Kate Hackett is an artist and writer, who has tapped into her amazing talents to create and and star in her very own show called "Classic Alice", which airs on YouTube.
Kate is a proud Irish American woman working in the film industry with a show that has a great message: read more, interpret more, and understand classic art!
Her show even features novels by prominent Irish and Irish American writers! Today I am delighted to publish a guest post, written by Kate, where she explains how growing up Irish influenced her as an artist.
And so, I hand you over to Kate ......
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Growing Up Irish And Being An Artist
With a name like “Hackett” and hair this red, the first joke anyone makes is always:
Oh, are you Irish?
And of course the answer is a resounding yes.
And I think that’s awesome; I’ve always been proud to be Irish-American and that culture effortlessly seeps into my work.
"When something is so deeply part of you, it’s almost inevitable that it pops up in your work and your art!"
Even when I was very young, I gravitated toward Irish music and folklore for leisure.
I sing, and using a CD we called “The Irish Album” (which was most likely not its name at all), I taught myself several Irish classics — Molly Malone, The Spanish Lady, Come Back to Erin…
When I wanted to learn another instrument, I picked the violin because it was frequently used in Irish music; as I became more advanced, I learned to transition from violin into fiddle playing, again as an homage to my Irish roots.
Music is inspirational, and for me, everywhere; even now, I play music when I write.
As a writer, I have frequently looked to either old Irish folklore or Irish writers through the ages for inspiration.
Academically, my dissertations both focused on Irish culture. Creatively, I find myself drawn again and again to my cultural roots for inspiration.
For my show Classic Alice, I frequently examine both lesser-known and well-known Irish writers to find nuances that Alice (the main character) may have encountered on her own journey, which doubtlessly mimics my own in that she too draws inspiration from her cultural roots.
As a student of literature, Alice would be intimately familiar with not only Joyce, Wilde, and Swift, but also Banshees, Faeries, and other folkloric pieces.
Even more obvious: my costar would tease me relentlessly when I couldn’t say a line in Classic Alice without an accent; I must have heard a family member say the phrase when I was young and it stuck!
When you grow up in an environment that encourages you to celebrate your cultural heritage, it is absolutely a given that you will find cultural nuances in your artistic work; be it the addition of an Irish linguistic blip (a wee sandwich! sure look it!) that perhaps isn’t familiar to an American ear or the actual leaning toward Irish themes (noting that “The Troubles” were, in fact, far more than troubling, or even having a dark humor) in your work.
And I’m thrilled to be able to bring an Irish-American background to everything I do!
A big thank you to Kate for these wonderful insights into her Irish roots and how her Irish American heritage influences her work.
If you would like to follow Kate's accomplishments and learn more about her work and the charming, intriguing character she has created in Classic Alice, here are the links you need:
Wishing Kate every success as an actress, director, writer and artist. I hope her crowd funding campaign is successful so that she can Save Alice.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Mairéad -Irish American Mom
Pronunciation - slawn ah-gus ban-ock-th
Mairéad - rhymes with parade
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