We had the good fortune of connecting with Cat Wilkins and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cat, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m originally from Dallas, Texas. I grew up in a two-parent household with my older brother and twin sister. My grandmother also lived with us and was a strong influence in my life. I’m incredibly lucky to have grown up in such a forward-thinking environment. My parents never enforced gender roles or stereotypes. They also enrolled us in diverse schools with students from all different backgrounds. I’m sure my parents would’ve appreciated if at least one of their children took an interest in math or science, but they never criticized our artistic ambitions. They were our biggest cheerleaders — and still are. My parents deserve so much credit for the things they sacrificed for us, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to thank them enough. (And no, they didn’t pay me to say that.)

My upbringing taught me to be proud of who I am and where I came from. It also taught me to constantly challenge myself to try new things, meet new people, and learn from my experiences.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be involved in film and television, but I wasn’t quite sure how I would get there. I’ve always been fascinated with storytelling in all forms. I studied journalism at the University of Missouri and went on to work as a producer at a local news station in Jacksonville, Florida. After working there for a while, I finally mustered up the courage to move out to Los Angeles. I enrolled in the MFA Screenwriting Program at UCLA and graduated last year.

Transitioning careers is never easy. Luckily, journalism and screenwriting have a lot of common threads. My journalism experience has been so helpful in many ways. I’m grateful for my time in news, but I’m even more grateful for the opportunity to finally be writing my own stories.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Start the day off with either a hike at Runyon Canyon or a trip to Manhattan Beach. Follow that up with some good food. You can’t go wrong with Korean BBQ or tacos! Finally, a night out in Hollywood to complete the LA experience.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Thank you to my family, friends, and incredible team for your endless support!

Website: catwilkinstv.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catwilkinsss/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cawilkins/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/catwilkinsss

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