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Conversations with Kimberly Eichhorn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimberly Eichhorn.

Hi Kimberly, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I grew up in a small village in the Vienna Woods, near Vienna, Austria. I really enjoyed my upbringing on the countryside which was mostly shaped by riding horses and a short stint as a drummer in a church band – pretty much the only connection I ever had with the catholic church – or any – for that matter. Apart from my short-lived career as a drummer, I also attempted the guitar, both of which I enjoyed but never really fell in love with. I grew up with a Viennese father and an American mother, so I was lucky enough to have a bilingual upbringing and education. I really enjoyed the balance of my school being in the busy city and the quiet of my home on the countryside. When I was fifteen, I decided I needed a little change from my school life and moved abroad for one semester to see what a US school was actually like. I was fortunate enough to live with hosts whose daughter was in theatre because it solidified my interest in the arts and the moment I returned to Vienna, I immediately joined an English theatre program to begin training. I really loved doing theatre and it became a true passion of mine but, going to a mostly academic-focused high school, I didn’t think it was a valid career option and assumed it to be a hobby I could enjoy.

My plan was to go into forensics or psychology after high school, two fields I enjoyed but never felt that itch for that you get when you know you have found your passion. Beginning of freshman year in high school, my class went on a retreat and we were all asked to write a letter to our future selves. At the time, I remember sitting, writing my letter and joking around with my friends, but when they returned our letters to us my senior year, I read what I had written and I just remember tears forming in my eyes. Apart from the inside jokes I no longer remembered the meaning of, I had written about my passion for acting and had a very precise plan of where I saw myself and what I wanted to be doing. I was surprised with my fourteen years old self for believing in myself more than my eighteen year old self did.

Nowhere in that letter did I speak of forensics or psychology, it was all about acting and moving to Los Angeles. I took a good look at myself and realized that I didn’t want to waste my life studying for a career I only ‚liked‘. I was willing and ready to take the risk and go for the career path I was actually truly passionate about. Because truthfully, I was the only person who needed to believe that it was a valid career option. I applied to a few colleges around the US and decided on the American Musical and Dramatic Academy because it was structured like a 9 to 5 (or more like 9 to 10pm) job rather than a traditional college with greek life and frat parties. I was ready to hustle and wanted the experience of going to class everyday and putting in the work. My training there came to an end in October 2019 and I have learned so much along the way and have made lifelong connections I couldn’t be more grateful for. Today, I live in my apartment in Los Angeles and couldn’t be more excited to be auditioning for projects I am passionate about and hustling on the side. And I know, in my heart, that I am where I need to be.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
As I’m sure most artists can relate to, I have definitely struggled a little to find my voice in the entertainment industry. It comes with its hurdles and a lot of rejection, but no one said this business was going to be easy and I am thankful for my tough skin. Unfortunately, the pandemic hit at a time when I had recently finished college and had just begun a job I was very excited for. Add to that, acting is a sort of communal job that requires working closely with other people, so finding in person acting gigs during the pandemic hasn’t been the easiest, but I am lucky enough to have close peers by my side who understand the struggle and are going through it themselves.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am an actor trained in theater and on camera and my goal is to work in an HBO drama series and in action films. I am fluent in both English and German, which I can definitely use to my advantage for voice over acting and commercial auditions in the US. I think what sets me apart from others is that I am a soft-spoken person with a fierceness to me I think most people do not have. My outspokenness is definitely balanced by my goofy nature few are lucky enough to see. I am a very driven person and will not settle until I reach all of my goals – which I have many of! I am constantly trying to be creative in different ways, whether it’s working on the movie script, I am currently writing or baking or recording my podcast I have with one of my closest friends called A Girl’s Guide to the 21st Century.

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I would love for your readers to check out my podcast that I host with my friend about surviving your twenties in the 21st century! It’s all about advice, personal experiences and loads of funny stories. We drop new episodes every Wednesday on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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