We had the good fortune of connecting with Promise Harvey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Promise, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think of risk like a spice — it adds fun, it adds enjoyment. Too much of it and it’s overpowering to your experience. If you’re not careful it can be something your ego constantly fights against. It’s only natural to want to stay safe and in your comfort zone, to stay with what’s familiar to you, what’s predictable, but taking risks is completely essential when you run your own business. I constantly take risks in my work, and I might even be considered a bit impulsive, but it’s that side of me that has allowed me to be successful doing what I do. 2 years after starting my business, I decided to try being a digital nomad, because I finally had a job that didn’t require me to be in one place, and it ended up being more cost effective for me to travel than to live in Los Angeles full time. I got on a plane to Paris, and ever since then it’s been very rewarding. That was a big decision though — it was definitely risky, but it also ended up helping me support my business even more. It freed me up to film for my channel in more locations, to get to know and understand more about cultures that are new to me, which as an added bonus helped me understand the clients I have who are from other cultures. Not every risk pans out perfectly like that, but I wouldn’t be growing if I weren’t taking some kind of risk.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
There wasn’t really a specific moment where I sat down and planned my business out until I had already pretty much started it! Before all of this, I was working a couple of different fashion industry jobs. None of them felt fulfilling on a spiritual level, and that had suddenly become very important to me. I realized I felt very mistreated or taken advantage of, and my own version of a 9 to 5 just wasn’t enough to make getting up in the morning an easy thing. Even though I had explored different areas of interest in that line of work, none of it really felt like me. So, instead of waiting for my magical dream job to appear, I decided to sort of just ‘act’ like I had hired myself for a job. I really wanted to be able to express my point of view, I wanted to explore and teach about the tarot and spirituality, I wanted to experiment, and I wanted to see if I could create a job out of exploring a lifestyle and teaching others to try and do the same. So, as far as my thought process, at first I wasn’t really aware that I was starting a business. I just started an instagram and a Youtube Channel, talking about my journey and experience in self discovery, learning about different self realization topics, etc.. I just decided to try these things out for myself and share it on social media, and when I started having a big response, I sort of freaked out — I realized my spirituality had become very real to me, that everything I was exploring and sharing with my social media was really helping me grow, that it was working for me personally, and that others were responding very well to my point of view as I was going through it. I had a background in coaching and teaching in sort of a niche career, and I decided I could offer services using that skillset. At first, I was offering it all for free — free energy readings and free content, so after a while my following grew and I got so busy that I had to start charging 10 dollars a reading just so I could handle the volume. Then, soon enough it was raised to 20, 30, 40, 50 dollars a reading, and I was working full time. It just sort of…happened, and next thing I knew I was quitting my day job and I had income doing all of these things I was really passionate about. That was 3 years ago now. There have been some challenging decisions I’ve had to make, but the biggest lesson has really been about not caring what other people think. I’ve had success doing something that some people can be very uncomfortable with. I eventually realized that as long as I know I’m acting out of my own integrity, it really doesn’t matter what other people think. Those people aren’t going to want my help, no matter how hard I try. Move away from people who don’t support what you do — there will always be naysayers around, so don’t let that discourage you from making your mark on the world. I also try to shut out positive feedback when it makes sense — like when I’ve caught myself doing something just to get approval but I could be taking a creative risk that will help me grow as an artist. I also learned how important it is to have a strong sense of empathy in this line of work. Every single follower or client that I interact with, I really try to put myself in their shoes and understand where they’re coming from. For me this is more about building a community where people feel safe, and can talk about what’s going on in their life or their viewpoint. I want to provide a space for others to have courage, to have fun, to sometimes ask big questions, to come up with their own conclusions, to find their own answers, and ultimately leave feeling a little more centered, having a little more peace in their life. That healing experience comes from feeling understood, feeling like you’re not alone, and reminding yourself of who you are at your core, what you want to do with your life. That experience can’t happen if I don’t have empathy for others.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Hands down the first place I would take a good friend would be to Eaton Canyon in Pasadena. It’s still so wild, despite being in the middle of a dense urban area. I’ve seen deer, bears, and there’s a beautiful waterfall there. I’ve traveled a lot outside of the states and it’s still one of my favorite places to go to. For food, I’d take them to Sage Cafe in Echo Park for plant based food. 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?
I’m inspired by all these people I’ve met in my work who have been through really difficult and maybe even traumatic life experiences and yet still keep going, still drawing on deep passions and willpower to create a beautiful life for themselves. It’s not just inspiring to me on an artistic level, but it also is a constant reminder of my own struggles and it pushes me to dig deep when I am creating.
photos taken by Promise Harvey