When people ask me what I do, it can be a mouthful to answer. To summarize what my journey has made of me—so far—I am a TV contributor, writer and artist.
In 2007, I moved to Nashville, from Canada, and opened a publicity business, handling image and media management for No. 1 hit songwriter-artists. And while this was just the first of many inspired risks, it was a very long way from the years I had spent as a runaway teenager and then a twenty-something dreamer, drowning in loneliness and lack and fear. (Read my story here.)
Just eighteen months into this quantum leap that changed my life, my business had expanded to primarily representing television stars—many from ABC’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette—and by 2009 I was invited along with my celebrity clients to the sets of ABC’s Good Morning America and Dancing With The Stars, and CBS’s Survivor and more. Over time, my client roster diversified and has included film stars, authors, television personalities and non-profit organization founders.
By 2010, I relocated to Charleston, South Carolina, and married my husband, Burton. There, a producer at an ABC News affiliate invited me to come in for a segment to tap my experience and insider knowledge on the world of celebrity. This quickly became a 5-year running weekly live television spot called “Pop News With Penelope”. I proudly wore the hat as the station’s resident Entertainment Analyst and had the opportunity to cover the 87th Academy Awards ‘Live From the Red Carpet’ on behalf of WCIV.
In 2014, twenty-nine year old Gia Allemand of ABCs The Bachelor died following a suicide attempt. It was nearly a full day before her name seeped through the inner circle and spread to the national news, but I knew the media would soon be calling my phone, because I was her publicist. After Gia’s tragic death, her mother—Donna—and myself had a full hour sit down with Dr. Phil McGraw: a conversation that became his Season 12 premiere show.
My role on the Dr. Phil Show was as a celebrity representative, plus popular culture and media analyst—speaking to the pressures brought to bear by a society that idolizes celebrity and promotes a culture of perfectionism.
Over the years I have been blessed with numerous adventures and opportunities from creating and pitching television show concepts to networks like Discovery, Animal Planet and Oprah’s OWN; to spending a few days alongside the very humble and deeply inspiring Dr. Jane Goodall, and later meeting my favorite actor, Robert Redford—who is in person just as handsome, confident and gentlemanly as he appears on the silver screen.
Today, I’m focused on writing about very personal true stories that need to be told, including sharing my own experiences.
I am a Contributing Writer for HuffPost (formerly The Huffington Post) and I’m working on writing the book, “M.O.V.E.: Your Guide To Supernatural Happiness”, on the contagious nature of energy and how this phenomenon has worked magic in my life and the lives of many: a topic that I’ve researched and documented since 2002.
For success and true happiness in life, I believe in the power of setting a foundational intention—like a personal mission statement. From this all that is meant for my life is born. As we do in the entertainment business, I will boil it down to a single logline…
My intention is to make a positive difference in the lives of others by inspiring the higher self in all of us.
— Penelope Jean Hayes (Official IMDb Bio)