Introducing The Ambassadors! From the arts & entertainment world, to business, design, and fashion, Previously Owned by a Gay Man Ambassadors contribute to a virtual salon, adding their Renaissance Man voices to conversations about just about anything…including when to spend your own money to transform a rental house into a home reflecting your stylish personality.
Welcome to the Previously Owned by a Gay Man family, Paul Coates. We’re thrilled to add Ambassador Coates to our roster of influencers, innovators, and all-around cool people. Like any great ambassador — say, Benjamin Franklin — Paul will spread the gospel of Previously Owned by a Gay Man (sure Mr. Franklin invented electricity…but he couldn’t use it to power the worldwide web!), while sharing his wide variety of interests with us. With a background spanning fry cook to literary agent (his talent cannot be contained to one field!), we are proud to introduce Paul with this quick Q & A:
First job: Fry Cook at Mother’s Kitchen – it was a living hell
Worst job: see above
Best job: the one I have now, talent and literary manager in Los Angeles
Dream job: Not having one.What is one tip you wish someone had told you when you were first beginning your career? All your clients will eventually fire you, get used to it.
What one tip would you give now, if asked by someone just starting out? The Entertainment Industry is VERY DANGEROUS to one’s health and well-being.
What is the biggest risk you ever took? Unprotected sex
What is your greatest extravagance? Glassybaby – check ‘em out – I have hundreds.
Which talent would you most like to have? To be able to sing.
Where do you live? Hollywood Manor, in the Hollywood Hills East, against the back lot of Universal Studios
How would you define your home’s style? Contemporary
Where do you shop for furniture? Clothes? Furniture: everywhere including HD Buttercup, Restoration, Crate and Barrel, Previously Owned, Gilt, Wayfair, Hayneedle, Houzz, Clothes: Target.
What is your most prized home decor item? Glassybaby
Most important room in your home? the Bedroom – it’s a sanctuary, enormous Master bedroom, no such thing as too large a bedroom.
What is your idea of a dream house? A true Japanese traditional home, with shoji, tatami floors, the works
Less is more, or more is more? LESS IS MORE! And never, ever forget that.
Who are your dream dinner party guests? People that love to eat and drink, people that don’t have ridiculous made-up food allergies, people who know when to leave.
Celebrity best friend? The Incomparable Julie Halston, a New York Icon and doyenne.
Song that defines you? Moon River
When you hear the term “pop culture” what (or who) comes to mind? Those disgusting Kardashians
What do you order from room service? Burgers