We had the good fortune of connecting with Haley Ringo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Haley, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
As the world is currently in constant flux due to a Pandemic interrupting everyone’s plans (shockingly not ideal for a control freak like myself…), I’ve learned to be more open-minded with the end goal, as we never know how things could shift in an instant. With that said, the end goal for LAnded Late Night has always been for it to be picked up by a massive network, i.e. Netflix, Apple, Amazon, Quibi, etc. and for the show to be filmed in front of a live audience! And then once I’ve built an empire, have won an Emmy, and have taken over the world, I of course plan to move to a small farm in Italy and drink wine under the Tuscan sun every night.
Please tell us more about your career. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
The heart behind LAnded Late Night has always been to share stories that will make people laugh, cry, and leave believing they can do anything they want in this lifetime. Two years ago, I was feeling stuck in my job as a photographer, and aimless as to where to go next. I decided to make a list of my craziest hopes and dreams and put them into categories like career, marriage, finances, travel, etc. Without even realizing I was doing it, I essentially spelled out “late night host” as my dream job. For those that know me, I’ve never been one to shy away from entertaining. I’ve always loved watching hosts like Fallon, Cordon, Handler, and Ellen…but deep down I was believing that I could never do what they do. Once I realized that having my own show on a massive network was in fact my biggest dream and that I was believing some bullshit lie that I couldn’t do it, (also reading You Are A Badass definitely helped), I hired my first ever employee and created/filmed/ and launched the show within two months. We’ve now shot over 60 episodes and had guests who are pop artists, R&B artists, comedians, influencers, YouTubers, CEOs, you name it…and no, this whole process has definitely NOT been easy. I’ve had many late nights, calls to mom, tears, and minor anxiety attacks. It can often feel like a rat race, especially in LA, but remind yourself to breathe, and take the pressure off. Two of the biggest things I’ve learned throughout this entire process is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to make things look legit, and more than anything, CONSISTENCY is the golden ticket to your success. Also, surround yourself with people who are making their dreams reality as well, who believe in you, and who will remind you of the badass you are when you’re at your lowest.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Listen, COVID has changed me. My ideal day now consists of me waking up, taking a hike through my neighborhood in the hills, coming home, watching Lucifer or the Great British Bake Off with my dog (Benni) and cat (Frank Sinatra) where I then impulsively order a shit ton of baked goods from Milk Bar, followed by a game, or three of Scrabble, topped off with dinner and 4 glasses of wine at Pace. I live a WILD life.
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?
I dedicate all my success thus far to my Mom and Dad. Since day one, they have instilled in me the confidence, independence, and work ethic to be where I am today. I truly believe in myself because they always have.