We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittney Levine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittney, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
It’s hard to nail down just one answer to this question. I feel that one of the most important lessons this business has taught me, has been the significance of making great relationships. Your relationships and reputation are truly everything and it’s amazing how small, especially in television, our industry is. I have been brought up learning to “always treat people the way you want to be treated.” There’s a good chance that you will work with someone that you once worked with ten years ago, and you want to be remembered for your best character traits.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
For the past 10 years, I’ve been traveling around the country, contributing to various regional and national TV stations as a Style and Trend Expert, speaking to the hottest, must-have fashion, beauty and lifestyle trends and gifts.
I love helping to launch new businesses and products and also currently serve as the ambassador for QVC’s home and décor line, Berkshire Blanket.
I recently had a baby boy named Colt B. and my family and I recently moved back to my hometown in Connecticut.
My background began in Public Relations – I represented various fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands and secured numerous placements for them in print, online and on TV.
My TV career stemmed from that, where I had booked one of my clients onto a regional station and they decided that they didn’t want to travel for the segment. Rather than lose the opportunity and risk my relationship with the producer, I let her know that while my client could no longer do it, I had done segments in the past and could definitely fill in. While I had only done some modeling stints for other experts at that point, I knew the information front and backwards. After the first one, I got the itch and started doing more. Our clients were happy and they were able to get much more exposure, as I could write them into my pitches.
Television is not for the faint of heart. I’ve had to grow a pretty strong backbone and get told the word, “NO,” practically every day. It’s about how you turn those ‘no’s’ into ‘yes’s’ that sets you a part from the rest. There are still stations that I would love to work with, but know that it’s not my time right now. I also have learned that if you want to actually put in the work, there is space for everyone.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I have lived in New York City for the last thirteen years and truly love it. One of the best cities in the entire world!
NYC is all about people watching. Central Park, Washington Square Park or Union Square have areas to sit and have lunch/coffee in.
Eating is my favorite sport and some of my favorites are the following – I’m Italian, so for the best pasta we love Max’s in Tribeca, Il Brigante in Seaport or Lilia in Brooklyn, beyond!
I’m a huge breakfast/brunch girl and Bubby’s or Hole in the Wall are excellent spots.
Wolfgang’s for steak on Park is old-school delicious and love Sushi Nakazawa for sushi. The West Village is one of my favorites for food. We’re definitely downtown people.
I also love the arts in the city. You need to hit a museum — The Whitney in Meatpacking is a favorite and 100% go to see a Broadway show or matinee if you can!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have been extremely lucky to have a solid support system of my family and best friends over the years. I don’t know what I would do without them. My father is an entrepreneur and I have looked up to how he has run his business and how hard he works every day to provide for our family. My mom has been a style icon to me since I was a little girl, and is always there to help solve issues and give suggestions. She also is incredible at set design – which we bonded over when I had to take all my segments virtually throughout COVID. My brother, Brian, is a major supporter and advocate.
My husband, Ryan, has also been a pivotal mentor to me, as he has not only supported me every single day and pushed me to be better, but he has also helped with the finances of my business, in helping to project growth. And my best friends, who I can truly be my 100% self with- they have always been there to give me opinions and constructive criticism, both good and bad.