Hello all! So today I want to tell you about someone incredibly wonderful that I’ve come to admire over the last few months. This person has made my world so much brighter and filled it with endless streams of colour. I know for a fact I wouldn’t be who I am today without her. It’s crazy, to think that someone can have such an impact on your life. But it’s possible and those people are one in a million, they are special, unique and so beautiful. This post is dedicated to the one and only, Katherine Steele.
For those of you who don’t know who Kath is I highly recommend you check out her YouTube channel. I 100% promise you you’ll come away from just one video smiling. Katherine is a (talented) performer who just so happens to share her advice on everything theatre related online. She has created a loving family – the Theatre Thursday Fam. As well as geeking out about everything Broadway. She is the definition of the sunshine.
In the beginning
So I’ll set the scene for you. Its August 18th, and I receive a text from a friend of mine. She’s sent me a link to a YouTube video. I see it’s about Ben Platt. At the time I was obsessed with Ben so of course, I watched the video. Even though the video was about a serious topic I was still captivated by Kath’s charisma and positivity. The way I’d describe a Kath Steele video is like walking into a heated home after a long day out in the cold. So after seeing that first video I inevitably watched another, and then another. As expected I spent the next few days watching every video I could find of Katherine’s. It’s now hard for me to imagine a time when I didn’t know of this absolutely incredible person.
There are so many things about Kath that are so beautifully unique to her and her channel(s). Just to name a few, dramatic zooms, the family she has created and the ever so amazing dream casts for certain shows. I’ve picked up a few in the 7 or so months I’ve known Kath so here are a few things I’ve picked up about her!
Her vlogs! Sometimes Kat uploads a vlog of a show she’s going to see or, my personal favourite, the time she went to New York. They’re so interesting and I love hearing her opinion on the shows she gets to see. As well as finding out how similar (or different) theatre is in the US compared to the UK (where I’m from).
#TheatreThursday! It’s become a tradition for Kath to upload a video every Thursday that is theatre related and it utterly makes my day. I find Thursdays really tedious (I don’t know why I’m just not a fan of the day). However knowing that Katherine’s going to post a video completely makes my day and puts a smile on my face. It’s such a genius idea to create such a memorable series.
Katherine also has some really unique video ideas that I’ve never really seen before including ‘Broadway bite’, dream cast lists, character tutorials (where she does a makeup tutorial and talks through the character- super interesting!), and her ‘show mishaps’ series. I’ve never really seen this sort of creativity used on YouTube so it always excites me seeing these sort of videos appearing in my sub box!!
Over the last couple of months I’ve 100% been able to pick up how supportive Kat is of her fans. She’s constantly liking, replying and commenting on posts and replying to questions any of the Theatre Thursday Fam might have. It genuinely feels like a family that you can be yourself in, so I am grateful for Kath creating such a loving, funny and passionate family that is so beautiful.
Along with that last point Kath is selfless, she puts others before herself because she cares so much for the people around her, which just makes her even more of an incredible human. She tries to help people as much as she can which is so admirable. I aspire to be just as caring as she is one day.
Kath is incredibly welcoming to new members of the TTF. I remember when I joined the Theatre Thursday Family, I felt so included and like I was truly part of a family. There is no judgement from her or the people who follow her which again, is just truly wonderful!!
Kath also has a great fashion style (I’ll put some photos of her awesome outfits) but I’ve somehow found myself wearing more and more denim jackets the last few months….
Friends & advice
Thanks to Kat I’ve also discovered the theatre community and I’ve made so many incredible and supportive friends. It’s amazing to hear about what theatre is like all over the world and suppressing each other in our theatre journey’s. As well as finding people that also like Kath and her content. It’s so lovely to discuss videos uploaded and our opinions on them. I remember when Kath uploaded the video on ‘showmances’ the whole of a theatre group chat I’m in on twitter were talking about our experiences with it and it was super insightful. I’m so grateful for Katherine uploading videos that spark a discussion between friends.
Kath also gives some amazing advice. The tips she gives are so genuine and work so well. As it’s coming from someone who has experienced so much theatre it makes it even more helpful. Katherine has a video on pretty much anything you can think of to do with theatre. I’ve used so much of her advice and it’s always worked out better than I thought it ever could. I’ve also passed on so much of Kats advice to friends as well – which has worked wonders for them. She definitely knows what she is talking about and has shed so much light onto topics that didn’t even cross my mind before.
If anything, Kath has taught me how to be who I want to be. That my dreams are possible and life will always find a way to work out. She has shown me how to go out, smile and actually mean it. Every video she has posted has made me even more eager to pursue my dreams. When I first started watching Katherine’s channel I never thought I could actually have performing as a career. I never thought I was talented enough, worthy enough or even willing enough to take theatre further than a hobby. However over the several months I’ve known this magical and inspirational woman I’ve come to realise just how much my passion and heart lie on stage. Yes, there’s been a few bumps in the road but I’ve got past them, with her help, and become a stronger performer because of it. Everyday Katherine inspires me for reasons I’ll never be able to explain. For someone to brighten your day that you’ve never even met takes a special and wonderful soul. – I hope to have that one day, to live a life I am in control of.
To go along with that I can’t wait to see where Kath goes, I’ve said this to so many of my friends but she’s Broadway material, and more than deserving of a Tony. From the little snippets of singing I’ve heard, Kath has a beautiful voice and talent that is something to be proud of. I really couldn’t be prouder of how far Kath has come. If she’s not on some Broadway stage in the next year I’ll be shocked.
I may have only known Kath for a few months yet I feel like I’ve known her for forever. The things I’ve learnt from her in this short space of time I know I’ll carry with me until I die. It’s not Just in theatre but in life. I’ve been struggling to see just how bright life can be and wanting to give up entirely at certain points but, because of what Kath has provided me with (a happy, positive, funny, relaxing side to life) I feel like life can be worth it. The days when I can’t pull myself out of bed a tweet, video or Instagram post from Kath changes everything, she has changed everything. I’ve done things I’d never thought I’d have the courage to do – and would have never done without her. Ive started listening to tones of new, wild and wonderful musicals because of her. I’ve discovered a part of life I would have never wandered into without her. She is my utter inspiration in theatre and in life. She has essentially, in different ways, saved me from becoming someone I didn’t want to become. She has painted my life in colour and I couldn’t be happier.
There is so much more I could say, so much but I don’t want to ramble. All I want to say is this; People come and people go, it is only those who impact your life significantly that stick around, Katherine Steele is one of those fantastic people that I would be a totally different person without. Thank you for changing me, and my life for the better.
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Go check out this wonderful humans content, you won’t regret it as first, we will take over Broadway, and then the world……