Interview with Actress Kaitlyn Black
We have had the unique pleasure of interviewing television star Kaitlyn Black, who currently plays Annabeth Nass on Hart of Dixie. She has also done guest starring roles on Raising Hope and Enlightened. Kaitlyn began acting when she was in sixth grade, but even before she did musical theater, she was a dancer. Growing up, her grandmother owned a jazz studio, so she became trained in ballet, tap, and jazz.
Unfortunately she suffered a back injury at one point, which virtually ended her dancing career, but she didn’t let it end her career in the entertainment industry. Instead, she focused all of her energy on acting, and has since starred in a variety of television shows and films.
When asked about her self-esteem, she said, “I was always conscious of my weight as a dancer, I think you look at your body pretty frequently. I’m more aware fashion wise than I was before. I have my moments, but for the most part I have accepted my body type.” With an air of humor, she added “I’m not going to get any taller.”
She has had her share of disappointments when it came to losing out on roles, but Kaitlyn feels fortunate to have come so far, and to have the opportunity to go even farther with her career. She sympathizes with young women and men who are attempting to break into the acting world, because even with all of her strengths, she struggled at times with getting roles.
“It’s extremely competitive, you’re constantly not only being judged on acting, but on height hair color and body type. There are certain things, even more so now, I’ve been let go of. You need to learn to accept it, and be okay with yourself and have thick skin more than anything.”
Due to the fact that there are so many contributing factors to being selected for a role, it is difficult for everyone to begin working in the entertainment world. The fact that Kaitlyn received a lot of support from her parents was helpful, particularly since her mother had experience in entertainment as well, having acted and danced in Broadway shows. Because her mother was a bit smaller and stockier, she knew exactly how hard it was to not be accepted for different types of roles based on your body type.
However, Kaitlyn mentioned that it is not all about looks when it comes to acting, a lot of stems from both luck, and good work ethic as well as preparation. “The industry is really hard to break into. You really have to know somebody that’s in your corner, whether it’s your manager, an agent, a casting director. Part of it is being prepared, and being good, but the other half is really being in the right place at a right time. You’re more likely to get the job if you’re in the right place at the right time and have it together.”
Being aware and accepting of her figure as it was, Kaitlyn did not suffer from too many confidence issues, although rejection was a daily obstacle that she had to face when trying to make her way into the industry. She believes in finding what works for you, and learning to love yourself before attempting to become a part of the industry.
Her advice to those who want to pursue careers in entertainment is, “Throw the scale away. Don’t measure yourself on a scale, it gets you nowhere. It should be how your clothes fit and how you feel in your clothes, truly. But also, be good to your body. You can’t binge and purge, it will never work, don’t yoyo diet. Dieting doesn’t work. You have to eat properly and exercise. I think just naturally exercising raises your endorphins and is generally good. When you feel good about yourself, that projects to other people. Don’t listen to other people, it’s your body, it’s your life.”
Kaitlyn has a very positive outlook on her body, and herself. She is a firm supporter of appreciating your figure as it is, and taking care of yourself instead of trying to fit someone else’s ideal of beauty and health.