We had the good fortune of connecting with Starr Nathan and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Starr, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I’m a hard worker. Yes, it’s noble but my mind, body and creativity have all paid the price when I don’t boss up and establish boundaries to create balance.

Early 2021, I removed myself from the matrix of productivity. It’s been the best investment with my time thus far, and it really propelled my business and visibility once I knew how to navigate things I couldn’t control.

In my humble opinion, creating balance is where fulfillment is. It’s hard, but when you’re desperate enough, you’ll take the time to master it. When you allow yourself to have that space to recalibrate, then peace and creativity can pour into you. Too many of us are trying to do major things safe (me, included sometimes) but that ain’t it, it’s not how the overflow works. You have to be okay with not knowing where the bottom is and the only way I feel like you’re actually okay with that is when you find balance grounded in your purpose.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m most proud of how I show up to work. Whether I’m pitching an idea in a meeting or providing feedback to talent on set, I take a lot of pride in creating a safe and collaborative space for everybody to bring their best self. Directors can be very executional and I don’t work like that. Furthermore, together we create a better product when you enjoy what you do.

I’m a leader and I’m excited to lead bigger sets, with higher stakes. What sets me a part is my experience from BET Networks, Bleacher Report and Snapchat. My institutional knowledge from these companies has taught me how to create for different sectors and build business.

My personal and professional experiences have led me to this point. The story is still being written honestly. Only having moved here a couple of months ago, I’m humbled Shoutout LA even reached out to me. I don’t take anything for granted. I’m always in gratitude. These days I’m focusing on the opportunity at hand making it better than my last.

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’m new to LA so don’t start being judge-y when I share what I’ve been enjoying out here.

But, if my people are coming to LA we’d def have to hit up The Black Market Flea and Ysabels. Two different vibes but I enjoy both of them a lot. SoFi Stadium is also amazing, so hitting up a Rams game is must (I went in December and hands down it’s still one of my favorite moments out here). If we’re gonna get drinks and catch vibes I’m recommending Johnnys or Alta in West Adams, those have been my go-to’s lately — they’re so consistent!

If we need food on the late night we’re hitting up Jones in West Hollywood and if we’re trying to be outside outside, I’d likely call my DJ friends to see what the move is. It seems to change week-to-week out here.

Much love to LA though. I’m exploring and enjoying myself.

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?
Yes, I want to shoutout my brother and friend Keithen ‘Bassman’ Foster. He is the bassist for the Grammy award-winning artist and musician, H.E.R.

When my faith was lost, he showed up and shepherded me into re-establishing my relationship with God. This is when I found balance.

It’s really a long story, and better told in-person, but one day he asked me to go to church with him because he could see I wasn’t in my right mind. I refused. I also, am not religious and don’t do church. But, Keithen was persistent af.

He called my phone one Sunday morning to see if I was up (of course I wasn’t). He then responded and said, “I just called an Uber to your house, get in the Uber and meet me at church.” I’m not going to hold you, I was annoyed but I respect him so I got in the Uber. That moment changed my life. Over time, the people closest to me started to see a difference in my spirit and tenacity once I became connected to the source. Work was flourishing, relationships were flourishing, I was excited about life again — still am.

This was a turning point in my growth process because I truly learned that success is an inside job.

Website: www.starrpowerent.com

Instagram: 5tvrr

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/starrmnathan/

Image Credits
Carlos Delarosa, Nigil Crawford, Kebba Mbye, Marlee Nicolos, Jessie Fox

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