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

Hi Kate, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I never stopped wanting to do the things I spent my time doing as a kid—storytelling in its various forms. Writing, acting, filmmaking, photography, art, making newspapers…all of that is still a part of my life. (Although at some point the newspapers turned digital!)

I’ll spend much of the day thinking about creating whether I’m actively doing it or not, so it feels much better when I am. I love a good project.

And I love a reason to get curious, collaborate, get outside of the comfort zone, commit to a challenge. I think I’m very driven by the continuous action of discovery and execution. There’s always something to learn about people, myself, perception, creation. The possibilities are endless.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My creative work spans different forms and mediums, and at times that has felt like it’s progressed at a different pace than if I were perhaps more singularly focused. I’ve spent many years being a beginner at many things! But over time it’s easier to see how it all connects, whether that’s literally skills coming together for a job opportunity or just creating a really strong foundation for those really big goals.

This past year I directed my first short film, and directing is a good example of that. My experiences writing and acting of course informed the way that I approached working with actors as a director. And also, the experience of directing immediately gave me new insights into acting. I booked my first audition after finishing that project, which I think is at least partly because I was looking at the script with a slightly expanded mindset.

Some things I’m currently excited about include: exploring experimental filmmaking—I’ve recently started learning direct animation and shooting on Super 8; taking more pictures of people—I’ve been having fun with creative portraits and trying out different types of 35mm film stocks; getting to the final stage of a few short films I have in post-production; finishing up a pilot script I feel really good about; learning some cinematography; conceptualizing potential documentary ideas; and getting the chance to work with a bunch of new collaborators! I’m always excited to see what happens next.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The itinerary would definitely include: eating at El Coyote, hiking in the Malibu canyon, catching a sunset at the beach, hitting a show or exhibit, and grabbing a drink somewhere iconic like Chateau Marmont.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My high school experience felt very supportive of autonomy. If you reached the end of the line with electives offered in a certain topic (as I did with photography) they allowed us to continue repeating classes for credit and co-create our curriculum. Maybe that’s common practice? I don’t know. But I’ve thought a lot about the potential impact that can have on a young person. Having the space to say “hey I’m really into this, I think I should be able to do more.” And the people in charge saying “you’re right, go for it.” Shoutout to Sheldon High in Elk Grove, California.

Website: https://www.thekateferg.com

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

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kateferguson1/

Other: My blog Divvy Mag: https://www.divvymag.com

Image Credits
Kate Ferguson, AJ Cutler, Jordan Wiseley

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