With rural roots in central Pennsylvania, Susan Gold was raised in a challenging and chaotic family system, the middle child of five. Her dream was to exit for New York City and perhaps the sunny skies of LA, which did manifest. To fully thrive, she bravely chose to meet the demons of her upbringing that were continuing to repeat. Toxic Family: Transforming Childhood Trauma into Adult Freedom is that journey.
Leaving her little town behind the morning after High School graduation, Susan rarely looked back. While in college as a junior at Ohio University, she created an internship in arts management navigating her way to her dream, NYC. Her experience with performing artists like Bill T. Jones, and Paul Zaloom led her into mainstream entertainment after college, first at the global talent agency, ICM and later at Fox. She became known for attaching celebrity talent to projects which led her into producing for television and film and on to Los Angeles.
She convinced modern art legend Andy Warhol to do an on-camera commercial for Pontiac, a talent deal American TV personality Donnie Deutsch still claims as one of his best, helped launch Fox News Channel at the request of Chair, Roger Ailes, and on behalf of Disney Channel persuaded A-list celebrities including Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Taylor Swift, David Beckham and more to be interviewed by cartoon characters, Phineas & Ferb.
Susan is a decorated endurance athlete competing in three marathons, and dozens of triathlons. She has the distinction of finishing third in her age group at the treacherous Escape from Alcatraz event. Upon hanging up the grueling demands of her swim, bike, and run focus she turned to compete as a Master’s swimmer and within four years achieved multiple top ten national rankings including third in the country in the 400 IM.
Supporting homeless animals, especially dogs, and cats, and helping others up the ladder are her joys. Her pride is her son, a political science major at the University of the Pacific.
After living with force on both coasts of the United States, Susan heeded an intuitive call for a quieter life connected with nature. She now resides in flow, nurtured by majestic mountains in the northwest corner of the mystical state of Montana with her beloved partner and their pets. Keen on leaving a legacy to help others heal from similar traumas she’s successfully met, Toxic Family: Transforming Childhood Trauma into Adult Freedom, her new book is part of that quest. With the same magic, Susan created in her career in entertainment, and fitness, she is now leading retreats, webinars, workshops, and private sessions to help others drop outdated storylines and programming in exchange for living from the heart and in authentic freedom as adults.
Welcome to episode 78 of the Tragedy Academy, where we explore the stories of those who have overcome great struggles and come out on top. This week, Jay sits down with Susan Gold, a woman who has turned her own …