Today we’d like to introduce you to Heather Massie.
Heather, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started performing as a child. I grew up as a competitive figure skater and dancer. In Highschool, I joined every club and sport I could. I was also on the Track Team, President of the Figure Skating Club we performed during Highschool Hockey Games, captain of Dance Team and Homecoming Queen.
Then I went to college graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration emphasis in Marketing. Then I went to Second City in Chicago took improvisation, acting and voice over. Then I came to LA took classes at UCB for long-form improvisation. When I moved to LA I didn’t really know anyone so I started doing stand up a lot I had tried it a few times in Chicago. I was fortunate I became friends with a young woman who basically mentored me in stand up. From there I produced, hosted and performed with Sleeping with Comedy.
We would do an open mic once a week then a booked show after. We had two stand up shows, one story-telling and one variety comedy show. I also started two indie improv teams one I started out of my UCB class and it’s still a team today almost four years later. The other was a group of actors, stand up comics. I truly love comedy. There is no better feeling than making someone laugh. I did take a 2.5-year break due to a breakdown I had. I have anxiety and my depression comes and goes. When I came to LA I just hit the ground running and never really stopped until I burnt out and then it was too late I had ignored my health for a long time.
I came back in January of 2019 and when I came back to comedy, acting, and writing I told myself I needed to slow down this time. Now I make sure to check in with myself and not overdue it. I also love hiking, the beach and just all the amazing artistic things LA has to offer and I really try to take advantage of it. I’m very fortunate being here 5.5 years now I’ve made some amazing friends. They are kind, humble and talented. I’m very fortunate. I’m very excited for this coming year I have a couple projects in the works and I’m so excited to share them.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth road. My father committed suicide in 2013 and that changed me not in a good or bad way just that it changed me. My father and I we’re very close. Suicide is very confusing and he didn’t leave a note. I was 25 at the time and my world just turned upside down.
I’m very close to my family and friends from where I grew up in Wisconsin and my mom’s side in Texas. It’s been difficult trying to balance my new life with keeping up with everyone. All my friends back home are pretty much married; I’ve been a bridesmaid about 6-7 times and I’m going to be in a Wedding this Summer. They are expensive to be apart of but I love being apart of them.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I’m known for being a friend to people and for improv, stand up, figure skating, acting, writing and dance. I specialize in comedy, social media marketing, figure skating and dance. I’m most proud of my strength I took a break for over two years and I went to therapy and I came back stronger and more determined. I think what sets me apart is my work ethic and I’m very self-aware. I love supporting my friends.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Riding bikes with my friends to the local Dairy Queen and jumping on the trampoline.
- Phone: 2623580506
- Email: Massiehm01@gmail.com
- Other: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heathermmassie
Mark Alexzandr and Kevin Chu