We had the good fortune of connecting with Katharina Baron and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katharina, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I feel best when I follow my instincts and when I am in a state of flow. So when I direct, act or write I am in touch with my feelings and it does not feel like work but like a heightened version of life. It’s very in line with my passions and my true self. Looking for truth and beauty and telling stories. Many other aspects of our lives don’t have so much freedom and self expression and for me creative endeavours whether it was storytelling in film or tv or for brands as a creative director always made sense. It teaches you that you can create and re-invent and be authentic and I think we all need that reminder.
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.
I grew up in a village in Germany with no artists or filmmakers around me. The concept that you can do this as a profession was very foreign to me. I was a straight-A student and went to business school and then journalism. Through working in TV, I realized that there was something more artistic that came through, I had some sensibility for images and I wanted my own and different framing and my imagination took me from documentaries to fashion where I could explore and experiment more. But for the longest time I would not call myself a director, I thought of myself as a journalist. I was curious about people and I wanted to share what I saw with others. The acting came as an accident too, I lived across the street from Cours Florent which was an acting school. I did theater when I was young but it was way too much fun to think this could be something to do professionally. So I acted on the street while walking my dog and while studying at Sorbonne CELSA in Paris. And then the other actors convinced me after a year to sign up for the theater school. I did the evening classes on top of my work as director/producer and I was home at midnight almost every day after a full work day. But I really loved it. So for me I had no plan or no role models. I was just being open to life and I still am.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely go to Soho Malibu Beach House for a brunch or dinner. I love it there and I would probably drive out to Ojai, Joshua Tree or Big Sur with them. I love LA for the nature that surrounds us and I fell in love with the beauty of the land and the light that we have here. There are also a few hiking trails I enjoy like Los Leones in Palisades.
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?
My family is extremely supportive, they are all rooting for me and although I am so far away right now, as they all live in Germany.
On another note I must do a shout out to acting coach Susan Batson – after seeing me in a workshop in Berlin she told me to come to NYC and that’s how I got signed by an acting agency and moved to the US. She has worked with people like Oprah, Nicole Kidman or Juliette Binoche so it was a huge motivation. Also Jack Waltzer whom I worked with before made me fall in love with emotions and feelings and The Actor’s Studio ( which I joined as a working finalist when I came to LA).
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