Know Your Self Worth


LA-based actor and voiceover artist Katie McClellan explains how one can survive and thrive in the artistic field without running out of fuel; Using her experience in the arts, she shares how upholding one’s self worth can lead to a healthy outlook and the potential to find one’s own “bread and butter.” 

What’s inside: 

  • 5:14 : Where are you calling from/located? Where were you before that?
  • 6:38: Did you plan on moving to LA after school?
  • 6:53 : What’s the latest project you’ve been working on? 
  • 7:40 : How often do you do voice work?
  • 7:58 : What are ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement) loop groups? 
  • 9:08 : What is a typical day like for you? 
  • 11:48 : Is working as a Personal Assistant a popular side job in LA?
  • 12:28 : Do you make the majority of your living off of voice-over and acting work?
  • 12:43 : How is the lifestyle you grew up in different from your lifestyle now?
  • 14:38 : Do you have a back-up plan?
  • 16:00 : Is the attention to mental and physical health something you’ve always done?
  • 17:03 : How do you stay positive during the ups and downs of your career?
  • 18:10 : Did you have to give anything up to be where you are today?
  • 20:33 : What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken to get where you are now? 
  • 22:03 : When you look back on the last decade, what are the highlights? 
  • 25:08 : How do you manage such an unpredictable career?
  • 26:00 : What’s rewarding and what keeps you in this field?
  • 27:24 : Is there anything that you’ve done that your younger self would find unbelievable?
  • 29:14 : Do you think you’ve “made it?”
  • 30:37 : What are some irksome misconceptions about what you do?
  • 31:45 : How do you manage the ups and downs of the finances of freelance work?
  • 33:10 : Is frequently visiting family a benefit from your flexible schedule?
  • 34:04 : Are you able to do voiceover work while you’re home?
  • 35:05 : Who inspired you? See it to be it. 
  • 37:02 : What kind of advice would you give to a young person considering this field?
  • 38:10 : What artistic endeavors would you recommend?
  • 41:07 : Do people need a backup plan in this industry? What should those considering that have in mind?
  • 42:38 : How can listeners connect with you if they want to reach out?

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Key Quotes:

  • “I do think it’s important that your side job–or whatever it is that’s paying your bills–is something that doesn’t drain you, something that doesn’t make you dread getting up in the morning, something that doesn’t make you resentful, all of that; because that will only have negative effects on everything else.” 
  • “It may take awhile to find something you enjoy, but–like I was saying earlier–I think self-care as an actor is so paramount. If you’re doing something to pay your bills that’s toxic to your well-being, then you have to find something else.”
  • “Make sure that you’re a whole person outside of this…have hobbies, see people who aren’t actors or involved in the industry. Stay well-rounded. Having other, really meaningful components to your life is really important.”
  • “If you’re self-worth is riding on this job, then you’re gonna be shit out of luck pretty quickly; we have just little control over where this train goes.”
  • “[A “smaller” co-star role] can turn into anything, you just never know.”
  • “When people talk about being in the arts in general, I’ve always hated that ‘starving artist’/’suffering for your art’ kind of mentality–I don’t think I would’ve worked as much as I have at this point if I didn’t have that mindset. Suffering for one’s art just doesn’t make sense and when the resulting art entirely depends on you being a functional person, you have to take care of yourself.
  • “That’s how to have longevity in this career long-term–not tying your self-worth into this job.”

Connect with Katie

…on Instagram! 

…on her website!



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