Girl Boss Spotlight: Natalie Kabenjian, Owner of Pole With Soul™
Name: Natalie Kabenjian
Location: City of Angels (LA)
Name of Business: Pole with Soul™
Disclaimer: There are no typos. I write how I speak.
Type of Business: Transformational Coaching through Pole Dance, Voice & Movement. I help high-vibe visionaries rise in love with their bodies in all their outrageous shades and live fiercely in pleasure, radically manifesting their desires to creation.
Did you always want to be an entrepreneur and start your own company?
Hell Nah! LOL
What were you doing before?
I was an actor blindly chasing the Hollywood Dream.
When did you decide to make the switch and why?
I made the switch not too long ago actually. May of 2019 was when I officially decided to let go of the #actorslife and fully commit to being a pole artist, teacher, and coach.
Acting always seemed to be something I did because other people thought I was good at it. At the time I didn’t think much of meself, so if someone were to tell me I was star quality or amazing, I would latch onto that like a hawk to its prey and keep doing it craving more of that validation and affection and if I didn’t get it, then I’d chase after it even more! I was depressed, anxious, self-harming, buying into the myth that I had to suffer to succeed. I was living other people’s stories; ironic considering that that’s also the profession I was trying so hard to break into. It wasn’t until I discovered pole and started teaching that I realized that to be ME without limits was the best part I could ever ask for. So why not just be the fierce, bad arse leader that people make movies about? Don’t get me wrong, I love creating roles and playin pretend and… The business and the process of what it is to be an actor was simply not giving me joy. There’s way more to this story and I feel that this can suffice fer now. Podcast episode, please!
What gave you the idea for your business?
I was teaching at Sheila Kelley’s S Factor and being the conscious, compassionate rebel that I am, it didn’t take long fer my class to become known as a Natalie Kabenjian class where every week a new, crazy exercise would be birthed simply by me reading the energies in the room. It literally was transforming into body and soul coaching through pole, voice, and movement in the guise of a S Factor class. I had a desire to really work with people more intensely and ignite them to truly shatter the bullshit narratives they were carrying in their bodies that were holding them back, so I started sprinkling in different dance styles and other modalities like breath and shadow work, plugging them into pole and feminine movement. S Factor’s philosophy was unfortunately too small a container to hold where my dragon wings were expanding. Plus, I LOVE pole, I love teaching pole, I love performing, it’s the love of me life. It has such a beautiful way of pulling out all yer limiting beliefs in one fell sweep and when wielded with the right intention can be such a powerful, sexy manifesting tool. I wanted to play with that on a deeper level. So naturally, I had to create my own thang where I can do both!
How would you describe your brand?
A wild, healing thrill ride: Bad arse, playful, magical, off the wall, daring, empowering, fiercely free, delectably orgasmic
What was your biggest hurdle in starting your own business?
Honestly, just getting outta my own way and not believing fully in the worth of my work and my ability to compassionately hold space fer clients. I was so scared that people wouldn’t take me seriously or would get confused or wouldn’t want to work with me because I’m not on Oprah (yet) or don’t have a bazillion certifications that I was undercharging like crazy. At that point, I was starting to really focus on radically feeling good so I committed to doing the inner work and healing my relationship with money. I hired me my money mindset coach (Brooke Ritchie) to help keep me accountable and challenged meself to really take inspired action, to trust in my skill sets, and let it fly. Let’s just say I ain’t undercharging no more mate!
Can you give us an overview of what a normal workday is like for you?
Waking up, doing my ‘magical morning’ practice w/ my two dear mates, (If you wanna know more about that, look up Gala Darling, she’s who I got the original idea from), fear play which leads to my magical hip circle affirmations (DM me if you wanna know more), sessions w/ clients; sprinkle in a few calls and emails, working on my Freaks of Pleasure Mentorship coming up in July!!! In between all these beautiful things, I have my self-pleasure sessions, my movement practice & pole training. Really though, working isn’t working fer me… it’s PLAYTIME all the way. Yes some of the admin stuff get tedious a wee bit, and… at the end of the day, it’s all play!
What is your 5-year goal for your business?
Let’s act as if this already happened. J I’m so happy and grateful that in 5 years time Pole with Soul ™ became a 7 figure business, igniting and inspiring so many stellar souls to rebel against their pain to create their own fierce pleasure revolutions living their most radically turned on lives possible and not to mention changing the game of pole dance really bringing it to the forefront of the personal development world. I’m being asked by major companies like Google and American Express to come teach their employees how to fiercely feel their bodies. My School of Pole & Soul™ became one of the number one studios in the world where people from all over are coming and not only learning how to kick arse on the pole but how to wield it to manifest their fantasies into rad realities!!! Isn’t it wonderful????
What is one piece of advice for you have for other women who want to start their own business?
Do the inner work. Focus on feeling good, cause ultimately that is YOUR JOB! That should be a non-negotiable. I started noticing amazing shifts in my biz and me life the more I committed to radically lovin me and to feeling good and we’re only just getting started, baby! Know this: You belong. There is a place fer you here. Do not wait till you have yer next certification in yer pocket. Do not wait till you are ‘ready,’ cause mate, you will never fully be ready. That’s just an exquisite excuse we tell ourselves so that we keep playin small and dims our luscious lights from wreaking blissful havoc onto this world. We are always gonna be figuring things out so just jump into yer edge and PLAY! Your body and soul will thank YOU and those whose lives you are meant to transform will also THANK YOU. Dare to Go Mad.
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To claim send Natalie a DM on instagram or email her at:
polewithsoul @ gmail .com