We had the good fortune of connecting with Cory Councill and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cory, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I see this question and I think, for me, it is very similar to the question “how do you define success?” Success is balance. The best days are those where I’ve connected with a few or all of my clients, found new opportunities for them, had a few laughs throughout the day, discovered a new song, artist, or band, and somehow managed to also take care of myself by connecting with friends and family, making good meals, and staying active. Finding balance is a constant practice for me because there aren’t enough hours to do it right every day. However, life is all about ebb and flow, so I try to keep that in mind. I would say though, that my balance has changed over time to include more “me” time. I now know that going for a run or taking a moment to call mom is likely going to give my mind the space it needs to complete my work tasks afterwards. Going outside for a walk, or taking a moment to read through a magazine is also probably going to spark more creative inspo than diving into another report or trying to respond to those unread emails. I’ve learned that immediacy doesn’t necessarily equate to balance.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a music publicist at Big Hassle Media where I work as a liaison between artists/bands and the world of press – which includes everything from online, print magazines, local and national television, including daytime and late night shows, to some radio and podcasts – all ultimately to raise awareness about my clients’ music. As the music industry is constantly evolving and the worlds of Twitch, TikTok, Spotify and such mold our future, I’m excited to see where it will go. This last year has been a challenge, but it has been fascinating to see things change.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Favorite spots in the city? Start your day out at Fern Dell Trail. It’s about a 30-60 min hike to the top and if you start early enough you can enjoy the sunrise across all of Los Angeles. It’s the perfect combo of nature and city. Then, head on over to the west side and stop by Dusty’s Records on Culver & Centinela. Dusty is a rad guy and his selection is fresh. For lunch or dinner, hit up The Shack in Playa Del Rey. It’s no frills, all personality. Then, if you’re really feeling adventurous, rollerblade or bike from PDR all the way down to the International Boardwalk at Redondo and try the seafood at Quality Seafood. (What a name… I mean… c’mon).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Big shout out to the friends and family, of course, who keep me grounded every day. Another big shout out to the local LA workout community who keep me physically active so I can keep my mind right. Connect with them on Instagram! Matty – saved me during quarantine 100% @mattyztrained. Mary! If you need a quick yoga stretch during work or full workout core flow – she’s the one @marykolende. Zach – best rollerblade partner in town and also a phenomenal instructor. His workouts in the park bring the whole town together @framed_by_zach. To everyone I’m missing. I love you. I also dedicate this to Aisha. You deserve all the credit.
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