Katie Cleary has always known she was destined for greater things. Her interest in becoming an actress led her to move from the Midwest to Los Angeles shortly after graduating from 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 further pursue her need to save wildlife from around the world. Katie started her charity Peace 4 Animals at a young age and went on to create the first four-legged global information channel called World animal news.
In August, Katie released her second award-winning documentary, Why on Earth, with Clint Eastwood, who directed and produced it. 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 her third film about the wolves of Yellowstone Park.
In it, the magnanimous 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 fallen from a nest, baby squirrels, or orphaned raccoons and take them to our vet and rehabilitate them. If they were strong enough, let we released them back into the wild In 2012 when I started my Peace 4 Animals foundation we focused on protecting endangered species as we worked to help all animals. The key is to make your passion your job. That’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 we call home.”
Find your allies
“Surrounding myself with like-minded individuals who are on a mission to pass animal protection legislation is also very important. To make real change, you need to pass laws at the federal and state levels. Working with people in the film industry, such as making dazzling documentaries has also been critical to mainstreaming animal welfare on a global scale. Our first film, give me shelter premiered on Netflix in 2015 and our newest movie, 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 truly been the most important factor in my success as it has helped me through some tough times. I have prayed for clarity on the direction I should take and God has always shown me the right path. career in entertainment as a platform for something so much bigger.”
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