I was thrilled to be featured on La Femme Collective’s website this month– a company that supports female entrepreneurs. As a female entrepreneur and mother I take every opportunity I can get to connect with like minded woman, who are eager to grow in their business as well as lift others up around them!

La Femme Collective is a community created to support and celebrate the career development of women. We are a global online platform that aims to be an open, easily accessible space for story sharing and free flowing discussion. Our goal is to grant access to the real lives, mistakes, and lessons of #entrefemmeurs who are forging new paths, inspiring others to follow. We are here to be the voice that encourages women of all ages – we can’t break the glass ceiling if we’re not standing tall.

Here is my feature from La Femme Collective:

Autumn Calabrese | ENTREFEMMEUR

I work for Beachbody, based in Santa Monica, California. I’ve been with them for almost five years now. Fitness and entertainment are two industries I’ve wanted to be involved in since I was a child. I grew up dancing and went on to major in dance in college. I love performing and entertaining but I also love being healthy and helping people, so being a fitness trainer in the public eye allows me to do both and I LOVE it!

There are struggles everyone faces, no matter how happy they are, or how much they love their job. I am a perfectionist and my own toughest critic. Finding a balance and managing my expectations of others is a daily work in progress; I also struggle to find the balance between work and personal life but do feel I’m making progress on that front.

I knew this was the path I wanted to take when I was sitting at a desk, working another 13 hour day for a casting agent and hating life. I need to be up moving around and around people. It was at that moment at the desk that I got online and signed up to get my first certification as a personal trainer through NASM.

21 Day Fix, Celebrity fitness trainer, Autumn Calabrese, Beachbody
Single Moms Planet Awards | May 2016

My inspiration comes from everywhere. My son inspires me to work harder and be better to be a good roll model for him. The Beachbody coaches inspire me with their passion for what they do. My boss/ CEO inspires me to always work harder, improve upon my skills, and to just be better at all that I do.

The main advantage working in the fitness industry is that I get to do what I love every day so it doesn’t feel like work. I’m constantly learning the newest health, fitness and nutrition trends, I work with happy, likeminded people, I’m paid to stay in shape. Some of the disadvantages are the long hours & time away from my son, the pressure to always be on my A game, and people assuming because you are in shape it comes easy and you didn’t have to work your ass off for it.

The best career advice I ever received was from my dad, he said: “Do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Thanks for always believing in me dad.

Whatever you do, do it with passion and heart or don’t do it at all. Life is to short to be unhappy.

As a woman there are definitely obstacles I’ve had to overcome. One of the biggest is when I stand up for something I feel strongly about. As a woman I get labeled a bitch where a man would be told great job. I’ve also had to overcome people judging me by my size, I am small but I am mighty. I love when a tough guy tells me he expected my workout to be easy but it kicked his butt.

21 Day Fix, Celebrity fitness trainer, Autumn Calabrese, Beachbody
On set with Beachbody CEO Carl Daikeler | February 2016

 

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