We had the good fortune of connecting with Calista Masters and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Calista, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
The balance between my work life, family life, and social life has been a constantly evolving animal. I treat acting as a relationship. A person that I need to develop trust with, check in on, Make sure we are in good standing. This approach to my career has many postives and unfortunately makes it hard to have very many meaningful relationships. It can be all consuming at times, and thankfully the people who I share life with understand my ups and downs. Balance is a very mental thing that can be lead with feelings of guilt ‘oh I didn’t see my parents enough this month’ ‘have I been affectionate enough to my partner lately?’ I admit, at times I can be all consumed by my craft, but my craft being a relationship, sometimes I do need to step away and spend some time with my humans.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m not about to say that I am anywhere near where I want and need to be in my field. I am an actor. there are millions of us that want the same thing. We are sensitive, strange, and misunderstood creatures. Sounds dramatic right? Well we are. I have felt like the black sheep for a long time. A very shy actor, the typical story of show after show now I have confidence! Or maybe I’m less confident? I got to where I am today because of people believing ME, believing IN me, letting me grow into every project. I am not classicaly trained, I don’t have a degree, I don’t know every writer or brilliant acting trailblazer, but I know how I feel. Deep in my heart I am always yearning to show people how I feel. To open myself to others to show and tell. I have learned that my education is ofcourse important, but as an actor the most important thing is to have empathy for others. That’s the only thing that will read on stage or camera. I have had many challenges to overcome. Whether it was through my personal life, a character that I have a hard time relating to, developing discipline and persistence, a part that I don’t feel good enough to be playing, people around me that are worlds more talented than me. Every field of work, every person I believe identifies with this. Aside from all this gooey stuff, one thing I am very excited about is MAGGIE. A film that I worked on that has brought so much success and applause worldwide that I can’t believe I got to be a part of it. Maggie is about a young girl, who is a victim of sex trafficking . A world plagued with abuse and drug addiction. I got to help tell this story of something that’s bigger than all of us. A story that many can’t tell. Covid took away many things, but we still have the dang internet! And through that we have been shown at film festivals internationally. I am forever grateful, and hungry…starving…for more.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In Denver? Alot has changed in Denver in the past 5 years even. One place I think that holds the rich cultures of many though and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon is Federal. (Hope we’re hungry) First day, Korean bakeries, Boba, and shopping, the shopping consisting of Korean facemasks, and cute tiny charms. Second day, Pho Duy and vietnamese beer. All day. Maybe some veitnamese coffee for the nightcap. Third day, let’s hit up the taco trucks and see the thrift stores on Federal And Alameda. Maybe get some horchata afterwards. Last day of exploration, Dim Sum at Star Kitchen, get some full roasted duck in Far east Asia Center. Then finish off with…more Korean face masks.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have a few people I would like to recognize. My parents, for standing by my stubborn attitude of only wanting one thing in life. For believing I can do it. For talking me out of not believing in myself. My partner Charles, for supporting me through my trials of meltdowns, a lack of confidence, the exploration of strange characters, and having empathy and forgiveness when I beat myself up about my passions (especially over the last year of non-work) Rhea Amos, for trusting my ability, my purpose, for building me up, for letting me be an artist, for giving me opportunity, for letting me have many opinions. And Ben Hess, the director of the largest film project I have ever done. For letting me run, for having my back, for protecting me and making me feel comfortable with the intense subject matter being filmed.
-Courtesy of Pandemic Collective -Benjamin Hess -Nathalia Andrade