We had the good fortune of connecting with Katie Meyer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katie, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Once I discovered theatre, I basically put my blinders on because after that there was no other future for me. When I was a kid I never really felt comfortable in my own skin. I was pretty insecure and shy. It wasn’t until I started doing the musicals in high school that I really came into my own. I finally felt like I belonged to something. I had something that was mine, something that lit my soul on fire and gave me purpose. Now, the life of an actor is not for the faint of heart, you have to REALLY love it to live this lifestyle. That being said, we spend about 30% of our lives working. That’s roughly 1/3 of your entire life spent doing this one career you’ve chosen. How lucky to spend that time doing something you love. That’s why I chose a creative career.
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’m an actor. I love bringing stories to life. I love giving each character a heart. It’s funny, the characters that I judge and dislike the most when I initially read a piece, are usually the ones I end up loving the most in the end. As an actor you have to get behind a character’s beliefs whether you agree with them or not. You have to have an insane amount of empathy to embody a character, especially one you don’t like. Once I realized that, it changed me as an actor as well as a person. I’ve always had a stupid amount of empathy ha it’s gotten me into a lot of bad relationships and bad decisions. That being said, as an actor, it has also helped me put my heart and soul into every character I play. Loving these broken characters made me start to be able to love the broken parts about myself as well. It made me a more compassionate human being because you never know what someone is struggling with behind closed doors. It sounds silly, but what sets me apart as an actor is my heart and my overwhelming empathy. It’s been a long journey to get to where I am today. A lot of high highs and low lows. I wouldn’t trade any of it though, because it all made me into the artist and the person I am today; and I like her. I wouldn’t have been able to say that 5 years ago, but I can today.
My best advice to young actors is to find your community as soon as you can. I don’t think my career truly started until I found my acting studio. Always take class, always learn, always grow.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, my friends usually want to see the ocean first, so I like to take people to Malibu for that. The beaches are beautiful and a lot less crowded. My friends and I usually go camping at Leo Carrillo which is an amazing beach and campsite. Malibu also has a lot of small fresh seafood joints, you really can’t go wrong with any of them, but my favorite is Malibu Seafood and Fresh Fish Market. I also think one of the best parts of living in Los Angeles are the views. We’ve got mountains, canyons, oceans, you can’t drive through the city without seeing some breathtaking view. That’s why I love taking people to Fryman Canyon. It’s in the hills and the views are spectacular. It also takes you up Mulholland Drive which is a very cool drive full of stellar views of the city. Finally, and most importantly, bars and restaurants. 🙂 I’ve lived all over the city and have many favorite little gems. Some of them are Doomie’s Home Cookin in Hollywood, The Federal in NoHo, Fat Dog and NoHo, Sage in Culver City, and Ike’s Love and Sandwiches in Burbank to name a few. If you are visiting LA, try to visit someone who has lived here. While some of the touristy things are fun (Universal Studios is my guilty pleasure) most of the gems of the city aren’t what they advertise on TV. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I struggled with this because there are 3 significant people who have pushed me to be where I am today. I couldn’t decide, and since it’s my answer I choose to dedicate it to all 3 ha- First is my mentor in college Keeley Stanley-Bohn. I wouldn’t know how to act if it weren’t for Keeley. I was so young when I worked with her and she really sculpted me to have the skill and confidence to move to LA and pursue acting. She’s an amazing teacher, a gifted artist, and a great friend. Second is my acting coach in LA, Michael Silver. I had been in LA for about 6 years already when I started taking class with Mike. Truthfully, I probably wouldn’t be in LA anymore if I hadn’t met him. He reignited my love for acting and reminded me why I chose to move to LA in the first place. He taught me a process and a technique, he took a lost girl in a big city and turned her into a professional actor. He too is an amazing teacher, a gifted artist, and an incredible friend. Lastly, this shoutout is dedicated to my mom, Jan Meyer. She has been my biggest fan and the most supportive person in my life since the beginning. How many times have I called her crying saying I couldn’t do it anymore, and each time she told me I could. She believed in me in the times I couldn’t believe in myself. She is my rock and made me into the person I am today. My heart is so full of love for all three of these people, and I most certainly would not be where I am without each one.
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