We had the good fortune of connecting with Makenna Timm and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Makenna, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
When I look back, E.T. is the thing that made me want to act as a little kid. I wanted to be Drew Barrymore’s character in the film. I’ve always been creative. As a kid, I used to draw pictures and sell them to my neighbors in Hawaii. I didn’t care about the money. I didn’t care about it then or now. I enjoyed making art and seeing the look on people’s faces. I haven’t found anything else that brings me the same joy as creating art. I love acting, but I also love photography, editing, etc. With acting, I like to be a different person and live in a different world. With editing, I like being to put a story together; drive a narrative. I like creating things and I like impacting people.
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 got where I am today by taking classes, learning from other filmmakers and actors, investing time in as many projects and opportunities as possible, and I know that I still have a lot to do before I get to where I want to be. This isn’t easy. I would look at other careers and realize that none of that would fulfill me the way acting and filmmaking did. Knowing this truth has motivated me to stay on course. Surrounding yourself with good people is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your creativity. I have had to teach myself to stop being so self-critical of my own work, so that I can comfortably expand my creative limits. I don’t necessarily know if I have a brand. I like to follow whatever excites me that day so that I can create something that inspires me and other people.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them hiking. I would take them to Malibu. I would take them to Senior Fish to get tacos and margueritas. I would take them to the Griffith Observatory. I would recommend they watch a movie at a cemetery, especially during October. Hollywood Forever has some of the best film screenings in all of Los Angeles.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The Acting Center in Los Angeles has been my safe heaven for being a budding creative as an actor and filmmaker. The teachers and staff at the Acting Center have been my foundation throughout this journey. They create a safe space for you to explore your artistic standard. I have also met some of my best friends who are the most kind and supportive people I could hope to have in my life.
Mikel Healy, Makenna Timm