Episode 12: The Importance of Persistence in Acting and Business with Kathreen Khavari

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Kathreen is a producer, writer and actor. She will be playing the role of Samantha on the upcoming HBO series "Big Little Lies". Kathreen was born in Oakland, CA and is Iranian-American. She received her degree from UC Berkeley and studied Public Health Infectious Diseases while taking some theater classes at UC Berkeley. She was studying for her masters degree in London and was living close to the theater district in London and the dream of acting was not going away so she went full time into acting in 2009. 

While living in New York, Kathreen had an agent that would only send her out to terrorist or victim roles because of her Middle Eastern cultural background. 

While in New York she received a leading role in a play and that was a pivotal moment in her career. She moved to Los Angeles and Kathreen had a dream that was the inspiration behind her viral short, "Brain of Terror". She sent the video to hundreds of managers and finally had the luxury to decide who she wanted to represent her. 


Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Iranian culture and the modernization of Iran
  • Cultural stereotypes of acting roles

What you learn from this episode:

  • Following your career dreams
  • Using childhood clues to discover your dream career
  • How to market yourself in acting
  • Self confidence in acting and business
  • How to handle rejection
  • Staying persistent in following your dreams
  • How to master your craft in acting and business
  • How to be patient in business
  • Not comparing ourselves to others
  • Having a support system in business

Getting in touch with Kathreen Khavari:

Kathreen's website




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