- Senior Director
“There is a threshold where passion meets generosity and the peak of that pyramid is a word called donate. And on the other side of donation is resolution. So, you change the world one being at a time.”
Models with a Cause Senior Director Elliot Mintz is an American media consultant, publicist and radio and television personality whose storied career spans six decades. Elliot got his start in the late 1960s hosting two radio call-in shows on Los Angeles station KPFK, Looking In and Looking Out. In the 1970s, Elliot found fame interviewing sought-after celebrities on his groundbreaking television show “Head Shop,” which gave the world its first glimpse of Billy Joel. Elliot’s mesmerizing, world-class interviews have aired in syndication and on a variety of Los Angeles radio stations — KMLA, KLAC, KMET, KPPC, KLOS, and KABC – and he has hosted syndicated radio programs for Inner-View and Earth News Radio.
As a media consultant and publicist, Elliot’s clients have included the John Lennon Estate, Yoko Ono, Bob Dylan, Paris Hilton, Christie Brinkley, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Diana Ross, Don Johnson, and Melanie Griffith. In addition to entertainers, Elliot consults for record companies and motion picture studios, and represents CEOs and corporations including Westwood One Radio, Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino, Bijan Fragrance, and Penthouse Magazine. His most profound relationship forged along this path was with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, whom Elliot befriended in 1971. From 1988 – 1992, Elliot hosted the weekly global radio series The Lost Lennon Tapes, featuring hundreds of hours of unreleased tracks, rehearsals, composing tapes, interviews, and home recordings of John Lennon. Elliot is the worldwide authority on John and Yoko, having appeared in two feature documentaries and consulted on numerous projects about the couple.
For all of his years in the lap of Hollywood luxury, Elliot is best known for his heart of gold, sharing his time, resources and free media advice with the philanthropic causes he supports. The Bronx native has a particular soft spot for those facing the challenges of homelessness; he is known to treat the displaced to warm meals and caring conversation, even at four am on a blistering New York morning, as he once did on a walk home from a birthday celebration for John and Yoko’s son, Sean Lennon. “He was hungry,” Elliot says of the gentleman with whom he dined. “I was there. I had a couple of dollars. I had time. I was concerned.” Such kindheartedness is second nature for Elliot, showcasing an incredible consideration for humanity when some might argue it’s easier — or even safer – just to write a check. “What I did was simple, fundamental compassion,” explains Elliot, a shining example of what charitable action is all about.