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U-Helper of the Week: Katelyn Benton Redwood

U-Helper of the Week: Katelyn Benton Redwood

Katelyn moved to Los Angeles in 2008 after graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston. After 5 years in Culver City and Mar Vista, Katelyn relocated to Silver Lake and has been there since. In addition to working as a professional musician (pianist and singer), Katelyn has also stayed on the front lines of social media and online marketing since Facebook launched in 2004, and runs Redwood Digital Marketing, which specializes in helping businesses, artists, and individuals define their brand and execute online marketing tactics.  

Katelyn also continues to work as a musician, playing piano and singing for live shows, private events, and recording sessions. Katelyn began learning piano from her Grandmother (a professional concert pianist) before entering elementary school, and continued lessons through high school before receiving a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. Katelyn has received national and international recognition for her piano performance, songwriting, and music video. In 2015 Katelyn was featured on Fox’s Superhuman as a “musical mastermind.”

In her downtime, Katelyn is an endurance runner who enjoys exploring the many miles of trails in Griffith Park and the Santa Monica Mountains. She also manages Shamanic Healing LA in Atwater, which she and her husband Nabeel Redwood launched in 2017.

Tell us a little bit about the experience you have with the services you offer through the Urban Helper.
I fell into online marketing when I introduced a pro-audio company to the Facebook platform shortly after it launched in 2004. I created events and flyers through Facebook that connected music students to the company, which later landed me a full-time position as this company’s first online marketing specialist. In 2008 I moved to Los Angeles and began pursuing freelance marketing work. I started an LLC in 2011 and have worked full-time for myself since.

In addition to pursuing my own art, I have played as a “hired gun” pianist and singer for almost 20 years now. I began playing music professionally when I was 13, after being hired as the seasonal pianist at a Nordstroms at the local mall during the holidays. I continued playing professionally through high school, even obtaining special permission to enter and perform in nightclubs as a minor. After moving to Los Angeles in 2008, I began working as a session musician as a vocalist and pianist.

Have you been hired through the Urban Helper yet? If so, what was that experience like?
Yes! I have assisted with online and offline marketing strategy.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?
I am always doing something different, learning something new, and meeting interesting people.

What are the top three things you love about your neighborhood?

  1. The walkability to cafes, shops, parks and entertainment
  2. Our twice-weekly Farmer’s Markets
  3. My neighbors! I’ve managed to meet and build friendships with many of them.

What about The Urban Helper’s mission resonates with you?  Not everyone has the option of working a traditional job, and not everyone can afford to pay for things that they really do need. This is an inevitable side effect of capitalism - many people get left behind. I appreciate how The Urban Helper wants to restore some of that power back to the people who are being overlooked, and that’s a mission that aligns with my personal values.

Connect with Katelyn on The Urban Helper.