Ms. McClain has worked extensively as an actor in film, television, and theater. Independent films include “Soldier’s Heart” (GI FF Narrative Feature Winner),“Home Movie” (released through IFC), “Alma Mater,” (Hampton’s Int. FF “Golden Starfish Nominee) and “Retreat.” Studio films include “My Favorite Year” and “Pennies From Heaven.” Television credits include “Law and Order SVU,” “Cheers,” and “St. Elsewhere.” She is a two time Emmy winner for her roles on “All My Children” (Best Juvenile, 1991) and “As the World Turns” (Best Supporting, 2004). Ms. McClain is also a writer, director, and producer.
For the past year and a half Cady has been shooting interviews for her documentary series on women who direct film and television: Seeing is Believing: Women Direct. So far she has interviewed Sarah Gavron (Suffragette), Anne Makepeace (Robert Capa in Love and War), Dorothy Canton (Mad Riot Productions), Meera Menon (dir. Equity), Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland, Mad Men), Bethany Rooney (Pretty Little Liars, co-author Directors Tell the Story), Joanna Kerns (Jane the Virgin), Jann Turner (Chicago Fire), Jon Wells (ER, West Wing), Oscar winner Lee Grant, 2 time Oscar winner Sarah Kernocahn, one of the highest grossing female directors in film Betty Thomas (Dr Doolittle, The Brady Bunch Movie), and many more.
In 2014, Cady released her memoir, “Murdering My Youth,” is an in-depth look into life as a child actor and her struggles to survive an alcoholic family system. The book was featured in TV Guide and Cady was invited to do a feature interview with Cameron Mathison on Entertainment Tonight. The book has received wide acclaim and 119 positive reviews on Amazon.
Her audio book debut in 2016 won a “Best Earphones Audiophile Award” and recognition from Entertainment Weekly, Audiophile Magazine, and Publishers Weekly for her reading of Emma Cline’s incredible debut novel “The Girls.”
A native of Los Angeles, she lived for 25 years in New York City. There, Cady enjoyed performing in historic theatrical productions such as David Ives’ “The Red Address” at Second Stage, “Much Ado About Nothing” at Lincoln Center Theater, and “A Comedy of Errors” at the Hudson Guild. In addition to performing in a one-woman show of Wallace Stevens poetry called “Inventions of Farewell” at the Here Theater in NYC, she is particularly proud of a short one-woman show she wrote, produced, co-directed, and starred in called “Mona7,” which dealt with the after affects of abuse on a young woman through collaged video by Tal Yarden, surrealist word play, and viewpoints movement.
Recently, Cady was a producer on Val-en-tina, a short film starring her husband Jon Lindstrom; she also Executive Produced an Asian/American piece of experimental theater in New York called “Ghost Light: The Haunting,” and produced/founded an L.A. based Diverse/Gender Equal short film festival called “One Night Only” at the Electric Lodge.
Her education includes formal acceptance and study at NYU, SVA, and The New School for Public Engagement. Unable to follow a traditional path, she bounced from school to school, studying subjects such as international literature, fine art drawing and painting, art history, writing, and creative arts therapy. Combining elements from all her studies, Cady created a workshop she calls “Dreaming Into Art.” This workshop was developed in order to help both the novice and the thriving professional artist to overcome internal blocks to find the most compelling story within themselves. She has taught this workshop at The Wisdom House in Litchfield, CT, the Elizabeth Seton Center for Women in NYC, and the 2014 “Write the Dream” conference in Kansas City, where she was also the keynote speaker.
Nationally, Ms. McClain has been invited to discuss how daytime drama can impact social issues at the PCI (now PMC) Entertainment Summit in Washington D.C., and was interviewed by Charlie Rose at a recorded live event as part of her work for RARE. Cady joined this award winning nonprofit organization by taking a trip with the heads of the “As the World Turns” production staff to help local St. Lucian’s develop radio dramas to promote social change.
Cady enjoyed hosting the Palm Beach International Film Festival in 2002, and in 2016 was elected to the board of The Chimaera Project, a not-for-profit that grants funds to visionary women filmmakers.
Cady has been featured in TV Guide Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Daily News, The Boston Herald, Time Out NY, Good Housekeeping, McCall’s, Times Picayune, The Palm Beach Post, Mix Monthly, Newsday, AM New York, The Sacramento Bee, Brooklyn Papers, Agency Magazine, Tulsa World, MidWest Beat, Imagine, Rocky Mountain News, The Jamaica Gleaner, Brooklyn Papers, and Country Weekly, to name a few.
Cady is a 9th generation Californian of Mexican heritage on her father’s side (family clip starts 13:16). Her grandmother was born in the Guadalupe Valley of Baja, Mexico.