Jos-Madelaine, also known as Jo, attended Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in 2002 in New York City. In 2003, she attended her first screenwriting workshop in the Pacific Northwest at Esalen Institute. Following, she was a Production Assistant in Los Angeles in 2003 with a documentary-filmmaking company. Editorial advice given by Ms. Standing was implemented into a mentionable success at the Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Marketplace.
In 2004, Jo moved to the Midwest, where she made a conscious career choice to study the Holistic Arts. In January 2005 she began her holistic teaching career at a wellness center located in Kentucky while simultaneously diving into the writing of her first book.
Over the course of the next year and a half she wrote most of her first fiction, Heaven In the Meat Packing District, at diverse places such as a 1950's style ice cream parlor located inside an old train station in downtown Cincinnati, Hvar, Croatia and Vancouver, Canada.
At the end of the Summer of 2006, she made the big move to Vancouver, Canada for the next eight and a half years. It was from there that she enriched her studies while continuing to teach self-empowerment to the public. Her vast studies over the course of the last decade center around various forms of eastern studies including advanced yoga, multiple types of meditation, resilience-focused coaching, creative writing coaching, mediation and conflict resolution.
Jos-Madelaine has studied at The University of British Columbia, The Justice Institute of British Columbia, the Emily Carr Art Institute on Granville Island. In addition, at Douglas College, Rhodes Wellness College and Prana College.
As a writer, her influences range from Oscar Wilde's bluntness, to Kurt Vonnegut's whacky sense of humor, from Maya Angelou’s every book of wisdom, to Margaret Atwood’s shrewd look at the world’s state of affairs today.
Jo's latest book is non-fiction and explores people's ability to heal the effects of PTSD in order to create more intimate and loving friendships and relationships, and be more productive in life, in general, including at home and in the workplace. With a decade of therapeutic studies and experience in teaching the book, Conquer Trauma Drama: Get Your Life Back is a reward for anyone seeking to take control of their life again after challenging events. Conquer Trauma Drama The Workbook, a follow-up to the paperback, is designed for students worldwide. It is presently being used in workshops with Veterans and their families to create an environment of safety and belonging while exploring and transforming the markers of post-traumatic stress disorder.