People want to know, like and trust you. So becoming consistent with your content and what you want your message to be, is how they gain your trust. Then open up, be yourself and let them know and love you. I hesitated at first, I wanted to be perfect. But honestly, I’m goofy, quirky, I’m constantly singing and making jokes, even though I’m a workaholic I try to always show the real me, even if it means that I’m unpolished at times. That is how people relate to you.
As a part of our series about “Social Media Influencers Share Their Top Self Care, Wellness, and Beauty Tips, I had the pleasure of interviewing Certified Fitness Instructor and Professional Dancer, Kaley Hatfield.
Kaley Hatfield is a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Professional Dancer who has appeared on American Horror Story, Lip Sync Battle, Pitch Perfect 3, NBC’s The Voice, YouTube’s Escape The Night, Todrick MTV and more. Kaley combines nutrition, life hacks and multiple styles of fitness such as weight training, HIIT cardio, and TRX with elements of dance including ballet barre, jazz techniques and Hip Hop grooves, to deliver fast, long-lasting results. Based in Los Angeles, Kaley has worked with clients from all over the world and offers sustainable wellness programs for clients looking to improve all elements of their personal health and strengthen overall stamina. Having earned a solid reputation in both entertainment and fitness, Kaley has been fortunate to collaborate with brands such as Adidas, Fabletics, Gymshark, Six:02, PopSugar, CosmoBody to name a few. Additionally, she’s worked with various artists from Selena Gomez, Hailee Steinfeld to Jason Derulo, Big Sean, and Sevyn Streeter. Plus, Catch Kaley on Facebook’s DanceOn Fitness Series, an at-home, follow along dance-inspired workout series all accessed on Facebook Watch!
You can access Kaley Hatfield’s 30 Day Anytime-Anywhere Workout Program for $19.99 TODAY! Kaley’s “Anytime-Anywhere” is a dance-inspired High-Intensity Interval Training workout routine that is sure to make you sweat and gain the confidence you need to crush the day, from anywhere at any time. You have a set personal 30-day workout calendar, with video guides for every exercise, all accessible through online/app platform to track your progress & stay on track for the full 30 days!
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to get to know you a bit better. Can you share with us the backstory of how you came upon this career path and to where you are today?
Igrew up in St. Louis, Missouri as a competitive dancer. I was always dancing — practicing for 6 hours every day on weekdays and traveling every weekend for conventions, classes and competitions. I had the drive to be successful at a very early age. It was tough to keep my drive going. I struggled to overcome the negativity around me growing up. For a long time, a very influential woman in my life repeatedly made me feel worthless and small on a daily basis. It was mental abuse. It was tough. But somehow, I kept dancing and working hard. I knew, deep down in my quietest moments that I was different. I was special and meant for greatness.
At 20 years old, I withdrew from college and decided to follow my dreams of becoming a dancer, actor, and model in Los Angeles, California. My dad and I packed up my Jeep Liberty with all of my stuff on a Thursday morning and road tripped something like 30 hours! By Monday morning I was all alone in my Los Angeles apartment thinking, “I’m here…now what?”
I started making daily, weekly and monthly goals to continue climbing in my dance career. That went on great for a while, I booked music videos, movies, tv shows, but as it continued I started to lose myself in it and kept trying to please everyone else but me. I gained that “freshman 15lbs”, without actually going to school, and stopped taking care of myself. I honestly didn’t know how, I was so self-conscious to even step foot into a gym. Dance was all I knew!
One morning, I finally made the decision to change. I knew I had to, if I ever wanted to look in the mirror and love myself again. I started simple and comfortable on the treadmill, then started adding weights, jumps and dance into my routines to make it more interesting. I started feeling and seeing change, that I loved, and from the inside out. I knew that if I could help myself, I could help others who had or were currently feeling like I was. So I got my certification and started changing others.
After a few years of training and working with all different types of people online and in person, I decided to combine my loves of dance and fitness into one. I now have online programs, personal training programs, and dance-fit Bootcamp style classes in LA. My goal is to help others see their full potential and make them feel their best selves every day!
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
Can you share a story with us about the most humorous mistake you made when you were first starting? What lesson or take-away did you learn from that?
As an influencer, you have been blessed with great success in a career path that many have attempted, but eventually gave up on. In fact perhaps most people who tried to follow a career path like yours did not succeed. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path but know that their dreams might be dashed?
The biggest advice I could give is to continually ask yourself “Why not?”
Whenever I am nervous about diving into something new I get those thoughts of “what if I fail?”. But when I quiet my ego and really think about it, never trying is failing. You never know unless you give it a try. It might not come out the way you wanted or always dreamed of, but you will always learn something and that can turn into something even better than you dreamed of!
Can you share with our readers some of your strategies you’ve used to build an engaged, loyal, and large online community?
Two strategies I always stand by on my socials are, being consistent, and unapologetically — authentically myself. People want to know, like and trust you. So becoming consistent with your content and what you want your message to be, is how they gain your trust. Then open up, be yourself and let them know and love you. I hesitated at first, I wanted to be perfect. But honestly, I’m goofy, quirky, I’m constantly singing and making jokes, even though I’m a workaholic I try to always show the real me, even if it means that I’m unpolished at times. That is how people relate to you.
Ok thank you for all that. Now let’s shift to the main focus of our interview. In my work, I focus on how one can thrive and care for oneself in three areas: body, mind, and heart. You are a busy person with a demanding schedule, can you share with our readers two self care routines, practices or treatments that help your body thrive? (Kindly share a story or an example for each.)
Two self care practices I do for myself are unplugging at least 24 hours a week, and working out at least 5 days a week.
I live by the 80/20 rule, and have my clients do the same. Spend 80% of your life on top of your game, eating right, working out, getting your work done, staying on your routine, etc. Spend the other 20% of your life doing things that recharge you, indulge in your favorite foods, take a break from workouts, etc. I am very consistent in the gym, working as much as I can, eating extremely healthy, Monday through Friday. But on the weekends I like to sleep in, drink a mimosa or 3 with brunch, get outside, and most importantly all day Sunday, not touch my phone! It recharges my batteries and gets my mind, body and soul right to crush another week.
As much as working out is part of my job. Trying new exercises, modalities, staying fit for my brand and industry, is all part of it sure. But getting into the gym for at least an hour a day is MY power hour. All day long I’m telling people what to do, how to eat, how to live their healthiest life, and though I love it. I need that hour to put my headphones in and ignore all distractions to clear my head and push myself as hard as I can, for me. If you can’t already tell I love a good challenge, accomplishing a hard workout is such a great confidence, and mindset boost for me in the middle of my day.
Can you share with us two routines that you use to help your mind or heart to thrive? (Kindly share a story or example for each.)
Can you share 3 ideas that anyone can use “to feel beautiful”? (Please share a story or example for each.)
We all want to feel beautiful, to ourselves, to our partners, to everyone really. But it all has to start with you. If you don’t truly believe you’re beautiful how is anyone else supposed to?
3 things I do “to feel beautiful” are
- Journal — make a list of 20 things you believe are beautiful about you.
This one might take some time, I wrote a list of 100 in my journal, it took a whole 4-hour flight from LA to Dallas, but I did it and I look back to it all the time when I feel low, had a bad day or even just when I’m bloated.
- Affirmations — write down a few phrases that resonate beauty to you, and repeat them to yourself every day 5 times in a row. A few I use every day are:
- “I am strong, sexy and confident”
- “My success is inevitable”
- “I love my body”
- “You got this”
- Quit the negative self talk:
This one is by far the hardest and takes some time to really call it quits but you have to do it cold turkey. Next time you look at yourself, squeeze your stomach or thighs and think “ughhh I can’t believe you ate that last night” or “omg who do you think you are in this outfit?” flip the thought to a positive one. “Yep you got carried away last night girl, but you;re back on track and going to crush the day” or “I don’t care what anyone else thinks, I feel amazing in this outfit, I’m rockin it” and you will start to feel so much better. We are our biggest critics so naturally there are still going to be times when negative stuff get through, but once you’re aware you can start to change and practice it, the comments get more and more positive and you radiate beauty!
Is there a particular resource, a practitioner, expert, book, or podcast that made a significant impact on you and helped you to thrive? Can you share a story about that with us?
I love to learn and am a huge fan of audiobooks and podcasts. Two books that truly changed my perspective on life and helped me choose to positivity over negativity were “You Are A Bad Ass” by Jen Sincero and “Light Is The New Black” by Rebecca Campbell.
Do you have a story about the strangest, most bizarre or funniest wellness treatment that you’ve ever experienced?
I once tried to do an at-home enema…NEVER AGAIN! It was the most awkward moment of my life, yelling from the bathroom floor shouting to my boyfriend “Don’t you dare come in here”. I wouldn’t advise it to anyone!
As an influencer, you are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.
I want everyone to truly know they’re worthy of love and happiness. I would inspire the “The Wild n Free” Movement, which would break you free from your own limiting beliefs. There is so much abundance in this world and I think people go to playing it safe and small because they lack confidence and don’t believe they can do it, or are unworthy of having it “all”. If you set your mind to it, believe and nurture it, it can happen! You’re strong, confident and beautiful so let go and let the universe reward you beyond your wildest dreams!
We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world with whom you’d like to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this. 🙂
Ellen Degeneres — I LOVE HER!! She is hilarious, extremely strong, courageous, never afraid of what anyone else thinks and has always stayed authentic to who she is and what she believes in. I grew up watching her show every day and still stream it now. I love how she always starts her show with dancing and ends it with “be kind to one another” message. It inspires me to see how she brightens millions of people’s lives every day, I want to do that too! I truly believe having influential people like Ellen in this world make it a more positive place to be.
What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?
My favorite place to post my life hacks, workouts and more are on Instagram @kaley_hatfield — my programs and more are on my website www.kaleyhatfield.com
Thank you for these fantastic insights. We wish you only continued success in your great work!