Katlynn Simone

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You know her as Brit Brat or Brittany Pitts on BET’s “The Game.”  What you may not know is that Katlynn Simone has many talents. This 18-year-old from Houston, TX , is an actress, dancer, singer, and song-writer. She got her start in the entertainment business at a young age. Being exposed to an array of music, Katlynn developed a love for singing. Now she is ready to showcase her vocal talents to the world. Polish magazine had the pleasure of talking with her and she told us all about her career and what she likes to do when she isn’t super busy.


Polish: How did you get your start in the industry?
Katlynn: I started doing local theater around Houston. That where I was born and raised. I did things like the Ensemble Theater and it was really fun. I wanted to look into the film side of things. That’s how I got into music as well, through musical theater. I started to take it a little bit more seriously. I got an agent out here. I did commercials in Houston. Then my parent heard from everyone that LA was the place to be. We started to fly to LA and that’s where I started getting into the studio and auditioning for big and better things.


Polish: What has been your favorite role to play so far?
Katlynn: Brit Brat on The Game would have to be my favorite just because I think a lot of people get to see that. When people meet me they are familiar with my work as Brit Brat. Other than that I just finished doing a film with Wendy Rachael Robinson from the show that I am on. It is a very nice film! It’s very touching. I like that role a lot as well.
Polish: Tell us about your character on The Game?
Katlynn: Everyone knows she is spoiled and kind of a brat. I think one thing that people don’t take into consideration is that she has a lot of issues going on. If you look deeper into her story, her parents got divorced and she has to deal with her dad who is famous. Fame kind of messes people up because some people can’t handle it. I think there is a lot of stuff going on that makes her feel like she does. On the next season of The Game, people will get to see where she is coming from.
Polish: How do you prepare for a role?
Katlynn: I will read through the whole entire script.  Then I get my lines and highlight them. I usually start off by reading them casually until the story has sunken in. Once you have the story memorized then you know what’s happening throughout. So you may not know your exact lines but you know what is going to happen in the script. After that I look crazy because I talk to myself in the mirror for about an hour doing lines over and over again.
Polish: Who’s the funniest person on the set?
Katlynn: I love working with Wendy just because no matter how early or how late it is, she is so energetic. She’s singing or talking in different accents. It’s really funny! Also, Coby who plays my father on the show is very funny! He’s like a big brother or uncle to me. He is always trying to protect me.
Polish: When did you love for singing start?
Katlynn: It actually started before my acting. When I was about 10 years old, I started begging my father for vocal lessons. He finally gave that to me for my birthday and I feel in love and that’s what I wanted to do. I was very shy and I never wanted to sing around people until my mom put me into acting lessons. From being around my grandparents all the time, they would always play old records and have me listening to the best-of-the-best in the music industry. I think I have always had that music in my ear.
Polish: How would you describe your music?
Katlynn: A lot of people say pop. I feel like pop can be a hundred different things. There is country, hip hop, R&B on pop radio. I guess you can say it is a form of pop but I am trying to make it a different sound. I’m trying to bring different elements, like old school sound to my music. It’s a mixture of everything!
Polish: What kind of music did you listen to growing up?
Katlynn: Growing up in Houston Texas, the  biggest influence has to  be Beyonce Knowles. Other than that, some of the people my grandparents would play are Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, The Jackson 5, Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder.
Polish: Who would be your dream collaboration?
Katlynn: Beyonce had a huge influence on my life so I would love to have a chance to work with her. I would love to have a chance to sit down with her and discuss music with her.


Polish: How do you balance your school, acting, and singing career?
Katlynn: It is hard! I’m not going to say it’s easy. What helps me get through it is my family and close friends. They keep me grounded and help me stay humble. They really are my corner and I know if I ever feel overwhelmed I can call my mother up and ask her what I need to do. If it wasn’t for them, I would be struggling right now.
Polish: When you’re not singing or acting, what do you like to do?
Katlynn: I have a love for cooking and baking so I would probably be doing a lot more of that. Other than that, I love traveling! A lot of my family is from Hawaii so anytime I can be by the water or on the beach is great for me. I would probably take up surfing too.
Polish: Are you working on any projects that you can share with our readers?
Katlynn: I just finished a movie, where I play a young girl and she is struggling with a relationship with her father. It hasn’t been disclosed when it will come out. I just finished working in the studio with a producer named First Born and Yanni. They have worked with people like Trey Songs, Just Beiber, Niki Minaj.
Polish: I read that you have an album coming out next year?
Katlynn: I plan on doing more film and finishing up more songs in the future.  I’m building up my repertoire right now. Then I’m going to pick which songs I like and have some people listen to it to see want the reaction is. Then I will pick what I will release to the world. A lot of people have been asking about the album. I want to get that to them as soon as possible. Also, I will have my music video coming out at the beginning of 2014. So I will be releasing a video to “Beautiful Lie.”
Polish: Your manager sent “Beautiful Lie” to me and I love that song.
Katlynn: Thank you! It is very close to me because that was the song that was at the beginning of me trying my singing career. In the studio, I had a chance to do a lot of writing on that piece.
Polish: What do you enjoy doing on your down time?
Katlynn: I workout a lot! That’s probably what I do most on my down time. Also, love cooking and baking so I would probably be doing a lot more of that. Other than that, I love traveling! A lot of my family is from Hawaii so anytime I can be by the water or on the beach, that’s great for me. I would probably take up surfing too.
Polish: What’s your #1 Resolution for the New Year?
Katlynn: Considering the little things and enjoying them. As I become busier and busier, which is a blessing. Sometimes I sit back and the smallest things that happen makes me realize that I am blessed and that I need to be happier about those things. So I think next year I will try to enjoy them a lot more.
Polish: What advice do you have for an aspiring actor or singers?
Katlynn: I’m not the biggest of the biggest but I have kind of established what my dream was. I want people to know that it is possible. There are people out there that want to do this and they may think it’s a hype dream but if you stay true to yourself and work extra hard,  and devote yourself, you can do it. It will have happen. Just give it a shot!
For more information on Katlynn, visit www.katlynnsimoneworld.com


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