We had the good fortune of connecting with Danielle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Danielle, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
My work life balance has changed immensely since the start of my career. I used to believe you work as hard as you can for the same company for 40 years and then you retire so when I got my first job, I worked as hard I could. I stayed late at the office and offered help where ever it was needed. I worked myself to the bone and I got burnt out. I was maybe a year in a half into my first real job after college and I was already burnt out. From there, I quit my job and changed cities. Now, that is something I don’t recommend, but it actually helped me. I was able to work for a new company where I saw both sides. I saw many people overworking themselves and many people working smarter.
I think the best way to gauge the best balance for you is happiness. No matter what amount of work you need to maintain your happiness, there is a career for you that can make that happen. You just need to find it. It may take you a while to find, but keep digging and you will.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been in the public relations field for over 10 years. My career has definitely not been easy. Outside of grad school, I feel there are almost no resources for professionals to develop. Hopefully, you are hired by a company that cares about your professional development. I have some that have and some that haven’t. Lucky for me, I am now smart enough to know the difference.
Four years into my career, I decided to start my own social media agency called Erves Consulting. I started it to serve the social media needs of small businesses. I been able to work with startups, big brands, and big name actors. To say I have been blessed is an understatement.
Throughout all of this, I found of love being a digital creator. I focused on fashion because I felt there’s a need for stylish office attire. I grew up watching TV shows where the women wore boxy power suits and and homely sweaters. Once I saw shows where women were expressing themselves through their style in their careers, I was inspired.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I was giving a tour of Los Angeles, it would have to revolve around my favorite restaurants. First, we would have african food in Leimert Park, then tacos from Leo’s Taco Truck on La Brea. We would get Ethiopian food on Fairfax after checking out LACMA. We will definitely take out the swan boats on Echo Park Lake and eat deep dish pizza at Masa of Echo Park. We would have to go to Koreatown for all you can eat hot pot and karaoke and we would ride bikes in Redondo beach before eating all you can eat KBBQ. Finally, we would head down to San Pedro to a hike at Sunken City and then to San Pedro Square Market for seafood.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am shouting out my circle of support, and especially my mother! Throughout the years, I have been given an amazing amount of wisdom, constructive criticism, and support from a variety of people. Between my parents providing shoulder to cry on when I needed it to my friends at ThinkLA who helped me navigate Los Angeles as a newbie, I gave been given so much support, mentorship, love and encouragement. A BIG SHOUTOUT TO YOU!
Website: My Agency is ervesconsulting.com or My blog is officesupply.style
Other: Another passion project I have is So She Slays. So She Slays is a platform for women everywhere to share their story in their own voice. You can follow us on Instagram @SoSheSlays or check out our blog https://www.sosheslays.com/. I host the Slay Hour on IG live on Fridays, where we interview women from all walks life and give them a platform to share how they’ve reached their current level of success.