We had the good fortune of connecting with Kimberlee Peterson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kimberlee, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I’ve never let fear hold me back from trying…
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started my journey in Hollywood back in 1993 as a child actor. I worked with legends, scaled pyramids, built a resume and chased the dream for 17 years.
Life came to a stop when I turned 30. An autoimmune disease and a narcotic drug addiction kicked my ass and forced some difficult self reflection. I had already been popping pills for 3 years, and I couldn’t find the exit. I was ashamed, depressed and consumed by my addiction. Being diagnosed with Sarcoidosis left me feeling more out of control than ever. I knew things had to change. I’d like to say that it happened faster than it did, but it actually took me 4 more years to get clean. It got far worse before it got better.
I look back at some of the things I went through, and frankly, I don’t know how I survived. I guess tough times really force you to tap into your inner strength. I always pushed past fear in my earlier life and put myself out there. But after what I have been through the past decade, I am a damn warrior now! Some things in life may give me anxiety, but I will continue to push past it and be someone of substance in this world.
A few years back photography was introduced into my life, and it woke the beast inside of me. It helps me feel, allows me to connect, and inspires me to dream again.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Food and music is my jam!
First stop, Pine and Crane!! This Taiwanese place is one of my all-time faves. After eating just about everything on the menu, we would catch a show at The Echo. The band Holy Wars would be dope cuz the lead singer Kat is killer to watch live, and she tore it up last time I was there.
Next morning we would hike up Victory Trailhead and enjoy the quiet away from the city noise.
Or we may pop into a yoga Zoom with Janean Cook from Gypsy Balance. She’s my favorite blue-haired hippie.
That night we would be off to Kabosu in Toluca Lake for some sushi. Since the pandemic began I have not had the pleasure of eating there. So I’d have a lot to make up for… wear your stretchy pants would be my advice!
After dinner we would walk a few doors down to my buddy Michael Di Bacco’s bar, The Red Door. It’s just a cool bar with a good vibe. If we are lucky we would see his beautiful Cane Corso roaming around. He’s gigantic! I am so in love. If somehow we were still hungry, Michael’s on Riverside is the restaurant connected To The Red Door.
I’d take you to a gallery viewing of Brooke Harker’s paintings (brookeharker.com). If we were lucky, Donna Bates (donnabates3d.com) would be showing her work as well. Huge fans of both of these ladies.
I’d bring you by my buddy’s house who is the lead singer of The Division Red. Let him serenade us while we sip cocktails by the pool.
A neon shoot with Holly Lynch Photo would be super fun and unlike anything you’ve ever done.
Popping on Brittany Hammonds podcast Good and Well would be a must. Or maybe having her kick our butts for a workout would be fun! Or painful!
CJ Hammond, her brother, an artist/vocalist better be singing while we are there!
Friends, family, music, food, and fun. That’s a wrap!
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 mom for sure! From the time I was little, my mom would always tell me you alone are enough. I have taken that affirmation and used it to inspire everything that I do, like when I attempted gymnastics as a child. Yes, I said attempted. Coordination and strength weren’t exactly my strong suits, but let me tell you, I gave it my all! I may or may not have belly-flopped while attempting a round off, but that is besides the point. She may have been gasping in horror, but my mom was right there rooting me on! She has believed in me and inspired me to show the world what I am made of. It’s all about heart is another quote my momma lives by. She’s the best woman I know. Love you mom!
Photos are by Lotta Photo. My portrait is by the lovely Paul Riolo.