Interview: Kristine Oller on Mastermind Groups for Mama Actors



If there’s one thing all parents can agree on, it’s that becoming a parent changes your life. For some, this change is easy, and for others of us, not so much.


Enter Kristine Oller, who has the best job title ever–Change Strategist. Kristine works with creative professionals (she was an actor for 10 years herself) to guide them through the process of change. I’ve followed Kristine’s work for years and when I found out she was starting a Mastermind Group designed specifically for actor parents, I had to find out more.

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Lessons from the Ladies of Mom 2.0 (2 of 2): Gather your secret squirrels

Awesome secret squirrel patch

Who are your secret squirrels? And more importantly, do they have this patch?


My second take-away from Mom 2.0 is the importance of a war council, a tribe, or as the fabulous Karen Walrond describes it, your legion of secret squirrels.


Gather your Legion of Secret Squirrels.


To be 100% honest, I’ve never really felt a part of a close-knit group of girlfriends. Maybe it was growing up mixed race and always feeling “in between”, or maybe everyone secretly feels like they don’t belong. Whether it truly is me or whether it’s more common than I think, Mom 2.0 convinced me to get over my lone wolf syndrome.

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Lessons from the Ladies of Mom 2.0 (part 1 of 2)

Mom 2.0 Summit 2016 Dana Point, CA


I got to attend the last day of Mom 2.0 this year, the premier annual conference for mom bloggers. There were thousands of bloggers, brands, mompreneurs, influencers, and social media gurus, most of them moms.


This year’s conference was at the Four Season in Laguna Niguel. It was a gorgeous location, lots of pampering, free swag, and a great catered lunch.


So good! My massage therapist was a hapa mama too--we bonded.

So good! My massage therapist was a hapa mama too–we bonded.


But what I got from the day was more than just a free bra and a foot massage. These lady business folk had A LOT of knowledge that applies equally to pursuing an acting career and being a parent. In fact there was so much knowledge dropped that I had to break it up into two parts to make it more absorbable. Here’s lesson number 1…

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Listen to the wanderlust


I felt edgy the last Friday of Spring Break. We’d just recovered from a nasty stomach virus (I’ll save you the details), and I felt that cooped-up-too-long, I-want-to-go-somewhere feeling.


So we went on a last-minute trip to Joshua Tree. It. was. grand. The desert is stunning this time of year and there was something for everyone–lizards and rocks for my son, flowers and plants for baby girl, and big gorgeous sky for mom and dad. If you’re feeling like you want more bloom in your Spring, go east, my friends!

Nothing like a trail us-ie!

Look at this cute-ness!


What are your favorite last-minute, weekend getaways?