Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelli Schloemer.
Hi Kelli, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I grew up as a competitive athlete winning numerous regional and national titles. I was lucky enough to have trained all over the country including some time at the Olympic Training Center. When I finished my competitive career, I became a coach and used my extensive knowledge to produce multiple regional and national champions. During my time coaching, I also began my PR and marketing career. I worked for several recreational businesses on both the East and West coast. My innovative marketing ideas continually increased the yearly revenue in those businesses. I was an invited seminar leader as both a coach and a PR guru. After about 25 years of both coaching and working for other businesses, I decided to retire from coaching and stop working for other people so I could spend more time with my children. I opened my own boutique PR company in Los Angeles. For the last six years, I have been working in the entertainment arena with clients, charities, and brands.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has not been a smooth road, but owning your own business is never a smooth road. I have had people try to tear me down because they wanted to make themselves feel better or more important. I have had people that have tried to do things behind my back or talk bad about me. I find that when you are successful or are perceived a threat people try to bring you down. Covid hasn’t been easy on the business either, but it has taught me a lot. People have really shown their true colors during this pandemic and for that, I am grateful. The best things to do when times are tough is stay in your lane and never look behind you.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am an entertainment publicist specializing in working with actors, authors, designers, athletes, brands, charitable organizations, and select businesses. I am known for thinking outside of the box to help my clients achieve their goals. I am most proud of the fact that I am professional, kind, and respectful of my colleagues in this industry. It’s one of the reasons why I am successful. Never think you know it all or are better than anyone else or you are doomed to eventually fail. Always try to learn, grow, and be open to new ideas and new ventures. Always say YES to life!
Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
The pandemic has really changed the way the industry is headed. I think people have really started to shift their business models and in a good way. I believe there are going to be more opportunities for publicity because people and brands are looking for new ideas and are more open to anything that comes their way. It’s unfortunate how hard the entertainment industry has been hit by this pandemic, but I see light at the end of the tunnel. There may even be more events coming up because people are hungry to start going out and doing things.
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