10/25/2012 02:57 pm ET

Marla Wynne Ginsberg, Former Television Producer, Uses Sewing Machine To Reinvent Herself (VIDEO)

Marla Wynne Ginsberg, 56, used to be a successful television producer, her name behind shows such as "Highlander" and "La Femme Nikita."

Things were great -- and then they weren't. Ginsberg found herself working on a series of failed television pilots before being hit by the 2007 Hollywood writer's strike. She couldn't find a decent job anywhere and grew so scared, she actually thought she and her kids would be living out of their car.

Ginsberg told her story Wednesday to Katie Couric, explaining how she saw a lifetime of savings disappear in an instant.

"I was petrified," she said.

But just when things looked their darkest, a sewing machine helped her turn her life around. Find out more about Ginsberg's amazing second act by watching the video above.