Habits: NuvoTV and Fuse's Castro shares the secret to staying calm in the workplace

Diane Castro, VP of corporate comms, NuvoTV and Fuse, discusses regrets, career achievements, and how she stays calm in the workplace.

Morning ritual
Balance is a daily goal, and it starts with getting up at 5am for 30 minutes of mellow tunes, yoga, and stretching, followed by two cups of coffee, scanning emails, walking the dog, then getting my daughter, Bruno (the dog), and me out the door in time for school and work.

First PR job
Star TrekThe Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. It was a great experience to work on this franchise with offers to grace magazine covers every month. 

I quickly learned firsthand how to manage media demand, work with production, deal with stellar talent and, of course, which aliens were bad.

Best career advice
Be a swan. In the midst of a PR crisis when your brain is spinning from the issues and your heart is beating faster than you ever imagined, don’t let it show. Think of a swan. On the surface, it appears graceful, calm, and in control, but underwater it is kicking like mad.

Proudest career achievement
When I had my daughter, I took five years off to be a stay-at-home mom and returned to the industry with renewed perspective and priorities.

Staying on top of my game while also managing motherhood is not easy, but I’m grateful to work with a company and bosses that had faith in my ability to deliver.

Most regrettable career moment
Not pursuing an offer to go on tour with The Rolling Stones. What was I thinking?

Ideal day offTaking my daughter to a mom- and-me spa weekend at Ojai Valley Inn. We go to the pool, have a bike ride, get spa treatments, and end the day dining with a view of the sunset against the Ojai mountains – called the pink moment.

Guilty TV pleasure
I have watched every season of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Maybe it’s because I love the thought of a fairy-tale ending, or maybe it’s because I like watching train wrecks.

Most distinct aspect of your personal office
I have a sign that reflects both the balance I seek as well as a reminder of being a swan when it gets crazy. It just says, keep calm and carry on.

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