High School grad Kathy Sue Holtorf is a triple force in
Hollywood: writing, directing and acting.
She was 4 years
old, cast as "Jolly the Elf" in the play "A Rock Ní
Roll Christmas" at Deerwood Day Care Center in Brown Deer, when
Kathy Sue Holtorf got her first taste of the challenging world of show
supposed to sing ĎHere Comes Santa Claus,í" Holtorf recalls.
"But the microphone wasnít working. So my teacher took the
microphone and told me to just sing as loud as I could."
later, Holtorf is making her way in Hollywood as an actress, director
and producer. She has seven films in various stages of development and
is realizing her childhood dreams. "Entertaining, acting and
image capturing are the only things I could ever see myself
from Homestead High School, Holtorf briefly attended Catawba College
in Salisbury, N.C., where she majored in drama and philosophy but she
dropped out during her freshman year. "I wanted to explore and
work on films."
She moved to
Wilmington, N.C., where she worked as both the overnight reporter at a
local TV station and with a company that produced independent films.
"I covered breaking news, murders and house fires from 8 p.m. to
5 a.m. Then Iíd go on the set to work as part of the crew on films
from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.," Holtorf says. "There was a
four-month stretch there where I slept about 45 minutes each
Holtorf left TV
news after accepting a job as Lucy Haleís stand-in for the movie
"A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song," which was shot in
Wilmington. A hurricane forced her to evacuate to Charlotte where she
stayed with a friend who worked on "The Hunger Games."
"I met Gary
Ross and Woody Harrelson at a bar in Charlotte and they offered me a
camera position for the movie so I worked on íThe Hunger Gamesí
for the next couple of weeks."
Holtorf moved to
Hollywood in December 2011 where she teamed up with roommate and
business partner Carol Anne Watts. She acted in and was associate
producer for "The Periphery," a film now in post-production
(its trailer debuted at the Cannes Film Festival) and is filming
"Like Wolves" in which she co-stars with Watts. She also
wrote the script and is directing the movie about "two best
friends willing to do anything for each other."
filmmaking seminars at local high schools and colleges, and is active
with The Gift of Adoption, an organization that raises funds to help
families pay for initial adoption costs, which are often substantial.
Her ultimate goal is to establish a Beauty (Better Education and
Adoption Unanimously Through You) Foundation nonprofit studio in
Milwaukee, which would produce films and target a portion of the
proceeds to improve adoption services and education. "Thereís a
lot I want to change about the world, starting with education,"
Holtorf says, and is considering a career in politics but that would
be "much further down the line."
immediate future, Holtorf is busy on both sides of the camera,
recently receiving an email from her agent about the possibility of
auditioning for a role in the next installment of "The Hunger
days I canít believe I can look out my window and see the Hollywood
sign," she says. "I tell people I donít have dreams
because my life is always what I wanted it to be."