Mia Hopkey lives in Los Angeles CA. She is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and lover of Hello Kitty. When the baby goes down and she’s not “second shifting” her day job, she enjoys melting into her couch and watching Keeping Up with the Kardashian (Big Brother if it’s the summer), trolling instagram for fashion inspiration, and group texting with her best friends. She eats paleo, loves SoulCycle, and believes a little dirt and germs is good for the soul. She’s one of Ink & Well’s most inspiring mommy friends and we can’t wait to share her secrets with you!
Describe your professional background and education
I create, sell and execute digital media campaigns on the worlds largest music streaming platform, Spotify. I work mainly with entertainment clients, like movie studios and broadcast television networks- so I am based in Los Angeles, CA. I have been in media sales for 6 years. My career started in radio sales, and moved into digital sales. I (like most people) am incredibly passionate about music and have been fortunate to build a sales career in that specific industry. But I wasn’t always in sales- I started my career in radio programming and on air hosting- at the top college radio station in the country, WERS in Boston, MA. I started writing in the newsroom as credentials for a Journalism class (I was a Broadcast Journalism major at Emerson College) and within 6 months of my first shift, I was running the station as the Program Director and a host on the afternoon drive show.
After college, how long would you say it took you to find the right career path? Did you have any odd jobs along the way?
I landed an internship at Clear Channel Radio (now iHeartMedia) in Los Angeles my senior year at college. The internship lead to a job as the producer of the Afternoon Drive Show. I was 21 with a real job at a major media company. I pretty much dove straight in. I was at the radio station for a few years and I just got burned out. It didn’t pay well, and the hours were exhausting. I needed a reset.
Did any of your odd jobs teach you lessons that you apply to your work life now?
What is your day-to-day like?
I don’t workout as much as I want to, and I have less time to do random “me” things like get a manicure or grab an after work drink with co-workers. Whenever possible, I kill two birds with one stone by taking a client to a SoulCycle class, or bringing a client to a manicure or to a happy hour drink.
Do you feel like being a working mom has benefits? If so, what are they? Absolutely! I love my career. It’s so rewarding. I make a wonderful living. I work for the best company. Read about their global parental leave policy here. I am showing my daughter that when she grows up, she can do whatever she wants to do. I want to get up every day and go to work and kick ass and I want to pick her up from daycare, and read books and play with dolls and watch Elmo and sing in the bathtub and put her to bed at night and go to the park on weekends and take music class. It’s ironic because I didn’t always want kids. Then I had one, and it was the best thing and incredibly natural to me, just like going back to work felt natural. The biggest benefit of being a working mother is that it feels 100% me. It’s who I was meant to be.
What is the hardest thing about being a working mom?
I feel like I almost shouldn’t say it, but, it’s not hard, for me. It’s great. Check back when I have more than one kid 🙂
Do you have one ritual that keeps you sane and grounded?
If you had one piece of advice for a woman on maternity leave about to go back to work, what would it be?
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