We had the good fortune of connecting with Maggie Ek and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maggie, what’s your definition for success?
This is a tricky one! My answer to this has changed so much throughout my life. As a child, success was to be a “star” on Broadway. In college, to book a Broadway show right after I graduated. Now, I see it as being able to support myself and make a living as a full-time actor. I have months where I have found this success, and other months where I’m struggling a bit more. I think in life, success comes in waves, and the best thing to do is to try and find a “win’ for yourself, or even if you are not currently “successful” try and do something each day that takes you one step closer to that success.
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 am an Actor, Singer, Dancer and have been my whole life. When I was seven, my mom had me audition for a community theatre production of Oliver, and I’ve had the performance bug ever since. It’s hard for me to say what makes me different from others, other than I am the only Maggie Ek and the only person that can do what I do. There are so many similarly talented people in the world, but the moment I stopped trying to mimic them I started to get more work. It took me a long time to get to this place. While I was in college, I focused so much on other people succeeding that I lost sight of myself because I was trying to be what I’m not. I graduated in 2020 and instead of staying in NYC with my friends, I decided to move back home and save some money. While I was home, I started creating some short films and found that I really love being on camera, so I thought I might give LA a try. Come 2021, I moved to Los Angeles, and in my year of being here I have started to find who I am as a person, and in turn, find who I am as an artist.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh boy! Well, if you know me, or have looked me up on social media (@maggie.l.ek) you know that I am a BIG Disney fan…. so I’d probably take them to Disneyland. But, if we were in a world where I could not do that, I’d take them to Malibu, have a Raspberry Mojito over at Dukes, then take a drive along the coast to Santa Monica. What’s great about LA is that there are a lot of free things to do for fun. I love getting a bottle of Rosé and hanging out at the beach with my friends, or driving up to Topanga for a hike.
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. Without their support, I would not be able to pursue what I love. So, THANK YOU!