There are so many fascinating Kates out there. Every week, Kate-book.com is resolving to introduce you to a new one. This week, I would like you to meet Katharine Desiree Luckinbill, 27, of Manhattan. Because starting on Thursday, she will be doling out advice to your assorted problems in a new column called Dear Kate. Since she’ll be peeking into your lives, I thought it was only fair that you know a bit about her. Without further ado, 13 questions with Katharine.
What do you do?
I work as a Talent Coordinator at JWT Advertising—that’s my day job. In my free time, I teach yoga to friends in the park pro bono, and I wrote a show for the cabaret circuit in NYC that sold out 6 nights last year. I’m bringing it back this fall.
How did you get started in your line of work?
Well … how much time do we have? I was an actor for a while, got a BFA in Theatre. Then I became a yoga teacher to make some money in-between acting work … and worked as a birthday party clown (seriously) on the weekends. Which lead me to teaching preschool and early education in Los Angeles, and then NYC. Then I took a big job off Broadway in a little disaster called “Dracula” and after that earthquake was over, I decided to quit it all. I went into the corporate world to finally have a life of stability – and haven’t looked back since. It’s amazing how paid vacation days can change a person.
What’s something you wish people knew or understood better about what you do?
Working in an office isn’t suffocating unless you let it be. I use my solid schedule and solid paycheck to feed my soul in my time off. It’s about 50 times less stressful than when I was trying to make it in “Showbiz!”
Teaching yoga to the masses, having the time to be a good mom and wife, taking my (future) family down to the Keys once a year, and going to hospitals to hold orphaned and sick babies in any spare time I might have.
What’s a band, television show, book, or movie that you hope Kate-book readers will go watch, listen to, or read RIGHT NOW?
Movie: “The Cove.” It’s about the dolphin massacres going on in Taiji, Japan. The hunter’s livelihoods are supported by people all over the world going to watch dolphin and wildlife shows at places like SeaWorld. The movie is by the guy who was responsible for the show “Flipper” – so it looks at all of this from a very different perspective than you would naturally see in an environmental documentary. I think everyone in the world needs to see this film.
Book: I am reading The Filter Bubble by Eli Pariser, the President of MoveOn.org. It’s all about the era of Internet personalization and how it’s changed the way we live – the good and the bad. It’s not only absolutely fascinating, but information everyone should know.
What’s your favorite stop to make on a road trip?
American Indian Reservation gift shops. You can just get the prettiest things! Also Cracker Barrel and any kind of Yankee Candle wholesale warehouse.
What’s the first concert you ever went to?
The Beach Boys in Las Vegas, with my Mom when I was 9.
If you were forced to get a tattoo right at this moment, what would you get?
The word “Ho’oponopono.” It means, “I am sorry, please forgive me, I love you and thank you” in Hawaiian. It’s what I say to myself, and others, when I am trying to find forgiveness in an unforgiving situation.
I spell it with an A – because I was named after Katharine Hepburn. My mom (left) was a big fan.
Your least favorite thing about your name?
I spell it with an A. No, seriously – EVERYONE spells it wrong. Even my brothers!!
Who is your favorite famous Kate?
Well, Kate Hepburn of course! More currently – Kate Walsh is pretty bad-ass. She killed it at Charlie Sheen’s Roast. Who even knew she was that funny?!
Tell me about a Kate out there who you wish were a household name.
One of my closest family friends is a woman named Kate McAleer. She is perhaps the kindest, most gracious, most forgiving person I have ever known. She embodies Love to me – that good, compassionate kindness that is so lacking in the world these days. You know? Love, with a capital
L? It’s just natural for her. I was very lucky to have had her as an influence in my life growing up.
Got a life, friendship, family, dating, or relationship question that you’d like Katharine to answer? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and she will answer it soon. Dear Kate will be running on Kate-book.com every Thursday at noon.