The native Los Angeleno spent her teen years in OC crafting her passion for acting and comedy Comedy Sportz! By the time she added President of the El Toro High School Thespian Society to her list of title characters she had over 20 theater productions under her Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (4th degree) white belt! Throughout her college years she ventured into the Mixed Martial Arts industry as a journalist and sales rep writing for such publications as MMA Authority Magazine and OnTheMat.com, all while solidifying a now 7 year career in finance. On a 7 or 8 year academic plan she’s currently going for her bachelors in journalism at Cal State Long Beach while minoring in anthropology. Besides drama-geeking, “choking around” and working for the man, Marlene is also an ancient astronaut theorist, notorious carbo-loading foodie, and is obsessed with music. She also likes baby hippos!