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Conversations with Doug Kreeger

Today we’d like to introduce you to Doug Kreeger.

Hi Doug, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Born and raised in Hawaii, I was an oddball because I chose to be inside a dark theatre performing in musicals while my friends were suntanning at the beach. Broadway was always the goal, and I achieved that goal five years out of NYU. Along the way, I had many survival jobs, but my favorite was walking dogs through the mean streets of NYC. When I burned out on the Big Apple, I moved West to LA, started performing with For The Record Live, and found myself an office job to help pay the bills. When I outgrew the office job, I went back to dog walking and pet sitting for friends, and soon I had a profile on various pet care apps and a client base that grew into a business called PetProGo Dog Walking + Pet Sitting. Our employees (we call them “Pet Pros”) love pets, plus the benefits, bonuses, and flexible work schedule we offer. A decade after moving to LA, I’m lucky to be a small business owner while still maintaining a creative relationship with a powerhouse production company like For The Record Live. And I get back to Hawaii multiple times per year. Living the dream!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I look at my work life as two branches of a tree: My life as a Creative Artist and my work as a Small Business Owner. Neither road has been smooth, but every time I’m challenged I tap into the fire in my belly that has always propelled me toward success. And I just keep saying “Yes.” Obviously, the life of a Creative Artist is unstable, inconsistent, and filled with rejection & challenge. Meanwhile, any time I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by fellow artists who are all tasked with creating something together, I find myself once again addicted to the transcendent energy that comes with performing live theatre. As a Small Business Owner, I’ve not only had to learn the ins and outs of employment law in the State of California, I’ve also had to navigate business essentials like payroll and workers compensation benefits. Beyond the steep administrative learning curve, I also had to lead a small business through the hurricane of the COVID pandemic. Some of my new knowledge includes: PPP Loans, EIDLs, PPE acquisition, and grant applications. Through all of the administrative red tape, I’ve acquired an immense tool belt of leadership and management skills which are now crossing into my life as a Creative Artist.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I started my life as a Creative Artist as a wide-eyed kid from the front row of a community theatre production of “Evita” in Hawaii. The theatre bug bit me hard and I did everything I could to make it to Broadway, including summer stock in the Catskills and a tour of children’s theatre in cafetoriums. In almost 15 years as a working actor in NYC, I performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, National & International Tours, and in a lead role at Carnegie Hall. As an LA-based actor, I’ve been lucky to be a consistent performing member of the production company For The Record Live, creating unique and innovative musical theatre in immersive settings. Recently, I’ve added Production Stage Manager and Resident Director to my resume, expanding my experience with the creative side of production. During the pandemic, I started working from home as a Voiceover and Audiobook performer, and I continue collaborating as a book-writer and lyricist on various projects.

What’s next?
I’m moving into a new home, which is exciting. Since the start of the pandemic, I’ve been somewhat nomadic, living in rental homes in Lincoln Heights, the Hollywood Hills, and Silverlake. I even spent a majority of the pandemic in the San Bernadino Mountains in a Lake Arrowhead rental cabin. My dog and I are looking forward to putting down some roots again.

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