We had the good fortune of connecting with Maddison Hill and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maddison, how do you think about risk?
I would not categorize myself as a risk taker. I am very type A, I love organization, I love following the rules, but when I look back at my entire professional career it’s been nothing but risks, which is funny.
I first took a risk when I moved to LA from Kansas City after graduating from college to pursue a career as an Entertainment News Host. I moved out here with the hope of turning a freelance position at a women’s lifestyle website into a full-time position until I could find a hosting job. While unpacking my apartment, I got an e-mail that the website was shutting down.
While it felt like my risk to move was a wrong one, losing that opportunity pushed me to make connections that lead to my first hosting job in LA at the digital entertainment news network Hollyscoop. I started there as a fill in host and worked my way up to being the Senior Host and Producer of the channel.
Recently, I took another risk and left Hollyscoop to start my own brand and YouTube channel where I cover celebrity news, lifestyle, and fashion. I never in a million years thought I would become a full time content creator, but sometimes the Universe has plans that we never saw coming. Since focusing on my channel full time last summer, I’ve grown to 22K subscribers and launched my own merchandise line. Although it was a HUGE risk to leave my old job, and some days I struggle to see the reward, I know it was the right thing to do.
As you can tell, risks have kind of been my thing, despite me not considering myself a risk taker. Honestly, I’m looking forward to my next one and where it leads!
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I think the thing that sets me apart from others in my field is that I’m truly passionate about what I do. I have wanted to work in Entertainment News since I was in high school, and it might sound silly, but talking about celebrities and pop culture is my passion and I think that’s in part what makes me good at it. I didn’t want to do this because I thought it would be easy and glamorous. I got into it because it’s what I’ve truly wanted to do, and I hope people can recognize that when they watch.
I’d say the thing I’m most proud of is building a brand and authentic following of my own. It’s so tempting to take the easy route and ‘buy support,’ but I’ve never done that and the little community I’ve built on the internet is so much fun. They’re positive, supportive, fun, light hearted, celeb tea lovers just like myself and I really consider myself lucky!
Of course it hasn’t been easy, a lot of challenges have been thrown my way, but I have learned to know my worth. As someone who was ‘just happy to be here’ when it came to some jobs in the industry, I’ve learned that I am an asset and I need to remember that, even if people around you aren’t making you feel that way.
What I want people to know about my story is that I’m someone who moved to LA with a dream, and while that dream has changed a little bit my passion to be the friend you watch on TV talking about the things you care about hasn’t changed!
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?
If my friend was visiting for a week we would definitely eat at Bacari for happy hour (W. 3rd Location), Met Him at a Bar for pasta, Eveleigh for brunch, the Belmont for truffle garlic tots, and Ep&Lp for drinks with a view.
I would also force them to do a park hopping day at Disneyland and DCA because I love Disney and think everyone needs to experience it as an adult. Yep, controversial opinion I know.
I would also take them to window shop in Beverly Hills, to the Grove, to the beach, and at least one hike, probably Runyon because I can be basic like that.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This is a tough one because A LOT of people deserve a shoutout in my life.
First up, my family. They have supported my dreams and goals from day one. I could not have moved to LA without them. I wouldn’t have had the courage to start my own channel without them. Pretty much everything I am and have is because of them.
Second, the friends that I have made since moving to Los Angeles have been instrumental to my success. My friend Heather Smith (owner of Pop Hearts TV) answered one of my first cold e-mails and gave me an opportunity to cover one of my first red carpets. Since that first carpet, she’s been stuck with me ever since haha! She is the definition of someone who uplifts the people around her, and I am so thankful for her always!
Also, my small circle of friends, they know who they are. They are my biggest cheerleaders! Every Instagram post, YouTube video, TikTok, they like, share, and make me feel like I’m killing it even on days when I feel like I’m not. I also fully can say I would not love LA as much as I do without them! They truly make LA feel like home!
Also also (haha), my good friend Courtney Revolution. We make the best team when it comes to hosting and he has taught me SO much. I would 100% not have a channel without his encouragement and support. He is truly one of the best humans on this planet and he’s going to be on the Circle Season 2 on Netflix! So everyone go watch and root for him!