Published on August 26th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Actress Lauren Swickard On “A California Christmas,” Writing, Future Career Plans & More

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Lauren Swickard — formerly Lorynn York — excelled in the arts from a young age. She trained as a dancer at the prestigious School of American Ballet in New York City and at the Chautauqua Institute in New York, starting her professional acting career in high school with a small role on the JJ Abrams-related TV movie, Shelter. You may recognize her from Netflix’s Dear White People, the film Airplane Mode, and Netflix’s Roped, to name just a few key projects of hers.

Lauren Swickard recently wrapped production for her upcoming film, A California Christmas, as slated for a 4th Quarter 2020 release. In addition to starring opposite her real-life husband (and General Hospital star) Josh Swickard, the film also marks Swickard’s debut as a screenwriter and co-producer.

On August 25, 2020, I had the pleasure of speaking with Lauren Swickard via Zoom, as embedded below. We talked about A California Christmas, Roped, her journey into screenwriting and producing, career goals, her background in ballet and plenty more. Additional information on Swickard can be found via and

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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