Katie Cleary always knew she was destined for greater things. Her interest in acting drove her to move from the Midwest to Los Angeles shortly after graduating college with a business and marketing degree. However, she also had a passion for helping animals and eventually used what she learned in the entertainment industry to continue pursuing the need to save wildlife from around the world. Katie founded her charity Peace 4 Animals at a young age and went on to create the first four-legged focused global information channel called World Animal News.
In August, Katie released her second award-winning documentary, Why on earth, with Clint Eastwood, which she directed and produced. The film highlights the negative effects of deforestation, illegal wildlife trade and the people fighting on the ground to save these animals from extinction, and is currently working on his third film about the wolves of Yellowstone Park.
Here, the big-hearted artist describes how she did it.
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Find your passion
“Growing up in Chicago, my family and I would find injured wildlife such as birds that had fallen out of their nests, baby squirrels or orphaned raccoons and take them to our vet and rehabilitate them. When they were strong enough, we would release them back. in the wild In 2012, when I started the Peace 4 Animals foundation, we focused on protecting endangered species while working to save everyone animal. The key is to make your passion your work. It’s what drives me every day. I wake up knowing that I want to make the world a better place, because of my love for this planet that we call home.”
Find your allies
“Surrounding myself with like-minded individuals on a mission to pass legislation for animal protection is also very important. To create real change, you have to pass laws at the federal and state level. Teaming up with people in the film industry so that making eye-opening documentaries have also been critically important in mainstreaming animal welfare on a global scale.Our first film, give me shelter premiered on Netflix in 2015 and our latest film, Why on earthh, premiered last month on streaming platforms including Apple, Amazon and Google Play.”
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Find your belief system
“My faith has really been the main factor in my success, while also helping me through some difficult times. I have prayed for clarity on the direction to take and God has always shown me the right path. I am very thankful that I can use my career in entertainment as a platform for something so much bigger.”
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