Melissa Kandel is the founder and CEO of little word studio. A third-generation entrepreneur, Melissa supports real estate brands, leading executives, food/wine companies and more with high-quality content to engage targeted customers and grow their businesses through content marketing. Born in New York, Melissa now lives in Newport Beach, Calif. She wrote her first story at age nine and has been writing ever since, earning a B.A. from Columbia University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. Prior to little word studio, she was global director of PR, communications and digital media for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the youngest-ever employee to be named director at the company. Melissa contributes articles to Forbes as a member of the Forbes Communications Council, an invite-only community of senior-level executives. Her writing has appeared on the cover of REAL ESTATE magazine, in Mortgage Women Magazine, Inc., and more. In 2018, she was named by Z Publishing House as one of “California’s Emerging Writers.” She’s also a member of Rebecca Minkoff’s The Female Founder Collective.

Growing up and growing into the military has taught Heatherly above anything else, to “leave it better than you found it.” She began working at little word studio as an intern in June 2020 and is now communications specialist at the company, responsible for client content creation, content management and more. She always strives to make a positive impact with clients, projects and the work she produces. Heatherly has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and two minors in Military Science and Arabic, and is currently a student and army ROTC Cadet at Auburn University. She was a digital marketing specialist at Highlands Publications, a community development representative at South Sound YMCA and for two years, served as a broadcaster at American Forces Network in Osan, Gyeonggi-do, Korea.

Gabrielle Katz is a communications and marketing professional who brings creativity and dedication to every project. Previously, she was a marketing intern at Cover 3, a restaurant chain in Austin, Texas and was a fall intern at little word studio. She is adept at photography and editing images for social media, as well as designing and creating content for social, the web and print. At little word studio, she focuses on assisting real estate clients, including top executives, brokerages and agents.


Debbie Gallant is a respected leader in the real estate industry, and proven sales mastermind. Debbie offers lively, engaging training on a variety of topics, including: real estate, leadership and sales. To view a list of her services, click here.

Edgar Reyes brings experience, a keen sense for detail and a creative eye to every click of the camera. His work has appeared on ABC 7 and he has photographed for the Academy Awards, the Dodgers and Ford. View a selection of his work on Instagram, @er1251.

Austin is the little word studio office dog, an energetic rescue terrier from Southern California. He enjoys barking loudly during conference calls, hiding bones in armchairs and sleeping through most of the work day, which makes him a very unproductive co-worker.