We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim Hale and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kim, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
This is such a wonderful question. My thoughts about work life balance have definitely evolved over time. In the past my focus was solely on the hustle and grind of life. I wore it like a badge of honor which left me feeling exhausted, depleted and unfilled. My intention on how I approach work life balance has shifted and my intention now is centered on doing what I love, with people I love, for people love. I heard former Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) President Sheri Salata share this once and it has resonated with me ever since. I believe in living one life, so, for me, a balance between my professional and personal life exists automatically. I know that may sound crazy to some but when you truly love everything you are doing there is no separation between the two.
What should our readers know about your business?
My name is Kim Hale and I am the owner of Kim Hale | Public Relations. My current work as an entertainment publicist was a natural progression from my previous experience as a Talent Agent and as the Head of Marketing, PR and Social Media at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles. In that role, I was regularly interacting with publicists and began to see an intersection between my work as a talent agent and the marketing/social media world. Ms. Allen always graciously allowed me the opportunity to try new things which eventually led to me handling the PR for her 10th Anniversary production of the Hot Chocolate Nutcracker. I loved every minute of that experience. I knew I wanted to dig deeper into public relations and began working with my friends Emmy Award nominee Chloe and her sister Maud Arnold, one of the tap dance world’s leading ladies. The chemistry was instant and I started booking them immediately. I quickly realized that to have success as a publicist you have to be passionate about the people you are representing and the stories you are telling.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that In order to create a successful media campaign, a brand needs to have not only a wonderful product (which can be an individual) but a powerful story to tell as well. People are hungry for content that is uplifting and inspiring. They do not want is to be “sold” to. What is the story you want to tell and how can the media help shine a light on it? In my opinion, the brand/publicist relationship is really a storytelling collaboration. It is important to take the time to truly contemplate a brand’s place in the marketplace – why now? Once that homework is done and have a clear understanding of your value it will be much easier to not only tell that story but find an audience of like minded individuals.
Kim Hale | Public Relations is a small boutique agency that is focused on quality versus quantity. I am interested in giving my full attention to a few clients rather than have a huge roster where more than half of the clients receive little to no attention. For me, it is about the one on one relationship and collaborating on the storytelling. I am very proud of the work I have done with my clients as a result of this philosophy. To be honest, there is nothing that brings me more joy than being able to share the beautiful stories and journeys of my clients on a daily basis.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am a Los Angeles native and have renewed my love of this city in the past year. One of the hidden treasures of Los Angeles are the beautiful botanical gardens. Some of my favorite gardens to visit are The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Gardens, Descanso Gardens, Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden and South Coast Botanical Gardens, Each one is a lush and unique in it’s own way. The perfect outdoor escape for anyone looking for an adventure. I cannot recommend these gardens enough. They have repeatedly provided me with meditative and rejuvenating experiences over the past year and for that, I am grateful.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am forever grateful to Emmy Award winner Debbie Allen and the Debbie Allen Dance Academy for providing me with a safe space to explore new possibilities in my creative life.
Photo: Michael Higgins Photography