J. Kelly Hoey

A question I ask every interviewee for my In Conversation With series on SharpHeels is “What talent would you like to have?”. Overwhelming the answer is to sing, on key. As one interviewee noted “I was in six musicals in high school, but was always relegated to the one speaking part!

Desired talents ranged from speaking other languages, having an English accent, being able to raise capital, playing rock & blues guitar, hand/eye coordination, ability to read minds or write perfect copy…. However, one of my favorite answers is from the very first interview:

I’m not sure it’s a talent, but I would love to be elegant. I’ve been described as bohemian, outgoing, funny … but a part of me has always wished that I was born with that “Grace Kelly” thing.


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