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In an interview with NPR Sergeant Derek Pacifico didn’t have any trouble listing common inaccuracies on TV cop shows. He pointed out that the officers never touch the crime scene, nor do the suspects often invoke the right to remain silent. The sergeant should know—as a 22-year vet of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, he’s worked on nearly 200 homicide investigations.
To help writers get their facts straight, Derek created Crime Writers Consultations. At his two-day Writers' Homicide School, adapted from curricula for actual homicide detectives, Derek covers everything from accurate interrogation techniques to authentic police dialogue. Derek also provides more individual assistance, consulting novelists and screenwriters over the phone to help them develop their fictions realistically. He even stops by TV and film sets to assist with particular scenes and to make sure the TV sheriffs' badge props are shiny enough.
Cecilia C. Rasmussen's nickname is "Linguist to the Stars." That's because her client list boasts names such as Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, and Jack Black. By taking advantage of the uniquely "holisitic methodology" that guides Super-Learners International Language Schools, these celebs and Rasmussen's other charges use their right brains to pick up new vocabulary. That's because Madame Rasmussen's techniques engage the emotional, intuitive, and creative components of her students' minds. Curricula consist largely of conversational exercises, and pupils use CDs that she's developed herself.
Musician, dancer, and actor Josh Brodis donned a letter jacket to boogie on Glee, joined up with Ke$ha as a dancer in her "We R Who We R" video, and snagged a spot on Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush. At Josh Brodis Studios, the triple threat draws on a lifetime of experience—including seven years teaching piano and voice—to help a small roster of students work toward their own musical goals.
Typing away in their Culver City loft, the writers and copyeditors at Creative Confusion give words to a range of commercial advertising projects. Modeled after a classic advertising agency, the team has crafted ad copy for brands such as Levi's, Modcloth, and Forever 21. They've also spearheaded creative development for companies with services ranging from SEO-friendly product descriptions and social-media maintenance to general business copy. Each writer is matched to a project by specialty and works with individual clients to achieve the brand's ideal tone and voice.
These writers can also compose more personal projects. They may wax poetic in playful confessions, birthday dedications, and wedding vows, or execute creative résumés and cover letters. Drawing from a client's sensibilities or submitted personal statements, they also tailor unique letters on themes such as No Reason But I Love You and The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog. The writers also copyedit and ghostwrite pieces for other writers upon request. Regardless of the assignment, Creative Confusion guarantees that their work passes Copyscape's regulations for written content.