Jen's 2018 interview with Voyage LA Magazine
Today we’d like to introduce you to Jen Kleiner.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’m a listener by design. When I was a little girl, I memorized the number for the D.C. Public Library “Dial-a-Story” hotline and savored the children’s books they read on tape. Soon after, my older half-sister got me into soap operas. Since I wasn’t home to watch during school, I’d restlessly wait until evening before dialing the “Soap Opera Digest” hotline for the daily recaps.
I come from a large family of listeners. My parents are therapists and so is almost everyone else in my family. Mom and dad split up when I was seven but then moved into a shared office and started a private therapy practice together. On the day the moving trucks came, my brave and beautiful half-sister told my mom that she wasn’t divorce-able and it touched her heart. My parents made a commitment to stay connected and raise their kids in one family despite the divorce, and their story is one of the many inspirations behind the book “Conscious Uncoupling” by New York Times Bestselling author, Katherine Woodward Thomas.
Watching my mom and dad demonstrate the power of reframing a difficult story had a large effect on me. I developed a chronic illness growing up and felt hopeless that I’d never lead a normal life. My mom spent hours telling me magical tales about inspiring people who had healed from all sorts of illnesses and survived the most difficult of challenges. She devoted herself to helping me find hope again and exposed me to all kinds of healers, helpers and alternative health care practitioners, which is why I call her my earth angel. My wonderful dad supported her every move and dedicated himself to being captain of my fun team, often taking me to the movies, sometimes two or three in a weekend.
I loved immersing myself in stories so much that I decided it was my medicine. I applied to film school and informed my parents that I was headed to California where I got my undergraduate degree in film from UC-Santa Cruz. Afterwards, I moved to LA and worked as an assistant in commercial, music video and film development. I also PA’d, coordinated and AD’d several productions before going back to school to get a masters in directing at American Film Institute. Since then, I’ve written and directed several shorts, including an award-winning film about sex trafficking called NIÑA QUEBRADA that’s still being screened years later at universities.
In order to sustain myself as a filmmaker, I found work as a freelance celebrity stylist for brands Calvin Klein and Burberry before taking on individual clients such as Guy Pearce, Robin Wright and Lucy Punch. Learning to thrive with chronic illness while being immersed in the world of entertainment, celebrity and high fashion taught me that my best skills involve helping people feel more comfortable and confident in their skin. It also gave me the courage to keep pursuing my dreams. I’m currently directing a documentary based on the work of Dr. Richard Schwartz featuring Alanis Morissette. It examines the complexities of personality and the need for self leadership in increasingly polarizing times. I’ve also written a few screenplays that are currently optioned and have produced, directed, and/or shot digital content for Ford Motors, Wanderlust, Adidas, Zimmerman, The Artemis School, iLuxCars & The Sunglasses Hut.
In my downtime, I’ve taken many courses in energy healing and personal growth to alleviate symptoms of my chronic illness and feel less burdened by the blocks that have held me back. I apprenticed under Katherine Woodward Thomas and eventually helped her launch a coaches training program for her first book, “Calling In The One”.
I’m very proud to have parlayed my experience as a fashion stylist and filmmaker into a successful coaching practice helping people make breakthrough achievements with more ease and less struggle. My passion for listening has been the common thread. I believe that if we listen well enough, we can unburden parts of each other that carry pain and uncover wisdom and resources that grow our minds, heal our hearts and expand our sense of purpose and belonging.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
My battle with chronic illness has been my greatest teacher. It’s led me down a path of further exploration into the world of alternative medicine, energy healing, metaphysical studies and spiritual transformation. Over the last 20 years, I have learned from many gifted teachers, healers, shamans, coaches, therapists and spiritual guides. I have tremendous compassion for people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, self-doubt, breakups, creative blocks, spiritual crisis, or medical illness. Having been there and come out on the other side, I know firsthand what it’s like to suffer endlessly and struggle to find hope that someday it will get better. It is an honor to walk others through difficult transitions and dark nights of the soul. Helping people go from lost to found is one of the greatest pleasures I’ve known.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I’m a certified professional life coach and creative consultant with a private practice called Intuitive Artists. I’m not only intuitive, but I thrive at empowering people like you to pursue your dreams while becoming more at peace with your present. I’ll teach you how to wring out the sponge and release whatever’s holding you back. Then I’ll help you get into alignment with where you are before we generate action steps towards where you want to be. We’ll prioritize your steps, clarify your goals and keep you focused on the vision while joyfully marinating in the process.
I love being a coach. My clients start businesses, change careers, write novels, sell scripts, conduct symphonies, star on TV, direct features, thrive on tour, win championships, paint murals, heal from illness, fall in love, strengthen relationships, lessen triggers and develop more self-awareness.
I’ve completed trainings in life coaching, Internal Family Systems therapy, Voice Dialogue, The Sedona Method, Character Mapping, Reiki & Reconnective Energy Healing, among others. I won a Professional Women of Excellence Award for my private practice by the National Association of Professional Women and was coined “The Luminary Life Coach” by Refinery 29.
I see clients in Los Angeles and also work with people all over the globe via phone or Skype.
Jen is Featured On LA Talk Radio
Listen to Jen's recent interview on "The Concierge Coaches Show" as she talks with Bruce Cameron and Cindy DiFerdinand all about her unique methods and how she got started as a coach and consultant.
Bruce had this to say after the show: "Jen is an excellent coach. Her ability to bring the best out of clients is amazing! She is one the best in our field!"
Jen is featured on the blog, Pure Life & Travel
"There are a few people in my life who deeply impacted where and who I am today. They are not your typical, flashy motivational speakers or mega life coaches. These fine humans work behind the scenes and touch hundreds of lives with their kindness, their compassion and deep understanding of the spirit and the body. Through their journey I too experienced a profound cognizance of the interconnectedness of all beings. Through them, my life has become richer on many levels. I devised a set of questions to help you understand the intricacies of these amazing humans.
I met Jen when I experienced a deep existential rut. I had a few before, but this one was different. I was utterly completely, undeniably stuck. I was considering antidepressants, quitting my job and moving to the Amazon. I just couldn’t see my purpose or myself from the mental haze. Jen helped me clarify my dream and was instrumental in reconnecting me with myself and brought my many disjointed parts into a working unison. She is a life coach, a spirit guide and one fine human being. Through her answers I am able to learn more and more what we can do as a human race to help each other and to help heal the world we live in."
Jen Appears on the Popular Podcast, "Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend"
Jen's Soho House Series: Finding Your Inner Flashlight
On May 20th, Jen presented Finding Your Inner Flashlight, an interactive "life class" at the Soho House to a packed audience. It was such a great hit that she's been asked back to teach a 2015 summer series.
FINDING YOUR INNER FLASHLIGHT
Has your attention been hijacked by stresses of the outer world? Learn how to access your own light source during dark and difficult times. In this interactive hour you will gain valuable tools to wring out your emotional sponge, 'go fishing' for inspiration and find ways to stay centered in the eye of any storm.
Jen's Interview with IWantHerJob.com's Brianne Burrowes
"Jen Kleiner was just five years old when she realized her calling was in show business — specifically, the art of movie-making. A desire to gain on set experience is how Jen accidentally discovered her career in fashion, too. And it was through both careers that Jen’s career zig-zagged into a resume that boasts five different titles for her ongoing work."
Jen Receives NAPW "VIP Professional Woman of Excellence 2014" Award, Presented By Star Jones
At this year's National Networking Conference, Jen was named "VIP Professional Woman of Excellence 2014" for the western region of the United States by the National Association of Professional Women.
With over 500,000 members, the NAPW is the largest networking organization of female professionals in the country. Hundreds of qualified women applied for the award but only 5 were chosen, each from different regions of the US.
Coined "The Luminary Life Coach" by Refinery29.com
"We simply can't say enough amazing things about this intuitive's coaching practice, and neither can some of the uber-elite in Hollywood's artist and creative communities. From a family of 13 therapists, Jen's well-versed in traditional treatments, but her chosen unorthodox methods have inspired clients to capture the careers of their dreams, while also remaining poised in the present. On a personal note, this guru gal has helped many a friend say adios to their writer's block, and we've seen firsthand how her practice has taught them the tools to become their own inner-athletes. Carpe diem!" -Brenna Egan
Variety's Coverage of Switching Time
Jen Kleiner, the director of “Nina Quebrada,” is writing the script.
The book, published in 2007 by Crown, centers on a female patient Baer treated who created 17 different versions of herself — men, women, young boys, a toddler, nurturing, prim, licentious — to survive. The Chicago psychiatrist eventually learned that the patient had been a victim of sexual abuse.
The Wrap's Coverage of Switching Time
Producer Aaron Magnani has optioned the screen rights to Dr. Richard Baer's bestselling non-fiction book “Switching Time: A Doctor's Harrowing Story of Treating a Woman with 17 Personalities,” TheWrap has learned.
Screenwriter Jen Kleiner will adapt the psychiatrist's book as a psychological drama that will be produced by Aaron MagnaniProductions.
“Switching Time” is based on a real-life case of multiple personality disorder. The book chronicles Baer's gripping account of treating a woman who created 17 different personalities in order to deal with emotional trauma stemming from abuse she suffered in the past.
Yvette Yates' Interview with Script Magazine, Featuring Jen
JF: What’s it like being directed by a female director?
YV: One of my first films as the lead was as Nina Quebrada (Broken Girl) that garnered attention in the festival circuit and was directed by AFI’s Jen Kleiner. It was such a dark subject matter, dealing with human trafficking, and she made sure I was in the safest of environments physically and mentally, meaning checking I was comfortable with the situations. When I had to emotionally go to a certain place, she’d allow me to go there at my pace, and just the same, to come down from it.
Every day was emotionally exhausting, but the end result speaks volumes. To this day, 6 years later, universities screen the film and ask us to attend because the topic is still so relevant.
Jen Co-Hosts Tailor Made With Brian Radda
2013 LACMA Art & Film Gala and Burberry Trenches
Jen guest co-hosts Tailor Made with Brian Radda, an online fashion talk show on EmpowerMe.tv. In this episode, they discuss the 2013 LACMA Art & Film Gala and Burberry trenches.
Jen Co-Hosts Tailor Made With Brian Radda
Pregnant Celebrity Style and Lady Gaga
Jen guest co-hosts Tailor Made with Brian Radda, an online fashion talk show on EmpowerMe.tv. In this episode, they discuss pregnant celebrity style and Lady Gaga.
Jen Co-Hosts Tailor Made With Brian Radda
Men's Outerwear and 23 Trends That Men Hate
Jen guest co-hosts Tailor Made with Brian Radda, an online fashion talk show on EmpowerMe.tv. In this episode, they discuss men's outerwear and 23 trends that men hate.
Jen Co-Hosts Tailor Made With Brian Radda
British Fashion Awards and Current Beauty Trends
Jen guest co-hosts Tailor Made with Brian Radda, an online fashion talk show on EmpowerMe.tv. In this episode, they discuss the British Fashion Awards and current beauty trends.