We had the good fortune of connecting with Katisha Sargeant and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katisha, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
I think that the value that matters most to me is staying true to yourself. I think that a lot of the time we can get caught up in what we think life is supposed to be like or what we should be feeling at any given moment. The mistake is that we should simply be living instead of evaluating that moment. This is what causes us to lose ourselves in a sense. The pressure to perform in your career, or within your friend group, or even expectations from you family, are things that can cause you to make decisions for others instead of for self. Not saying these will be bad decisions, I’m just saying they might not always be what your heart truly desires. In a time where everything is so inundated with details of everyone else’s lives, sometimes the biggest thing you need to stop and ask is “is this me?”
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It has been a long journey – for sure a marathon and not a sprint for me. There are two things that have had me very excited as of late: My film, Decisions, and a play I’m in, The Colored Museum.
Last year I decided to make a movie – I handled all the pre-production, post-production, and starred in it. It was such a huge undertaking for me and gave me such a newfound respect for all the work that others do on set. Decisions is currently making festival rounds and has already won a Silver Award in the New York Movie Awards festival. I can’t wait to be able to share the film with everyone once festival season is over, this is a piece of work that I am super proud of. If you want to keep up with the film, our IG is @decisions_movie and updates are posted there!
I am currently working on a play, “The Colored Museum” by George C Wolfe. This play is being directed by the amazing Jazmine Nichelle and will run June-July at The Loft Ensemble Theatre. The play is free – completely volunteer work and donation based for all attendees. I am super excited to explore this play because of how connected it is to my past. Although I’m playing a different character from what I played at 12, I’m just excited to feel this close to child me. It legit warms my heart to do this. I also haven’t been on a stage in such a long time so I’m excited to get back to my theatre roots and perform for a live audience. More information on the play can be found on IG @loftensemble which is the company’s page!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many fun things to do in LA that I don’t think I can even list them all. A few of my favorites are for sure the rooftops! I like food, A LOT! So if you’re in Hollywood, I love going to Mama’s Shelter for some rooftop snacks and a chill view. I also always take people to Griffith Observatory because the views are amazing and it’s the coolest educational/science-y place I’ve ever seen. If you hit Downtown LA I always say you have to go to LA Live. There is so much to do, so many restaurants, shopping! One of my favorite restaurants here is Barton G, in the West Hollywood/Melrose area. This place is an experience. The food is all brought out in super elaborate presentations. People always say they’ve never seen anything like this when I take them. I also have been loving doing some horseback riding lately! I do trainings at the Double 6 Ranch, they specialize in movie/stunt horses, but I would totally recommend a trail ride on horseback through Griffith park in LA.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to use this moment to give a Shoutout to my hometown of Farmville, VA. Moving so far away from home, I think that people sometimes forget about their roots and what really shaped them. Growing up, I never really thought about how much my surroundings and the people I met would really stick with me; but I guess that’s how it is, right? You never know the significance of a moment until you can look back on it. Anyway – here I am, over 2,000 miles away from home and I am currently working on a play, The Colored Museum by George C Wolfe at the Loft Ensemble Theatre (come see us June-July), and I feel sooooo connected to my roots. This play is the same play that made me want to become an actress. When I was 12 year old, I performed a vignette from this play titled “The Hairpiece” in my middle school’s talent show and it completely changed my life. Back then I didn’t know it, but had it not been for the encouragement of my science teacher and my mother, who knows if I would have gotten up on that stage and who knows if I would be in Los Angeles today. Not only was it my teacher that encouraged me, but everyone who was in the audience that night played a major role that I now see. I vividly remember the crowd reacting with laughs and gasps – these reactions sealed the deal for me. So thank you – Prince Edward County Middle School, thank you Farmville, Virginia, and thank you to everyone I’ve met in between there and Los Angeles.
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