We had the good fortune of connecting with Kate Schettler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kate, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
I don’t think people realize the amount of rejection that actors and artists endure in order to succeed. In 2016, I did 100 auditions and callbacks (yes, I counted) and booked zero jobs that year. It was disheartening to say the least; but I persevered and booked a network tv co-star in 2017. The silver lining of this rejection factor is that the resulting resilience gives you tremendous confidence. It’s a muscle you develop over time through countless failures. You just get to a point where you honestly don’t care anymore because you place very little attachment on any given audition. You simply do your best work and then let it go. Eventually, if you are working smart and intentionally with good training, you will book. It’s just a matter of time. But people on the outside looking in only see the credits and think it comes easily.
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.
Well, thank you! I think of myself as a triple-threat, working consistently in acting, modeling and music. Creative and enterprising, I’m always working on a new project or goal. In November 2020, I booked and shot a network tv co-star for ‘Hightown’ (Starz) Ep, 201 which should air in late spring 2021. Then in December, I launched my first swimsuit calendar for 2021, ‘Beachy Keen,’ which was shot down in Laguna Beach. I’ve done several self-produced themed photo shoots in LA and Las Vegas over the past year…the collections can be viewed on Instagram and on my free OnlyFans site. My latest pop music single, ‘Crazy Inside’ was released on Valentine’s Day 2021 along with a fun video that I produced. I’m proud of being diversified… I want the world to know that women can be both vulnerable and strong, beautiful and empowered, lovable and complicated…that our stories matter. And that there is so much more to us than what meets the eye.
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?
That’s a loaded question! Venice Beach for sure…the people watching and street performers provide endless hours of entertainment. And, of course, Santa Monica pier is worth seeing. I’m big on natural beauty and hiking, so top of list would include Griffith Park, Runyon Canyon and Palisades Park…to name a few. South Bay is always a treat for beach time. And for dining, I would say Korean BBQ is a must-do as well as Little Toni’s in North Hollywood (best pizza and pasta in the city). I also love Catch in WeHo and Blue Plate Taco in SaMo. Walking Rodeo in Beverly Hills is a rite of passage, and you’ll never be bored strolling Melrose in West Hollywood. Studio City is one of my favorite spots…I love Aroma Coffee and Tea, it’s the best!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First, I thank God who is my Rock and who guides me in everything I do. Also, I’m indebted to family and friends who have believed in me and cheered me on over the years. And I’m grateful for an amazing team of mentors, teachers, coaches and support staff who help me daily in achieving my dreams. I have to first credit some people in Nashville, TN who helped me launch my acting career: Alan Dysert, owner of ‘The Actor’s School’ who invited me to my first on-camera class and encouraged me to pursue my first agent. Also, Holly Allen, a coach and casting director I met through Alan…she was extremely positive, motivating and supportive as I developed my craft and planned career moves to Atlanta and LA. Evelyn Foster, also in Nashville (Talent Trek Agency), was my first agent and I’m thankful to still be on her roster today! I credit Keela Starr from Altanta Models & Talent for my modeling career because I never thought of myself as a model until she said, “You could book print work!” On the music side, my friend Rahsaan Barber, also from Nashville, gave me some career-changing advice that led me to my current producer and recent single releases. And finally, the book that has influenced my work the most is Stephen Covey’s ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.’
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