California living, European Rooted, Canadian born actress and business woman, Ildiko Ferenczi was raised in a Hungarian speaking household by her strong willed serial entrepreneur single mother. Ildiko was not brought up in the presence of sitters or preschool, but rather surrounded by customers and other entrepreneur types in her mothers businesses. From a very young age Ildiko was very busy spinning her own business ideas with whatever she could dream up around her home or her mothers store ranging from designing hand drawn fashion magazines, crafting jewelry out of paper clips, hand sewn mermaid tails out of her mothers business suits and various wall decorations from knee pads and mud cookies with flowers and berries to sell to the neighbors, she also sold tickets to self preformed concerts. Where the audience would include people like the mayor of her city, her mothers attorney, and family physician. She also took to painting faces which became fairly profitable for a 7 year old. She would set up shop in front of the family business and also painted faces at the town fair, before competing in the Strawberry queen pageant.
The way she conducted her face painting business opened the eyes of her mother to her entrepreneurial spirit, who began letting Ildiko assist customers in her mother’s jewelry store. These experiences led Ildiko to open her first brick and mortar business at the age of 13.
Ildiko’s life was turned upside down when her brother, best friend, and father figure was tragically killed in a work accident. Though it was hard, her brother who was her biggest supporter, became her guardian angel. As she preformed her first monologue in drama class, sharing the loss of a loved one. The emotions spilled from her, because the story was ironically close to her heart. She fell in love with story telling and besides her love for business she wished to discover her new obsession with the silver screen.
Like it was set up by a guardian angel, ILdiko was discovered by a casting director on Robson street, a busy shopping street near her home in Vancouver B.C.
It was clear that besides her love for business Ildiko also had a passion for the arts and preforming from a fairly young age. Ildiko had begun dancing with the Hungarian csárdás tánc csoport at the tender age of 3. Ildiko was well known for her petite frame and big personality when she performed
and she was given the nickname "SpicyLilPepper"! Ildiko went on to win several awards with her dance troop.
As digital media took over the world. Ildiko's Canadian agent advised her to begin putting her life out there on social media, to help connect with her fans. After discovering identity thieves had locked down her birth name, Ildiko decided to use her childhood nickname @SpicyLilPepper across all of her social media platforms.
Ildiko quickly became a hit on social media by openly sharing her life, and soon became one of the worlds most popular broadcasters on the Periscope app; Twitters broadcasting platform. Hundreds of thousands of people were tuning into Ildiko's TV channel daily to follow her journey as an actress, model, fitness fanatic, business woman, and mother to be. She shared her many joys and some heartbreaks and found energy in connecting with her audience. They saw something was different about Ildiko. Through the loss of family members, breakups, and health struggles, she never gave up and learned to let happiness and good, over power the grief. She believed it was the only way to survive…this inspired the world.
Ildiko's early Film and TV success include Smallville, Lost Boys II, Reefer Madness, Blood Ties, Pain Killer Jane, Flash Gordon, Masters of Horror, and The Long Weekend, and Two for The Money, where Ildiko locked lips on film for her first time ever, with Oscar winning actor Matthew McConaughey.
Ildiko's film career and digital imprint opened the doors to many opportunities. Not only did she have an interesting look, her story is fierce. Magazines such as FHM, FGM, Muscle and Fitness Hers, Maxim, Playboy, SMN, Mansphere, Vanquish, and many more line up frequently to discuss her take on life, fashion, digital media, acting, fitness, motherhood, and Ildiko's rarely discussed geek fact; Ildiko is the first woman entrepreneur in Canada to have founded an architectural concrete company.
Ildiko hosts several high profile events with Maxim, Karma Foundation and many others and her busy schedule didn't slow down, even while she was pregnant, in fact her pregnancy bikini selfies went viral. She also hosted both the Maxim Halloween, as well as the official Maxim red carpet interviews at Super Bowl while 8 months pregnant looking fit and as hot as ever, all without being found out! Ildiko finally came clean and announced the big pregnancy news at the New York Periscope summit before her fans. After the birth of her son, at just 2 1/2 months postpartum, Ildiko was again invited to host and commit to a live bikini shoot at the Maxim Hot 100 in Los Angeles!
With Ildiko's life on display through social media, reality TV shows came knocking. Even though she refused reality TV at first, Ildiko had a change of heart starting when Bret Michaels invited Ildiko and Dan Caldwell to re-vamp the original TapouT tour bus on Travel channels hit TV show, "Rock my RV." Soon after Ildiko was invited to sashay the decks as one of the hottest guests of "BELOW DECK”. Her glamorous appearance helped the show reach one of the most popular episodes of Bravo TV's "Below Deck", and then yet again Ildiko was invited for yet another episode of "Below deck" Mediterranean. Ildiko is presently in talks with another TV show, but this time as main cast. Media quickly labeled her as one of Canadas and America's hottest moms.
After years of believing the heartbreaking idea she could not get pregnant she was blessed with another angel. This second angel quickly became Ildiko’s Destiny, literally. Her sons two year old birthday wish of a sister came true and saved her life! It was at this point Ildiko wanted more. After years of being type cast as the “Hot girl” she wanted to inspire and give the world hope her mission here was clear it’s to share. She always says ‘Anything is possible, fear is in our own head, broken hearts mend, pray because miracles are real, and we are so much braver than we think!!!
Besides prayer, many times in her life quotes by legendary entrepreneurs lifted her. Ildiko is passionate about a new business she calls Art For The CEO, Billionaire Collectibles, with her serial entrepreneur husband. This fascinating new journey boasts various autographed letters once hand written by legendary entrepreneurs, and leaders like Abraham Lincoln and Steve Jobs. Their piece is beautifully designed, married to their most inspiring quote, and framed into art to be treasured and that is meant to inspire those who are lucky enough to see it.
Most recently Ildiko is excited about THE PRETTY AND PUNK PODCAST she broadcasts with her husband Dan Caldwell the founder of the iconic brand Tapout. Pretty and punk is a business podcast for entrepreneurs with kids or thinking about having kids. Along side her husband and audience they get the privilege of gaining insight and priceless lessons from the worlds most admired power couples about business relationships love life and most importantly raising kids through the most rewarding heartfelt delicate juggle to reveal the true meaning of success. Together they uncover the biggest dispute to date! Is it possible to build a successful business with kids?
Presently residing in Malibu California Ildiko continues to inspire her supporters through her journey!
Please stay connected and feel free to drop a line Ildiko would love to hear from you!
“The meaning of life is to find your gift.
The purpose of life is to give it away.”
– Pablo Picasso
“I see you there mama, trying your best.
I see you showing up each day, even though you feel exhausted.
I see you making tough choices for your family even when your not sure if they are right.
I see you working tirelessly, even when it seems never ending.
I see you doing an amazing job, even though you doubt yourself.
I see you mama, and you are more than enough.”
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