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El Paso Woman's Career As An Actress Blossoming

POSTED: Monday, May 30, 2011 - 4:23pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 30, 2011 - 6:13pm

Most people who want to become actors hit the road and head to Hollywood. But an actress who moved from New York to El Paso a few years ago says she's managed to make her career take off right here in the Sun City. This -- while being a wife and taking care of her three year old son.

"You know one thing about my career, what's so awesome about it is, every day is unpredictable. You never know what will happen," said actress Kathryn Smith-McGlynn

Kathryn is probably best known for playing Kasey Sprows on the ABC television series "Scoundrels".

"It may seem like a strange choice, you know? You're an actor. Why don't you go to L.A.?" said Kathryn.

But Kathryn has had no shortage of work even after moving from New York City to the Sun City a few years ago. She has a long list of projects she has worked on: from film, to television, to commercials, theater and event print. "This past year was one of the busiest years of my career," said Kathryn. "I never could have predicted that I would come here to El Paso and my television career would blossom."

Kathryn started her television career on the soap opera "As the World Turns" while she was living in New York City. She played the java hostess. Kathryn also had a role in the USA Network's television series, "In Plain Sight" and in ABC's The Deep End.

A few years ago, Kathryn's husband got a job in El Paso so they moved here with their then 8-month-old son. They thought El Paso would be a nice place for him to grow up.

"My husband kind of looked and stumbled upon this great opportunity and I thought, 'Well, what am I going to do?'," she said.

What Kathryn wound up doing was setting up a home office, complete with a camera, which she uses for auditions. This -- while raising the baby. "As soon as you think you're going to do a voice over or an audition and I need absolute quiet and I'm trying to do something," said Kathryn. "He'll wake up or the dog will start barking. So it holds its own challenges."

Kathryn says now that her baby's a toddler she's got it all down to a science. After dropping him off for his early-education classes, it's time for her to get to work. "Get home, fire up the computer, see what's going on out there. If I have any calls and any tapings to do and then convert the videos, anything that I have to do and upload everything," she said.

Then if she needs to go audition in person, she says El Paso's perfectly-located. "If I need to be there in person, then I can just hop a plane to Austin or Albuquerque. I do a lot of work in Dallas and I've also gone out to L.A. to do a lot of work out there," said Kathryn.

Kathryn says it's helped her career that Hollywood is trying to cut production costs and branching out to regional markets. She says with all that El Paso has to offers, it'll only be a matter of time before it becomes well-known for its projects.

"I think that El Paso is on the cusp. It's on the verge of something very big. I definitely want to be a part of that. I see myself here helping to make that happen," said Kathryn.

Up next, Kathryn has a guest spot on Friday Night Lights, in which she plays an OB-GYN. That's scheduled to run on Friday July 1st at 7 p.m. here on NBC. She's also thinking about co-producing a show at the Plaza Theater next year. On top of all this, Kathryn hosts special events, such as galas, fundraisers and parties.

For more information on Kathryn go to her website: http://www.kathrynsmithmcglynn.com/#!

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