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Meet Kim Burns and Ketryn Porter

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kim Burns and Ketryn Porter.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kim and Ketryn. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
Both East Coast ladies, we’ve been best friends since our college days at Towson University in Baltimore. We’re both actresses and drove out here to LA together.

While pursuing that dream, we have co-run a production company, produced and acted in our own web series, award-winning short films, etc. We work really well together and love to make each other laugh so when Ketryn came to me with the idea to host a podcast together a few months ago, it really just came down to what should our topic be? Truth be told, we could probably talk about anything and end up laughing hysterically and learning something new about the other.  What do we both love? Horror movies!   We’ve always been the ones in our friend group wanting to rent a scary movie, turn off the lights, and never sleep again. And thus, Kim and Ket Stay Alive… Maybe (KKSAM) was born!

Has it been a smooth road?
Besides having an episode or two with some pretty intense technical difficulties forcing us to re-record some things, ask favors of our amazing and talented friends in sound, and also buy some new equipment (but such is life in the pod world), it’s been pretty smooth sailing. All of our listeners are super freaking cool – we’ve been able to connect with so many of them over social media and have received a lot of great feedback. We are blessed that Ketryn married a wizard who takes care of editing and so many other things for us. Thank you, Arik!

Kim:  If anything, I would say the struggles happened before the pod started… Ketryn and I have both been here a long time pursuing acting. We’re still here, but it hasn’t always been easy. A little over a year ago I was feeling really jaded, really struggling to see the point in being here. I got a life coach, and she helped me change my mindset about life here, opened my eyes to manifestation, and made me see that I can, in fact, be happy every day, regardless of where I am at in my career at the current moment. (Thanks Erica Wernick!).  Getting help (including mannnyyy years of therapy) is the best decision I’ve ever made for myself.

Ket:  But even in the struggles, I think one of the many reasons we work well together is that we balance each other out. Kim is definitely the one who keeps a cooler head in those stressful moments and keeps me from spiraling. She claims that I do the same for her… but I’m suspect. I do make her laugh pretty hard and I remind her that she has every reason to be confident because she one of the most incredible people I know.

Kim:  In reality, if either Ketryn or I had “made it” yet, we probably would have never started this podcast journey. It has brought SO much joy into our lives, and I can’t help but think – that everything happens for a reason, we are always on the right path, and the best is yet to come!

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
We’re a horror movie comedy podcast… with a twist.

We thought about how we could make a podcast work and realized we have two things that can really set us apart from the myriad of other horror pods out there. One, we’re both women, and two, we can make it a fun game, so it’s not just your typical review podcast. There a lot of horror movie pods out there that are just men, or women talking with men, but there aren’t too many from a singularly female perspective (and no, we don’t hate men lol). It simply brings to the discussion subjects that probably wouldn’t otherwise surface.

Secondly, the way the game works is one of us gives a play-by-play of a film the other hasn’t seen, stopping at key points to ask what she thinks the characters do next, and more importantly, what she would do to “stay alive.” We startle each other with jump scares, make each other laugh and have some interesting discussions about why the characters do what they do, amongst tales from our debaucherous college days, romantic lives, childhood fears, and whatever else comes up – no topic is really off-limits.

When agreeing to start the project, I said to Ketryn, “Our number 1 rule has to be to have fun, and the second it’s not fun anymore, I’m out.” I think setting that intention has been a big part of what has made this process so enjoyable and also so successful. We’ve been growing exponentially, and recently created some merch, started a patreon, and partnered with some pretty big horror outlets, including Dread and Fangoria (omg!)… all while having a blast with our BFF!

We’re excited to keep getting our name out there to more and more people, start doing some live shows very soon, and continue to figure out what it takes to be a “final girl.” Oh, and of course the future KKSAM movie!

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and the least?
Kim:  One of my favorite things about LA is that it is 100% what you make it. The city is SO big and has SO much to offer with people from all over the world.

You get to choose where you go, what you do, and who you spend your time with… and that can change everyday. I’ve had the opportunity to experience so many cool things here that I could have never done anywhere else.

Like the least? That my best friend lives in Glendale, and I live in Santa Monica.
You guys get it.

Ket:  I love that there is a neighborhood for everyone. And all of them are so diverse and different.

I keep telling Kim, all she has to do is move to Glendale. Her kitty niece and nephew would love it.
Kim:  Ket, you’re welcome to come to the beach anytime  😉

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