We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelsee Pietz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelsee, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking has played such an intricate role in my life and attributing to my success and where i am today. I made a very impulsive, risky decision years ago to quit a job (in my dream field & hometown) where I was being sexually harassed, with no back up plan in place. I spent 2 years of my life living at my parents house in Kansas City sulking in my anxiety & depression wanting to give up. For 2 years I applied for jobs across the country in the film industry while being rejected left and right. I think i counted 149 “no’s” in my inbox at one point. I would be lying if I said there weren’t times I wanted to quit….MANY times. I thought to myself “maybe this industry just isn’t for me”, but the film industry was and is my passion, and I didn’t want to give up just yet. I wound up in Los Angeles in September of 2019, a place I never wanted to live in a million years, (in fact I wasn’t even applying to jobs here) with a dream job working on a true crime TV Show. After only a few short months of working on the show, it was cancelled, and I was left jobless again. I went home to Kansas City for Christmas with the assumption that I would pack up my things when I got back to Los Angeles and head back to the midwest to start from square one. Over the holiday I decided to take a risk and apply for jobs I never thought I would get. Little did I know taking that risk would land me a new job at E! News in February 2020. As someone who is a consciously aware control freak, taking risks is a way for me to take control of my own life. I can’t control the outcome of the risk, but I can control whether or not I take that risk, how I respond to the outcome of that risk, and what I do with the outcome of that risk moving forward. It’s a very powerful feeling. I have been thinking about starting a podcast for years now, but my own thoughts held me back until recently. I have finally taken the risk to starting ‘Not So Ladylike’ with my partner, Tosha Everhart. I wanted to start this podcast to push people to take risks and be more open about topics they wouldn’t normally talk about with their friends and family. We tackle topics like suicide, anxiety, endometriosis, death, body image etc. If you never ask, or never try, the answer will always be “no”, so why not take the risk. The worst thing that can happen is what’s already happening. Nothing more can be taken from you in taking that risk, and even if you don’t get the outcome you’re looking for, you are still gaining something by learning more about yourself. Taking risks can be so scary, but I promise it’s always worth it in the end. You will never be on your death bead saying “I regret all those risks I took throughout my life”, Instead, you will say “I regret not taking that risk”
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I wear many hats. I use to think that was a bad thing and you needed to be good at one particular thing, and then I realized that was complete bullsh*t and you can be a badass at multiple things. I’m a production coordinator for E! News (this is my main full-time job). I’m also a photographer, my passion is street photography and landscape photography. Eventually I want to move into photography full-time where i’m able to combine the essence of street photography in the home so I can tell the raw emotional story of a person’s life. I have a small Resin Business on Etsy called ResinKP, where I make custom resin pieces. And I just recently started a podcast called ‘Not So Ladylike’ – where my partner, Tosha Everhart, and I talk about topics that could be considered ‘taboo’ to talk about. We want to normalize talking about things like suicide, death, endometriosis etc. so you don’t feel alone! Getting to where I am today was an extremely bumpy road. Leaving a job where I was sexually harassed, wondering if I would ever work in that field again was extremely hard for me. Already having anxiety and depression it only added to it. I was able to push forward with the support of my friends & family, medication and my own tenacity to not give up. Life is too short & there is an entire world out there I still need to see.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is really hard for me to answer because i was only here a few short months before the global pandemic and we went into lock down, but there were a few places I fell in love with beforehand. I love hiking, so I would take my friend hiking at Griffith Park, and a hike somewhere in Malibu for that ocean view! I also live near the Hollywood Resevoir so it’s fun to walk around the lake and show people the Hollywood sign, there is so much history in my neighborhood. Two of my favorite bars to go to are Pinky’s Los Feliz & In Sheep’s Clothing. They are very intimate, play great music and serve exceptional cocktails. As for restaurants I haven’t had the opportunity to try too many, but one of my favorite’s is ‘All Time’ in Los Feliz, they have a great wine pairing menu! And for dessert i’m a sucker for the gluten free MILK cake balls, so we would definitely be making a stop there! And it wouldn’t be a week in Los Angeles, if you didn’t take a trip to ocean, mountains or desert, so I would probably take my friend to venture out to Yosemite or Joshua Tree for a few days! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This list would be a trillion pages long, if you let me, but I would especially like to shout out to my Mom, Karen (not your typical Karen) & Dad, for always believing in my crazy dreams & impulsive ideas. Susan Carney & Cerise Fukuji for being my mentors and pushing me to move out to Los Angeles to spread my wings. Maddy Hayes, & Teresita Madrigal for listening to me cry when I was told “no” every day for 2 years & not letting me give up. My E! family, & lastly the cheesy saying ‘all my family & friends’. But truly I would not be where I am today without the support system I have. Life is hard to do alone.