Kaitlyn Black, of Hart of Dixie, shares how she got into acting, her favorite books, and her favorite place to watch a sunset. She also shares words of wisdom for aspiring actors!
Lauren — Travel and Write Today: I know you graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater. How did you initially decide to go into acting?
Kaitlyn Black: I got into acting through dance. My grandma, Charlotte Braun, owned a dance studio in Cleveland, OH for over 50 years. I was a dancer first, which lead me into musical theater. Then a back injury took me out of dance, so I focused primarily on acting.
TWT: It is amazing that you have done live theater, television, and movies — do you have a preference?
KB: There is nothing like live theater, and the instant gratification from the audience. But I love television. You create a family unit with your cast & crew, and if you’re lucky your character will last the test of time.
TWT: How do you prepare for a new role?
KB: The prep really comes in the audition. Breaking down the character, finding the beats in the script. If you’re right for it, then it should flow pretty easily.
TWT: I know that you grew up in Ohio. What are some of your favorite spots to visit when you are back there?
KB: Swenson drive in is a must. That was a high school hang out.
TWT: What is your favorite book?
KB: Anything by Alexandra Fuller. “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight” “Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness” “Move Fast, Travel Light”.
TWT: Adding Alexandra Fuller to my TBR list!
TWT: What is your go-to coffee or tea order? What are some of your favorite coffee shops?
KB: Coffee with cream, that’s it. I used to go to Aroma Cafe a lot when I first moved to LA.
TWT: My coffee order is simple too – coffee with skim milk!
TWT: What is your favorite place to watch the sunrise/sunset?
KB: Ventura. My ex, who I’m still really close with introduced me to Silver Strand Beach. One of my favorite spots.
TWT: What advice would you give to other aspiring actors?
KB: Your work ethic will define you. Be able to take & incorporate constructive criticism. Enjoy the present. SAVE your money!
TWT: I know actors have been significantly impacted due to the pandemic — especially those performing in live theater. How can we help?
KB: When it is safe & reopened, go see live theater! Subscribe to people’s podcast, or channels, or spend that money to support a film festival whether it’s in person or online.
TWT: I will help in any way I can – will start subscribing to podcasts/channels, and will start seeing plays as soon as everything re-opens!
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