Modern Women Making Waves: Michele Hofherr
Many of you know that I feel strongly about the power and passion that flows when women inspire women — through mentoring and friendships we share advice, support, and information. We influence, challenge and encourage each other. I have received so much motivation, from so many muses, and that was the seed of the Modern Women Making Waves series. One of the best things about growing older is recognizing there are many different forms of happiness, and definitions of success — there is no cookie cutter formula! I hope you will find some ‘wind beneath your wings’ in the stories these ladies will share. First up: my friend Michele Hofherr. I call her the Queen of Connectors (she has a gift!), and I am in awe of her path to co-founder and CEO of the fabulous e-commerce website Previously Owned by a Gay Man
Michele Hofherr Co-Founder Previously Owned by a Gay Man
Michele began her career as a film and theater talent agent in New York City and Los Angeles, representing actors such as Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Aniston, and Alfred Molina. She then moved to the Bay Area, where she discovered her love of photography. Fifteen years later, Michele’s work can be found in countless private collections around the globe and in many high-end hotels, such as the Four Seasons, Omni Hotels, and the Mandarin Oriental. Each iteration of Michele’s career has been driven by her critical eye and her respect and appreciation for a high aesthetic. Her own quest to find and pass along the next great piece in home décor led to the creation of Previously Owned by a Gay Man.
Good advice is a gift — what is the best advice you’ve been given?
My first boss in the entertainment industry taught me to ‘talk less and listen more’. As a 23 year old interacting with high profile actors this was excellent advice. In the beginning I often had no idea what was going on, but at least I didn’t overtly expose my ignorance!
Who would you invite to your ideal Girl’s Night?
Meryl Streep, Katie Couric, Rebel Wilson (and a few of my real friends of course!)
What is your go-to piece of clothing?
Black on black on black
What do you sing when you are alone in your car?
The Hamilton soundtrack
What was the best compliment you have received?
You do many interesting things very quietly.
How has your life been different than you imagined?
I can’t say I ever had a grand plan for my life, but when I was young I was very focused on career and didn’t think a lot about getting married or having a family. I ended up meeting and marrying my husband quite young and my career has zigged and zagged a lot more than I would have envisioned, so I guess both have ended up differently than I would have thought.
What is your most-used word? (And what word do you wish everyone would stop using?)
Who is your celebrity crush?
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Red Wine and the TV Series "Younger"
What is your favorite museum?
The Guggenheim in NYC
If you weren’t running your Business, POBAGM, what would you be doing?
A lot more painting and photography
What is the first thing you notice when you meet someone?
Their style and their smile
Be sure to check out Michele's site for unique treasures and finds! She also has a fabulous blog and you will be inspired by her entrepreneurial journey!