We had the good fortune of connecting with Sally D. Hoang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sally D., how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Work life balance has been a difficult concept for me to understand. My family and friends chronically fade into the background as I become engulfed in my work like an obsession.
I’ve understood that in order to reach certain goals, there are things that need to be done and sacrifices to be made. It’s only a matter of how much you’re willing to give up and back then, I would have given it all. This mindset has gotten me to where I am but looking forward, I’m not sure it’s how I want to be anymore. My friend unexpectedly passed away recently and it shifted the momentum I had initially.
So now, I sway between cherishing the relationships I have and striving, once again, for another goal I set for myself. From working in the operating room, to modeling in photo shoots, to showing homes as a realtor and creating memories with people I know, I find myself struggling to decide what is more important and what takes priority. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to systematically find a balance, but I’m more conscious about it now.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I love negotiating! I’m always trying to see how I can persuade someone to do something or convince them that there’s another option. I’ve been doing that since I was a kid. “Sure, I’ll give you this candy bar in exchange for your yogurt… and chocolate milk.” My favorite part about making a deal is how creative I can be! I try think outside the box and figure out what the other person truly needs, develop a good relationship then I’m golden. Real estate is all about closing deals and to make that happen, both parties have to be in agreement. There can be some drama that occurs and some deals are more complicated than others, but for the most part – I love having a smooth transaction, especially if it’s in my client’s favor.
My creativity also brings me into the world of modeling. There are so many things I want to be and do but only one life to live! Modeling opens up doors for me to be whoever I want, which is why I enjoy it. Although the industry has closed its doors on me many times, I still booked gigs and built my portfolio. Last year, Miles Models offered me a contract and it’s been a huge networking opportunity. Hopefully, I can pivot into acting soon and really engulf myself in different personas and characters… be who ever I want to be!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m taking them out to eat either Miss Gogi for Korean bbq. Wagaya for ramen or Tacos la Villa! During the day, probably walk along the beltline and eat Jeni’s ice cream. I’m actually not much of a drinker but I do love a good night out. There’s always some interesting people in Atlanta.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My dearest amiga, JR Moon. We have been through some difficult times together and honestly, she’s the light that has lifted me up during my lows. She doesn’t know it but her support and encouragement has gotten me through some tough decisions.
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