Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalie Denise Sperl.
Natalie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Hi! Performing is in my blood. Provoking, entertaining, questioning authority, challenging the status quo.
Born and raised in the Midwest, I came to Cali many times over Summer vacation when I got my first acting break for a music video by Australian singer Troy Newman. Performing wasn’t new to me, I was always singing and dancing, making up plays, acting in theater productions in my small hometown. Prior to acting, I was discovered by a photographer in Minneapolis who got me my first agent. I say “discovered” loosely, as I always knew what I wanted to do with my life and was determined to “discover” myself if needed. That discovery however, started my modeling career.
After years of modeling locally and brief stints in Cali, I made the leap to Europe to try my hand at high fashion modeling and to reconnect with my boyfriend. This is one of those major life moments I will never forget.
My plane landed in Italy where I thought I was meeting my boyfriend at the time (whom I had met in Cali) To my surprise, I was left stranded in the airport, he was nowhere to be seen. I knew not the language nor where to go. I panicked and cried for 8 hours before he finally showed up , aloof and odd. He quickly dropped me in a questionable hotel near the train station and wished me good luck.
I wasn’t good enough for him.
Days and weeks went by. I wandered the strange new streets of a city I knew absolutely nothing about, crying to any payphone I could figure out how to use. Looking back this was the best break up I ever received, for the anger it brewed deep inside me was just the fuel I needed to prove him wrong and more importantly prove myself right. I stood in line for an open call later that day with hundreds of beautiful Italian models all vying for the big job. I caught a glimpse of him at the casting, but I stood strong. To my shock I booked that gig and from then on I managed to string together enough work to stay in Europe eventually making it to London. There, I was Miss Selfridge and did runway in fashion shows for a hot new designer, Alexander McQueen, and Cynthia Rowley. I made it on three magazine covers and worked all over Europe including Paris.
Lesson? He wasn’t good enough for me.
Missing the States, I finally made my permanent move to Los Angeles. Here I hit the ground running, making the endless round of fruitless auditions, typical schemes and scams, somehow managing to not give up and go back home.
This paid off as I somehow started to book acting jobs, landing bit parts in crappy movies, decent grad films and low budget forgetables, taking any acting job I could get to add to my resume.
Eventually I got legit jobs: (Around The World in 80 Days, Little Black Book, The Graveyard) among others. I starred in numerous commercials including the vampire turned zombie in Fearnet commercial. I even became a Coors Light Girl starring in the Superbowl commercial with Kid Rock.
Television roles soon followed (Two and A Half Men, CSI Miami, How I Met Your Mother,) until I eventually starred in my first film, Succubus Hell Bent, which led to other starring roles (Rounds, Getting Back To Zero, Rock Monster, …to name a few)
Things were going great until they weren’t. Good agents have always been very difficult for me to acquire. I had no relatives in “the business” to call in any favors. No uncle that owned a studio or aunt who ran an agency. I had to acquire agents without the magical “referral” that is necessary to get one, despite the numerous acting credits on my resume. Non industry people don’t always realize: in order to get an agent, you have to get a big role, then they will sign you. However, in order to get a big role, you need an agent. See the quandry? Yeah, it can drive you crazy if you let it…
This overwhelming frustration led me to start and front my own rock and roll band.
Music was always blaring from my household. From the car, from my brothers’ bedroom, from my dad every morning before school. Rock and roll ruled my childhood. Every great influence from Janis Joplin to Cat Stevens to Bob Dylan was on constant rotation in our home. This probably planted the seeds in my head to one day take on the role of singer/songwriter of my own rock band, Kill My Coquette. To date we have put out a self-released EP and played all over So Cal. In Las Vegas we opened for Bad Religion at The House Of Blues. I’m currently writing new songs to make another album.
But I still have that “acting bug” that just doesn’t go away and I want to make my parents proud. The dream to be something bigger than where I started is always there.
Not one to wait around, if agents wouldn’t represent me to get me the necessary auditions needed to get actual legitimate acting work then I’d cast myself in my own productions.
The SperlieGirl Show is a chance for me to play all kinds of characters. It’s a new weekly web series on my Youtube channel “thesperliegirlchannel” that I created.
I first come up with a concept of what character I want to play, then I sometimes write a script, sometimes improv on the spot when I start rolling. I do all wardrobe, set decoration and lighting myself, recently experimenting with green screen and other lighting techniques I’ve learned. I also take on the task of editing, 100 % self-taught. I’m excited for the series as this is another way I hope to get an agent. So far I’ve gotten a great response from viewers. Stay tuned for some exciting characters, you never know who’ll show up!
To my surprise I recently won my first acting award for Best Supporting Actress from Flicks Film Festival (UK)! I was fortunate enough to be cast in the film, Bardo Blues, out now all over social media platforms (iTunes, Amazon) This film to date has won 32 awards! A big feat considering it’s an independent film directed by a woman (Marcia Kimpton,) without major movie stars or big budgets. I strongly believe in supporting independent film, especially if it’s made by a woman (as the field heavily favors male directors.) It’s no secret I’m a feminist, I’ll shout it from the rooftops. I want girls to have the exact same opportunities. Before it was trendy or cool (then uncool, then cool again) I have always done my part to fight for our genders’ rights and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. Remember how it all started?
“…Provoking, questioning authority, challenging the status quo..”
As Springsteen himself said, “As rock and roll musicians, you have to be desperate men. You have to have something bothering you all the time.”
I feel as though everything I’ve done to date has led me to this point. I’m grateful to my amazing parents who sacrificed their time and resources to get me to all those auditions, who believed in me and continue to do so. Who always encouraged me to do anything I ever dreamed of. To them, I say, “Thank you.”
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?
Easy? No. I’m hoping they may get a little easier lol… I’ve dealt with nepotism, sexism, ageism, and obviously great competition in one of the toughest cities full of thousands and thousands of the most beautiful and talented artists all competing for the same job.
What else should our readers know?
If you’re interested in my work I do many things. I’m an actor, activist, singer/songwriter, model, comic, director, editor, and cat mom.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
If I’m not at a protest rally, see me in the film Bardo Blues in a theater near you or online on Amazon and iTunes. Go to www.bardoblues.com for more info.
You can get your own copy of Kill My Coquettes’ first album on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, and Spotify. Check out the official website for the band at www.killmycoquette.com. The band is currently working on our new album.
Finally, don’t miss The SperlieGirl Show every Thursday on Youtube. The new season starts late summer. Please share, like, comment and subscribe to my channel “sperliegirlchannel”
Thanks for the interview LA Voyage!
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Personal photo: Natalie Sperl; Natalie Sperl (set of Fearnet commercial), Natalie Sperl, Roger Roth (set of Geting Back TO Zero), Kim Bass (Succubus Hell Bent cover), Jim Hershleder (set of Troy Newman video, “Dont MAke Me Ask”), Brandise Danesewich Kill My Coquette video and EP cover, Natalie SPerl (the Sperliegirl Show, Natalie Sperl, Marcia Kimpton (set of Bardo BLues,)