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 writer, speaker, and advocate for compassion towards animals.
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.
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.
I have contributed as an expert guest on the Dr. Phil Show—speaking to the pressures brought to bear by a society that promotes a culture of perfectionism; the relationship between personal energy and happiness; and tips for living in purpose and joy.
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 my focus is writing the manuscript for my book, The Magic Of Viral Energy: 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 (Wikipedia Page)