Lead singer of a rock band, co-author of a cookbook, successful lawyer, and mother of one only begins to scratch the surface of Jenna (Piccolo) Sanz-Agero. “Yes, I am busy, that’s for sure. I guess I like to engage my passions.” Jenna has taken on many roles since her graduation from Sacred Heart in 1992 and her career is only beginning to blossom.
Coming to Sacred Heart from a large high school in California, Jenna had a unique SHU experience. “I distinctly remember when they started the football team! Those first few games were tough, but all of a sudden we had a winning streak and ended the first season with a very respectable record.” Jenna graduated with a bachelor’s in Finance and still remains close to Sacred Heart. “I always have positive feelings about my experience at SHU. I had an excellent education, strong community support, and an extended family. I really enjoyed Professor Lim’s classes and I am so happy to see he’s still teaching at SHU.”
After graduation, Jenna attended Pepperdine University and received a law degree. She embarked on her career as an entertainment lawyer, but not without facing some adversity. “After taking the bar, a lucky break allowed me to get a low-level job at an independent film production/distribution company called MDP Worldwide. I had a law degree, was top 5% of my class, and I was basically a “glorified secretary” (as the company president referred to me when I started.)” Jenna’s hard work and determination resulted in a succession of promotions within the company and eventually led to the opening of her own law firm. “MDP invited me back four years later and changed its name to Media 8 Entertainment. It is interesting to note that the person who called me a glorified secretary eventually lost his job to me when I was promoted to President of Media 8. I would not have learned nearly as much as I did if I had gotten a high paying job at a big law firm. It does not matter what your job is, if you do it well you will be noticed.”
Jenna has excelled, not only as a lawyer and administrator, but within her creative outlets as well. Vixen, the all-women rock group known for songs “Edge of a Broken Heart” and “How Much Love,” enlisted Jenna to be their lead vocalist from 2001 to 2012. They toured around the globe including appearing on the Voices of Metal Tour with other 80s bands Slaughter, Ratt, and Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil. “Singing was something I would have loved to do as a career, but my better judgment (and my grandfather) taught me that I should ensure my security first and foremost, and then make time for the things I love. I am much more comfortable than most struggling musicians, but I manage to have succeeded in music sufficiently to fulfill my need for a creative outlet.”
From rock star to baker, Jenna went on to publish a cook book, Sugar Sugar: Every Recipe Has a Story, and is Co-President of Sugar Mommas, LLC. “I loved baking with my grandmother and so I managed to find the time and a way to publish a cookbook.” Jenna’s fellow Sugar Momma is a close friend from law school. “It has helped to choose the right partners. We motivate each other.” Throughout all of her travels and experiences, Jenna continues to learn and appreciate: “I have so many great memories, but the best ones involve the people that are still part of my life. I’ve made a lot of connections along the way and carried them with me into each stage.”
Currently the CEO of entertainment law firm, Lapin Blanc Inc., Jenna’s career has been positively impacted by her SHU experience. “I think the importance of community and the ‘long game’ really carried over. My classmates were my friends and we supported each other. The teachers supported the students in a way that I try to convey in my leadership. I tend to treat everyone like family.” Jenna’s achievements and various career paths have prepared her for her current role. “I feel like everything I’ve done has enhanced my skills at something else. I like to say that being able to sing rock and roll is a great stress outlet so I can better tolerate the agents and lawyers I have to deal with on a daily basis.” A new chapter is opening in Jenna’s life, one that she is most excited for: motherhood. “My favorite job and I know it sounds cliché, but it’s true, is being a mom to Cisco. I now spend less time on music, and more time on ‘mom stuff,’ but it’s worth it because he is my most perfect symphony.”