Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Marshall.
Kate, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
The choices that change everything for us are hard to see in the moment, but looking back at my life thus far, I can see my most important turning points. Most of the time I feel like I’m wading through the grass in darkness; even at this moment, I’m not sure where my steps are taking me, but I have my eyes open in case I get a hint of a promising path.
My first big turning point was when I left the Mormon church at 20 years old; I consider everything before that my childhood, which was blissful and filled with love. I was born into a wonderful family, seven of ten kids. By the time I was a senior at Utah State I had spent a few years questioning the religion of my parents, and finally made the decision it would no longer be part of my identity. I ventured out to discover my own philosophy about life.
I spent years in sales and entrepreneurship, honing my skills communicating ideas, listening, and managing teams before I decided to finally answer my calling as an artist. My last corporate job was in 2014, where I talked addicts into going to rehab. I received my next turning point at that time through a dream. Long story short, Nicole Kidman shot me in the neck and I died. You know, she didn’t like me so I had to go… it all made sense in my dream. When she killed me, though, it felt so real. I experienced utter blackness for a while and during that time, I panicked more than I ever have in real life because I had regret: I hadn’t done anything I was really proud of yet. That was a real feeling.
I realized if I didn’t pursue my calling as a storyteller I would have major life regrets. So I quit my job and made plans to drive around the nation with my friend, Camila Alvarado, to create profiles about extraordinary community leaders who have dedicated their lives to serving and empowering others. This series became “The Radiant Project,” and that road eventually led me to Los Angeles.
My last and most recent turning point came when I agreed to go on a date with Aaron Freese, an incredible man, and filmmaker, who I fell in love with and have since co-founded a production company, Shadowfax Films, with. We profile, amplify, and spread the big ideas of visionaries, artists, and movement leaders. Our mission is to explore complexities, mythologize individuals and organizations, cultivate empathy, and connect the world through film.
I am currently in the process of following another calling to build energizing and supportive community for working artists in Los Angeles. If you are an artist in LA struggling because you feel alone, like you’re gonna burst out of your skin, you’re financially or creatively challenged, or if you simply want to connect deeply, please reach out to me. We come together to thrive mentally, financially, and artistically. I have found there are too few spaces for this in this city (considering how many incredible artists live here), and my mission is to give artists what they need to do their essential work.
Has it been a smooth road?
My biggest struggle has always been with myself and my own mentality. For whatever reason, I have a tendency to hold myself back for fear of being too big, too much, too loud, incurring fighting words, driving others away, not being liked, or being rejected by people. I still hear these voices sometimes, though I have come a long way, thanks to lots of therapy and an incredibly loving community. I think many women (and some men) deal with the same thing, and I do see a shift occurring. I hope I can honor those who have done so much work before me and allow myself to mess up in front of others, stand for what I believe in, be loud, and as successful as I can in my mission.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Shadowfax Films story. Tell us more about the business.
Everything we create at Shadowfax Films is infused with love, and I think that’s the main thing that sets us apart from other people in our industry. We pour our hearts into every project, from pre-production to post-production and we think of everything we create as a work of art, whether it’s a one minute Instagram video or a full documentary. Our team’s unique sensibilities for combining imagery, music, and words make for incredibly magical film journeys.
Our company motto is “Mythologize, Immortalize, Humanize.” We specialize in documentary, guerrilla-style shooting in natural light with minimal crews; though, we also love fully planned out/scripted shoots with full teams. We are proud to say we only work with clients and individuals we are aligned with philosophically because we know the power of film and want to make sure to use that power for what we believe is right.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Right now, we are in the midst of a pandemic that is spreading across the world, and it’s hard to see where this global crisis is going to lead us as a city and as artists. I think it’s absolutely going to change everything, but I know it can be a positive shift. I’d like to be part of creating a world that values and protects artists commensurate to the color, life, truth, laughter, humanity, and healing they bring to everyone’s lives. We need to create structure that provides the funding, the healing, the space, and opportunities needed for those with the unique voice, skill, and commitment to create art for a living.
- Website: www.shadowfaxfilms.com
- Phone: 8016570474
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @katarshall, @shadowfaxfilms
- Facebook: @katarshall
- Twitter: @katarshall
Bob Turton Photography (main image), Caroline White Photography