Kate Bergeron is a Midwestern girl with dreams too big for the little town where she grew up. When she turned 16, she aged out of the children’s theater program and wasn’t allowed to act anymore. So she directed the play instead. Kate moved to Chicago to study acting, and also fell in love with independent film, performance art, …aaaand the drummer in her rock band. Now she’s based in Los Angeles, the biggest pond of all. You can find Kate Bergeron performing around town as an actor and singer, online producing her own material, or in a coffee shop working on her sitcom pilot.
Yes, Kate Bergeron is a dreamer, but a dreamer with drive. And balls. Big, metaphorical balls.
Inspirational Interview with Actress & Singer, Kate Bergeron
What motivates you to want to make your dreams come true?
Passion. And a strong sense that this is my only life. If this is the only life I get to live, I want it to be a wonderful one in which I get to make a living doing what I love, spend time with people who uplift me, and never live in regret.
What is stopping you from fulfilling your dream career?
The things I love doing are competitive career paths and I think it is only a matter of time, patience, persistence, and resilience. Nothing is stopping me per se. I am doing the things I love on a daily basis. i just hope to be making lots of money doing them in the near future.
How are you dealing with fear, doubt and worry?
Morning Pages are useful for working through that. Therapy when needed. Good friends and a glass of wine. I have a very supportive, loving husband who is also an artist and a freelancer so he gets the self doubt and “poser syndrome” that can creep up occasionally.
And honestly, it just comes with being a creative person and I don’t know that you can escape it so you can either sit and wallow in it, let it win (and some days I do) or you can push forward anyway. It’s a form of resistance. (The War of Art by Steven Pressfield is where I got that phrase, another good book.) I picture it as a bad guy trying to thwart my dreams, make it a cartoonish mustache twirling thing living in my brain and that helps me take some of the power away from that voice.
What steps are you taking towards reaching your goals?
I take classes and practice at home to better my craft(s). I self-produce to get myself out there and challenge myself to learn aspects of my business that I don’t know. I surround myself with people who inspire me and encourage me. I try to put myself in situations where I am not the most skilled in the room so that I learn and grow and feel challenged. I try to push myself outside my comfort zone. On the other end of the spectrum (and the only reason I CAN go outside my comfort zone) I nurture myself. I take time to be alone, to do comforting things, to reassure myself that I am, on the whole, entirely safe and living a comfortable life. I self reflect and take time to sit with a journal or index cards and plot and plan and dream, prioritize and schedule goals (because there are just so many!)
I read inspiring books by other creatives and attend SAG-AFTRA seminars on business, singing, or money management. And I try, TRY to remember that I am only one person with 24 hours in the day and that there is only so much I can do, and I try not to be too hard on myself for not being lightyears ahead of where I currently am.
Who or what inspires you to stay motivated?
As a freelancer, it can be really hard to motivate myself some days. I try to give myself a break and remember that we create and grow in cycles and that some days will be more productive than other. I have started working with Morning Pages again, an exercise I learned from Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. It’s spending the first few moments of my morning free writing whatever comes to mind for 3 full pages. No editing. Sometimes it’s just “Blah blah blah, I’m so tired still….” but sometimes some real insights come up. Constantly reexamining what is important to me and what is and is not working is a valuable tool. Sometimes my to do list seems so long and overwhelming and when I write about it in my morning pages, I discover that I actually don’t care about 3 things on that list anymore and can let them go. That’s freeing as hell.