We had the good fortune of connecting with Brielle Galekovic and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brielle, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I think that if there’s a gut feeling deep inside you telling you what you’re purpose is and you truly feel infinitely connected to it, that should be your nudge to keep going. It also has to do with believing in yourself. You continue to keep going because you believe in whatever you do so much that you’re willing to sacrifice crucial things in an attempt to achieve what you believe your calling is. Giving up can go two ways: you’ve extensively exhausted all options, or you just straight out don’t believe in the idea or the goal anymore. I’d like to think that most of the time, there’s always more options you could explore.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m the founder of The Gilded Bellini which is a brunch, lifestyle and entertaining destination. I’m also an on-air lifestyle expert and host. I frequently host segments on morning news shows such as KTLA, MORE FOX 5 Vegas, Lifestyle Today Show, The CW Vegas, Good Morning Arizona and FOX 5 San Diego to name a few. I’m excited that on March 11, 2021, The Gilded Bellini turns 5!!! Big milestone. I formerly lived and worked in NYC doing PR. My friends and I were among the first to learn about the hottest places to brunch and because there was such a huge brunch scene in the city, it was all we looked forward to once the weekend came. It became a lifestyle – we’d go somewhere new and fabulous every single weekend. I quickly became known as “the brunch expert” and frequently became the go-to for brunch recs for friends and friends of friends. This is initially how I came up with The Gilded Bellini and I launched it once I moved to Southern California in March 2016, but covered more LA-centric restaurants and topics. The bread and butter to my site was reviewing a brunch spot in a very Food Network-style way by including a video in each review captivating a true brunch experience at a certain restaurant. It eventually evolved into a lot more — covering a lot more lifestyle topics including cocktails, home entertaining, beauty, wellness as well as brand partnerships. I love being a source for people to find out cool new things and information. I knew I wanted to somehow do more TV and I landed my first on-air gig in December of 2017 on FOX 5 San Diego for a live holiday segment. I’m most proud that I’ve accomplished a lot of what I’ve dreamed about in a little under 5 years. I am nowhere near where I want to be, but I think I am on the right track. When I tell people I go on tv, they’re enamored by the idea… which, I totally get! It is NOT easy knowing how to perform in front of an audience (it really is a performance!); nonetheless, on live television, creating your own segment concepts from scratch, having to know key brand messaging for the products you’re speaking about, knowing your script like the back of your hand, making sure you’re speaking within the given time frame but still being able to nail out all your points seamlessly with no fumbles and no signs of nervousness. It’s no easy task! But I truly love it and it feels like my calling. To me, I am most at home on-air. Oh, and one of my all time favorite memories that came out of TGB was working out with Mark Wahlberg 2 days in a row via an event I attended. I have pics to prove it, haha! I will never forget it. He’s really an awesome, intelligent, very kind and passionate guy IRL, which is super refreshing especially in the celeb world. You heard it here first! To say that it’s easy would be a complete and total lie. I have had so many ups and downs – so many extreme highs and very low lows in my career. And PS – it is very hard not to compare yourself to other people at whatever stage you’re at in your career. But one of the most important things I always keep in mind is that there is only one you. It’s forever a work in progress, especially being your own brand. You can always improve and every gig, job, partnership and opportunity is a learning experience. I’ve learned to overcome the challenges by riding out every emotion – fully experiencing it and then moving on… thinking of ways to work towards the next big milestone. I always keep my biggest dreams at the forefront of my mind. They motivate me to keep going. The big dreams won’t happen until the little ones happen first. I can wholeheartedly say I wouldn’t be where I am in my journey without the ups and downs of the past. I want the world to know that The Gilded Bellini will be a household name with an authentic, inspiring story that gives other people the will to keep doing what they’re doing. The fire is in you for a reason.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We’d have to do a combination of LA and OC (especially with the current state of everything!). I always recommend Catch LA, Cecconi’s, Norah and Elephante for a really iconic, vibey social scene and incredible food. If we’re in LA, it’s all about really soaking in how fabulous each spot is. Doheny Room would be where we’d dance the night away and have the most bomb drinks. Seriously, some of my best nights have been at Doheny Room – always an amazing DJ playing early 2000s music (lol) and I’ve even had some celeb run ins there – i.e. Ed Westwick (he really likes to play up the Chuck Bass thing IRL, by the way). Going down the coast to OC, the beaches are a must. I love that every town is so different from each other. Catching a sunset in Laguna would definitely be at the top of the list – even better if you’re having a drink at The Deck which is a bar/restaurant right on the beach. Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden in Newport is another dreamy spot with fresh, delightful food that never disappoints. Also – The Bungalow Huntington Beach. Don’t get me wrong, I love The Bungalow in Santa Monica, but the HB location is so much more chill, overlooks the water and smells GREAT. I know, odd comment but if you know you know!!!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m very lucky that my mom and dad have been extremely supportive of my career choice and journey over the last several years, no questions asked. I have some very close friends (you know who you are!!!) who are my ride or dies that have been along side me (even though they’re located all over the country) as I endured the rollercoaster ups and downs that come with being an entrepreneur, being your own talent, working in entertainment, etc. The list goes on and they have all really supported me through the uncertainty even when they didn’t have all the answers. I’m also very grateful to have an amazing boyfriend who encourages me, gives me strategic advice (which is so helpful as a creative), reminds me to cherish and be proud of the positive career moments and always knows how to lift my spirits if something just doesn’t go to plan. I know the core people that truly believe in me and I don’t think I’d have nearly as much motivation and dedication to what I do if I didn’t have a solid support system.
Grace & Light Photo (Marisa Trujillo) & Rebecca Gnasso