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

Hi Kat, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
This question has so many layers to it and for many of them I believe my short answer is to always keep going. There are things in life that will come and go themselves but the one thing someone can always hold onto is taking another step and moving forward. More than a few times in my career I have sat down asking myself if I should give up and walk away. I wish I could say that thought didn’t come around anymore but I would be lying to both myself and anyone reading this if I did. These doubts can come from a place of fear. Fear of rejection, failure, being an outcast, etc.. What I’ve realized is that those fears will always be there and once I start to turn and face them, they become smaller, easier to look past. Past those fears were possibilities and doors waiting to be opened. Learning that by choosing to keep going I can, and have, found ways to expand what the meaning of being an actor and a creative mean to me.

It is important to acknowledge that sometimes there are things in life we need to choose to “give up” on or walk away from. Remembering boundaries alongside your worth is incredibly important. Whether it is a job, partner, friend, etc., if you are not being treated well, then it’s time to walk away and that decision can be remarkably difficult. Always give yourself space to take a deep breath and reflect on these things.

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.
Art has always been subjective but these days that feels more true than ever. Being in the age of internet and social media, it has opened doors for people to monetize on hobbies or things they never thought would be perceived as art. Recently I’ve found myself discovering that within the TTRPG community (table top roll playing games). People’s first thought is Dungeons & Dragons, which I’ve finally played a little bit of, but there’s also so many other games out there with all sorts of different mechanics. I’ve found myself among such an amazing group of friends who are all so incredibly talented, whether it’s building board game systems, creating worlds for these games to be played in, etc.. I find myself on the character/player side of things which uses my training in improv to take a character I’ve created and roll with that alongside friends. Creating together, playing and bringing a story to life, art. I guess what I’m saying here is that there is absolutely some fun projects coming up that I’m so excited to share when they do!

I think my ability to turn towards the things that scare me in life, using them as a tool in my art as honestly as I can, is something that sets me apart from others. I never want to shy away from the difficult conversations because it’s so important they are talked about. We’re all going through something to some degree, there’s no reason anyone should feel alone in that. I take that way of thinking and put it into everything I possibly can in my life. I think that’s something I always want people to remember about me, the passion and reality I put into my work. Even something as “simple” as running a reaction channel on YouTube (The Gallifrey Gals), I consistently push myself to be as open as one can be on the internet. Another thing that I think sets apart my friend Paula and I from the work we’re doing over on YouTube.

It’s definitely not been easy, somedays are even harder than the last one. Resilience is such a powerful thing and becomes even stronger when you surround yourself with genuine people. That’s how I got to where I am professionally, fighting for the dreams I want but knowing when it’s okay to lean on someone for help. I’d love to say that all of the challenges have been overcome but we all know that’s not true. What would life and art be without challenges and growth?

Overall what I want the world to know about my brand and myself is that it’s all me, no hiding behind anything. Just unapologetically me.

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.
Oh Los Angeles is such a big place! There’s so many things to do in every direction you point, it can be hard to choose! Hear me out though, The Valley. I know I know, some people have things to say about The Valley but it’s truly such a special little spot. There are so many hidden gems that I’m still discovering several years later. Exciting thrift stores and small owned businesses around the area (Lots of little coffeeshops, 10/10). Obviously have to shoutout my favorite coffee spot called The Ugly Mug. You can find me there quite often ordering a dirty chai with my bearded dragon on my arm, chatting with all of the baristas. If you’re into all year round spooky stuff then you’ll love one of my favorite locations called The Mystic Museum. They’ve got two locations filled with all your favorite horror movie knickknacks, souvenirs, and some extra spooky things for those interested; Including horror themed walk through attractions!

Keep an eye out for the little shops and I promise you will find yourself having an amazing time out here.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
If I were to sit here for a week straight, that still wouldn’t be enough time to sit and thank the endless support I have received over the years. The amount of love and support that I have been given from countless friends, family and even strangers, is astonishingly overwhelming.

I know who I would like to dedicate this to though and that would be to my very best friend, Marlo. Who if I’m being honest, was truly family. Marlo passed away November of 2021 and every moment without her here feels like an eternity. The amount of love her and I shared for one another was something beyond this world and I felt that every moment of everyday. Whether things were difficult with life, job, a relationship, anything, she was always there. Sometimes with the right things to say and other times with a very honest, “I don’t know either.” No matter what, the conversation always ended with me ready to somehow take on another day even stronger than before.

This obviously isn’t to say I haven’t felt that love and support from others in my life, Marlo just had her own special way. So this one’s for you, Marlo. I’ll keep reaching for the stars.

Website: http://www.gallifreygals.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KatrinaAlysha

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Katrinaa8/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@KatrinaAlysha

Other: https://www.patreon.com/gallifreygals https://www.cameo.com/gallifrey_gals https://twitter.com/gallifreygals https://www.instagram.com/gallifrey_gals/

Image Credits
Mary Hansen – Mojophoto59 Dillon Jordan – @Dillphotos John Vogt – @johnvogt Steve Meier – @Stevemeierphotography Ho-Kwan Tse – @hokwantse

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