Now with her own segments on popular Canadian television and relationship articles for nationwide magazines, Toronto socialite Jen Kirsch has risen to national celebrity status with her advice for singles and couples everywhere in today’s YPDaily…
Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell.
I am a Relationship Expert, Columnist and Blogger. I do frequent relationship segments on Canada AM, eTalk and CTV News, write for a handful of publications including ELLE Magazine and do couples counselling and coaching sessions.
Why did you start working at your company? What was the inspiration for this career route?
My lust for writing developed into a deep, over-powering passion. I needed an outlet to share my tales of the heart so I started my blog Blonde, Bronzed, Twentysomething. Noticing that readers were crushing on all my relationship related material I changed my lifestyle focus to a relationship one. The columns and everything else followed suit.
What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
The best part is getting to help others; whether it is providing advice that finally allows them to leave a toxic relationship, or getting people to put their heart on their sleeves.
The most challenging part? Attempting to make deadline when another regular at a Cafe I’m writing in sits at my table to get my take on their current relationship status. I can never object to helping someone out, but I’m very deadline driven. My next article is ‘How to be a bitch when you need to be,’ then I’ll pretend someone else wrote it so I can actually take the advice. (See what I did there?)
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
On bookshelves, ideally. I’ve been wanting to pen a book for a while now. Perhaps now that I’ve put it out there I’ll actually do something about it. Perhaps.
What does success look like to you?
Success is doing that in which you are passionate about.
What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
Being asked to do frequent segments on Canada AM. I love the rush of live TV, and the opportunity to share the need-to-knows of dating and relationships with viewers.
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
The idea of is often worse than is. By being aware of this alone, you can drastically change the way you take care of things. Just keep on keeping on whether you’re seeing results or not. Eventually, they will come; unfortunately, not over night.
Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
Rethink, which is a Canadian breast cancer charity with a focus on raising awareness to the under-40 crowd. I lost my mom to breast cancer when I was 18, so the hope is by raising awareness, other women can detect breast cancer at the early stages. As well, I’ve sat on the committee for REENA Foundation’s Not Just Another Saturday Night, as well as the Lisa Coristine Brave Heart Foundation.
What to you is notable?
Someone who is able to balance their work life with their personal life. It’s sexy. It’s admirable. It’s fulfilling. It’s also does wonders in making a romantic relationship successful.
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You can follow Jen on Twitter @jen_kirsch