La Cañada resident Katherine Beattie knows firsthand how hard it is to build a successful career in the film and TV industry. As a script coordinator for the Showtime hit “Californication,” the 26-year-old writer has had many jobs that require long days on the set, make grueling demands and require a lot of running back and forth.
But the fact that Beattie lives with cerebral palsy, a condition affecting balance and motor skills, means she’s had to work twice as hard as most people to get where she is today. She understands how hard it is for actors who live with disabilities to break into the Hollywood scene.
“Hollywood has made some strides in the past couple years,” Beattie said of the industry’s attitude toward hiring and casting people with disabilities. “But it’s still way behind the curve, and far behind where we’d like to see it.”
Tired of waiting for a multibillion-dollar ship to change its course, Beattie, with a group of actors, directors and would-be producers who all are either living with disabilities or supporting someone who does, decided to take matters into their own hands.