Jennifer ArgentiLos Angeles, CA

Musician, Triathlete, Champion Surfer

An award winning professional violinist, competitive athlete and commited vegan of two decades, Jennifer has been featured in concert by the legendary Willie Nelson and is recipient of the Los Angeles Music Awards' prestigious 'Instramental Artist of the Year' award. Her passions include environmental conservation, animal ethics, triathlons and surfing. She holds a WSA Champion surfing title and was finalist in the Quiksilver USA Surfing Championships. Jennifer supports various animal organizations and can currently be found searching the globe for waves while thrilling audiences with her improvisational skills and her unique interpretations of all musical genres.

She has appeared in commercials, 'The Bachelor', 'My Fair Wedding' and 'Swedish Hollywood Wives' playing violin and can be seen performing on various seasons of WeTV's 'David Tutera Unveiled' and Nicki Minaj's latest music video 'Love Triangle'.

Past shows include performing with Willie Nelson, JR Richards of Dishwalla, Michael Einziger of Incubus, NPR & KROQ featured artist Micah Brown (Iration) and opening for Little Feat, The Reverend Horton Heat, LIT, The Motels, Wanda Jackson, Berlin and grammy winning country artist Travis Tritt.

Jennifer Argenti, an athlete, violinist and committed vegan for two decades, is available for the following: Speaking Engagements, Skype Consultation, Violin Performance, Violin/Piano Lessons, Marriage Proposal Services, Vegan Lodging

Services: Consulting

Credentials: Triathlete

Availability: In person, Online

First I was privy to animal experimentation (a whole other story) which prompted me to go cruelty-free with all my bath/body/household products. This led me into the animal rights world and I began doing fur protests. Simultaneously I was eliminating dairy products from my diet because of bad sinus problems. However, I was still a big meat eater. I mean, we're talking pork, pork, pork. Beef. Chicken. Fish. It wasn't until I was doing a fur protest that afterwards some people were going to get something to eat and asked where I was going and I said "McDonalds". I seriously had NOT made the connection yet. This stranger and fellow fur protester gracefully explained to me the hypocrisy of doing a fur protest then going to eat at McDonald's. That was it. That was the moment that it finally hit me. I went full vegetarian within a matter of weeks and because I was already off of dairy, going vegan was not that much more of a stretch. I have no idea who that person was that day, but I'm forever grateful for their poise and tact in their approach with me. Had they yelled in my face it may have had a different outcome. They set the example for how I present my vegan beliefs to this day. To see my story on going vegan, please see this brief television interview I did.

There were difficult parts for me while transitioning to veganism. I went vegan 17 yrs ago and it was nothing like it is now. Choices were few, most people didn't even know what the word vegan meant, and if they had heard of it, it meant I was a freak who ate sticks and twigs, haha. That being said, I'm a very committed person, so once I set my mind to something, I do it, and I do it as best as I can. So I did not have any difficulty sticking with being vegan, but more difficult was having to endure the same questions from people over and over again..."where do you get your protein", "but milk production doesn't hurt dairy cows" and "you have to eat right for your blood type". I've heard it all.

The good news is, it does get easier. And the rewards of a healthy vegan diet far outweigh any of the challenges I've encountered along the way.

So, if I had to do it all over again...I'd do it all over again.

Some animal rights related things that I participate in are fur and circus protests. I also follow anti-vivisection news. And I share information on my social media sites.

Some of my favorite animal rights organizations are Last Chance for Animals (LCA). Humane Society. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Animal Liberation Front (ALF). PETA. American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS). National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS). Animal Acres. Farm Sanctuary. Wildlife Waystation. No Kill LA (NKLA). Animal Defenders International (ADI). Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF). Guardians of the Voiceless, India. Rudozem Street Dog Rescue (RSDR), Bulgaria.

I have many memories about saving animals as a child but one that stands out for me is, when I was a little girl, I remember my mom finding baby mice in the yard, with no mother to be found. She scooped them up, put the oven on warm setting and put them in these little trays to warm them up. Then she fed them some concoction of liquid food using an eye dropper. Once they were well enough, she let them go free. I will never forget it...standing there in the kitchen looking at the mice through the see-thru glass oven door, my mom checking on them every few minutes. She instilled in me, at that very moment, that every creature has a right to live.

If I could advise someone who is considering veganism I would say DO IT! It is the absolute best thing I ever did in my life and it will change your world, the animals' world and the planet, all for the better!