We had the good fortune of connecting with Katharina Magdalena and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katharina, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I go through phases. I would say that on a day to day basis I don’t have much of a work life balance. For me it’s more like week to week. One week I work non-stop (to the point of forgetting to eat unless there is an easy snack at home that I can just grab which means going shopping which also would not happen unless my husband does it during those times). During those times I am so immersed in my work and most likely it also comes with a deadline which adds that extra element of having to get it done. And then there are weeks where I home cook all the time, do yoga, meditate, spend a lot of time with my husband and friends, binge watch TV-shows and have boundless free time. During those weeks I recover. I would say that my cat is the one thing that keeps me grounded at all times. It doesn’t matter how busy I get I always make time to play and cuddle with her. She makes me smile throughout the day and sleeps on my lap while I work and I think that gives me some work life balance during the busy weeks. Also on an almost daily basis I skype with my parents and sometimes they just stay on skype while I work. It helps me, because I take little breaks here and there and my parents will have a cup of tea with me. I am aware that it would be good for me to work out, meditate etc. during the busy periods and I’m trying more and more to build that into my life, as I know it actually makes me more productive. Or go for a walk. I truly believe that starting your day with a work out, meditation, breath exercises, wholesome food, fresh air makes one more productive. I also feel that relaxation is the key to authenticity, truth and success. So to wrap it up I think a work life balance is key and I am striving to live this way on a day to day basis. Self care regardless at how busy I get.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have self confidence, a strong work ethic and more than anything I am single minded in achieving what I have set out to do. And I will do everything to deserve it. I overcome my challenges by not giving up, by standing my ground and by understanding that I have to earn my place on the table. If there is a setback I will work harder to prove myself. I rise to the occasion. I am always willing to learn and get better. Also to be genuine and kind is so important. To be real with others. For me there is no other way to be. Nobody is perfect. It’s okay not to know something yet. Just acknowledge and learn. Pride is not good in my opinion. It keeps you from growing and being all you can be.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Day 1: Breakfast at Aroma Cafe in Studio City, spend the day at Universal Studios, Dinner at Sushi House in Studio City. Day 2: Breakfast at Sweet Butter in Sherman Oaks, pick up a sandwich from the best sandwich shop in Pasadena called ‘Roma Market’ for lunch later and spend the day at Huntington Library in Pasadena, later drive through the beautiful neighborhood and look at the houses in South Pasadena, have coffee and dessert at La Monarca Bakery & Cafe in South Pasadena and browse the various thrift stores nearby. At night have a beer and food at Laurel Tavern in Studio City. Day 3: Breakfast and coffee to go from home, get to Malibu Lagoon bright and early for a surfing lesson, Lunch at Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market & Patio Cafe, Getty Museum in the afternoon, get ready for a night out so get delivery for dinner from Monster Thai in Sherman Oaks, spend the night at the Edison Downtown. Day 4: Light breakfast and coffee at Go Get Em Tiger in Silverlake, thereafter perusing books at The Last Bookstore Downtown, get lunch at Wurstkuche, LACMA in the afternoon and Dinner and Drinks at Red Lion Tavern in Silverlake. Day 5: Breakfast at Uncle Bill’s Pancake House in Manhattan Beach, Spend the day at the beach (get snacks from Trader Joe’s and have a picnic on beach for lunch. Invite more friends to play Beach Volleyball. Dinner at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood and spend the rest of the evening there. Day 6: Spend the whole day in Solvang Day 7: Farmers Market, Hiking in Griffith’s Park, Wine tasting in Malibu, Watching a movie at Archlight Hollywood, Pour Vous for drinks.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to thank my parents for believing in me and always being there for me. You are my rock always. My refuge. My best friends. I know I’ll always have a home and that allowed me to take risks. I always knew I could fall and be caught. I want to thank my husband for his boundless love and continuous support of my career. He believes in me and has been there through thick and thin. He is the hardest worker I know, the kindest man, selfless and caring filled with values. I am so lucky to have him by my side. I want to thank my cat Mau Mau for loving me unconditionally. She is my light at all times. I want to thank my siblings for making me strong. I respect all of them deeply and look up to them. We motivate each other to be great at what we do. I am proud of who they are. I want to thank my producing partner Barrie M. Osborne for being a mentor, for believing in me and staying by my side. I learn so much from him and am so proud to get to work with him. He is humble, kind, patient and caring. A true treasure in this industry. I want to thank my producing partner Jon Mayfield for being a solid partner at all times. Somebody I can count on to have my back, always. I know he will never let me down and he will always go to battle for me. I want to thank writer Joel Gross for writing the most amazing stories, for believing in me throughout, for his passion and his friendship. For going above and beyond. I will work with him forever and ever. I want to thank director Virgil Widrich for being an amazing visionary that I am so thrilled to work with. For believing in me, for his humor and kindness. For his passion and dedication. For his friendship and support. For his patience throughout. Can’t wait to see the magic of his creativity unfold. I want to thank producing partner Stefan Mentz for being an amazing friend, for his work ethic, dedication and humor. He is an absolute joy to work with. I could talk to him all day and he is amazing! A true asset to any production. I want to thank casting director Farrah West for her passion, endurance and friendship. She moved mountains. I want to thank The Stella Adler Academy of Acting in Hollywood for paving the foundation of my craft and instilling a deep respect and passion for storytelling in me. It’s the best acting school ever! I want to thank Playhouse West NOHO for teaching me that NOW is what matters, to be in the moment and like a feather in the wind. I also want to thank SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance) for instilling a mindset in me that helps me to think outside the box and making me believe that I can achieve anything if I apply myself. I want to thank my acting coach Jean-Louis Rodrigue for teaching me the magic of character movement. For being my friend and supporter. My inspiring teacher. You are a gem. You help me break free and become all I can be. I want to thank my acting coach Laura Leyva for guiding me on the journey to unravel the depths of the script. For helping me discover. For believing in me and being my friend. You are a jewel. And I am forever grateful to have you by my side. I want to thank the whole team of my film for coming on board. I feel so blessed to share this journey with you and have you on the team. What an inspiration you all are. I can’t wait to create beautiful art together. I want to thank my best friends Adrienne Mc Queen, Erin Hammond, Alice L. Walker, Laura Steigers and Ciera Danielle for being there for me always. For dreaming together and making dreams come true together. You are my creative sisters. My partners in crime. And my best friend Darren Luke Kelly. Darren without you I would not be here.
Photography by Jill Thomas Styling by Mary Lee Herrington