Kasia Szarek, LACCD Student & Writer
By Nuala Lincke-Ivic

Kasia Szarek grew up in San Francisco, where she attended Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, a Blue Ribbon school, on a scholarship. After graduation at 17, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. While in Los Angeles, she discovered her true passion: comedy. She hopes to one day soon write for Chelsea Handler, or better yet, her own T.V. show. According to Kasia, nothing in the world feels better than making people laugh. Kasia also works as a pinup model and actress. She is currently filming for a new T.V. show about the Women of Wrestling (WOW), and is being trained to be a professional wrestler.

Nuala Lincke-Ivic: Your story “Lemonade” (see Stories) is remarkable; after reading a few lines, I stopped seeing words and started seeing pictures—a movie. Will you make this story into a screenplay: use it to inspire you to write a screenplay?

Kasia Szarek: Wow, I'm so flattered! I didn't intend to make the story into a screenplay, but that might end up happening. When I write, I start with a tiny piece of inspiration, whether it's an idea, a character, or even a short description of something that came to mind and I just let it flow. When I start a piece, I have no idea what is going to happen in the story. I don't make an outline or follow any sort of process besides just listening to myself and letting the words fill the screen. I do not do a lot of editing once I feel that I have finished writing. If I trust my instincts and write what comes to me without being forced, I am usually very satisfied with the results. I am currently writing my first feature-length screenplay, so this might be a great way to keep me occupied when I'm done with that one!

NLI: Is this story based on a real life? What inspired it?

KS: The story is based on real life. I was inspired by the memory of Dana, my best friend's sister. The story isn't exactly the same, but this is how I see it in my head. I've been too nervous to share the story with her, although I have come close a few times. Dana isn't my memory; she is hers. I just hope that I was able to reflect on Dana in a way that is satisfactory to my friend. Now I am going to have to show the story to her, or she will probably end up finding this online herself!

NLI: Who are some of your favorite writers?

KS: To be honest, I can't say that I am as much of a literature buff as I want to me. I learned to read when I was three. Before I could write, I used to make my mom sit down while I told her stories to write down and we would make storybooks and illustrate them together. Writing has always been something that I did naturally without having to be asked to do it, but I have always been the girl who took too many classes at school, so I have never had the time to read as many books as I want to. However, the book I can read over and over and never get sick of is Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Every time I read it, I find something new in the picture he paints with his extreme honesty and sensual descriptions.

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