Hina Khan: Television Host, Psychotherapist, and Entrepreneur

1. What does a typical Thursday look like for you, starting from when you wake up – to heading to bed?

Typically I have been up many times in the early morning to feed my baby, but when I am up to start the day I try to attend a yoga class at The Yoga Sanctuary (while my husband has some father/son bonding time).  Then I come home where my makeup artist Marnie Brooks comes over and does my makeup for the show Save Us from Our House and we usually spend about an hour together.  My in-laws come over to spend time with and spoil their grandson while I make my way to our shooting location.  After we shoot I come straight home and give my boy tons of kisses (it’s hard being away for so long!)  And then I spend as much time with him as possible before he goes to bed.  Once he’s in bed I take care of any business for our Good Hair Dayz pillowcases.  And then my head hits my very own satin pillowcase (right now I’m sleeping on Sophia’s Chocolate Brown)

2. What was your first job out of school?

My first job out of school was in the news department at CFMT (now OMNI    Television).  I originally volunteered there, taking care of tasks like fetching coffee or getting tapes from the library.  After being hired, I started to do stories, culminating with a regular spot on South Asian News Week

3. What are the 3 skills you require most to do your job well?

Perseverance, Curiosity, a sense of humour.

4. What do you love most about your career?  

Presently I have three careers (Television Host, Psychotherapist, Entrepreneur). What I love about all three ventures are the people I get to meet and interact with.

On Save Us from Our House I get to meet so many incredible families who open up their homes and their intimate lives to us.  We have a hand in helping them with their physical and emotional space.  As a therapist, I have the privilege of being with individuals on a weekly basis as they work on healing old wounds and carving out new paths for themselves – it’s very courageous work on their part.  And as the creator of Good Hair Dayz I have met the most amazing businesswomen – women who had ideas and followed them through and without hesitation shared their expertise and knowledge with me.

5.  If a woman wanted to get into this business, what are your recommendations of how they should start?  

Start by networking and meeting other women in the industry you would like to enter into.  I have found women to be very supportive.  When I was starting the line of pillowcases, I had no idea how or where to start and it was other women that helped me along the way (everything from the production of to the website).

6. Do you have any warnings?  

While not a warning, per se, I would suggest that you get to know your intuitive side.  Recognize when your “gut” is giving you information and always try to follow it.

7. If you could try a different career on for a year, what would it be?

I would like to have a hand in the travel industry – travel is something that has been a constant in my life. 

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