KTLA 5 News
A storytelling podcast from KTLA 5 in Los Angeles. Each week, Aspiring actors, musicians, models, filmmakers and more share their stories and experiences of working to fulfill their dreams in L.A.'s entertainment industry.
Gia Gunn, Drag Performer/Activist
GiaGunn is a drag performer, artist, and activist originally from the suburbs of Chicago. She is best known for appearing on Season 6 of "RuPaul's Drag Race" and Season 4 of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars." Growing up,Giawas very in touchwith her Japanese heritage, and studied Japanese classical dance for many years. In middle school,Giabegan to realize she didn't quite fit in with her peers, and during senior year of high school, she was introduced to queer culture. After witnessing her first drag queen performance, Gia began performing in drag herself. It was a way she felt she could truly express herself in a way that was accepted. Despite originally not wanting to audition,Gia's life changed when she was cast "Drag Race." Since her first stint on the show, Giahas come out as transgender, and has began to shift her focus towards being an activist for her community and using her platform to share her journey to help others embrace their true selves.
Katie Ferrara, Singer-songwriter
KatieFerrara is a singer-songwriter from Eagle Rock. Katiewas a shy girl growing up, but she always had a desire to sing. To help draw her out of her shell, she joined the school choir, and her love for performing grew. She taught herself how to play guitar, and began writing her own songs, performing them at open mics. But when she went off to college, music took a backseat, asKatiestudied psychology to prepare for the more traditional career path and future that was expected of her. But by her junior year, she realized she couldn't escape her desire to pursue a career in music, and would end up leaving the country to challenge herself in London. But when she returned to Los Angeles, she was in debt, and a career in music didn't seem to be panning out. She fell back on her psychology degree and was thinking of becoming a teacher, but all the while feeling guilt for turning her back on her music again. That's when she stumbled upon a new path. One that would allow her to share her music, and travel the world, and recapture her happiness.Katiebegan working as a street performer,
Matt Beurois, Director
MattBeuroisis a film director originally from France. As a boy in France, Matt didn’t even know what movies were for much of the early parts of his life. It wasn’t until the 90s when he saw his first American film in a small theater that Matt had any idea such a medium existed. Naturally, he was awe struck. When one of his childhood friends got a hold of a VHS camera, Matt and his friends would run around shooting their own films. As they learned more about the filmmaking process, their movies got better, and eventually Matt was working editing commercials, directing short films, making documentaries, and anything else he could do that allowed him to be a storyteller. Matt's next big challenge was directing his first feature film, “The Barn." Always looking to grow and push himself as a storyteller, Matt is now taking on perhaps one of his biggest challenges yet. Working as a filmmaker in Los Angeles.
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