We had the good fortune of connecting with Briana Haas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Briana, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I look at risk as a requirement to truly living life to the fullest. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve never jumped out of an airplane or scaled a mountain, however, I have taken risks that have helped shape the woman I am today. From moving to NYC as a young woman – with no job or friends – to launching the Jobs Blow Podcast while unemployed and in need of work, I try to live my life with a “no regrets” mentality. One of my greatest fears is looking back and wishing I had done something differently. Upon reflection, some might say leaving work at 6pm to go home to my child every night was a risk to my career, and they would probably be right. However, I’ll never regret that choice. If living my life on my terms is a risk, it’s one that I will take over and over again.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The only thing I knew when I graduated from college was that I wanted to live in NYC. My degree was in broadcast journalism but I didn’t want to go to a small market. No, if I learned anything during my internship at GMA, I wanted to move to the number one market! So, instead, I have a resume that includes work experience in marketing, PR, event planning, media, and podcasting. To say my career has been eventful – would be an understatement! I’ve had the pleasure of dressing amazing women returning to the workplace with people like Andre Leon Talley. I chased Mikhail Gorbachev down on the red carpet, sang with Taylor Dayne, and traveled to Islay, Scotland with a group of spirits editors for a distillery tour. Throughout my career, I also learned that your life and job cannot be kept separate if one is negatively impacting the other and being miserable is wasted precious minutes. I launched my podcast, Jobs Blow, to take back some of those wasted minutes by inspiring people with stories of people chasing their dreams and doing what makes them happy.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
You came to the right place! One of the best things I did in life was move to NYC – and that is saying a lot after living through 9/11 and the pandemic. However, I’ve been here for so long that I am not so much into the trendy as I am the staples. * For dinner, we’d hit Balthazar, Gramercy Tavern, R40 (in LIC), and M. Wells (in LIC).
* We’d take the ferry on a nice summer day and stop off in Brooklyn for food at Smorgasburg and then continue on the ferry to see the sites – Statue of Liberty, BK Bridge, World Trade Center, etc.
* We might spend the next day bike riding on Governor’s Island or walking through Central Park.
* If the visit is during the holidays, we’d have to see the tree at Rock Center, view the windows on 5th Ave., and I’d send the friend to the Radio City Christmas show. (I’ve seen it too many times)
* Regardless of season, we would most definitely catch a Broadway Show and have drinks after at the Westside Tavern.
Or we could just walk. We can start in midtown and walk south to the tip of Manhattan, through Union Square, the West Village, SoHo, into Tribeca and ending at the Seaport. There is so much to see and do – you don’t even need an itinerary.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My stepmother Pamela deserves much of the credit for getting me where I am today. When I was making potentially life changing decisions, it was she who pushed me to go for it. An internship at Good Morning America in NYC? Pam found me a place to live and took me for the interview. Move to NYC at 22 with no real plan? She packed me up and drove me to my new apartment. I most definitely wouldn’t have been able to do it without her – from the effort to get me where I wanted to be to being my support during every step of my journey. Not all stepmoms are wicked – some actually get you to the ball.