The Spunk and Tenacity of Mona Klare
Systemic Coach, Actress, Mother, 48 Years Old
"Listening is Leading."
When I meet Mona over Skype, it is evening in her home in Berlin and morning for me on California's north coast. I am sipping coffee, she is sipping white wine; we are both a little nervous, like girls instead of women in our forties. Her dark, shoulder length hair and high cheekbones stand out on the screen, and I am not surprised to discover that she did indeed once grace the screen as the lead in a daily series in Berlin. But that comes later. Mona has reinvented herself completely from the introverted little girl she once was. It is this tenacity for life and courage to conquer her fears that threads it way through her tale.
She began University with a focus on Business Economics because she was very good at math and it was what everyone, including herself, expected of her. However, she left after six months because "...it was so boring for me, the surrounding was boring, the subject was boring." This youthful revelation that her pre-planed direction in life wasn't going to make her happy is one that many of us share, and it is no less earth shattering when it happens to anyone. Mona set out to find a career that would excite her.
Landing a job at an advertising company, Mona was tasked to write creative copy and develop concepts for TV commercials. Her boss was very supportive and this is where Mona began to emerge from her shell. "Everything I know from business I know from him. After seven years I became partner in the company." At 27 years old she was responsible for large accounts and big brands. "I organized the TV commercials and wrote the copy. I enjoyed it." It was during this time she found her "Prince on a white horse" and began to take acting classes, but the fairytale was only to last three short years. And so it came, after ten years with the company and getting divorced from her Prince, she was ready to begin a new chapter in her life.
Read the rest of her story here.