Kelly Tomlinson Pollack is no joke. In just a few short years since starting her company, Tomlinson Management Group, an agency that represents and manages the careers of creative artists in the beauty and entertainment industries; Kelly has quickly earned the respect as one of the industries best agents and a very smart business woman.
It was not an easy move to launch an agency in one of the most competitive fields of business and city but having the determination to succeed and the encouraging support of her husband; she was able to move hesitations out the way and went for it. Kelly has successfully built her business from ground up and fast. Starting with just one artist on her roster, she proved that success is not about how much you have; it's about how to make the best from what you have.
TMG has grown into one of the leading artist management agencies in Los Angeles, representing some of the most elite artists in the business. Kelly continues to drive forward every day and reach for more greatness in all aspects of her life. She is a woman who managed to put her fears to the side and invest in her desires to succeed. She took the chance regardless of the "what if's" and hasn't looked back since... well maybe a bit to smile at her success that continues to grow by the day. Can't blame her. It's impressive and she's only getting warmed up. Here's an inspiring peek inside the mindset of this badass boss lady and BlackBeltBeauty muse:
BBB: What helps you stay committed to your goals?
KT: I have always been very motivated and a self-starter - I’m always interested in what I can do next. I love the life I’ve created with my husband, and our dogs, and our home - everything we have accomplished together makes me want to keep going because things just keep getting better. I always remind myself that I’ve come this far so why would I stop now?
BBB: What is one thing about yourself that you feel proud of?
KT: This is such a hard one! I’m proud that I’ve worked hard enough to get to a place where I get to call the shots - its such a privilege that people trust me to do that.
BBB: What do you love most about your career and/or business?
The thing I love most about my business is that I’m surround by all of the best, most talented and genuinely kind people I’ve ever met. I make a huge effort to fill my company with positive and happy people.
BBB: What has been the greatest challenge you’ve over come so far?
KT: Finding the courage to start my own agency. It was so daunting, but I’m so glad I did it. Now I feel like there is nothing I can’t do.
BBB: What do you tell your mind when you’re faced with a challenge you need to overcome?
KT: My favorite thing to remember is that you can never fail, you only produce results. So trying a new challenge can’t result in failing, you may or may not get the result you want, but its always worth a shot. And most of the time it turns out better than you ever thought it would!
BBB: Do you have a favorite quote or mantra that inspires you?
You don’t get what you’re worth, you get what you negotiate. I have no idea who said that, I think I heard it on a podcast, but its genius! It just reminds me to never be afraid to ask for what I want for myself and for my clients.
BBB: What makes you feel like a badass (because you are!)?
KT: I mean, making a great business deal for one of my clients always makes me feel like a badass. But these days the fact that I found the strength to drag my ass out of bed at 6 AM to hike the hills in my neighborhood in Malibu REALLY makes me feel unstoppable.
BBB: What makes you feel beautiful?
KT: Gorgeous skin and red lipstick!
BBB: What are your top 3 beauty products at the moment?
KT: Right now I’m obsessed with Talika Lipocils Eyelash treatment - its a miracle, my eyelashes have never looked better. The best exfoliator I have ever used is also Talika - their Photo-Pure Scrub. My skin feels brand new whenever I use it. And of course the tinted Klorane Dry Shampoo - couldn’t live without it.
BBB: Do you have something you eat or drink regularly that makes you feel nourished and energized?
KT: Everyone Monday morning I buy my office a green juice and a ginger wellness shot from Pressed Juicery - we all do it together to start the week and it makes me so happy. It puts us in a good mood and we feel like we’re doing something good for ourselves.
BBB: What book(s) has positively impacted your life and why?
KT: I LOVE reading anything and everything - this list could be pages long - I always go back to Dr Wayne Dyer Power of Intention, it always reminds me to make sure i’m focused in the right direction. I love The Body Book by Cameron Diaz - taking care of myself is so important and I think the way she relays information is really easy to read and understand and I appreciate that!
BBB: With such a full schedule every day; what is your go-to strategy for prioritizing your time management?
KT: Time management is such a tough one but so important - I’m definitely still learning by trial and error. But I always have do to lists and I religiously set reminders on my phone - I will absolutely forget anything that I don't write down. And I schedule everything I need to do even when its personal so I don’t forget.
BBB: In 3 words, what do you feel makes a woman beautiful?
KT: Confidence, intelligence, kindness
Thank you for the endless inspiration Kelly ❤️
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