Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Walter.
Katie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
As soon as people started asking me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I knew my answer: “A singer, actress and dancer!” I was blessed to have parents who supported my love of the stage and expression through performance.
When I was in high school modeling came into my life and at sixteen, I moved to New York City as my career on the Ford Models Plus Board skyrocketed. A year later, it was time for college but I was lead to remain in the city and train professionally with renowned acting, voice and movement teachers- I created my own type of conservatory program! During the seven years, I lived in Manhattan, I became Equity and SAG-AFTRA, experiencing everything from Blockbuster film sets to small unknown theater companies. My first TV show had me as a police cadet in Law & Order: Criminal Intent; my first national network commercial had me dancing for SlimFast and my professional theatrical debut was off-broadway at World Stages where every night I got to perform my own monologue in “Pieces (of Ass)” – one critic described the show as Vagina Monologues meets Charlie’s Angels!
Next I lived in London where I did a few films before landing in Los Angeles in February of 2009 with a few suitcases and a lot of trust. I fell in love with my beautiful nest at the base of Runyon Canyon and realized soon after arriving that LA was going to be much more than a pitstop. A year later, I did a transformational program called World Works and spent almost three years volunteering as a life coach supporting people in breaking through all the ways we tend to get in our own way. Seeing such magic happen in people’s lives, the allure of the script began to fade and eventually the passion for acting that had driven my entire life shifted. From a young age, I’ve loved volunteering but in 2015 I took it to the next level traveling over 100,000 miles with a focus on humanitarian work. I built schools in Haiti, Malawi, Nepal; explored the possibility of opening an orphanage in Indonesia and when I was back in LA, developed and lead breakthrough leadership workshops in which participants experienced things like fire walking, glass walking, breaking boards and bricks, and smashing arrows and steel rebar with their necks!
Then one day, after seven picturesque years calling LA home, I woke in the night with a clear sense it was time to say goodbye. This came out of nowhere but the message was loud and clear. Within 30 days, I vacated my apartment, gave away everything I owned – including my car – and set out on a journey of absolute reliance on something so much bigger than myself. Call it God, Love, Universe- whatever works for you! I learned very early in my life that God’s plan is so much more expansive and profound than even my actress imagination can concoct and I’ve found that the more I take my hands off the wheel and trust, listen, follow, the more fabulous the adventure! The best part is that not only am I exponentially blessed in the process but so is everyone else!
So here I am, it’s been almost 4.5 years and I’m still living nomadically and still find my jaw dropping on the daily with just how perfectly ordered and extraordinary things are when we see through all the distractions to the ever presence of divine Love. Every day my prayer/meditation is “Father-Mother, show me how I can serve. Show me what you would have me to know.” I’ve got lots of stories that have taken me from Dubai to the wilderness of the Colorado Rockies but the journey has been less about travel and more about stillness- learning to listen. I can easily spend hours a day praying/meditating to understand God and our Oneness with the great “I AM.” That would have been absolutely impossible back in my NYC days! My favorite books are THE BIBLE and SCIENCE & HEALTH: WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES by Mary Baker Eddy. These books have taught me how to lean on the Infinite and experience the bliss of selfless love!
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?
My road has been exactly what’s been needed to maximize growth- I wouldn’t change a single trial or triumph I’ve experienced along the way. The biggest struggle that comes to mind was my journey with body image and confidence. All I ever wanted was to be an actress but the actresses I saw were all petite and skinny – a far cry from my 5’11” big-boned physique! I spent years crying myself to sleep not understanding why no matter how healthy I ate or how much I worked out, it just seemed skinny was impossible. It wasn’t until I began to realize the contribution I AM and the unique gift I bring as the reflection and expression of God that I found healing of the desire that plagued me. I’ve always thought God has an awesome sense of humor, considering the ‘big-boned bane of my existence’ lead to my career as a model and to several of my big breaks as an actress; not to mention one of my favorite OPPORTUNITIES, TRAVELING as a keynote speaker TO schools, colleges, and women’s conferences!
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Career has not been my focus for these last four+ years, spirituality has! Love is what I do. Love is what I specialize in. Love is what I’m known for… and I’d say Love is what I’m most proud of. It’s extremely humbling to have the privilege of doing what I do every day and getting to be about the things that speak deeply to my heart. I do not take it for granted. I think what makes that possible has a lot to do with a commitment to living a life of absolute integrity, honesty, humility, trust, selflessness, goodness, kindness and joy. And not living that way to gain the esteem of others or be seen “doing good deeds”; the commitment is within – it’s about watching my thoughts moment by moment. It’s taking every opportunity to choose from love rather than fear (A MASSIVE OPPORTUNITY CONSIDERING OUR CURRENT GLOBAL HEADLINES) and a commitment to seeing every idea, creature, person as God would see them- in their purity, innocence, perfection! I have a long way to go, and I think we must be gentle with ourselves and simply self-correct when we fall short of our highest sense of right, but I am grateful for the fact that this way of being has become second nature for me.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Hmmm, proudest moment of my career – that’s an interesting one. Career-wise I think I’m both proud and humbled by the fact that I love to give my all – every ounce of my being; yet I’m also willing to let it all go when that’s what divine intuition directs. That’s true in all domains of my life!
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