We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelly Corsino and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelly, what role has risk played in your life or career?
If I feel the pull is strong enough, I go big on “risk.” I put the word “risk” in quotes because I believe that letting fear talk me out of doing something when everything inside of me is telling me to do it, is the biggest risk of all- and it RARELY pays off.
In back of the word “risk” is the word “trust.” So basically the real question is, “do I trust myself and do I trust life?”
I have taken MANY risks in my life and more often than not, they have paid off MASSIVELY. Experience has taught me that the risks I didn’t take have brought me the biggest regret, so in the end, I would rather throw caution to the wind and do the scary/exciting thing, rather than let the moment pass and wonder what might have been.
I always run my big risk taking decisions by a team of mentors, friends and family to get their feedback and insights. But in the end, if something is pulling on me hard enough, it wouldn’t matter if every one of them advised me not to do it, I would (and have) followed through on what I was called to do. The funny thing is, that the rewards these risks have brought me are not always what I imagined they would be, but rather a gift I needed at that time in my personal evolution.
Through a lifetime of doing this, I have experienced ups and downs, but never, not even for a minute, was I ever bored and it has been an education beyond anything I could have learned in school.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think that my background as a creative has helped me to be a more successful business woman. I have been fortunate to launch many successful businesses; musician, event producer, life coach, property flipper and real estate professional. I love educating, encouraging and nurturing people to help them achieve more satisfying lives!
My return to Real Estate came as a result of the pandemic putting my event production company on ice. In a moment of what felt like free falling for so many of us, I wondered where I would land. I think at one point I even considered joining a survivalist commune…instead I planted a vegetable garden… which died!
Could I risk starting a whole new life? If so, what kind of life did I want? I’ve had my REALTOR® license since 2004 when I was flipping properties on the Discovery Channel and I’ve done deals along the way but never done it full time. Could I be good at it? Could I be passionate about it? These are two questions I always ask myself before I do anything important in my life.
The thing I realized about this moment in our world was that suddenly, a lot of people were realizing the same thing about risk as I had come to realize; not taking a risk for something that you yearn for will create regret.
Many folks were ready to take a risk in real estate. Some of them, first time home buyers. Others looking to sell, relocate, downsize, take early retirements, and the list goes on and on. Basically, people were beginning to feel the magnetic pull towards things that excite and delight them rather than playing to their fears and playing it safe.
Working with these kinds of clients became my magnet and I immediately knew that the risk would be worth the reward.
The funny thing is that those clients that I imagined working with are exactly who has shown up! A young grandfather who partnered with me to sell his home so he can move out of state to be near his grandchildren, an artist who had me sell her home so she could move out of the city to be with her elderly mom while enjoying new vistas to create her art. A woman who is buying her first home after her divorce from her husband several years ago.
As I meet and get to know these people I work with, I see their courage, I see that they, like all of us, are uncomfortable and even scared of change, but they are doing it anyway. I wake up everyday grateful that these are the people I get to help, and I owe it all to my willingness to embrace risk.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to? Let’s start out in Belmont Shore. We can stroll through dozens of little, one of a kind boutiques and grab a bite at the family owned, Simmzy’s and share THE most ah-maze-ing Caramelized Brussel Sprouts in the world! On different days, we can choose from TONS of different walking areas; the Shoreline bicycle path will take us through Shoreline Village, the Marina, and the Queen Mary. We gotta be sure to take a stroll through Naples. The homes are GORGEOUS and the canals have no automobiles, so it’s very peaceful and sweet. We could also head over to El Dorado Park and take a walk through the Nature Center.
A gondola ride might be in our plans as well and if we get the right gondolier, we may even get a nice serenade!
Long Beach has both the old and the new blended so well together, so walking tours through some of the historic districts would be really sweet; most especially the Wilmore District where we can see the Bembridge House, a beautifully restored Queen Anne Victorian home.
The shopping at PCH + 2nd is also a MUST! So many great shops and restaurants there as well!
If there is a show happening at the Terrace Theatre, we will make a point to go see it since the venue is lovely with state of the art sound and lighting (which you know I know something about from my years in the biz!)
Hamburger Mary’s is a MUST especially if the Drag Show is happening.
If we have time, we can make our way over to Bixby Knolls for some more great walking areas and more good food!
The best thing to do matter where we find ourselves in Long Beach, is people watch. This place is a Mecca for folks from all walks of life.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout? Nobody, not one single person who has done anything noteworthy has done it alone… I have SO many mentors and angels who have stood by my side through the twists and turns of this crooked road my life has been. So, I suppose if I were to make mention, I would have to begin with my parents. A strong maternal father and a hyper-creative, resilient mother are at the very core of my being.
Friends like Sue Elliott who has helped me connect with my angels and trust in Divine source and in addition to her, a whole bunch of amazing women, frankly too many to mention here, who have believed in me, supported and mentored me right down to Cecily Gish who put me in touch with y’all!
For my primary headshot, the photographer is Austin Yarnton