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

Hi Katherine, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
Picture those images of an iceberg, how the bulk of it is actually under the surface, not seen by anyone. Underneath the performances, bookings, and social media of an actor is a TON of work, training, and hustle. The rejections, reaching out to people, the auditions, and creative writing for ideas that never see the light of day but also contribute to the whole process.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am really proud of how I’ve followed my curiosities and built opportunities for myself. Right now, my curiosities are in creating characters (like my long-standing sketch character, Grown-Up Orphan Annie), collaborating with photographers as a subject & stylist, and improv. It’s been fun to see how these things are paying off in opportunities! I believe that whatever weird thing you’re into (that you were probably ashamed of as a kid), is actually the most interesting thing about you, and a key to your voice. I read fanfiction a ton as a teen, still do, and my perspective on that corner of the universe is providing a lot of creative opportunities for me right now.

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?
I live in Pasadena, so we’d start the day with a coffee and breakfast burrito from Copa Vida. Then, hit up Huntington Gardens for a long afternoon and lunch. Evening would take us to Highland Park, where we’d get Italian at Hippo, gawk at the clothes at Big Bud Press, and end the night with cocktails and bowling at Highland Park Bowl. The rest of the week we’d do a hike up to the Griffith Park Observatory starting at Fern Dell Drive, see some comedy at The Comedy Store and Sunday Company at The Groundlings. Around 1am we’d go to Fred 62 for a burger.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Kae Tempest is a prolific poet, playwright, novelist, and performer whose short essay, “On Connection” speaks to the power of creative connection, specifically between an artist and audience. I’m so glad I moved to LA, but the hustle that is necessary (and the pandemic, let’s be honest) can disconnect or distract me from my actual job as an actor- to be a storyteller and connect with other humans in a simple, authentic way. Coming back to “On Connection” helps re-balance my priorities. All of Kae’s writings are beautiful, and I recommend them to everyone.

Website: http://www.katherine-bourne.com/

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

Image Credits
Ashley Randall Photography/ Kristin Moody Makeup Marz Creative Obscura_Kamera Cathryn Farnsworth Photography/ Lauren Gott Makeup Erika Orozco

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