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Life & Work with Valerie Kleinhans

Today we’d like to introduce you to Valerie Kleinhans. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Val Kleinhans is a media personality who entered the public eye in 2013 thanks to a career in radio on the air. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Val has lived in Minnesota since 2016. She has since developed a brand with a special focus on style, music, and mental health. Sharing her own mental health struggles on the air inspired her to “keep going” and “continue the conversation.”

Val also hosts Very Vogue with Val Kleinhans, which is featured on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It’s been a very windy, long, and sometimes foggy road! I feel like I’ve been on it since I started creating content in 2018 solo. I wasn’t always sure where my endeavors would lead, but I knew I had a message to share. I knew I wanted girls who didn’t fit the “mainstream” to feel like they had a representative online. When it comes to content creation, it helps to accept change and be open to learning new tips and tricks.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m a fashion-obsessed music fan that’s also a mental health advocate and content creator. I do host a podcast called Very Vogue with Val Kleinhans (on Spotify and Apple Podcasts) where I discuss these same topics with guests from all over the world. It’s my hope that we can continue the conversation about mental health so that future generations won’t have to hide their struggles, and so that employers are more comfortable discussing it with employees.

What were you like growing up?
I grew up in Pittsburgh, and moved to Minnesota when I was 26 for work. I always wanted to broadcast! My brother and I filmed “news reports” and “weather reports” on VHS tapes with him as the cameraman and me as the anchor. I always had an interest in media, music, and fashion. I was never shy about wearing band tees in high school, no matter how much I was made fun of for it. By the time I got to high school, I was part of the “morning announcements” and realized that I could combine a love of broadcast and music by working on radio. I studied broadcast at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. While the radio industry was hard, and I eventually chose to leave it, I still kept creating content because I enjoy it.

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