People Profile: Me! Kat Leonard!

This is a special BS Fridays edition People Profiles! BS Fridays is a musical networking community where musical souls in the industry from artists, performers, businesses peeps and more get together to pool their resources and expand their support. On Friday August 12th you can come out to The Cameron House in Toronto and meet us and see some of us performing– including me!

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So who am I? I’m a singing-songwriting comedian, a TV personality and motivational entertainer.  My new touring show Myselfie is a musical comedic approach to loving your body, promoting healthy body image and self-esteem and it is available for booking in schools and beyond with an accompanying interactive workshop. I am  Artistic Director of Let’s Make Good Productions and WonderFest, the series of workshops and concerts spreading empowerment through art. I’m also a freelance voiceover artist, actress, journalist, live show host and frequent podcast guest and host to various events.

Here’s a good sample of my dance moves!

 

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I interview myself…
(not the most-offensive thing I’ve done to myself for public consumption)

What is your career? Motivational Humourtainment. 🙂

Is it the same as your passion? It pretty much is. It combines my passions of laughter, music and dance along with empowering others with meaningful messaging and encouragement.

What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career?
The greatest challenges are fitting it all in in such a busy world. The greatest rewards are sharing the energy of a room with a group of people on a ride with you, making powerful connections you can physically feel that stay with you long after the point of contact.

What is your advice to others embarking on similar career? Do it. Do it. Do it. Do it. And figure out how to do the business end of it too so you don’t have to do something else while you’re doing it.

What does it mean to be an artist? To trust and explore, to be open and to pay attention, assess and express.

5 years ago, did you expect to be where you are today? I knew I would be entertaining with music, comedy and dance but I did not know I’d be a body confidence advocate in the realm of motivational speaking.

Where will you be in 5 years? Doing what I do spending more time in LA and travelling across the country with my one-woman shows Myselfie and Katbaret!

What would you say to your 8-year-old self? You’re right! Do it!

What would you say to your 80-year-old self? Good for you for doing it!

How lucky are you and why? SO LUCKY! I really feel blessed with the intuition, insight and confidence I have that allows me to take risks, to not embarrass easily, to get on with it, to be open-minded and free, willing to experiment and not to shy away from fun and adventure. I am very thankful for my sense of humour and my empathic ability that allows me to understand, comfort and inspire others.

What would people be surprised to know about you? I have a degree in Science.

What makes you laugh? What is fun for you? Funny: Foibles and vulnerability, ridiculocity, spontaneity,  clever jokes I don’t see coming. Arrested Development, Ricky Gervais, Flight of the Conchords, Louis CK, Frazier, Golden Girls. Fun: Dancing, eating pizza in bed, laughing, creating, Netflix, exploring.

What makes you question humanity? The common denominator getting lower and lower and lower and lower and lower.

What is your favourite quote? “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

What does being involved with the BS Friday’s group and community mean to you?  It means being involved in a productive community that is committed and fluid. I can count on the group as a whole to offer advice, leads, good times, and I can count on being part of a lovely growing web of creatives that is never the same. It grows and evolves and keeps us on our toes.

How long have you been involved and what have you gotten out of it? I have been involved for about 4 years. Although I can’t make all of the meetings, when I do I always meet someone knew that I end up loving– not in a dirty way. I have gained industry tips and connections as well as performed alongside some fabulous performers. I’ve also made a good many friend! That’s a bright highlight!

What can people expect from the BS Friday’s networking and showcase event in August? Music! Laughs! Hugs! Maybe the best night of their life! Prolly shouldn’t miss it, just to be sure!

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For more on me and to connect, you can follow this blog, join my newsletter and/or visit:
www.KatLeonard.com
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/KatLeonardMusic
YouTube/Instragram: @katbandoo
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/katbandoo 
Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/KatLeonard

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Come see us play at The Cameron House Friday August 12th 9:00pm!

Click for Facebook Event here!

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