Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Meyer.
Katie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started doing community theatre back in Ohio with my mom when I was a kid and immediately fell in love. I loved watching my mom on stage and wanted to be exactly like her. To this day, my mother is still my biggest cheerleader. In high school, I participated in all the shows and decided that acting was the path I wanted to take with my life. I continued in college, getting a BFA in Music Theatre from Central Michigan University. With the support of my family and friends, I made the move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television.
Since arriving in LA, I’ve done many shorts, indies, and web shows. This business is full of ups and downs, one minute you’re flying and the next you’re wondering what you’re doing with your life. I was very fortunate to find my acting studio three years ago, Stuart Rogers Studios. It’s a wonderful community full of supportive artists and teachers. They reminded me why I chose this life and to pursue this career; you must have relentless positivity as well as a continued love for the art. With their support, I just produced and starred in the first musical the studio has ever put up, “The Last Five Years.” It was my passion project for a year, and it was so rewarding. I think passion projects are just so good for your soul and a necessity in this business. Now I continue to audition and work hard, and am on the lookout for the next passion project!
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?
I don’t think any path in life has a smooth road. Whether you’re trying to be a doctor or lawyer or dentist, no path is perfect. That can especially be said for acting. Our lives are about 10% booking and 90% rejection. It can be really hard on your confidence and self-worth. That being said, I love what I do. As actors, we have to truly love it, or else why put ourselves through it? When you have that connection to a character or a project and lean into it, it can feel like flying. I love telling the character’s stories, especially the difficult ones because that’s life. Life is messy, and art mimics life. So, while the road is bumpy, it’s worth it when you do something that really affects people or helps people.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Well, I’m an actress and a comedian. I have a background in music theatre but am in LA pursuing film and television. I’m proud of the fact that I wasn’t afraid to pursue this career. I’m lucky to have a great support system of family and friends, but it’s a tough career, and I’m doing it.
I’ve been told my laugh sets me apart. I love to laugh, and I love making people laugh, even through the messy parts of life. If we can’t laugh at ourselves, then we are truly missing out.
What were you like growing up?
Super weird… and very clumsy. I’m still weird and clumsy, but I embrace it now. I had a big imagination and would be constantly making up new pretend games with my friends. I also would write little films and act them out, I wish I could say they were good, but they were terrible ha. I was always really involved in extracurriculars, though. I was almost always at a dance class or rehearsal growing up, and I loved it. I think that’s when I feel most comfortable as an adult as well, constantly working.
- Website: www.katiemmeyer.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @katesmeyer
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