BOSS BABE: LOLA BERRY
Lola Berry is one of those people you can’t help but love… her sunny disposition, and down to earth nature, makes people gravitate towards her. Just ask one of her 124k followers. She has a loyal tribe of followers that come to her for advice on anything from yoga, nutrition to daily mantras, Lola has got you covered.
Lola has an entrepreneurial flair that has seen her write best-selling books and develop a medicinal coffee brand called, ‘Lola Coffee,’ which she created with her partner Matt Sofo, after spiking her’s (and Matt’s) coffee with lion’s mane mushroom and experiencing first hand their brain-boosting effect.
What you see is what you get with Lola and we are thrilled to have her as a Boss Babe. You can also catch Lola interviewing Elle on her podcast this week, Fearlessly Failing.
You are a yogi, a nutritionist and crystal loving hippy, how did you get your start?
To be honest I reckon this health-based lifestyle is because mum raised me to be super healthy; she used to send me to primary school with green spirulina balls as snacks. And I know that sounds normal now, but we’re talking over 20 years ago now, so you can imagine the looks is got from the other kids. I remember a dried apricot was considered to be a “lolly” in our household.
Re getting my career start; well from 19-21 I was in my rebel phase, I dropped out of uni and became a DJ and makeup artist. I was dating my DJ teacher at the time, and he was so passionate about music, I remember thinking, I hope I feel that passion for a career one day. Then I started to get really into health, I would read up on superfoods in my spare time. So it didn’t take me too long to enrol into a bachelor of health science, majoring in nutritional medicine (don’t get me wrong, I was so scared that I wasn’t smart enough to do a science-based degree).
I always remembered consuming Steve Irwin shows, I absolutely loved him, and I still do. So I saved up, got 3 jobs (while I was studying full time) and bought a camera, then I started filming short little health vids that I put up on youtube. From there, I cold-called a morning TV show and just by sheer luck, they agreed to do a segment of a young girl, using youtube to help people and spread the positive message. I flew to Melbourne (I was living on the Gold Coast at the time) to do a one-off segment, and when they called cut, they asked me to join the show was their nutrition expert. That’s where it a started, one producer, Lucy took a chance on me and popped me on telly for that first segment.
What’s the best part of your job?
Connecting with people, hopefully helping and inspiring people. But I would say lately, because of the podcast (Fearlessly Failing) I’ve fallen so in love with just hearing different peoples journey’s and passions. I love creating a space where people feel safe to share their story. That makes me feel so fulfilled and I can’t get enough of it!
Can you tell us about your career journey so far?
Sure; I guess you’d say I’m not your average nutritionist; my career trajectory is always changing and growing, which I love.
I’m always learning something new, so that’s why I’m trained in yoges, reiki and crystal healing. And of late I’ve been studying acting for the past 2 years full time, which I LOVE!
I’m also a writer, I always forget to mention that, I’m currently working on my 11th book which is really nerve-wracking because it’s totally different from anything I’ve ever written before.
I don’t want to sugar coat anything, so I want you to know that there’s defiantly been some highs and lows of my career. I got in a lot of trouble for releasing a controversial e-book title. And I was ripped to shred by not only the media but my own online community, which was pretty heartbreaking at the time. But to be really honest with you, the lows have often taught me the most. You gain a sense of your own core values and an innate strength.
Can you describe a “pinch me” moment?
Oh yeah, one of my faves was when I was filming for ch.10 morning show segment in New York. I was about 23 years old. I was filming at the New York Food Bank in West Harlem which feeds and provides support to homeless people every single day of the year; and here I was concerned with how I looked, my earrings, my outfit, that I was “camera-ready” when I interviewed the founder and he said, did you want an interview with John, he’s been coming here for 13 years. When I interviewed him he said he loves spending Christmas at the New York Food bank because they go “all-out” and I replied with “the food? Do they get a Christmas turkey?” And he said, “They put table-cloths on the table.” And at that moment I remembered thinking, Lola you’ve got to check yourself, here’s me worried about how I look, when John doesn’t know where his next meal is coming from. From that moment on, I vowed never ever to take my life for granted again. I still watch the vid every few months, it helps me put things into perfective and stops me getting caught up in materialistic stuff that really doesn’t matter.
You have a very successful podcast, “Fearlessly Failing” tell us about it?
I have totally fallen in love with podcasting so much, and I’ve literally just finished interviewing the wonderful Elle Ferguson. I love connecting with other humans, and hearing about their passions, dreams and journey. I love getting a little taste of the behind the scenes; for example, all the hard work that goes into creating a hugely successful brand like the Elle Effect. I never expected to fall so in love with podcasting, it’s something that I look forward to every single time I record and interview.
What is your biggest beauty regret?
Well, it’s fair to say that in my early 20’s I had a few failed attempts whilst self-tanning. You know the drill; streaky legs and in-between my fingers would go super dark. So I’m pumped to get on board with Elle Effect and get a really nice even glow happening.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt along the way?
To believe in yourself, it sounds corny I know, but if you back yourself then you can't go wrong. The reality is that people will try to knock you down, but if you have a good sense of who you are and what you stand for, you like and believe who you are, then nothing will stop you from achieving your dreams.
You are currently in lockdown 2.0 in Melbourne, What does your day-to-day look like? How are you staying motivated and positive?
I’m so lucky to be close to nature, we’re in Torquay which means we can get down to the beach and watch the sunset (we do this most nights), and I’m in lockdown with my boyfriend (Matt aka Bosso) who keeps me smiling and makes me laugh so much. I’m doing online yoges (that’s my word for yoga) classes most days and I’m studying acting school full time so I’m often in zoom classes or learning lines. And if I’m not doing that then I’m working on my manuscript. So I’m feeling really lucky.
The modern world is a busy one! What is your version of self-care?
I love at the end of the day sitting down to watch a TV series (my boyfriend and I have just started watching “The Morning Show” with Jennifer Anderson and Reece Witherspoon and we’re hooked), then we drink out Tulsi tea and I love a sheet face mask or those little under-eye masks.
What three things would we always find in your beauty bag?
This is going to sound like a weird one but I love a good peach flavoured lip balm, mascara and I’ve been loving this “Noni glow” face oil from Kora (Miranda Kerr’s range)
If you could have any five women sitting around a dinner table with you, who would they be and why?
OOOO this is a ripper question: Kris Jenner (my fave Kardashian), Dame Judi Dench (I mean what a star), Estelle Winwood (she was an incredible actress in the 50’s I’ve watched a few interviews with her, she looks like a hoot), Lana Del Rey (I love her whole vibe and that voice is incredible), and Lucille Ball (what a powerhouse)!
What's the last song you listened to?
Well I’m not usually a pop music girl but Boss and I (that’s my nickname for Matt) recently watched Kingdom on Netflix which is a great show about MMA fighters in Venice LA, it's super gritty and Nick Jonas is in it, and he’s incredible so I’ve been on Nick Jonas musical adventure the past week, and can I just say that I’m absolutely loving it, it’s great to run to!
Parting words of advice for being a #bossbabe in work and life?
If you’ve got a dream; you’re the only person who can stop you, and you’re the only person who can make it happen.