About Me


Barbarella Fokos is an award-winning writer and Emmy Award winning producer, a director, editor, emcee, jetsetter, lush – oh, and a dominatrix.

Okay, it’s actually me writing this now, so enough of that third-person nonsense.

I have a weakness for small animals with little hands (raccoons, squirrels, ferrets, etc.).

I’ve produced, filmed, edited, and hosted regular segments for television, such as Stepping Out With Barbarella on NBC News in the Morning, and 5 Questions with Barbarella on California Nonstop. In 2014, I released my first book, Diary of a Diva: Behind the Lipstick. I’ve also been a frequent guest on various radio and television stations (KPBS, NBC7, FOX6, KUSI), mostly to talk about cool events and happenings in town, and once hosted a weekly radio show on KOGO. 

I was the executive producer and host of Art Pulse TV (which aired on NBC San Diego, COZI TV, and is now re-airing twice a day on County TV in San Diego). The show was all about taking viewers behind the scenes of everything art in San Diego County and Baja. It was super fun to create, earned me an Emmy Award for excellence in Arts and Entertainment Programming. Together, David and I received 7 nominations, and each took home a statue.  David is my partner. We pretty much do everything together. EVERYTHING.

Now David and I are focusing more on our filmmaking, both with The Artist Odyssey (as executive producers creating artist documentaries) and our own exploits, for which I invite you to stay tuned. In 2016, our artist documentary, Honoring Life: The Work of Trinh Mai, earned a nomination for Best Short Film at the Viet Film Fest, and we ended up taking home the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film. Our most recent film, Visions of Home: The Work of Heather Neill, premiered in a theater on Martha’s Vineyard at the end of July 2016.

For the past 12 years, I have written (and continue to write) all kinds of things for the San Diego Reader, from lengthy news features to fluffy food reviews. In this capacity, I have received several First Place and Best of Show awards from the San Diego Press Club in the areas of column, humor, and excellence journalism. My column, “Diary of a Diva,” has appeared in the Reader since 2004, and I finally hung up my feathers on that in 2016 with my final installment.

I’m based in San Diego, but I get around.