We had the good fortune of connecting with Callie Haun and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Callie, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
My balance started to change once I began asking myself, “Is this getting me closer to what I want?” I ask this question often in all realms of life and it helps me get out of my own way. I find it to be a good checkin for how I prioritize where/with whom I invest my time and energy. I regard balance the same way I view boundaries; essential for a healthy life. When I first moved to Los Angeles after college I used to say, “Yes” to every social event and project. I’d go out with friends, sleep a couple hours, then rally the next morning to get to set for a typical Five O’Clock call time. This didn’t last long. I was doing myself a major disservice in not getting enough sleep for a full work day and in turn sabotaging myself by becoming depleted. My devotion to professionalism in my craft has been my constant for several years; however my strategies hopefully have grown and continue to with each lesson learnt. I try to remain humble in my approach to life. Whatever I’m creating and whoever I’m giving my time and energy to (professionally and personally alike) I want to be sure I’m coming from an authentic and honest place. I try to foster relationships (professionally & personally) with people who have a similar hunger for work, love of life and consciousness for balance. I find if I’m feeling off-balanced it’s usually because I’m neglecting one of the three pillars I live by: physical health, emotional health, and mental health. These parameter’s aid me to be self aware and mindful of how I’m sharing space with others creatively and personally.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m an Actor + performing artist-I love storytelling! I was raised in a small town in Northern California that was idyllic and quiet. However, my community wasn’t conducive for pursuing a life as a performing artist. There weren’t acting classes offered in any of my schools growing up but I felt a strong pull to acting so I waited until college. I took my first acting class at eighteen at a junior college I attended briefly in Sonoma co. Initially, this was a massive challenge because I felt imposture syndrome surge in me amongst talented peers who’d been working on their craft for many years. However, I was raised by parents who both had creative jobs so I decided to try and emulate them/their quirks when creating characters for scene work.
My Dad was the first person to share his passion of cinema with me. He’d put a film on and say, “Cover your eyes…” once the opening credits rolled and the white lights bounced gleefully through my clasped hands he’d say, “now!” I’d instantly be transported to the minds of film makers like: Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Lelouch, Jean Renoir, Federico Fellini, Vittorio De Sica, and many others. Living vicariously through their films and watching humans interact is one of the reasons I fell in love with movies. I think my admiration for foreign films, classic Hollywood and even silent films is something that sets me apart from others that are strictly into commercial movies. I believe there’s a place for every genre and art, however I’m drawn to people and their stories of honest, ugly, personal, and human experiences.
Being raised in an environment that’s focus was largely viticulture and the Wine Industry had me often feel as though I was living in a ‘Truman Show’ bubble of likeness. College was my key to newness. When I transferred to San Francisco state University I declared myself a Drama and Literature double major. I found my people of full feeling artists and performers (friends I’m still very close with). Every corner at SFSU was in a constant whir…conversation’s that consisted of questioning norms, freedom of expression through art made and how best to live without confines!
What sets me apart from most of my peers in Los Angeles is something I view as both: a positive and negative. I’m an underdog because I was older than most of my peers when I began acting. I weave through spaces with more humility than may be helpful. The biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way is to not have plans. I set daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals but I got rid of the idea of “Where I need to be by…” and instead adopted balance and mindfulness in celebrating the little wins and big ones equally. I’m most proud that I’m able to live in my favorite part of Los Angeles (Los Feliz) and do so independently of anyones help. I’m deeply grateful for my Parents, Grandma and friends support and encouragement. To live and act in LA doesn’t feel like work, it feels like a dessert I’ll never be full of. I take my craft seriously and draw inspiration from all cracks of life. I would like people to know that I have integrity. I believe my positive outlook and how I treat others are the core of who I am.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love playing tour guide with friends who visit Los Angeles! I love to take friends to my favorite taco spots (Guisados, Tacos Tu Madre, Tamales Alberto 2 and Playita Mariscos). My favorite restaurant in LA is a gem, Figaro Bistrot in Los Feliz! I love to start the day early either encouraging morning hikes up Griffith (above the observatory) or morning walks around the Silverlake reservoir and Echo Park Lake. I also am a huge fan of roof yoga with friends. I love beach days surfing or basking in Southern California’s sweet rays at Malibu (preferred beach)! And for the friends interested in warmer water I’ll take us to Laguna Beach for a day trip getaway. I could spend every day when I’m off projects or staycation in Laguna’s translucent water and bright blue’s and green hues. It depends on the friend and their energy level if they’re a night owl in search of festive reverie versus a morning person who will wake at 6am to catch the morning sunrise on my roof. There’s copious museums, galleries and exhibits that are incredible, however one of my favorite hidden gem’s that has expansive gardens, art and a picnic pleasing setting is off LA’s grid located in San Marino; The Huntington Library! Of course The Getty, MOCA, Hammer Museum, LACMA, etc. For those who enjoy theatre I prefer smaller intimate Theater, like Black Box style theaters in the valley over commercial productions (however, all theatre is gold, and should be supported) I will never turn down a theatre night out in any arena.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There’s many people I could shoutout I didnt’ included, however in the realm of performing arts and my acting career I’ve selected the following… Firstly, I want to dedicate my shoutout to; my Parents and Grandparents because they’ve been unparalleled since day offering love and support. Next, I want to thank, Raffi Mauro and Miriam Birch. This couple have been my mentors/ adopted LA grandparents/ fairy godparents /dear friends since my first day in Los Angeles. Next, I want to thank, Hope Raymond for being a constant light and dream friend who’s always available when I need her (reading scripts, to visiting me in my grad program in Italy to moving to LA for incredible fun shared). Next, I want to thank, Tony Eng for being my mentor, friend and chosen family in LA-I’m abashedly grateful for his guidance in my life. Next, I want to thank Berenice Monroy for her massive help as a second pair of eyes this interview didn’t go even longer than I went with it. Last, but not least… I want to thank my dear friend who generously shot me for this article-she’s an incredible artist and human, Avery Wheless.
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Avery Wheless (she’s incredible, so talented and the easiest photographer I’ve EVER worked with)!