Today we’d like to introduce you to Kim Green.
Kim, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I graduated from Syracuse with a degree in Advertising and a Concentration on Creative Writing. My true passions have always been writing and music. I was blessed when a friend from high school connected me to a copywriting job at Sony Music. It was one of the best days of my life when I was hired and it set the stage for me to have had an amazing experience at Sony writing advertisements for artists such as Sade, Jamiroquai, The Fugees, Maxwell and the entire Def Jam roster. I was the first African American writer in the department and it was important to me to show my creativity as well as my versatility. I was quickly promoted to Associate Director and wrote for jazz artists and mainstream artists as well.
I also wrote some award-winning corporate campaigns for Sony Music Entertainment. After my heavenly stint at Sony, I went on to work for Polygram Records as a Product Manager. It wasn’t really creative enough and I left to start my own writing business. I was very lucky that I had a built-in client list which consisted of all of the labels, I had worked for as a freelancer while working a Sony. I have worked for myself ever since, building a unique boutique creative firm as well as a coaching business. I now coach aspiring authors to write the book they have always dreamed of! As an author, myself, I have written two celebrity biographies, one of which was a New York Times Bestseller and made into a Lifetime Movie! That would be Fantasia Barrino’s Life Is Not A Fairytale. I have written two novels, hallucination and Vicissitudes which is currently out right now. As an entertainment journalist, I wrote for The Source, Essence, iD magazine (London), The Wire (UK) and several other magazines, interviewing artists such as Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Tupac, Patti Labelle, Mavis Staples, Al Jarreau, Ricki Lee Jones, and a host of others.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I think my hardest struggle was accepting the fact that I am not cut out to work for someone else. And although it was a powerful realization, letting go of the corporate life was not a struggle at all. I am a multifaceted person and I think in lots of different directions. It was hard to tie me down to one thing. As a creative, I am often sought out for my out-of-the-box thinking, that is rarely one-dimensional. I guess another struggle was when I worked at Polygram and I was not great at it! I work hard to be excellent and it was disheartening to not be my best. It was also a great lesson of learning to recognize my strengths and my weakness and what I am not really interested in.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am an author, Life coach and Writing coach. My business is called Blank Page Consulting. And I say that I provide “coaching services for writers and their lives.” What that means is that I work mainly with writers because of my vast experience in writing but my Life Coaching clients always gain a lot of insight about themselves as I utilize writing with both sets of clients. It is amazing how one’s own words can open up their soul! My website is: blankpageconsult.com. I am most proud when writers come to me with no words on the page and leave me with a full manuscript that they have put their heart and soul into. They are new people! I am known for my love of writing and words, I am a writer’s writer.
We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I think that the luck was that random recommendation to work for Sony Music. It was like a dream come true. Although I loved music, I had no connections in the industry and never imagined that the copywriting job even existed! It was luck or God. It was great to finally land in an industry that I love. It gave me wings to stretch out and do other things with my writing. I don’t believe in bad luck, just hard work and passion and you can break down any barrier if you stay with it.
- $1000 10 week Group Coaching Experience
- Individualized longer-programs are also available
- Website: blankpageconsult.com
- Instagram: @kimgreenauthor
- Facebook: Kim Green
- Twitter: @kimgreenwords