I was thrilled to get to interview the fantastic Kathleen Simmonds, who is blazing trails for women in the industry through a wide variety of projects. We talked about how she balances so many different hats, what makes her choose a new project, and some practical steps we can take to move towards more gender equality in the entertainment industry.
First, I’d love to hear a little bit about how you went from being a corporate lawyer to diving into the entertainment industry? Was there a specific moment that inspired that leap?
You have experience in a wide range of projects — from acting in theater and film to teaching, to producing both scripted and documentary work. How do you feel those different paths influence each other?
How do you choose which projects to devote your time to?
How did you get involved with Break Thru Films, and what brought you to Reversing Roe and Surviving Jeffrey Epstein? Those are both hot button subject matters, how has that impacted your experience of making those films?
You teach a “business of acting and filmmaking” seminar. What’s the first piece of advice you’d give to a new actor?
Tell me a bit about Woe is She, and putting together the all-female team that made the web series.