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One Life to Live Q&A
Catching Up With
Catherine Hickland (Lindsay)
By Laurie Bedigian
April 12, 2009
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely and talented
Catherine Hickland. Catherine’s resume includes many television credits,
such as “CHiPs,” “Knight Rider,” and “Law & Order.” Catherine is also well
known in the world of daytime. She’s appeared on “Texas,” "The Bold and the
Beautiful," “Capitol,” “Loving,” “The City,” and most recently, “One Life To
Live.” As well as being an actress, Catherine is also a writer, a
motivational speaker, a hypnotherapist, a makeup artist, and a singer.
Interesting, lovely, and intelligent don’t begin to describe Catherine. I
hope you enjoy the interview:
Hi Catherine. First, you look fabulous. What’s your secret to staying
so gorgeous? Do you follow a particular diet or exercise plan?
Thank you so much for the kind words! I am on the road a lot and have
really fallen off my exercise and good-eating routine. I am about 6 pounds
over my desired weight, and like most people, I don’t feel good about it,
but, I am looking forward to settling down soon, and then I will be back to
my normal habits. I don’t believe in diets, they don’t work, period. For
the most part, I find it’s an external fix to an internal problem. It sure
is for me, anyway. It’s not what we’re eating; it’s what’s eating us.
First, we must be gentle with ourselves, and then we must change our literal
You’re currently doing a book tour for “The 30-Day Heartbreak Cure.”
Have the tour and the book been successful so far? How many cities have you
toured and how many more to go?
I have been to about 12 cities, and I am on a break while I work on my
new hypnosis stage show. There have been some magical moments out there on
the tour, and I expect there will be many more. I am going to be in Union,
New Jersey on May 3 at a very cool bookstore called Here’s The Story. We
have an amazing day planned, and it will be different from any
discussions/signings I have done yet.
For those who don’t know, tell us about your new book. It’s much more
than a book about the loss of a relationship, is it not? Is it sort of like
a manual on “life?”
Thank you for asking this. Yes, it absolutely is. We are not taught
“Life 101” or “Emotional Issues 101,” or “Who Am I? 101” in school. As a
result, we grow up forming patterns shaped from experiences and feelings we
may not even remember. This profoundly affects the choices we make! My
book helps the reader understand why they may have made the choices they’ve
made, and get them refocused on themselves, their goals and dreams, and
gently guide them to their God-given common sense. I want to get their
minds off of the heartbreaker and back onto themselves. What a freedom this
I have also been told it has even saved marriages! That really was
a new one. But, once we begin to understand ourselves, a whole new world of
possibilities opens up to us. We become happier people. We become more
interesting to ourselves; and, as a result, more interesting to others. We
attract better people, because we are better. We are also happy to be in
our own skin, and that equals being happy on our own and being good with
Was this your first stab at writing? What inspired you to write a
“The 30-Day Heartbreak Cure” has been in me for 18 years, but it takes
amazing discipline to write a book. It takes time and focus. I finally had
the time, and God knows my heart was in it. In fact, God nagged me for years
to write it. I am not kidding. That’s another story in itself.
I have been writing for a long time, but this is my first book. My
heart was broken, and I wanted the pain to end and life to begin again AND
be better than I ever knew it to be. My book is the answer to the
paralyzing grief of heartbreak.
You also work as a Motivational Speaker? Does your audience consist
mainly of OLTL fans? Do you find that your audience is made up mainly of
It is mainly women, but more and more men are starting to show, and
enjoy being there. I speak on many topics, so the audience changes
depending on the venue. For example, if I am speaking on women’s topics,
then the audience is female driven. If I am speaking on the power of the
subconscious mind, then I get a great mix. Many fans come, just because
they miss me (that’s what they tell me). I love them, and they know it, so
it’s great for all of us. It’s a love fest, what can I say? They love to
tell me about their lives, and what they think of the show, and we just have
a great time. The fans made my career, and I will never, ever, abandon
them. They deserve my respect, and they have it.
You became a certified clinical hypnotherapist in 2008? How long have
you studied hypnosis and how did you become interested in it? What types
of things do you help people overcome through hypnosis? Can people come to
you in an office type setting?
started studying about 4 years ago. My passion for this art and science of
the mind called hypnosis has grown ever deeper. It has changed my life to
understand how the mind works, and why we do the things we do. I do not work
out of an office, but I do occasionally work with people who really and
truly want to change habits that are making them unhappy. We work it out.
The biggest issues with people have been weight, smoking, broken heart
grief, and fear of things, like public speaking, for example. I am really
effective with a high success rate, and enjoy it.
However, right now, I am hard at work on my stage show, which is very
intricate and extremely challenging. It is so much harder than it looks. I
have been studying with true masters, and it’s been great for me.
I understand that you do stage hypnosis in a show called “It’s All In
Your Mind.” Can you share a little about your first stage show in Arkansas
and explain why you’re known as the “Trance Former?”
Last November I did my first stage show at ASU. College students make
great subjects! I love performing at campuses. I can trance someone in
less than 20 seconds, so I am working on being the fastest female hypnotist
alive. I am called the “Trance Former” because of the way I choose to use
my powers for good. LOL! Seriously, people who experience being hypnotized
by me say they feel a transformation begin that is extremely positive and
propels them into a new chapter in their lives. My show is very inspiring
as well as funny. Laughter heals, that’s a fact. I will take the audience
on a true journey of the mind. This show is a lifelong dream of mine. I
have always wanted to do this. It’s hard work.
Also, speaking of current projects, tell us about Conscious Loving
Radio. It’s a “call in” open type forum where you answer listener questions
and discuss a variety of topics? What types of topics do you discuss on the
show? Have you done radio in the past?
This is my first venture into radio. I changed the name to “EMOTIONAL
PEACE 101” recently because this is the direction the show has taken. We
have a huge listenership which grows every week, and I love it. I love
people. It’s mostly relationship based and advice. I am now bringing the
very top docs in to handle some of the really serious topics. Times are
tough right now and people should be able to get emotional help; not just
people who can afford it, but everyone who wants to have peace. That’s
exactly why I started the show. I like that it’s an Internet radio show, as
almost everyone has a computer, but not everyone has a radio (I don’t have
Do you have any acting projects in the works? Will we be seeing you
on One Life To Live anytime in the near future?
I am working on my show and it will be in Las Vegas later this year,
so that is my main focus. If they (OLTL) call with a story, and it’s a good
one, I will do my best to make it work, but I don’t really know.
Finally, you have to be one of the busiest people out there! You’re
an actress, writer, speaker, hypnotherapist, makeup artist, and a singer –
did I miss anything? Is there something you haven’t already done that you
would like to do or are planning to do?
Well, you make me sound like Superwoman, and believe me, I’m not. I
only sing occasionally. I haven’t done makeup in years. Yes, the company is
still going strong, but Gillion is the one with that on her shoulders. I
may create the products for
catcosmetics.com, but believe me, Gilly runs the show. I have learned
the lesson of focusing on one thing at a time. Focus is everything. I
delegate authority now and let people do their jobs.
Being a boss is not easy, but having someone so wonderful makes it
worth it. Multitasking is not the way. Take it from a recovering
multitasker. I’d rather do less and do it really well.
As you can see, Catherine is an amazing woman. I thank her for taking
the time to answer my questions. For all things Catherine Hickland,
her official website at
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