We had the good fortune of connecting with Penelope Eaton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Penelope, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think risks are opportunity seizing moments. I remember when I was a kid I wanted to be a singer, so I spent 3x’s a week singing with coaches and exploring my sound. On days when I wanted to quit, when my voice wasn’t sounding right and I was tired of taking these risks, my coach would say to me, “close your eyes and imagine you’re older, much older, and you’re sitting on your front porch reflecting on your life, now are you gonna smile because of what you accomplished; having tried all the paths and taken the risks? Or, are you gonna feel an overwehlming sense of disappointment because you didn’t? Do it for that older you, that future woman.”
So that’s what I’ve always done… Sometimes I jump without looking and sometimes I miss but it’s never nebulous and inactive because to fail means I’m getting closer to my goals— risks, I learned, are just the parts inbetween the things you want, and it’s in those tough spaces, in those risking times that you often find the ability to understand just who you really are.
And thus, my risk taking has brought me here: acting, producing, writing and business owning :). So take em’!!!!!!! I sure as hell will continue too, and so should you.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I want everything that I do to be honest. Vulnerability is crucial for me, it makes me want to act, and on days when I can’t get there it just makes me want it more. To portray honesty in all that I do is all I want to do. I think the world struggles with being honest and I don’t want to give the world something it already has plenty of.
Now, I’m so so so excited for my short film Anemoia to come out soon and I cannot wait to share it with anyone and everyone who’ll listen and watch. This one is a major labor of love, it’s a true testament of loss, love and the intangible. The title itself means nostalgia for a time you’ve never known…Which I relate to so much and I’m sure many other’s do too.
I also have a YouTube channel called Kitchen Theatre! It’s a dinner and a show where my acting and food training meet. It all started in quarantine from restlessness and now my partner and I are working on our second season.
I’m also very excited about a few other writing/acting projects that I’m working on and will soon be in development so stay tuned!
Nothing in life is easy and doing something you love can sometimes be even harder because your whole body is in it all the time so when it misses, all of you takes the hit. But, the process is the part you gotta fall in love with over and over again because the other parts of success can be so small and fleeting and if that’s what you’re after you’re probably not doing what you love.
Some great lessons I’ve learned are to put the damn phone down and start and do and just keeping doing it everyday until you have something tangible. Even a sentence a day is better than no sentence at all. And sometimes that’s all you gotta give that day and that’s freaken cool and okay too — A quote that lives in my head rent free is: “You’re so much more than your productivity” — Now it’s also a dangerous quote for me because I have ADHD but on days when I need that breath I take it because I also want to live!
So much of life, I believe, is power of the mind and that damn thing is strong and if you’re like me, developed some bad habits a long the way, correcting those habits can feel damn near impossible… but they ARE and that’s the reassuring part. I used/use (re-up) CBT – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – to help with my stubborn mind and the good thing is you don’t even need to pay a therapist! There’s lots of books/workbooks you can use. Sometimes identifying is enough and you’re off to the races.
Trust yourself, do, try, fail, read, write, form your own opinions and do so I can see and cheer you on!
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.
Hmm, okay well my favorite food is sushi so we would definitely be going to Kazi Nori. I always love doing things that I wouldn’t usually do when people visit so I would probably take them to Rage Ground to break some glass and yell. Oh and Two Bit Circus, I’ve always wanted to go but haven’t yet! Definitely, Hollywood Escape room because those are all fantastic and greatly horrifying. Maybe do some thrifting in Silver Lake, Los Feliz area and stop at Kismet for an amazing Mediterranean/Middle Eastern meal. Since I’m local to Santa Monica, we’d most likely be drinking yummy wine from Ester’s Wine bar and sipping cocktails at the Proper hotel.
And it’s LA, so I’m assuming my friend is expecting some sort of rooftop shenanigans, so we’d probably stop for a sunset pizza at Elephante and drinks at LP Rooftop bar.
Oh and since it’s a week long trip, on Sunday we’d attend Smorgasburg (where I used to work :P) by the DTLA Row — which also has the cutest shops.
Definitely need a beach day in there — Leo Carrillo (Where we shot our short film Anemoia) or Malibu beach.
For dancing at night, these all feel very random but,: Clifton’s, Ace Hotel, La Descarga, Sassafras Saloon, Black Rabbit Rose.
Maybe see a show at Bob Baker’s Marionette Theatre.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh gosh, so many people deserve a shoutout of course. Family is a big one, wouldn’t be here without them.
Books, thank you for letting me think in your worlds.
My partner Zachary who is the best cheerleader a girl could ask for and also the best writing partner.
Lesly Kahn for sniffing out my bullshit and helping me develop my craft and the confidence to f*ck it!
My manager Kurt Patino who always knows how to tell me bad news with good news first… No I’m kidding, thanks Kurt for being a superb manager 🙂
My cat, Orion, who is just endlessly there for a scratch or breaking of a glass– thanks for reminding me I exist. Love you all so!!
Other: Anemoia Film Website: https://www.anemoiathefilm.com
Dan Fris (Cartoon drawing) Matt Kallish (B/w photo and the photo in a red tank top)