Today we’d like to introduce you to Christine Kellogg-Darrin.
Christine, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I had absolutely nothing to do with acting until my mid 40’s. I worked as an advertising copywriter, but after 20+ years of doing that, I was looking for a new challenge.
Someone recommended a “method” acting class taught by Tony Greco. I figured the class would probably help me with my fear of being in front of people – I had zero intention of being an actor.
It was a month-long, total immersion workshop: four days a week, four weeks, morning and evening. It was a world I’d never been a part of, and I felt totally, pit-of-my-stomach, out of my depth.
The first time I got on stage, I thought I would throw up, pass out and possibly pee myself. But then once the scene started, it was like I felt this intense focus and energy carrying me somewhere completely unknown. For the rest of that day – and days afterward – I noticed random strangers were responding to me differently. I was suddenly taking in the world and interacting with it in an entirely different way. And that hooked me.
We’d love to hear more about your work. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am an actor, which means I step into others’ shoes in order to tell their stories as deeply and revealingly as possible. Acting is about getting to the truth of a thing – and sharing that truth. It’s important to me to create stories about mature women who are still sexual, sensual, vibrant, powerful, complex. At whatever age we are, that need to connect to one another, to see our pain and our beauty embraced and expressed, to recognize that we are not alone – that’s what I hope people see in my acting.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
Oh god… the best advice is to carve out time – even if you have to claw it out by force – for yourself every day. Turn the cellphone off – put it in another room – for hours. Hours! It’s a way of valuing yourself above all the other distractions and flirtations and comparisons. Allow yourself time to listen to your quieter voices, to wonder, to access the limitlessness of your creative subconscious. You must, must, must nurture that.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I just finished a year of traveling around the U.S. and the U.K. for two films which won multiple awards at festivals. They were “Instinct,” a psychosexual thriller, and “Mammoth,” a death-with-dignity drama. The next chance to see my work is in a feature film that I’m really proud of called “The Wanting Mare” which has just finished post-production. It’s a modern fantasy with elements of magic and myth passed through one line of women. And it’s very sensual – which is so incredibly rare to find for women after a certain age in filmmaking these days.
And while you can’t see me, you can hear me in an upcoming narrative podcast called “The Kingdom of Cain,” which is now about a third of the way through production on its ten episodes.
You can also keep abreast of releases through my IMDB page.
Carol Cundiff, Pat Darrin, Yuqian “Liz” Liang, Kevin McKnight, Rob Pearson, Chad Kotz and Amanda Ferrarse