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Why Actress and Model Katy Johnson Believes in Talking It Out

September 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Body Image, Featured, Role Models, Theatre

Please tell us about yourself and what you do?

I am a 26 year old originally from Boone, Iowa. I’m currently living in France with my husband. I’m working on my personal training, nutrition degree and I’m modeling here and there, however work has been put on hold whilst being here, but I will be going back to LA in November to hopefully start back into modeling and acting.

I’m a funny girl who is passionate about traveling and helping things. When I say things, I mean people, animals, and nature IE saving the trees, donating to charities, spreading awareness, signing petitions to help smog in cities and just being a good hearted person. I’m all about being the best person you can and be as helpful and loving to others as possible. That’s what life is really meant for.

Can you tell us a bit about any upcoming projects that you are working on?

I will just be going back to LA and then that’s when things will start. I left LA in a good position, so am excited to get back there.

Do you find the pressures of being performer / artist significant with regard to feeling the need to have a “perfect” body?  If so, how do you navigate through that terrain?  How do you “not” judge yourself when others (critics, audience members, producers, etc.) “judge” you based on outward measures?

I think every girl has something she wishes were a little “different” or “better.” I would say I eat pretty well, however I have a sweet tooth and at the moment I lack motivation for working out regularly (There’s no gym in my village so it makes it harder) so I wish my abs were a bit more toned and my bum was a little juicier and supple. ha. But I know if I really wanted those things I could fix them.

 

I think social media and society makes it so difficult to always feel good, but you just have to remember how perfectly unperfect you are and that most of the women in the magazines do not look like that.

 

I think I am very happy with how I look, but knowing there are prettier girls or skinnier girls than me doesn’t bother me. I think it’s really about how you feel inside your soul. I feel I’m a very good and loving person so that radiates through my exterior to my appearance. As far as negative comments, I’ve gotten plenty in my day and though they are never nice to hear you just have to know that people who are truly happy don’t need to bring others down, so when people try to say nasty things to me or bring me down I just know that it isn’t really about me at all, it’s more about them and their true unhappiness.

I love the saying from Dita Vonteese as well how she says “You could be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, but there will still be people who don’t like peaches” It’s so true. You will never please everyone, you just have to please yourself and love yourself!

Who were the role models in your life?

I would say my older sisters were pretty amazing, and though we are very different people doing very different things, I always looked up to how intelligent and strong they were. How driven and hardworking they both are. They are truly beautiful on the inside and out. As far as professionally, I would say Reese Witherspoon is a wonderful role model. She’s beautiful, sweet, successful and she’s never taken her clothes off or done any other silly PR stunt to get famous. I wish she was around when I was 17 to guide me a little more professionally. My role model when I was young was someone like Carmen Electra which I’m sure she is a wonderful person but as far as career wise I think I would rather go in the route of someone like Reese Witherspoon or Rachel McAdams. 🙂

What do you define as beautiful?

Beauty to me is something on the inside, inner beauty. I can’t give you specific exterior traits and say “that’s what beauty is” because it just wouldn’t be right. There are so many traits that one can have to be beautiful but it comes from having a beautiful heart, a warm smile, and confidence, not just in yourself but in humanity, being an optimist instead of a cynic, and loving people even when they aren’t easy to love. Beauty is kindness and tolerance. It’s so many things that come from the inside. It’s about helping someone who may never be able to help you. 

What is happiness?

Happiness to me doesn’t mean always being happy, it means being able to be true to your emotions and being vulnerable. It means being able to recognize if you’re not happy and be ok with it. It means being comfortable and confident in your own skin. It means loving yourself and loving others and recognizing just how important love and life actually is. It’s about being kind, being happy with who you are.

It means being tolerant and accepting. Happiness is being optimistic and seeing life in a way where you feel as though you never want to run away from anything, it means accepting the past, forgiving others or maybe forgiving yourself and just being the best person you can be.

Would you be willing to take the Real Deal pledge?  Thoughts about that?

I’M IN!

How do you manage your stress levels in daily life?  Do you use music, art, or dance, etc. as a coping tool?  Are there other things that you do to live mindfully?

I think listening to music and I read a lot of self help books. It sounds cheesy but I find them so helpful. Another thing I do for stress is just talk about it. I’m just a talker, I just always feel better especially after hearing someone else’s thoughts or opinions. You’d be surprised how much better you can feel just by realizing the words.

How do you find a work-life balance — as a woman, relationships, a professional — what are keys to balance?

When I was working I found it difficult. I’ve always been someone who has been pretty black and white with things, either all or nothing, but I’ve found “Everything in Moderation” is actually working a lot better for me, I just try to get things done and be happy.

I’m Katy Johnson, I am goofy, loud, and optimistic. I love hard and wear my emotions on my sleeve. I grew up in a small town and now have traveled the globe. I love animals, travels, being a good person, and learning new skills. I love photography, make up artistry, and running. I love Italian food and a good cuppa tea.

Katy Johnson, actress, model, talking it out, role model, arts, creative arts, inspiration, moderation, advice, self esteem, wellness, teens, kids, women, girls,

 

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