We had the good fortune of connecting with katie culp and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi katie, what role has risk played in your life or career?
There is risk in every choice you make. The only risk not worth taking is the risk of boredom. No matter what, failure is always going to be an option, so you might as well have the guts to go for what you really want. Artists and entrepreneurs are always trying to forge a new path. When I began doing commercial embroidery, there were plenty of much bigger and more established companies fully capable of doing what we do. However, much of the time, those companies were not flexible enough to service the film and television industry, which needed small quantities and quick turn-around times. We took a risk in entering that much-needed, but largely overlooked, space.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m proud that we’re moving into a bigger space, and have been able to add new members to the team. Their creativity and insight are propelling us further forward. I’m proud that we get to work with a lot of productions that are challenging the status quo and doing the work to transform pop-culture as we know it. (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Watchmen, Stranger Things, etc.) I’m proud that the work we do can help to give voice to people who are fighting for radical change. We are helping other to express themselves through their clothing. I got to this point by paying attention. I learned a lot about the needs of the film industry through working at the Southeast Costume Company for many years. While getting to know the lay of the land, I was able to spot the needs and opportunities that weren’t currently being met in the Southeast at the time. Over the years, I’ve learned to accept and be comfortable with rejection and failure. Ironically, I think I used to take myself so much more seriously than I do now, even though the stakes have never been higher. Any success that we’ve celebrated here has been the result of a community of people with boots on the ground. Our clients work like dogs to pull off what is at times an impossible vision. So it serves as inspiration to work just as hard for them.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We’d go to Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market, pick up some crabs, and have a crab boil in the backyard because we’re in a pandemic, y’all. We’d also stop by Beer Girl on the way home to pick up some tasty beverages.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The entire film community: costume supervisors, PA’s, producers, etc. Often times, these workers are building something entirely unseen before, or putting in a lot of effort to replicate very small details from a historical work. That takes a special kind of artistic thinking.