We had the good fortune of connecting with Caitlin Linden and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Caitlin, what is the most important factor behind your success?
It’s so easy to get lost in the day-to-day. Checking in and reminding yourself of what you wanted when you started your journey is so crucial. For me it’s that I will only be happy working as an actor or a writer. When I moved to LA it was because an old man (my ex) gave me a ring in Chicago and told me to meet him in California. This ring began to weigh on me, I hated it. I wanted to be an actor, not wither away because of an ancient golden band that was slowly driving me mad. And so for years I steadily made progress, a little at a time, I’ve almost been killed by 9 undead dead men who are always chasing after me, a big spider, and lots of sneak attacks by Andy Serkis. I’ve covered an incredible amount of ground for someone who doesn’t own a car, and you know what? When I check in with myself, my dreams have remained the same!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My journey has been really long and is still ongoing. I’ve worked a lot of jobs and been to a lot of places, and all of the experience I’ve gained is excellent fodder for a huge story. It’s just like my crazy hiking story where I was lost with my friend Sam in the mountains. When Andy Serkis approached us and said he knew the way to Mordor, we followed him! Even though he acted nuts. Finally Sam and I were captured and brought to Gondor, we fought a dragon thing, then we got released. I’m not proud of this part but I totally lost sight of what was right and dumped my BFF Sam on a mountain. it was messed up, but the ring had total control over me at that point, and I was NOT myself. I ended up in a spider cave and left for dead, but then Sam came back and saved me. As I was about to cast the ring into the fire, Andy bit my finger off (with the ring on it) and I watched him fall and die in a volcano (crazy). Then an Eagle and took us away. I went back home but things weren’t really the same, and there was no way I was going to live a normal life anymore. You can’t write this stuff! But it’s my life, and as I get further and further along I know I will be able to tell my story to big audiences who will enjoy it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love LA, so many good Starbucks Reserves. If I had to pick a place in Los Angeles to take someone from out of town, it would be Grand Central Market. There’s an amazing pork store there where they sell all the parts of the whole pig, and right around the corner is The Last Bookstore. If you go in the the Last Bookstore you have to go to the Fantasy section and see what’s up.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Luckily, when I got to LA I wasn’t alone. I had three friends from back home in Chicago travel with me: Sam, Pippin, and Charlie From Lost. As we crossed the state line in Illinois we looked at each other and I said, “If I take one more step I’ll be the farthest away from home I’ve ever been.” Even when most of us went our separate ways, in my darkest hour I still had my BFF Sam by my side (I’m thinking about a PARTICULARLY scary hike where we were lost for years in the mountains). On the way to LA I met all kinds of people: big burley dudes with beards, small burley dudes with beards, tall women with long hair, archery guys, and fellas who could use a shave. We became a squad, a fellowship. For a long time the ring didn’t take hold of me. I was able to live my life somewhat normally, but I watched my close circle of friends deteriorate slowly. I’m so over men, but shoutout to Vigo who is one of the few good men in the game. All of them helped me in their own way to destroy the ring the old man (my ex) gave me, and to pursue my dream of being an actor/writer. Without quality people surrounding you, a big city can feel empty and cold.
Noah Eberhart, Carli Lind, Joanna Degeneres