We had the good fortune of connecting with Chelsie Overocker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chelsie, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I believe taking risks is very important. It’s the only way we are able to grow and learn more about ourselves. You feel so strong when you have the ability to step out of your comfort zone and if I never took any risks then I wouldn’t be where I’m at today. The thing about taking chances are they don’t have to be life changing to make a big impact in your life. It can be as simple as going to the movies by yourself (I was always afraid to do that) and I usually would wait to go when my friends were available. But as soon as I did it, it wasn’t that scary and from that experience I learned if I want to do something just do it and don’t wait on anyone else’s timeline. How taking risks played a role in my life and career was huge! First off, moving to California by myself in my early 20’s with not having close family members or friends near by was difficult. The thing about taking risks is sometimes it can be a hard transition and that’s okay. That means you’re growing as a person. But if it stick it out during the uncertain times and be patient the end results are so worth it. With my career it took my the longest time to get out of my comfort zone. My insecurities held me back in a lot of areas until one of my mentors pulled me aside and said, “you will always regret the chances you never took. Nothing good comes together overnight but you have to trust in the process and most importantly you have to trust in yourself -I’m on your side.” From that day on I never really looked back and each day I ask myself how I can thrive today? Last year I created my own podcast called “House of Hallmark” where I interview all artists that have inspiring stories that will help elevate us and actors who star in the Hallmark movies (I’m a big fan of Hallmark ask anyone who knows me). While creating that channel I learned that I have a passion for writing and last year I had published over 100 written articles for different media outlets. From of all the work I have done with writing and hosting on camera interviews I got offered a full time position to work with the Hallmark Channel which has always been a dream of mine. So nothing came together overnight but I took a risk and trusted the process. But my journey isn’t over. The story isn’t finished. I just turned the page in my next chapter and I can’t wait to see what opportunities are ahead.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I created my own channel called “House of Hallmark” where I interview all artists who have inspiring stories that they would like to share. With every interview I am blown away at how vulnerable my guests are willing to be and some of the hardships they faced will defiantly encourage others to maintain a positive attitude (even when things are uncertain). My guests have also helped me grow and it was the perfect tie to launch this project last year where I didn’t know what my future looked like with Covid happening. What I’m most proud of and excited about with “House of Hallmark” is how the audience is connecting with the interviews. I have spoken to artists that have been interviewed before on other platforms and when I ask them a question they have never been asked before and like it, I know I’m doing my job right. With an interview it’s not always about getting press worthy quotes. I want to make sure my guests enjoy it as much as I do. If they are giving up their free time to have a conversation with me I want it to be beneficial for the both of us. It defiantly was not easy and sometimes the process gets harder. There is so much more that goes into producing a show than just interviewing your guest. In fact the on camera interviews are the easiest part of the job. How overcame the challenges was connecting with producers who have creating their own content for years. I sometimes would set up phone calls and ask them questions if I was trying to trouble shoot something. Whenever you are starting something new for the first time don’t be afraid to ask for help. What I learned along the way is nothing is going to be perfect and some things are just out of your control especially when you are working from home. Just go with the flow and how you handle those challenges is what sets you apart in this industry. Why “House of Hallmark” is important to me is because I’m creating a place where my guests feel comfortable letting their guard down and have a conversation. I’m striving to have different interviews that you won’t see on any other platforms. “House of Hallmark” isn’t where I want it to be yet but I see the direction it’s going and that makes me so excited for what’s ahead.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I go back and fourth between LA and OC, so I will list my favorite places in both cities. In LA, there are so many hidden places that a lot of tourists don’t know about which makes the city even more enchanting. For a beach day my favorite spot which is a little out of the ways but totally worth it is El Matador Beach in Malibu. When I first arrived in CA I just went to the first beach when you arrived in Malibu. I discovered if you drive further down the coast highway there are some hidden beaches down there which are breathtaking. El Matador Beach is still one of my top beaches to visit plus a great spot to get some amazing photos. Of course the shopping in LA is amazing. We could easily spend a day at The Grove and Pasadena has some nice shops off of Colorado Blvd. To end the evening I would take them to Catch. It’s a cool restaurant that is beautiful at night. In OC we have some cool coffee shops. One of my favorites are Honey and Milk. They have great coffee and tea. I recommend getting their Lavender Tea Latte- it’s delicious. For lunch I would rent out a Duffy Boat and have a picnic on the water. There are some also great hiking trails in Orange County especially around Laguna Beach. When you reach the top of the cliff you can overlook the entire ocean. For dinner, my favorite restaurant is The Winery located in Newport Beach. The view is beautiful and they have the best wine.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Keven Undergaro and Maria Menounos for creating AfterBuzz TV. They gave me the opportunity to publish my work and a great platform to make connections. Till this day I have PR companies who reach out to me personally wanting me to interview their clients because of my work they saw on AfterBuzz. I’m so grateful for that. The biggest mentor in my life though is my mom. She was a single parent who set the example that hard work pays off. While I was little she would work a full time job and went back to school to earn her Master’s degree so she could provide us with a good life plus take care of me. I think that’s where I learned to take risks because she sets the example.