Talking Music, Burlesque, and Acting with Kat Cunning


>> Kat Cunning is the triple threat. An actress, dancer, and singer. This talented lady is originally from Portland, Oregon. Her creative pursuits started with dance, "I had dreams of other things but it's such an eat/sleep/breathe pursuit that I didn't really try anything else until I got my first dance job. I wasn’t the best dancer in the company and in an effort to keep the job I bluffed and told the director I could sing," she explained. The director gave her a song in the show and the NY Times reviewed it, she was so good they asked to hear her album! She has been doing it all ever since, "I’ve been lucky and learning on the job since then. I feel like dance, acting, and music all inform each other. The same principles apply to them all; bring pleasure, craft, and ownership to whatever you do and you can’t go wrong." You’ve released a handful of incredible singles, including your latest ‘Stay On The Line”. Do you have any plans to release an EP or studio album in the future? If so, can you give away any hints as to when we might see the album or another single?

Yes! You can look forward to an EP in the coming year! Really excited to enter the music world with this project.

Earlier in the year, you wrapped up your North American tour with singer-songwriter LP. Not only was it your first tour, but it was also completely sold out! How did it feel to go on tour for the first time, and to sing for so many people?

It was incredible. Music has been full of so many firsts for me and it was really validating to get a taste of what life will feel like when I’m on LP’s level. If you are unfamiliar, she has the voice of a rock and roll angel, the look of Bob Dylan (meets Shane from The L Word) and her fans are die-hard. To share the stage and get my first tour chops in sold-out rooms like the 9:30 Club and Brooklyn Steele and Mtelus opening for her was crazy. It was an idyllic intro for sure. Season 2 of ‘The Deuce’ started earlier this month. How does it feel to make your television debut on this show, and to be cast in a reoccurring role as Christina Fuego?

Life changing. I grew up watching a lot of these actors and having the guff to imag