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My Actor Journey
I guess this journey bag when I was a wee lady of four years old. I loved to entertain and bring joy to my family with my silly performances. When I came to the U.S. with my family at the age of seven, my father made it a mission to find a magnet school for this girl right here. He found one that was a complete arts school that not only offered bilingual classes, but classes of dance teaching ballet/tap, visual arts, choir and drama. This helped nurture my artistic bug from a very young age. When life happened and we had to move around in Houston, I was put in regular public schools with art classes offered as electives. Because one couldn't really do all four, I had to begin choosing only the main ones I wished to continue learning. My flexibility wasn't all there to continue dancing, even though I love it, and for some reason I felt like I didn't have that extraordinary of a voice, so I just chose to do it for fun, and sadly after analyzing my favorite Disney Channel and Nickelodeon shows with kids that didn't look like me, I felt it was just a dream to be an actress. This is why representation is so important in the media.
So I chose to be an artist that would make her mark by drawing and painting. However, acting did not give up on me. It chased me my last year of high school and then again my last year in community college. I gave in after my theatrical debut as Desdemona in Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet written by Ann-Marie MacDonald.
After the glowing reviews and an acting award at a Drama State Competition, I decided to pursue acting as a career to see where it would take me. I auditioned to The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood and was accepted into their 2018 Fall Program. The education and the teachers there helps solidify a strong classical theatre foundation, while at the same time learning how to act in front of the camera for Film/T.V.. I was able to go deep and stretch my emotional muscles, along with finding techniques and ways to get deeply into characters. I graduated during the pandemic in August of 2020.
Since graduation, when production resumed at the beginning of 2021, I was involved in short films, online stem teaching program, and indie feature films!
This journey has just begun, and I can't wait to continue collaborating with other artists to reach a place where I can be on larger sets along with many talented actors and directors.
- Katherine J. Espin