KATE DIRIENZO PAYNE
This American Actor/Writer/Producer is a jack of all trades improv master. She has not only scored roles in films like Despicable Me, but she's managed to find great roles in Film, Television, Music and Theatre. In addition to her outstanding work, she somehow finds the time to Executive Produce one of the most anticipated Theatre fundraisers of the year, The Hollywood Rush which supports
The Baby Dragon Fund for the LA Gay and Lesbian Center. Her company, NightKAP entertainment organizes the event which helps fuel essential crystal meth addiction recovery and suicide prevention programs in Los Angeles.
Her quirky improv can turn subtle and sweet in an instant, a trade mark that will surely make her stand out this pilot season. If she weren't acting, writing, producing, running her business and saving the world, she'd still be a Lady of Leisure, traveling around the world writing for travel magazines or maybe she'd be an orthopedic surgeon. She can't decide. She stays excited about this crazy business by always creating. She can't help it, its in her. It is her.
Q &A w Kate:WHAT DO YOU WISH SOMEONE WOULD HAVE TOLD YOU WHEN STARTED OUT?: Try not to be what you think they want but be yourself. Oh and own your height - I am taller than everyone
WHAT PIECE OF ADVICE DO YOU GIVE YOUNG WOMEN WHO ARE STARTING THEIR CAREERS IN ENTERTAINMENT: don't judge yourself, be fearless and have fun.
CURRENTLY READING: The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
ON YOUR IPOD: Adele, Jay-Z, Danger Mouse and Sparkle Horse, John Frusciante, The Beach Boys
BUSINESS ACCESSORY I CANT DO W/O: my iphone
FASHION ACCESSORY YOU'D RATHER NOT DO W/O: skinny jeans and a killer pair of shoes
WHATS NEXT FOR YOU?: not sure - the best and the worst thing about working in entertainment.
Why she's a bad ass Lady of Leisure: She is working hard doing what she loves and taking the time to really help other people.
You may recognize this pint size beauty from her commercials like the Emmy Award winning Bud light Commercial 'Swear Jar' or her unforgettable Lowe's Lunch Break Commercial. In addition to taking the commercial world by storm lately, she's also an accomplished singer/songwriter and ukulele player. As if that weren't enough the woman writes/produces and directs too. Did I mention both Dr. Sloane, and most recently another Dr. who she cannot disclose, have asked her out on Grey's Anatomy? Oh yeah, and just a few features this year. No big deal. (stop it, you're making us look bad!)
But life hasn't always been so colorful. When Zibby's brother died a couple years ago, taking his own life because of his addiction, she lost her best friend. Instead of letting it consume her, she honored her brother's memory by making a difference. She partnered up with Kate D Payne on their company, NightKAP Entertainment, producing a series of events that shake up the typical fundraising formula. Their company will never bring you a boring charity dinner. No. They are turning the model on its head to bring you non stop, outside the box unique entertainment. Talk about girl power.
Q & A w Zibs
WHAT DO YOU WISH SOMEONE WOULD HAVE TOLD YOU WHEN STARTED OUT?: Anything other than "Oh, that's a hard path... you sure?" Ha ha! It would have been nice to hear "You know, the odds are actually in your favor if you think about it..."
WHAT PIECE OF ADVICE DO YOU GIVE YOUNG WOMEN WHO ARE STARTING THEIR CAREERS IN ENTERTAINMENT: Confidence is the key... and it's not something you can fake. Not sure how you get there... but that's your job.
CURRENTLY READING: The Hunger Games! ( I know I know. So obvious... but they're sooooo enjoyable, it's $#@!!)
ON YOUR IPOD: Bill Withers. Forever Bill Withers.
BUSINESS ACCESSORY I CANT DO W/O: iPhone
FASHION ACCESSORY YOU'D RATHER NOT DO W/O: My Marchez Vous ankle boots... wear them almost every day... they're like walking on clouds.
WHATS NEXT FOR YOU?: Pilot season is in full swing. I've got 3 pilot auditions this week...
Why She's a bad ass Lady of Leisure: Because she's not the kind of person that will ever take no for an answer. She is fierce and kind all in one pint size packet of sunshine.
Check out both ladies latest endeavor, The Hollywood Rush or bid on their charity items on Charity Buzz. All funds benefit the BABY DRAGON FUND which fuels the essential crystal meth addiction and recovery programs at the LA GAY AND LESBIAN CENTER.
Get ready to see so much more of both of these power, hilarious, strong women this year. They are already rockin' it.