She wowed Adam Levine and viewers of NBC’s The Voice with her powerful vocals and her Midwestern charm and now Kat Perkins is using her celebrity status to spread a positive message to her fans: “Dream It. Do It.”
Danity Donnaly had the chance to chat with Perkins about her school initiative program and how she hopes to positively impact the lives of others. Check out our Do Good Dozen feature with Kat Perkins below!
What or who inspires you?
I’ve always wanted to make an impact and entertain people..inspire people and motivate people. That’s what keeps me going and motivated..the fans and the kids!
What charity/cause is closest to your heart and why?
I’ve been involved with so many this year, but I would have to say the Crohn’s Disease because when I was a nanny (which is what I did before The Voice) there was a 9-year-old boy I took care of that was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and it is really young to be diagnosed with that, so every chance I get, I try to raise money or make people aware of Crohn’s Disease and everything we can do for them to find a cure.
What are three things you can’t live without?
It is not my original childhood blankie that I carry but I do carry my own blankie everywhere I go. Number two my toothbrush and number three, my ipad.
What 3 words best describe you?
Creative, happy and fearless!
What is your favorite song right now?
Maps by Maroon 5
Side question (because all of us girls really want to know), Is Adam Levine as good looking in person as he is on TV? Oh my gosh, yes..yep and he is a normal size. He’s not super short…he’s like 5’9, 5’10 and just an LA dude.
If you could have one superpower what would it be?
Oh probably teleportation, where I can just teleport everywhere. Sometimes you just get tired of driving in a van all over creation.
What’s the biggest personal change you’ve ever made?
Well I probably should be honest. Quitting smoking has been really hard. Like a month or so ago I quit smoking and it was probably the biggest things I’ve done…that along with drinking soda. I had several Coca-Colas a day and I quit drinking soda along with smoking at the same time. And I feel a lot better by quitting both!
What is your favorite meal?
Pork chops and sweet potatoes and asparagus. I love pork chops!
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When you ask me that question, I could answer that with two things. I wanted to be a singer or a Vikings cheerleader.
What is your favorite quote?
Dream It, Do It. It was kind of sort of a conglomeration of what my dad said and I believe. He always told me if you could dream it, you could do it. If you think you can do it, do it! And so Dream It and Do it sort of became my motto.
What do you most want to be remembered for?
Hopefully inspiring young adults and making a positive impact on our future.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
I still see myself in the music industry. I still see myself performing and at the same time, I want to expand my brand. I would love to see myself have a book out, especially a children’s book. And I have sort of always had this aspiration to go back into television and put together an inspirational show for people to follow their dreams. So hopefully that is all sort of happening for me and I am still doing what I love to do.
Right now Kat is already putting her dreams to work by speaking at schools, meeting her fans and inspiring them.
Of her school program initiative Perkins explains, “I wanted to combine my two favorite things which are young adults and music. And, so i thought the coolest way I could do that is go into schools…especially rural schools like I grew up in and bring them the power of positivity and bring them the message of following your dreams.”
She continues, “At the same time I really drive home the anti-bullying campaign, especially when it comes to social media because it is so rampant right now….especially with that age group.”
It isn’t just a one way speak and run session as Kat engages with the audience. “I sometimes do a question and answer with them about life, about The Voice, about whatever they want to talk about and of course I sing for them in the end. It’s just been so successful and so inspiring to me, although I never set out for it to be about me, but for the kids. I learn every single day from them and it is just so powerful to be around kids like that… especially ones that are motivated and just extraordinary.”
ABOUT KAT PERKINS:
Growing up the daughter of a music teacher, Kat Perkins has been singing, dancing, and performing for just about as long as she can remember. At just 15 years old, Perkins made the move to the Twin Cities from rural North Dakota and her professional career began as she became a success in the Minneapolis-St. Paul theatre scene.
Perkins recently found herself in the national spotlight on NBC’s THE VOICE as a Top 5 contestant coached by Adam Levine (of Maroon 5) in Season 6. Her single, “Fearless” was produced by John Fields (Pink, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez) and independently hit #5 upon release on the iTunes charts.
When not on stage, Kat also has a school initiative program where she talks to elementary to high school students on array of subjects including “Going After Your Dreams”, “Bullying and Manners”, “Positive Impact On The World” and “Use of Social Media”.