“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein

Laura von Holt (Fairy Boss Mother, Mermaid Mogul, Author and Creativity Coach) is a captivating voice for women of all ages, and works as a coach to harness self-expression and goal-setting, all while battling the patriarchy and other oppressive forces, like self-doubt! Laura is an expert in the arena because she has followed a life of passion. Whether she is writing plays that earn her top marks by in the New York Times, or wild romance novels, she is a beacon to follow – which is easy to do because she leaves a trail of glitter behind her.

Laura von Holt is an entrepreneur & co-founder of Cinderly, a start-up run on sparkles. Her innovative personality and brand have been an inspiration to hundreds of artists living in NYC. Laura is a Certified Trainer in CIJ: The Clarity Catalyst Course, a proven, state-of-the-art methodology taken from the Stanford University Master’s Degree Course “Creativity in Business,” which has revolutionized the art of success. She is well known for her speaking series “Don’t Quit Your Day Dream!” and has been featured at SXSW & Seriesfest. Laura is the co-founder of a community for creative entrepreneurs called HBIC Nation, and the award-nominated experimental performance group, Little Lord.


“Be relentlessly you.” – Lady Gaga

Professional Bio

Laura von Holt is a writer, performer, entrepreneur and creativity coach from Hawai’i who lives in New York. Laura is the co-founder and Fairy Boss Mother of Cinderly, a media giant for the self-spirited millennial unicorn, which was named a “startup to watch” in 2015.

Laura specializes in publishing, performance and broadcasting. A self-styled “mermaid mogul,” she writes award-winning paranormal romance novels under the name Madame de Boudoir, hosts Cinderly’s Mermaid Podcast, and is an advanced graduate of Weeki Wachee Springs Sirens of the Deep mermaid camp.

As a lifelong champion for self-expression, Laura made the natural leap to coaching others in their own creative ambitions. Through her work with the CIJ: The Clarity Catalyst Course, which is based on the Stanford Graduate School’s program “Creativity in Business,” Laura teaches people how to apply their creativity to challenges in their personal and professional lives.  Along with six authors (and badass business women), Laura founded HBIC Nation, a community and podcast for female creative entrepreneurs.

Laura writes paranormal romances about mermaids, and literary fantasy about the dark side of fairytales. She is also a Pulitzer-contender and New York Times Critics’ Pick playwright, and the Co-Founder of Little Lord, a Brooklyn-based experimental theater company.

For many years, Laura was best known as her alter ego, von Hottie, a pinup performance artist and self-confidence guru. When she is not on the ground, Laura is in the air as the sparkly half of the aerial comedy duo, “Flaming Mermaid Broken Star.”

Laura’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Daily Mail, The Huffington Post, Redbook, Current TV and Jezebel. She is a proud member of the Romance Writers of America.


*Laura is a certified Master Trainer for CIJ and completed the official training with Jennifer Grace.