Two careers, two lives – the Kim Reinhart Professional Corporation lawyer, the Cathedral Church of The Redeemer soprano, an interesting mix and a fascinating personality well beyond the bio on her LinkedIn page.
Her kind of music?
“Early music (written before 1750) – I love it and I’m really good at it.” She goes on to describe this as renaissance and early baroque – a direction she explored at the suggestion of an early music director. “I was told I sound like Emma Kirkby”. This, meant nothing to be but Kim went on in glowing terms … very glowing, about Emma …
Growing up, attending university was always expected – so Kim went off to UBC where she secured a B. Music degree. Her academic life took some detours – jobs, marriage, three kids, separation – to now. Along the way, one of those jobs was at the U of C, in administration, saw her dealing with lawyers quite often which led to encouragement to attend law school which together with her life left her feeling exhausted …
Fast-forward, after articling, several stints including a partnership – she’s on her own, practicing law [divorces, wills, contract reviews – she prefers not to go to court! – her work comes mostly from referrals and repeat clients] and singing professionally.
"My raison d'etre - I help people through transition. I learned to be a peace keeper."
Born in Edmonton - # 4 of four siblings. Her mom, a teacher – her father, a CMA with his own business which prompted the family to move to Calgary when Kim was six. Her parents influenced her to pursue music. Children’s choirs – a self described ‘fairly good singer’ – led to being identified in the fourth/fifth grade as someone with perfect pitch. She studied piano, and by the time she graduated from Bishop Grandin High School she was a certified ‘music geek’. “School was something I had to do. Music was something I loved to do.”
What would you credit, or attribute, your success to? “Persistence. Friends. Opportunities.”
What has held you back? “Attitudes and privately held beliefs – my own and others.”
If you had the option – music, or law? “Music, hands down! Law is a means to an end – it funds my music.”
I asked Kim how she sees her business “ law + music”; how’s business looking, going forward over the next quarter?”
… legal work seems steady. I’ve moved to a home-office which gives me great flexibility. Music business – work is steady …
And over the next five years?
… in my line of work it will still be steady. In upturns and downturns – rebalancing needs of clients will keep up a steady flow. In music, I expect to travel more – not so much solo work but with med-sized groups.
What qualities distinguish your preferred colleagues, collaborators and suppliers?
… I look for a certain vibe with people. I got with my intuition a lot. I’m drawn to enthusiasm, logic, skills, ambition. I prefer intelligent people.
What distinguishes you that causes people to choose Kim Reinhart and why do they do business with you, why have they hired you, over your competitors?
… I don’t sugar-coat things. Honest relationships. I work with people to keep costs down. I’m good, and I’m fair.
How would you describe your management style?
… collaborative manager. I prefer to get buy in – not to get buy-in through fighting with them.
What do you lose sleep over, what do you worry about?
… legal work. Clients. My kids (sometimes they are resistant to being taught!)
Who or what influenced you most – that has made a difference in your life, or that was a major turning point?
… by regular ordinary people. Music has been a huge influence itself. Sinny Preston – a fascinating keyboardist – the shear joy, how he can get people to do things …
Work-life balance, do you have it?
… yes, finally! I’m master of my own schedule.
What do you do for fun?
… I get together with friends, travel when I can. Music things! I sing for fun – I get paid for doing something I love to do.
What do you read?
… sci-fi, historical novels – mostly fluff – to clear my head. Ursula K. Le Guin is my favourite author – The Left Hand Of Darkness
FACILITYCalgarynewsletters may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast, directly or indirectly, in any medium without prior written permission. All rights reserved. PLANDflex Corporation - http://plandflex.com