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Meet Katrina Sebastian

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katrina Sebastian.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I remember as a little girl, watching Cindy on the “Brady Bunch” and thinking, I would like to do that. As a kid, I felt drawn to a life performing, and as I grew up, I was never able to shake the feeling. After being involved in local theatre in middle and high school, I studied Musical Theatre at Western Connecticut State University. I took a contract with Missoula Children’s Theatre right out of school and traveled the country performing, directing, and teaching theatre in rural communities and military bases across the US and Canada. It was a year in my life that will always stand out as one of the toughest and most gratifying. I grew up a lot, working on the road. I managed and acted in several other touring and regional productions before making the choice to move to Australia on a working holiday visa, to experience living on my own in a foreign country.

A lot of my growth as a performer and a person comes from valuing my individuality, and although I’ve pushed myself personally in the past couple years, I’ve moved to LA to find my community, plant some roots, and focus on my career. Currently, I work as an office assistant for a drag talent management company to supplement the acting that I do in short films and shows. Coming up next, I play “Ashley” and several other roles in the world premiere of “Horny: The Musical,” part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

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 hasn’t been a smooth road, no. I’ve had some fulfilling jobs and had lots of satisfying experiences, but a lot of my struggles have come from the tangents that I’ve taken in life.I struggle with guilt when I feel like I’m not giving 110% of my time, focus, and money to my craft, but sometimes I need a break. After dedicating myself to professional acting for a few years, I decided to uproot my life and move to Australia, looking to challenge myself in new ways. Looking back on that time, sometimes it feels like it was a year being side-tracked from my goals. When I choose to see the bigger picture, I acknowledge that the life experiences I’ve sought are invaluable and more important to me than the lines on a resume I may have missed out on. I’ve faced inner struggles between my love of adventure and career, and my desire for stability. I’ve struggled with being over-worked, and underpaid, with losing focus on what matters because of a stacked calendar. At present, I struggle with loneliness and homesickness, normal mile markers on the road to growing up and breaking into a new city. At my core, I feel like I’m making progress. I’m in the right city, and I’m being true to my own pace.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m an actor, I’m a funny lady, I’m a singer and I’m the one who keeps the sh*t together. Although I come from a musical theatre background, I’m shifting my focus towards film and TV. My biggest goal right now is to begin creating more of my own content, because I look on my screen, and I want to see more people who look and think like me. I’m proud of my resilience, my ability to keep calm under pressure. I’m proud of my tour credits, as a manager and a performer. I thrive in a fast-paced environment, and I like to play the role of problem solver. I love improvisation, writing, and practicing the guitar. Even on days when my “job” doesn’t match my ultimate vision, I pride myself on living creatively and nurturing my inner artist, because she always has a lot to say.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest career moment was playing Marcia in a national tour of “The Outsiders,” while simultaneously working as road manager and house manager for the production. However, I will always have a fondness for the time I spent working at a kangaroo sanctuary in rural Victoria. I was living mostly off the grid, with people whose language I barely spoke. It was dirty, exhausting, and lonely, but also the coolest thing I’ve ever done. My time there was a great reminder to slow down, breathe, and stay present, because even the bad days go by too fast.

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Sam Chatterjee, Dia Taylor, Peggy Stewart

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