Interview with Natalie Amey (@iamnatalieamey)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
“As an American actor, based in Los Angeles County, California, my route into the entertainment industry was unexpected. I was born in Brooklyn, New York, Crown Heights, where I started onstage performances, like starring in community showcase productions at my local church at the age of 7 years old. Later I headlined more showcases in Gainesville, Florida, doing dance choreography and musical impersonation performances. Performing arts always showed up one way or another even though it wasn’t my main professional focus. Always, seemingly finding my way back on stage searching for my artistic voice, like when doing spoken word poetry for several years in Chicago and Miami.
Eventually, unable to deny my strong desire to express myself creatively, while fulfilling a duty to care for those hurting or in need, as I did when working as a family therapist and as an ICU nurse, I believe fully embracing myself as an actor is undoubtedly the creative calling of my lifetime.
I value the craft of acting and desire to be used as a vessel to tell stories authentically, serve God and contribute to the spread of empathy for humankind using my gift of creativity. As a character actor, I love captivating an audience by exploring the emotional journey through the eyes of the underrepresented or from an unexpected perspective.
Following this path that feels true to my purpose and commitment to serve humanity has led me to collaborate on some amazing projects, such as the supporting role, Brooke, in a recognized Sundance Film, Pursuit of Loneliness, and short films such as Fever and Colors of Solace and so much more. “
Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?
Seems like everyday is a new challenge, a new adventure and even a new beginning that comes with being an actor. However, the most interesting to me is navigating motherhood, family life and being a creative actor. My children keep me on my toes and also helps keep my improvisation skills very sharp. They are young, so even explaining what mommy does for a living as me tongue tied sometimes but they essentially know that mommy tells stories.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
I believe to thrive in this industry you should be clear about what you want to offer as an artist, know how you will want to serve your audience, colleagues or the industry as a whole. It’s extremely beneficial to stay positive and be proactive. There is really no need these days to wait on anyone else to give you the green light, when you can satisfy your soul by creating something today. Lastly, through it all always, stay humble, appreciative, open to learning and receiving help along the way.
None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
So many people have contributed to my success and I will always be grateful for them because they showed up in my life at the right time and gave me what I was willing to receive at that time. So it’s hard to choose one person, so I’ll say this, currently the women who have been pouring into my success as an actor with their knowledge, generosity and wisdom are Christine Horn, Wendy Braun, and Jo Kelly. They have really made me look within myself and face obstacles and encouraged me to grow personally and professionally as a artist and a human being. I am so grateful for them and the other men and women who have impacted my growth along the way.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
In my work, I honor being alive, I honor the character’s life, struggles and triumphs. I know wholeheartedly that the audience will connect with whatever I’m authentically experiencing on screen or on stage. When this in turn helps them to see themselves through me and feel seen, or accept themselves more through deeper understanding of themselves or someone else, than I’ve done my job.
Do you have a favorite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
My favorite quote is “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” There are so many losses and gains in life. If you aren’t careful, most things will look like losses when they were actually gains because we got to experience them. This perspective is healing in so many ways for me, because focusing on loss can be crippling. However, feeling grateful for what you had or who you had in your life is a more authentic and realistic perspective.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Readers can follow me on Instagram and Twitter @iamnatalieamey
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
I’d like to say that if you feel stuck about how to give or serve, start small with charities, volunteering or even smiling at someone or giving someone a compliment today. You’d be surprised what a difference it makes in someone’s day just to show some kindness. It not only benefits them but also benefits you. If you’d like some charities to give to, you can join me in some of my passionate causes. As I currently am an advocate and supporter for various charities and global movements aimed at ending abuses of human rights and alleviating human suffering. Since 2012 I’ve sponsored vulnerable women and children in Uganda and South Sudan to have a safe place to call home through the Watoto organization. I also support Hand of Hope, Los Angeles Mission, Amnesty International and Heifer International. We can be a light in the world in so many ways through our uniqueness.