Known for her quick wit and fearless personality when interviewing the biggest stars, Keltie Knight is also co-creator and co-host of the award-winning podcast, LadyGang, which offers a relatable, empowering and hilarious take on being unapologetically yourself. Read on to hear all about her journey and how she embodies “Be Bold.”
In case you missed it, watch our Instagram live with Keltie on IGTV.
MiniLuxe: What does “Take the Lead” mean to you?
Keltie: Being the leader in my own life.
MiniLuxe: What does “Be Bold” mean to you?
Keltie: Taking huge risks and being unapologetic.
MiniLuxe: Tell us your story – what makes you tick, how did you get into ALL the things you’re doing now?
Keltie: It’s a long story, but I’m a sucker for an achievement and a goal. I love show business and have been involved in some way for the past 20 years.
MiniLuxe: What inspired you and who or what motivated you along the way?
Keltie: I’ve always had amazing female friendships and mentors. But, my therapist would tell you that growing up, my family dynamic set me up to want to be a perfectionist, prove I was worthy of love through achievements, and to be super independent.
MiniLuxe: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received, and how did you put it into action?
Keltie: I always go back to the Mindy Kaling tweet, “Why the F*CK not me?” I truly believe that someone is going to get the gig and they are probably not much different than I am, so GO FOR IT.
MiniLuxe: What was the most challenging thing in your career you’ve overcome? How did you cope and navigate through it and what has that experience taught you?
Keltie: I think rejection has always been a bitter pill to swallow. I’m very loyal and work very hard so when someone decides that I am not what they want, or don’t want to work with me. It’s super hurtful.
MiniLuxe: What advice do you have for others who may be looking to take the jump and do something new or challenging or totally THEM but they may be scared or have hesitations?
Keltie: I think you learn more from your failures than you do from your wins.
MiniLuxe: What keeps you grounded/together? I know you are a huge fan of Bullet Journaling! What are some of the other things you do day to day to help you juggle it all?
Keltie: I have a handful of friends who I’ve known my entire life that do not care about my Hollywood life at all. Those people are SO grounding to me. I love to journal. When I’m stressed I love to sweat. I see a therapist weekly.
MiniLuxe: Who do you most admire and why?
Keltie: I admire my co-host and creators of LADYGANG Becca Tobin and Jac Vanek so much. No one, but us, has seen the 5 plus years of behind the scene work, tears,and drama that has gone into building our brand. It’s a lesson in bravery every day and I really admire their strengths and determination.
MiniLuxe: Share a time you took a big risk to move yourself forward. How did you decide to make that move?
Keltie: I think starting LADYGANG. I was a cog in the wheel of corporate life, and I loved it, but I was anxious to have something “of my own.” Putting all my time, money and reputation on the line for our brand isn’t always easy. The payoff has been so rewarding though.
MiniLuxe: What advice would you give women who are looking to start a new career?
Keltie: Look, you are either gonna make the change today or you are gonna wait a year and be mad that you didn’t do it sooner, so just go.
MiniLuxe: What role have mentors played in your life?
Keltie: I’ve been very lucky to have some incredible mentors. I think having people who have already been through it, offer suggestions and help calm me has always been very meaningful.
MiniLuxe: Do you have a favorite mantra or quote? What does this “do” for you?
Keltie: I actually have a poem. It’s very long. Derrick Alcott “Life after Love” Oprah read it to us at her masterclass and the final line says, “Feast On Your Life” It’s very meaningful to me.
MiniLuxe: What would you tell your younger (more naïve) self?
Keltie: Less shoes, more savings.
MiniLuxe: How do you give back in your communities? Why is this important to you?
Keltie: We give back in all different ways, from making donations, to donating our time or products, to helping our lg members. We don’t really have ‘one” charity we work with, we just kind of give whenever we can to whoever needs it.
MiniLuxe: Representation matters. What advice would you give someone when they don’t see representation in their careers or sphere of influence?
Keltie: A few months ago, the LadyGang began to make changes to reflect more representation within our community. Some of these changes included featuring female Black owned business and including a diverse range of guests. So my advice is, if you don’t see representation (no matter your race, sexual orientation, gender, age etc…) is to become an advocate for change and speak up!
MiniLuxe: If you could have one wish for change, what would it be?
Keltie: I would love 2020 to be over.
MiniLuxe: What’s your superpower? Put another way, your hidden talent?
Keltie: I can write amazing product jingles.
MiniLuxe: Favorite animal?
MiniLuxe: Favorite color?
MiniLuxe: Favorite movie?
Keltie: Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)
MiniLuxe: Favorite book?
Keltie: Shanatram by Gregory David Roberts
MiniLuxe: Who’s the first person you call when you get good news?
Keltie: I’m so superstitious so I usually hold all my good news inside for weeks figuring out what can go wrong before I tell anyone.
MiniLuxe: If you were going to host an un-socially distanced dinner party – in theory – who would you invite and why?
Keltie: My answer is going to be so boring because it would just be my BFF that I haven’t seen in such a long time, with no cell phones, and old home movies.
MiniLuxe: What’s brought you the most joy during these last few months?
Keltie: Having a sense of balance in my life.
MiniLuxe: Most played song on your Spotify list/what would your theme song be?
Keltie: My theme song is Little Victories by Matt Nathanson and I even have it as a tattoo!