Katy Sullivan

New Year

Posted by on Jan 1, 2012 in Katy Sullivan, Motivational, Uncategorized | 61 comments

It’s so interesting to me the idea of a New Year. We all get this feeling that we get a clean slate, we can start over and become anything that we want. The idea that we can totally reinvent ourselves and accomplish the impossible. What is it about the passing of a year that gives us that power to see ourselves rising above what we have been able to create in the past and reach the dreams that we have been keeping at bay? Why is it that we allow ourselves to slip down back off the wave of what is possible as soon as the high of what is New has rubbed off? My wish for all of you is to have a magical holiday that will keep the fire of possibility burning inside you...

Read More

31 and 3/4!

Posted by on Sep 3, 2011 in Amputee, Family, Katy Sullivan, Motivational, Uncategorized | 19 comments

My nieces have birthdays about a month apart, which makes this time of year generally busy trying to figure out what ‘kids are into these days’ – can’t BELIEVE that I’m even saying that! – and what ‘Awesome Aunt Katy’ should buy them! My oldest niece, Kira, just turned 9, it seems like yesterday when she was 3 weeks old and throwing up down my shirt (that’s a story for another time) and it made think about being young and feeling like things took forever to come, like summer break, Christmas break, Spring break, basically anytime that I didn’t have to go to school or BIRTHDAYS. I remember feeling when I was...

Read More

Un-Able

Posted by on Aug 26, 2011 in Acting, Amputee, Katy Sullivan, Motivational, Uncategorized | 10 comments

I have recently been called in to audition for a pilot for a tv show for one of the big networks.  We were in Vegas for Jay’s birthday and of course as soon as I left town, opportunity came knocking… the role was for a girl in her 20′s that is an amputee, she has had a one night stand with the main character of the show. She is a tough girl who is self-confident, regardless of her physical situation. I had a great audition, hit it off really well with the casting director, knew that I was perfect for this job and left believing that I had booked it. Then I waited. And waited. Didn’t hear anything. I was very confused about what that meant, how...

Read More

Simply for the Love of it.

Posted by on Aug 15, 2011 in Acting, Amputee, Jay Cramer, Katy Sullivan, Motivational, Rancho los Amigos, Uncategorized | 6 comments

My awesome and hilarious husband, Jay Cramer,  is the Director of the Performing Arts Program at Rancho los Amigos National Rehab Center, it’s a program that is made up of past or current patients of the hospital who are all performers- singers, dancers, comedians. It’s truly amazing the amount of talent that has passed through Rancho and these people are mostly untrained.  There is everything from an Elvis tribute artist to singer-songwriters to poets and everyone of them is living life after some sort of injury or disability.  Every time I go to rehearsal, I leave with so much joy from the excitement of these people and their passion for their...

Read More

Mini Me

Posted by on Jul 25, 2011 in Amputee, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Family, Hanger Prosthetics, Katy Sullivan, Motivational, Uncategorized | 1,168 comments

Being an amputee that is in the public eye has brought me some incredible opportunities in my life. There are speaking events, TV appearances, acting jobs, track meets, these are all awesome but I have to say the ones that really, at the end of the day, mean the most are the opportunities to help kids with disabilities. I had such an opportunity yesterday. I met Melody a few years ago at a running clinic that was put on by the Challenged Athletes Foundation, she was an adorable bilateral above knee amputee (just like me) with miles of blond hair down her back! She was just the cutest thing ever. I knew that I wanted to meet her and her family and maybe stay in touch or...

Read More

Everything Happens for a Reason

Posted by on Jul 4, 2011 in Acting, Amputee, Katy Sullivan, Motivational, NBC Diversity, Uncategorized | 12 comments

I know that this is not the first time that you have heard the idea that the things in our lives happen for a greater purpose. Even the seemingly negative things. I know that this idea can be REALLY hard to swallow, believe me, I know. But maybe the real lesson here is to be present in the moment when something ‘bad’ happens and step back and say, ‘What can I learn from this?’ or ‘Perhaps I’m that wasn’t meant to be.’ I had a recent ton of bricks land on my head recently about this principle – and it only took 3 years to see it clearly. The year was 2008, I had just booked a large role on the popular TV show, My Name...

Read More