004 as the main host on the IMM Show. Designers such as the prestigious Diane Von Furstenberg contributed full racks of clothing for Amber to keep and pull from. The IMM Show filmed in both New York City and Los Angeles, California. Initial broadcast of The IMM Show began on ITV (UK number One). Shortly after, the show’s broadcast was extended to ITV’s sibling stations around Europe and Asia. The IMM Show was later remade in French.
Amber was chosen to be a co-host for the NY Independent Film and Video Awards. Designer Betsey Johnson jumped on board to dress Amber for the event. Following the awards, Amber began working with various casting directors on her auditioning skills at The Actors Connection in New York City.
Amber was then offered the chance to play a street-talking tough-girl confined to a detention home, in the film House of D directed by David Duchovny. Following this Amber was offered and accepted the role as a “Well Wisher” in the independent film “Hard Rock.” Then in late summer 2005, Amber was asked back to the Independent Film Awards to be the Main Host. Following the event, Amber was inspired by the ceremony and decided to tune in on her acting skills. She auditioned and was cordially invited to attend the prestigious William Esper Studio.
Early 2006, Amber contributed the poem “Grandma Tell Me Again” to be used in the book “Beyond Memories.” The book was released and sold by the Outreach for Breast Health Foundation (OFBH) to raise money to fund mobile mammogram stations and promote the early detection of breast cancer. After the success of the books initial release the OFBH has continued to sell copies of the book at their other events, fundraisers and auctions.
In the late Fall of 2006, Amber released her first compilation book, O.F.O.N: String of Consciousness. This literary venture highlighted many of Gristak’s artistic talents. In mid-June 2007, Amber released, EMOETRY, her first short compilation of concepts, mantras and poetry. The Amazon Shorts exclusive became the number one best-selling short by the end of the first week.
In the months following the U.S release of EMOETRY, Amazon Shorts began releasing EMOETRY in their other markets. When all releases are final, EMOETRY will also be available in United Kingdom, Canada and translated versions will be available in Austria, Germany, France and Japan.
In early August 2007, Amber was selected as a favorite author on Amazon. As well as featured in a video about EMOETRY on Amazon Shorts MY SPACE page. By late August, a different video of Amber speaking about EMOETRY, debuted on front page of Amazon Shorts. This sector launched Amazon’s electronic reading device, the Kindle, endorsed by Oprah Winfrey.
Amber’s short compilation, You Can’t Buy a Halo, was released by Amazon on November 30th, 2007. The work quickly became a best seller. Within a few weeks, it was her second Number-1 best seller, with the Top-10 website.
In February 2008, Amazon placed a promotional video of Amber, talking about ‘You Can’t Buy a Halo’, on the front page of their Amazon Shorts sector.
In February 2007, Amber took a role behind the scenes to cast and co-produce two performances of the Vagina Monologues in New York City. Amber continues to take an active role in the betterment of society through her philanthropy and regular donations to various charity organizations. Amber continues to be open and to ways to donate her time to noble causes.
🔶In the early 2008, Amber decided to diversify her career portfolio via journalism. She landed a job as the Assistant Editor of the weekly niche-newspaper, the Jewish Voice. In October of 2008, Amber was promoted to Supervising Editor.Then, in late March 2009, the seasoned news professional, released two long overdue side-projects, back to back. The first was her anticipated compilation, ‘Lovesick.’ The second ‘Positively Magic’ was a self-help piece that she had never intended to release. Both were published as promotional pieces by Bryber Books of Bryber, LLC.
In early of spring of 2009, Amber was asked to go on the “The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet,” on FOX [tv] to discuss her recent breakup. She received 100+ emails of support within the first hour after the show aired live on April 24th, 2009.
In May of 2009, Amber made her debut into the world of Online News Media. Her first article was received fabulously by audiences of the popular Jewish website Yeshiva World. It become the most commented article of the day.
🔶 Shortly after her online news debut, Amber became connected with Icare4autism– The International Center for Autism Research and Education, where she worked as the Chief of Staff.
In July of 2010, Gristak traveled to Israel for the launch of Icare4autism‘s 2010 International Autism Conference. The conference boasted 30-autism experts and attracted far over 500 attendees, from around the globe. The conference will now be an annual event.
>> Click here to see autism event Amber helped to created in a partnership with Young Jewish Professionals [NYC].
And, then came a Life changing Moment…
After a beautiful courtship, Amber accepted a proposal for marriage from Eli Adler. They were [religiously] married in a small private ceremony in Brooklyn, New York. Amber Gristak unofficially becomes Amber Adler.
Also, in 2011, Amber began working more on developing “The Gristak Foundation.” The budding foundation is an education based non-profit that is aimed to preparing educational participants to enhance their life while acquiring the skills needed to envision, develop and achieve their goals. In 2016, Amber put down this project due to lack of time to spend on its continued development. She contiued to fill her time with writing endeavors and sharing her own words of wisdom and observations. Amazon Kindle debuted a Jewish literary series by Amber. Her works include writing on Passover (Pesach), Tisha B’Av and Parsha Vayikra. Also, making its debut was the previously delayed mainstream literary work, Enchanted.
In spring of 2012, Amber and her husband welcomed their new son into the world. Following this, she took time to recover and enjoy every moment. Celebrations followed. The family held their simchas (celebrations) at Jewish Center Nachlath Zion. Participating rabbis included Rabbi Zecharia Wallenstein and Rabbi Gil Frieman.
🔶 In 2012, Amber became the Director of Integrated Media at GCNY.
In late summer of 2012, Amber launched the first segments of what she calls her “Mrs. Adler project.” This began with the official Mrs. Adler website. It is precisely aimed at helping single persons engage and effectively utilize direct dialogue for the purposes of determining a spouse. This project then debuted the E-book release “50 First Date Questions.” In the summer of 2013, Amber took the final steps to launch the release of her new literacy project: 1,000 Questions to Ask Before Getting Married. The 240-page self help guide is specifically geared for the observant Jewish community. The author is proud to say that there is something for everyone in the book.
🔶 In 2014, Amber and Eli welcomed their new son, Kenneth.
🔶 Amber begins to work at Goldmont Realty, as the Executive Administrative & Personal Assistant to Leon Goldenberg, CEO.
Amber assisted the community businessman with matters pertaining to real estate and his advocacy in the Jewish community. All further details of this position are private. Amber does count this position as a big blessing because it came at a time when she was going back to work, only 6-weeks after having her second son and the office was located close enough to walk to work. This gave her the ability to save time and spend a morning and afternoon stroll with her children, of whom she dropped off to a nearby child care provider.
Walking into a new Spotlight
In early 2015, Amber sought the endorsement of the Democratic Party for the vacant Congressional seat in New York City’s District 11. Ultimately, the party selected another person.
>>> PRESS: Another Brooklyn Democrat emerges as a possible candidate for empty seat in Congress. Staten Island Advance, by Rachel Shapiro
🔶 2015: Amber becomes the Director of Operations for SkySaver, LLC.
This is one of 10+ start-up companies launched by Israeli investment group, Besadno. SkySaver, ultimately didn’t take off in the America market. The emergency evacuation company still exists.
In early 2016, presented her official bid for the Congressional seat in NY’s District 11 to the Democratic Party. The Executive Board was enticed but ultimately chose their former club president to run against the republican candidate. The Democratic Committee of Richmond County expressed that they would their interest in her having a strong presence in the party.
🔶 In Fall 2016, Amber was offered the position of Director of Marketing at Comprehensive Behavior Supports.
The organization provides in-home autism services to children in New York and New Jersey. Amber was eager to advocate for a higher quality of life for children on the autism spectrum.
🔶 On January 6, 2017, The death and tragedy of grandmother Joan Cooper
On January 6, 2017, the entire world would change forever for Amber. Her grandmother, Joan Cooper died after being denied medical care that would have saved her life.
“She was the most important piece in my world. Words cannot describe how much we loved each other. She instilled in me every good value that I have” – Amber Adler
Click here to read the full obituary for Joan, written by Amber.
🔶 Summer Politics 2017
During the Summer of 2017 Amber was offered the chance to work on the re-election campaign of New York City Council member Chaim Deutsch.
🔶 Our Life, Inc.
Amber Adler founded Our Life, Inc. as a resource to assist persons suffering with anxiety. Our Life engages the general public through community-minded experience events, which range from educationally infused festivals to workshops and conferences. Click to visit: Official website , Board Member Info , Contact info