During Paula's freshman year, she was selected from 700 applicants to cheer for the LA Lakers. Within her first three months as a Laker Girl, she was promoted to head choreographer. It didn't take long for Paula to drop out of school and pursue dance and choreography full time. And it's a good thing she did! While performing at a Lakers game in 1984, she caught the eye of the Jackson 5, who asked her to choreograph their "Torture" music video. From there, she went on to choreograph the band's Victory tour, as well as videos for Janet Jackson, Prince, George Michael, Duran Duran and many other top acts. She even choreographed the giant piano sequence from the movie "Big." But Paula didn't want to be behind the camera forever.