We had the good fortune of connecting with Katherine Street and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katherine, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I think about this from time to time, and I play out the scenario of what “giving up” would look like. As someone who has been in the filmmaking business in one way shape or form for over 20 years (from an aspiring teenager and onward), it’s hard to wrap my head around anything but filmmaking. I’ve gone this far, why stop now? I think giving up is scarier than to keep going. If I keep going, I’m familiar with those waters. Giving up making movies, writing screenplays… it makes me sad, I’d be disappointed in myself. Teenage Kat would be so upset. I must say, the idea of just making jam for a living sounds oddly soothing, though. Perhaps in my old, old age I’ll take that up.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The more I write, the more I unlock different parts of myself that remained dormant for so long. My experience is mine and mine alone, and that’s what sets me apart from others. I think that’s what sets everyone apart from each other – no one is exactly the same. I write things from my point of view, highlighting marginalized or lesser-known communities when the opportunity presents itself. For example, I have a story that shines a light on Black metalheads – as one who has been in a mosh pit once or twice, and has frequented a decent share of rock shows, it’s a sub-community that is not explored enough in TV and film. Sometimes I come up with way too many stories and am excited about all of them, that I get overwhelmed – which one should I tackle first? I must say, spreadsheets work. Schedules work. But do whatever works best for you.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d love to shoutout Black Girl Film School! It’s a non-profit organization geared towards educating and shepherding the next generation of black female filmmakers. Seriously, there needs to be more of us behind the camera. Teenage Kat would have been all over this!