We had the good fortune of connecting with Cat Del Re and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cat, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
In a creative landscape, do we ever have an end? Or do we end first? I think over time the idea of my career I set out with has shifted and molded as much as I have. I’ve never been the type of person who objectifies the next ten years like it is some sort of to-do list. I will say, however, I dream about various scenarios I’d enjoy seeing played out if such and such circumstances align within the realm of work I am doing. Perhaps that is my way of objectifying the future, dream plotting, crossing them off when they do come to pass. With the end goals, I get a sense of melancholy, all the fun has been had, the growth learned, the struggles cease to be present, the act of doing is complete, it’s all memory. Which is why I present this question to myself, is there ever an end? Or just a placeholder? Some of the greatest works of art are lost and rediscovered decades or centuries later and I wonder or read about those said artists and discover they were never complete, they never found an end to there desires of creating higher and higher frequency and caliber art. This is why professionally, sure the accolades and the recognition for time served is all well and apart of the draw but the creative career and act of creating will frankly finish me out in time before I am finished with it. My only hope is to end well and with a calm sense of peace that I did gooooood.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am what you would call a creative producer. I am an actor by trade but simultaneously have created my own content thus falling in love with the act and art of getting a story made. It took me years to discover my crew and create a brand I can stand with. What came of this time and experience was four like-minds and our company, Rising Antidote Production. We are a quad of creative storytellers with various backgrounds and producing experience.
What sets me apart was elegantly stated by not just one but three of my girlfriends; Dionne, Sharona, and Vicky- at separate times and occasions each one had told me “Cat you are a Showrunner, a leader.” Other various commentary followed per conversation however the same word came from each. “Showrunner.” I will have to admit, it is something I get excited about. I have a knack for bringing together different types of mindsets, thinkers, doers, and creatives to bring a project to life and /or raise a company. The Rising Antidote partners I discovered as time passed and we learned more about one another, that each of us are made with one of the four elements. Our quad is part Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water, which because of our varied perspectives has given us the challenges of creating/ figuring out solution-based communication and quickly acquiring the army of creatives and opportunities we needed to get our us and our stories sailing at a pace we are all quite excited about.
The process of arriving at this junction was not an easy road for me. I am easily misunderstood by a causal mindset. I would categorize my thinking as a hyper-aware and sensitive thinker who pays mind to the intricate details of making things work. I lean on creativity as a tool for living an authentic life and see between the cracks, beyond the silences into a rich world of knowing, most of my ideas come from this space. I can read the energy underneath the persona or the facade. I see potential where others see failure. Where growth and doubt meet I find beauty and I know how to mold it into something larger than itself or themselves. I know when to gently give enough space to allow synchronicities to occur and blend with the world. I am in a sense a teacher, a conductor, an advocate for untapped potential or expansion of potential. I remember I once took a brain-type quiz and I was had a mere 3-5% of the population think like me. So, you can say mishaps and challenges found me as I was figuring out how to put my pieces together in a manner that related to others. The beauty of understanding ones self is as the pieces layout in front of you and you see them with fresh eyes, once followed, I came into my community and I further developed and discovered how to lead with my set strengths and become the “Showrunner” persona that “just is” in me.
I’d say the takeaway in my story and me sharing my insight is that I never find an excuse to give up on a dream, to pivot if necessary, acquire other aspects of my field and to keep riding the wave even when storms arise, waters get murky or the path becomes uncertain. I’ve never let go of my pursuit of happiness. Yes, we are all human and experience our own levels of inadequacy, FOMO, doubt, and self-deprecation but I’ve found when I seek out others, a book or nature, I find peace in knowing no one has it all figured out, and we are all on this blue rock collectively so enjoy the ride while you’re here and find work that satisfies you and brings you lasting joy.
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.
Wow, my mind is all wonky due to 2020. Maskless fun in the City of Angels! Sign me up. Is this for a friend or can it be selfishly for me once we’re back online? LOL. A week… Stay: Half in Silverlake Hills / Half in Malibu – Those secluded beaches, yum ( Elina & Kaleb we are shacking up with you!) Eat: Pull up Eater, what’s hot, call chef buddies, industry insiders get the latest scope. Hit up a couple of classics, Marvins, Figaro Bistro for some Martini Happy Hour action, Sunset Hotel Hollywood vibes, Leo’s taco truck or some Fish Tacos in Boyle Heights. Places: Call up the know em all pal Lorena for the best pool parties, Griffith silent disco walk, Malibu beachin’, forget the tourist stuff, get them into the local vibes, do some local workouts with my favorite LA workout gals, and then just be, enjoy the sun and LA culture vibes.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The dedication. I thought about my journey the other day and realized I am surrounded by such beautiful humans, who are inspiring, dedicated, joyful, uplifting, creative, badasses, and work on what drives them to live authentically. Without them, I wouldn’t be well, daring brave, and confident in my choices, sounds cheesy but it’s the truth. My crew over at Rising Antidote Production Jess, Elina, Kaleb, slaying and taking names. My creative sista from another Ms. Sacha Smith. The man of my life Tyler Del Re without your generous, loving heart- where in the world would I be? And so so many others. An Academy Award List of moments, people, places, books, poetry, nature. You name it. It’s all connected.
Facebook: Catrina Del Re
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