In this one, Cody has a conversation with Stranger Things staff writer and story editor Kate Trefry. When she was a kid growing up in Anchorage, Alaska Kate says she was an obsessive reader and writer. That those two things have always been part of who she is. The need to express herself and to leave a mark was imprinted on her at a young age when her parents took her to Italy and she saw all the timeless pieces of art. From that point on, she's been interested in leaving a legacy. Although the specifics of that idea have changed throughout her life, especially after the birth of her daughter, it remains just as important now as it did then.
It’s no surprise that the road to Hollywood success is turbulent. It’s something many pursue, but very few achieve. For those few, it usually comes in the form of the illusive big break, such was the case with Kate. After years of pursuing a career in show business and working odd jobs to make ends meet, she landed an interview with The Duffer Brothers—the creators of Stranger Things. This opportunity didn’t just come out nowhere though, it was the culmination of years of hard work and false starts and bad meetings and rejection letters. But that’s what she realized separates the successful from the unsuccessful in Hollywood—the ability to endure the hardships and not give up.