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Meet Katerina Kaouri

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katerina Kaouri.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Katerina. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
You could say my journey started without me even knowing. From a very young age, I would put on performances for my parents to tape. I would then come up with little scenes and make my friends perform them with me in front of their parents too.

When I was in my teens, I literally forced my friends to form a band and never missed a single opportunity to perform. I don’t think anyone thought much of it at the time because I didn’t realize that the performing arts were a subject you could study in university and make a career out of. I thought that it was all just a game of luck and you just had to sit and wait to be “discovered”! But when I found out, I knew with all my heart that I was meant to pursue acting. Sure, there were other things I wanted to do that guaranteed a job straight out of university and a steady income, but I really couldn’t imagine myself doing just one thing for the rest of my life. Whereas with acting, you can be a different person every day. It keeps you growing and learning and discovering things about the human condition that you wouldn’t otherwise think about. There’s truly never a dull moment!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has definitely not been an easy or smooth road. I’ve found a lot of bumps, twists, turns and dead ends (after, all rejection is a big part of this industry) but I am constantly reminded that there are many different roads to get to where you want to be, you just have to want it bad enough and trust that the road will take you there. Oftentimes, the journey is way more important than the destination. It’s a never-ending yet soul nourishing journey and I’m having a lot of fun and enjoying the ride.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
This isn’t something I think about. But I guess I’m proud of a number of things. From getting accepted into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and leaving my little island behind to booking my first paid acting job and even to making my own doctor’s appointments! It’s important to celebrate your self victories no matter how small!

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I find that luck is a massive part of this job and the entertainment industry in general. But ultimately, I believe in making your own luck. I think that it’s very important to have control over as much as you can, whether it’s being off-script for an audition or going out of your way to explore a role. You have to be prepared to take your career into your own hands as much as possible and not just depend on the right-look-right-place-right-time thing.

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