We had the good fortune of connecting with Livi Birch and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Livi, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
We try to make sure we don’t overschedule things. When I first started acting things happened so quickly and I was trying to keep up with all my old commitments like musical theater and soccer. I have two brothers too so we try and make it equal and don’t live our life out of the car – which we did at the beginning. My current school has been amazing working with my schedule and I am now only taking the core subjects which allows me to then work on my music and auditions in the afternoons and not be doing homework super later. I am changing schools at the end of this year which is sad but it is all about giving me (and my family) as much of a balanced life as possible. With acting I have learned that you can go through a really quiet period and then have 5 auditions in a week. It teaches me to prioritize and not panic. My mom is super helpful and organised so I am lucky. It also teaches you to be grateful for the moment whether it is busy or quiet just try to enjoy it and make the most of it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Right now I am working on fine tuning some of my original songs with Mamajan of Jan Smith Studios. I am back on set next week for a tv show but just a small part but it is still really exciting to just be working again. I’ve been auditioning really hard, had a couple of callbacks and apparently am still in the mix on a couple of projects but you never know. I just keep doing my best and turning in auditions and hoping for a win soon! My latest song, called Waiting, is all about how long you can wait to hear back on a job you are ‘in the mix’ for… my longest is over a year and counting. I’ve got the music and melody for a new song on guitar so now am working on the lyrics. I’m hoping to get back in to MetaMusic to jam with everyone soon and we may even go live…..
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well I would take them to my school and show them around and they could meet my friends. Then we would go and get Menchies for icecream and loads of toppings. I love roller skating at Sparkles skating and then go for lunch at Panera with my friends and sitting outside. We could go to the garden at the Fernbank Museum as it has a cool rope course and then the zoo would be cool as I LOVE the meerkats. I would definitely take them to the movies and eat loads of popcorn and candy and then go to Jinya for some Ramen. We could bike ride on the Silver Comet Trail or the Belt Line and get King of Pops – my favorite flavor is the Sea Salt Chocolate. We love walking to the new restaurant called The Chastain as they have the best pastries in the morning and then see the horses at Chastain Horse Park and go to the playground.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to shoutout to my family. My Mom is amazing and supports me so much and lets me know it is ok to say no and hear no. You just have to believe the right door will open at the right time. My Dad works so hard so I can do what I do and have my Mom’s support and my brothers are the best. My oldest brother, Luke, really took care of my little brother when I was in South Africa filming and my little brother is the best friend ever. Of course, if Jacob and Corey Lawson of Privilege Talent hadn’t signed me with no experience then who knows where I would be now and now I have Link Entertainment in LA supporting which makes an amazing team. My best friends, Ella, Aurelia and Ben for making me feel like a normal kid and having fun. Adam Carder for giving me my first guitar lesson when I was 6. You can go on and on…….. almost every project I have worked on has supported me during and after and we are still friends with people from productions. I think I have probably learned something from every acting class, coaching or workshop I have taken so thank you to all of those people too.