…Appreciate the small victories. Not every opportunity is a big opportunity but can lead to bigger opportunities. Take time for gratitude.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Kristin West. Kristin is an award-winning actress, producer and talk show host. When she’s not scaring people on big and small screens in horror movies, she’s interviewing top names in self-help and culture. Kristin is also a body positivity and hunger awareness advocate.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
My mother had me audition for our local production of “Charlotte’s Web” when I was seven, and I’ve been entertaining people ever since. I still have the statue our director gave us of Wilbur as a keepsake.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?
I used to be so scared of horror movies. I could barely watch any! Since I act in horror flicks regularly now, I don’t scare so easily.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
The first time I was ever on a movie set, I didn’t realize the principal actors had microphones. I kept thinking to myself, “Why are they here? You can’t hear them!” So many years on stage had conditioned me to be loud so I could be heard, and I just didn’t realize that wasn’t as big of concern working in front of a camera.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
I am currently broadcasting Season 3 of “Horror Talk with Kristin West”, a talk show for the horror fan community. I regularly co-host “What Women Want” — and we discuss exactly that!
I am also a recurring character on “Donna on the Go”, designed to raise awareness for people with disabilities. It follows the struggles and triumphs of Donna as she navigates challenges associated with disabilities.
“The Carting Call” just debuted on Bitmovio, a blockchain-based entertainment streaming service, which is the future of movie distribution. It’s exciting to be part of this technological development, doing what I love — acting!
Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
I chat up some of your favorite horror stars about horror and interesting tidbits in their personal lives. Recently, I spoke with actress Dee Wallace (Cujo, E.T., The Hills Have Eyes) about her gifts of clairaudient channeling and award-winning composer Alan Howarth about how he rented the Great Pyramid in Egypt. They were both very friendly!
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
From time to time, you need to ask yourself “why”. Why are you doing this? What have you learned?
Also, appreciate the small victories. Not every opportunity is a big opportunity but can lead to bigger opportunities. Take time for gratitude.
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)
I admire the work that No Kid Hungry does. Even in such a wealthy country as the U.S., one out of six children face hunger. This is not just a food issue. It affects children’s learning. It affects their development. Childhood hunger is an issue that is beyond food.
I love what’s being done about minimizing food waste. I’d love for children to have gardens at school where they could take fruits and vegetables that they grow home to their families. I grew up in a rural area, so I had some agricultural classes when growing up, but you don’t need to live in a rural area to garden.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
“When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” That has been very relevant to me at this time. Everyone and every situation is potentially a teacher for you. Some lessons are fun. Some are not, but if you commit to learning, you’ll always come out ahead.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
I owe a debt of gratitude to my high school drama and speech and debate teacher Rick Dorn. I remember being nervous about my first high school public speaking tournament. I thought I bombed my first round. Somehow, I advanced. He told me, “You got this.” I ended up placing in the tournament and so many of the skills he taught me I use today.
Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. :-)
I’d love to have breakfast with Melissa McCarthy. I’ve admired her career path for a long time.
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