Chosen by Elle Canada as one of the three Canadians to watch, Katie Boland is an Actress, Writer, Director and Producer. She has 4 feature films to be released in the coming year. This year Katie also directed the short film Lolz-Ita that she wrote and starred in. She has a production company called Straight Shooters. She is the author of the book Eat Your Heart Out, and has also written a column for the Huffington Post called “What’s Actually Happening with People My Age”. Katie has also been a cultural advisor for the Trudeau government.
Katie is truly an inspiring renaissance woman. A dear friend of mine, and also someone who's work I admire, I am fascinated with the unapologetic honesty Katie puts into her work. I got the chance to photograph Katie in her element as she shared some of her artistic insight.
T: How do you have the courage and confidence to put your personal life out into the world in your work?
KB: There is an amount of reflection that's important for me and I like to be able to write to process my life. If you're not writing about yourself I don't really know where you would start.
T: if you are setting yourself up for a productive & successful day what does that look like?
KB: In Toronto I wake up and go have coffee with my Dad at the corner coffee shop. We talk about the world. We talk about our days. Connecting with family gives me a lot of perspective. Then I’ll write and try to put pieces together for different projects I'm working on. Do emails. Then I like to exercise. It’s important for my mental state for sure. It’s like an anti-depressant. I like to do a lot of cardio and walking around the city. Then I like to see someone like you, true friends. That means a lot to me.
T: You grew up immersed in the industry since you were a child. Your mom is a celebrated Canadian photographer, director and producer. Did you ever face challenges trying to establish yourself as a filmmaker?
KB: My mom is so supportive and so proud of me and my brother, it was never about her. Which looking back I'm like "Mom maybe it should have been about you more!". She'll casually tell me things about her 20s that I never knew- like that she was the 3rd woman in the world hired by the united press as a photo journalist. Or "Oh yeah I took pictures for a bestselling book on Terry Fox", or "Oh that picture on the Penny, I took that." My mom is a very quiet and humble person about her accomplishments. Having said that, there was definitely a bar set for me to become a career woman.
T: what insecurities do you struggle with?
KB: I am always very conscious of my weight. It fluctuates. So I would say my biggest insecurity is being hyper aware of my weight.
I also struggle with impostor syndrome a lot. So emotionally, I'm insecure that I am not smart enough, or talented enough or really anything enough to be in the work situations I'm in. But then there are a lot of moments where I have a ton of confidence in my abilities.
"I think the goal is to leave space for some insecurity because it inspires but not let it dictate your perception of reality. Tavi Gavinson, who I really admire, has a note on her mirror that says, "There is not enough time for hating yourself. Too many things to make. Go." I try and adhere to that. "
T: What is something you love most about yourself?
KB: I think I am good listener. I also love the beauty mark on my face, because my mom had one when she was my age and my dad has them, too.
T: What changes would you like to see for women in the film industry?
KB: I wish young women were given more opportunity to create. We need more female film makers, writers, producers. I also wish that people saw me for my resume and experience, not my age and gender. As far as roles, I think women need to keep creating roles for themselves. I really think that's the key to creating nuanced female characters. We have to do it for ourselves.