We had the good fortune of connecting with Keelin Clark and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Keelin, what role has risk played in your life or career?

Risk taking can look a lot of different ways. I am NOT a risk taker who wants to jump out of planes! Rather, I am a risk taker who will speak my mind, tell you like it is and take calculated “risks” financially, verbally and in the moment.

Because of my ability to take risks, I have lived a life of excitement, creativity and at times, had to learn how to face my fears. I moved across the country at 28, and “retired” from my corporate career at 38. I proclaimed myself to be the living embodiment of the Statue of Liberty in 2018 and took advice from the universe to start a company that will Empower and Liberate humanity.

At times, it’s scary AF! But allowing myself to surrender and trust that this is my path (no matter how much may or not be in my bank account), has really served me well.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?

Liberating humanity! lol

My company, Liberty Empowerment, works with entrepreneurs ready to overcome video and “Zoom” anxiety so they can release their creativity, grow their businesses and live abundant lives.

I pretended that I wasn’t creative for 20 years. I “starved” my artist – instead of taking a risk and BEing one. It took a few acts of God to release me from the cage I had put myself in.

Until I finished my bachelors degree in Lit/Creative Writing, I didn’t allow myself to be called an artist or a creative. Even though every part of my being, led the outside world to consistently see that I was and am one.

I worked in uncreative positions in corporate and because of that, I didn’t think I had any right to say I was creative. Even though I would stay up late painting, writing, drawing, acting, or making music.

It took the deaths of several of the matriarchs of my family to wake me. In 2018, my great-aunt, my grandmother, and my mother all passed away. At the same time, I was given a cosmic download to become the living embodiment of the Statue of Liberty (seriously!) The same year, I also retired, not only from Corporate, but from drinking, smoking and partying.

It was the most horrible year of my life and it was the most Liberating. After my mom passed away, I plunged into my creativity. My grief was allowed to unfold through my art: videos, drawings, poetry, photography, etc.

When I leaned into my art and my authentic grief (for myself, my family, the USA and our world), it opened up spaces and opportunities I had ever seen before. It shined the light on my gifts and the truth of my path.

I found my community, my voice and how to serve the world, using ALL of my creativity! The last 3 years have allowed me to explore, play and serve.

Has it been easy – NO! But only because there are moments when I forget to surrender. I forget to trust. I forget to believe in myself. But those only last a moment now, because I know I am on the right path.

The road to liberation can have growing pains, and be frightening. But the fear is only temporary.

Every time we take another risk, we get stronger. Everytime we trust ourselves, we become clear. Every time we surrender, we step into more abundance.

Liberty Empowerment is all about giving people permission to be themselves. And I’m so grateful for the experiences I have had, because now I can share them and empower others to step fully into their own greatness!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I LOVE being an (unbudgeted) tourist in Los Angeles!

Day 1:
Hike up to the Hollywood Sign
Snacks at Little Doms
Check out the OLD LA Zoo
Karaoke in Koreatown

Day 2:
Universal VIP Tour
Then to Hollywood and Highland to see the stars and hand prints
Hollywood Bowl (anything playing)

Day 3:
Artsy shopping in Highland Park on Fig and York
Drinks at The York
Retro bowling at Highland Park Bowl.

Day 4:
Whale Watch in Dana Point
Shopping in Laguna Beach
Sunset Dinner at Rooftop Lounge

Day 5:
Breakfast at The Original Farmer’s Market
Hit up LACMA and new Motion Pic Museums
Dinner at WeHo Bistro
Show at Whiskey A GO GO/Viper Room
Late Night snacks at Rainbow Room

Day 6:
Yoga on Santa Monica Pier
Venice Beach Shopping and Canals
Abbot Kinney Shopping
Lunch at The Rose Cafe
Santa Monica Roller Coaster
Dinner at Nobu in Malibu Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

First: my husband-elect, Darren. You are my rock, my foundation and my biggest fan. My partner in life, business and everything in-between. You are my favorite human in this lifetime and the next. Thank you for always being here with me – standing for me and putting up with my crazy creative heart. I love you, LOML.

Kat: for organizing my brain and helping the world understand it better.

Shanda: for being a powerful stand and mentor. Building a community that I call HOME and for being the example of what is 100% possible.

My Glendale Brothers, Brionne and Charlie: for always SEEING and Believing in ME.

Crystal: being my right and left hands – thank you for being the calming force of LE!

My Family, My Clients, My People: – I SEE YOU. YOU are the change we get to have more of in the world! Each of you, get me out of bed in the morning and inspire me from sunrise to sunset. I love you all so damn much!

Website: keelinsiobhan.com

Instagram: keerox

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/keelinsclark/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/confidentoncameracommunity

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTQ0vX4p9Vzav7oSx_Tp11Q/

Other: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUt91sxJynMZs0EHS216Jdw

Image Credits
Photos: Janet Barnett

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