We had the good fortune of connecting with Hillel . and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hillel, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Balance… the Yin and Yang of life… Black and White… Since my childhood I discovered there were many different cultures, lifestyles, ways of seeing things, expressing ourselves, relating to the world and our surroundings. Learned different languages, lived in different continents, always trying to open my mind and imagination.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Each of us has a talent, we need to find it in ourselves. I was lucky to be able to find my passion at a young age by being selected in school to participate as an actor in an all adult theater play. That experience inspired me to study at some of the best drama schools and led me to perform on stages around the world including on Broadway.
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.
First I would meet my friend at LAX and on the way home would stop for a drink and snack at the Waterfront Cafe in Venice Beach. During his stay would take him to visit the glorious Griffith Park where I used to practice my tap dancing, the colorful galleries in Echo Park, my local Santa Monica Theater where I performed. We would enjoy a delicious greek dinner at Tony’s Taberna in Malibu, visit mutual friends, and of course the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, my club and stage for the last 35 years…..
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?
My family, friends, colleagues helped me in discovering my talents.