We had the good fortune of connecting with Theresa Bateman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Theresa, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I always knew I wanted to be in entertainment. From the time I was little, I was always singing and putting on shows for my parents and started doing theater in school. From there, it just kind of transitioned naturally depending on what I was going through. I eventually started getting into filmmaking, went to film school and then found my way back to performing after graduating college and moving to LA. To me, pursuing a creative career is a calling you can’t ignore. I just know I wouldn’t be happy doing anything else. Even if I never find traditional “success,” I have to just keep going and make it work.
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.
When it comes to what sets me apart I’m just gonna say I’m a real one from Philly. I think growing up the way I did gives me a very unique perspective of the world and all I wanna do is share that. I am really proud of the life I’ve built here in LA over the last several years, the impact I’ve made on the comedy community with the mics and shows I’ve run. Currently because of Covid, I have re-discovered my love for writing and filmmaking. I’m really excited about a few projects I’m working on right now, including a pilot & short film I’m writing with a fellow comedian and friend Tara McGorry. But the road definitely hasn’t been easy. What keeps me going is the love I have for what I’m pursuing and the friends I have in the community. It’s not just about hard work, it’s about access to resources and having the money to give you the time to pursue the thing you wanna do. Me and other people in the friend groups and communities I’m a part of have a real lack of access in varying degrees. So, it’s become a passion of mine to do whatever I can to level that playing field. It’s tough and stressful but important and I hope we keep seeing more change.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We’d definitely be going to see lots of comedy shows and I’d probably insist on a trip to Malibu or at least a drive up the coast a little for the views. Probably a day trip to Solvang or Ojai, you can’t beat the sunsets there. We’d have to eat at Osteria La Buca or The Silver Lake House and go dancing at Akbar. Ok, I need post Covid life to start.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mom has always encouraged me to pursue my dreams no matter what, which I’m forever grateful for. She and basically every other important woman in my life has reminded me of my strength, drive and intelligence. The queer community within the comedy and arts scene in LA has also been a huge support and we all help each other in everything we do. And of course my best friends from back home in Philly who listen to all my rants.