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Rising Stars: Meet Charley Pavlosky

Today we’d like to introduce you to Charley Pavlosky.

Hi Charley, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I worked in the music business for many years as a songwriter and producer. I then ran a record company for two years after that. From there, I developed film and television properties for the studios in Hollywood as a writer and producer and director. At that point, I began to see the disconnect between Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Madison Avenue as it related to the emerging digital landscape and its needs for a convergent technology solution to connect the three interests seamlessly in a fully integrated direct to consumer experience. I founded ShopSee in 2015 with that in mind.

Alright, 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?
It’s never smooth. The path to success is accomplished only when one is prepared to live and work outside one’s comfort zone. In fact, there is no comfort zone in life. That is an illusion brought about by insecurity and a sense of unworthiness. The truth is we ARE worthy to accomplish that to which we are dedicated, committed and willing to honor first in ourselves and then in those around us. Nothing short of that will win the day. In the case of my own journey through creating a startup, I’ve had to let go of a lot of preconceived notions and my own unrealistic expectations along the way and be willing to become a student with an open mind and a clear heart. It’s not as easy as it may sound. But it’s definitely worth the journey because I’m worth it.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’ve always been an artist first and foremost. I gravitated toward piano at age seven and from there learned to play other instruments as well. By the time I was nine, I was giving recitals in my home town. From that point on, all I could think about was when I would leave that place and move to a city where I could begin my professional career- first as a musician, writer and producer of records, to becoming an actor. I have been successful in both areas. I am proud of the work I’ve done and what I set out to accomplish. Now I maintain the approach of an artist in all my entrepreneurial endeavors: from founding a tech company to running a rare tequila brand I created, to managing a real estate portfolio of high net worth individuals’ transactions, to managing an emerging musical artist, who has had her inaugural single in the US reach #3 on the charts here. It’s a great ride and I’m grateful I’ve been able to create such a thrilling life. It’s all a choice, really and I choose to live this way.

Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
Los Angeles is an amazing place. I’ve never met more spiritually minded and emotionally intelligent individuals anywhere else. It seems they all come here to find themselves in a new light and I find that beautiful. The same was true for me. While my company is based in Santa Barbara, LA remains our Sister City, where a lot of my business is conducted. For many years I lived at the beach in Santa Monica, which was sublime. Now that I am in Santa Barbara, I am only an hour and a half down the coast to have meetings, catch up with friends and enjoy the west side, which I love to this day.

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