Keva Marie Dine

Keva Marie Dine

Creative Recruiter/Personal Branding Strategist

Bay Area, California
Instagram @kevadine
Twitter @kevadineagency


What do you do?

I'm a creative recruiter, company owner and personal branding strategist for The Keva Dine Agency, inc.! Getting creatives jobs is super stressful but also so freaking rewarding that I keep going back for more.


I run a house, business and manage two investment properties. I RUN the house. I am a mom boss, work boss, house boss and dog mom and wife and daughter and sister and friend. I help my super cool, creative clients find JUST the right person to hire. I have the best clients and I get people their coolest and best jobs. I love my people. I also help people kick their personal branding into high gear. I like to fix the problem. I'm the fixer.

Getting creatives jobs is super stressful but also so freaking rewarding that I keep going back for more.


What steps did you take to get where you are now?

I've worked A LOT for a long time. I started making and selling clothing at 19. I entered the skateboarding industry soon after. Haven't stopped since. I've worked in all different types of jobs- as an employee, freelancer, consultant, owner, partner. I've made money and I've been screwed. I have always wanted to see the creative process from all angles and all relationships.


For other people in your field, what do they usually lack?

My first job in the field of creative recruiting was as a "staffing agent" at Ranstad, a global staffing company. It was the most corporate job I've ever had and the most "icky" shall we say. BUT I learned a TON.

Sometimes taking a job isn't about the cool factor--it's about learning the business from a different point of view and that advantage is actually what makes it "cool".


What are you working on right now?

Search and placement for jobs at some secret companies. A beer brand and a famous person's enterprise companies. Also an interactive designer gig at a jewelry company, a senior designer for a childrens product line brand. More personal coaching, too. A call later today in fact!


We are all Slashies with multiple skills, which one do you wish you could do more often?

I have a lot of good stuff to share. I have industry secrets. I know how to help you.


What is frustrating you right now?

Accounting. Taxes. Workers comp. Paperwork. Audits. Prep for the CPA. Out of business cards- Need new ones. Need a new desk. The light above my head is flickering. All that crap- Someone please handle it. And handle it well.


What task keeps landing at the bottom of the To Do list?

Buffer vs. Hootsuite vs. Sprout Social


If you could hire someone for $20/hour, what would you have them do to make your day easier?

Database cleanup and maintenance - we want to focus our efforts on finding talent, not entering their data! Any Daylite experts out there?


Let's bring out the time machine. What do you wish you could have told yourself, when, and why?

Learn excel, even though you hate it. Oh and maybe not name the company after you. Or maybe yes. See, I'm conflicted.


If you could talk to an expert to gain more insight on something, what would it be about?

Look back at the "what is frustrating me right now" question. 


What kind of opportunities/projects are you looking for?

New talent. Always.

New talent. Always.

What is your ideal client?

When a client trusts me to find who they need and that I know who will be great for them. When my client is the decision maker and when there are less layers. When my client is committed to making the hire and do their due diligence in interviewing and providing feedback. When my client is transparent with me!!

Do you allow yourself to say No?

Yes. But I also practice saying no. It's not easy to say no when you are the one responsible for making the money.
Deal breakers are not a simple thing-- When it winds up being really hard to make it happen- like you're forcing it- then I believe it's not meant to be.

If it's right, it will feel right and it will flow.

What is your rate? 

Clients pay me a % of the candidates annual salary or a total of the booked project.

How should someone approach you about working together?

Knowing how you found me, via iLC or a friend or colleague, is always helpful. It gives me a sense of the world you are coming from and the connections we may already have together. I am always impressed when someone does their research first. I believe everyone should always do their research first. i.e.- got to my sites, read up, send me an email with some "why" and "who" context. Connect some dots.

This Member Profile Originally Published in October 2015