We had the good fortune of connecting with Silvia Kal and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Silvia, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I think that in order to be happy you have to keep a good balance between your work and your personal life. The best option is to find a job that is also your hobby. That’s what I did. I work a lot but I love what I do so most times it doesn’t feel like work. I could never do one of those 9 to 6 office jobs because it didn’t make me happy, so I did what I love: acting. I also created a PR agency. I have a degree in advertising and Public Relations and it is something I’ve always enjoyed. With my business I can create my own schedule so I don’t have as many restrictions and I have time to do my hobbies. Some people are too focus in making a lot of money and they are miserable having no personal life. I always knew I wanted to enjoy life to the fullest while still having a successful career. I’ve always worked very hard to get where I wanted to be and I’ve been able to achieve that balance.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an actress and I own a PR company where we promote artists in the press. Choosing to be an artist is probably one of the hardest careers to choose if you want to achieve big success. As an actress, it hasn’t been a smooth road. You have to be very persistent, hard-working, and mentally strong. You have to work on it every day to improve yourself and look for opportunities or create them yourself, and it’s very easy to give up. If you keep working very very hard there are many chances that you will eventually get where you want to be. As an entrepreneur, you have to do the same thing (work hard every day and create opportunities) but I feel like you have more control over it than you do as an actor. Both of them have the risk that you don’t have the same pay check every month and things can go great or bad. There’s a lot of uncertainty until you stablish yourself. But you are creating something of your own and something you enjoy, and once you are more stablished it’s wonderful. I never had the entrepreneurial soul until I moved to Los Angeles and now I’m loving it. If you want to succeed you have to be transparent with your business and make your clients happy because everything is word of mouth. I think what made my business grow is the fact that I always made sure to be very clear with my clients regarding their expectations and do a good job for them.
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.
I’d take them to Malibu Wines Safari. It’s a gorgeous place with a really fun experience. I’d then take them next door to the Malibu Wine Tasting where you can dance outdoors listening to live music and with a very nice vibe. For dinner Calamigos Ranch. There are countless incredible restaurants in this town. If they are looking for something more elegant: Inn of the Seventh Ray, the rooftop of The Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills, Piccolino, Nobu Malibu, Perch… More casual: Reel Inn, Patrick’s Road House, URTH Caffe, Sur… I’d take them to play beach volleyball in Will Rogers. There’s a beautiful community of people who go there every weekend and playing while seeing the sunset is priceless. Abbot Kinney, the Venice Canals, bike riding along the beach, kayaking or paddle boarding at the Marina, Rodeo Drive, the Venice Boardwalk, horseback riding at Sunset Ranch, Newport Beach, The Montage hotel at Long Beach…
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My sisters Judit and Olga and my parents for always being there and try to help in any way they could.
Other: IG of my PR company: https://www.instagram.com/sggpublicrelations/?hl=en
Michel Pinto (IG @amodernartphotography) and Cesar Uribe.