Guest Blogger: Jan Brehm
If you have been anywhere in the Pacific Northwest for any length of time in the past 30 years, you probably know Jan Brehm. Maybe not her name, but certainly her face and voice. In Seattle, Portland, Eugene and Boise Jan has been the television face for some of the most prominent and prestigious car dealerships in the Northwest. She has appeared in corporate videos for most of Oregon and Washington’s iconic companies; Microsoft, Nike, Weyerhaeuser, Techtronic’s, Boing, Safeco and many others. With the Pacific Northwest as a base, Jan has been seen from Alaska to NYC and many states in between as a commercial and corporate spokesperson. Jan has appeared in a number of major films, network television programs and, stage productions. She has built and maintained an impressive career as an actress, corporate spokesperson and personality. In addition, Jan is an entrepreneur blending her talent as an actor, educator (she graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Education) and an advocate to become the driving force behind Planet Sweet Pea a company where couples come to learn about relationships and mid-life issues.
Jan is also one of the 1 in 5 Americans who have experienced a severe mental health condition. She shared her experience and insight into the darkness of depression and her recovery in her blog i.jan in August, 2014. She has graciously agreed to allow Great Minds @ Work to publish it as a guest post.