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Conversations with the Inspiring Kate Eipl

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Eipl.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kate. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started off as a kid wanting to pursue my passion for art. I was convinced I would be an artist and live in California, despite what my older brother said. (I was born and raised in Chicago.) Over the years, my path was filled with twists, but they were all necessary for me to grow into the person I am now.  I found my way to California where I work as an artist.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My life is a roller coaster and has been full of ups and downs. A big struggle for me was learning to push through my own insecurities and keep forging ahead. I tend to be my toughest critic which can lead to self-sabotage if I let myself keep picking myself apart. When others tell me, I cannot do something or that it will be next to impossible, I take it as a challenge but when I start telling myself those things, I take it as a defeat. That can be very hard to recover from.

I have had to learn to face my fears head on and walk directly into them. You can’t let your fears hold you back. For years, I felt that I needed to have a 9 to 5 job because it felt safe. I knew I would always have a pay check (not enough to live on and pay back massive student loans). At the end of the day, the 9 to 5 was not making me happy. I wanted the freedom to pick my projects, control my schedule, and help more people. So, I left the 9 to 5 for a freelance career.

My advice is first, don’t be afraid to go after what you want. If you are afraid, learn to embrace it and lean into it. Taking risks is necessary to grow. Second, don’t tear others down. It is natural to look at people who are working toward similar goals as competition and to get defensive about it. However, all it does is waste energy and makes you cranky. With all that is happening in society, there is no need to add more conflict. We should help build each other up not tear each apart. I believe that we are all here to help each other. Finally, be authentic to yourself and don’t apologize for it. You are who you are, own it, and don’t let others tell you that, that is not okay.

What should we know about Eipl Entertainment and Eipl Yoga? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
When I left my 9 to 5 job, I created my Creative Media Management firm, Eipl Entertainment. This provides the flexibility to work on a wide variety of projects across the entertainment industry, such as, themed attractions, events, film and theater. Most often, I work as a production manager or producer. I do also work as a stage manager, AD, and consultant.

I love collaborating with others. It is trilling to help people see and realize their vision coming to life. I adapt to who I work with, no two clients get the exact same treatment from me. I acknowledge that everyone and every company is different and cater my work accordingly. It is never a “one-size fits all” situation.

In addition, to my entertainment career, I am also a fitness instructor and reiki therapist. I focus on natural and holistic healing modalities; yoga, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, and meditation. This provides an opportunity to work with others and create a tailored routine to help them achieve their goals. I am passionate about helping people work through their limitations and achieve their personal goals.

Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
Absolutely. Growing up, I was always pushed by my mother and sister to get good grades, to get into a good college and get a good job. My mom started working full-time when I as 5 and I kind of became my older sister’s responsibility. My sister had me on a specific path, as a kid.

She would always want to play school, which involved her teaching me how to spell, read, write, math and basic science principles. Needless to say, she enjoyed this way more than I did. As a result, I grew up with a respect for academia and hard work. I now hold 3 different degrees and numerous certificates in my career fields. I am thankful for each one and the experiences that came with them.

My sister is one of my biggest influencers. She taught me how to take care of myself. She showed me that I did not need anyone to take care of me if I could provide for myself. She encouraged me to try my best in everything I did. If I brought home anything else than an A, she would ask, “Is this the best you can do?” Most of the time, I answered, “No,” and she would reply, “Well, there you go,” and walk away. Typically, I didn’t mind if I upset my parents but upsetting my sister was worse. She knew how to affect me more without saying much.

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Sean McConaghy, Yanelle Gaviña

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