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Daily Inspiration: Meet Ivory Kellogg

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ivory Kellogg.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I started acting when I was little. My uncle had a production company and sometimes had me and my cousins be in the commercials. As I got older, acting just always held some kind of draw for me. I did a rigorous performing arts program throughout high school and knew somehow the performing arts were always going to be a part of my life. Once I graduated as most teenagers- I felt very lost. I didn’t have a stable family and had been financially supporting myself since I was 13, so when I left high school, I had a lot of fear surrounding money, acting, supporting myself and overall what it would even look like for me personally. For a few years, I just worked odd jobs knowing I should be acting, and then I met my husband. We got married and it was around that time I had reached my breaking point emotionally. I had been at an office job that was stagnant and it depressed me heavily for two years. My husband was touring at the time and I had reached my lowest point, I told him everything needed to change when he got home. When he came back, we moved from Fullerton out here to LA, I got into the Groundling’s School and that is where my acting journey really began. Thankfully my marriage provided me a big piece of the stability I needed to be able to pursue this craft.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It definitely hasn’t been devoid of challenges… Once I got to LA a couple of months in the pandemic hit. That really knocked the wind out of my sails. My agent had been getting me some auditions and whatever few I was getting all but completely disappeared by the time the pandemic came through. It was also challenging navigating online classes for such a physical art form but all in all, the pandemic forced me to become comfortable with generating my own work, self-tapes and brand. It gave me an opportunity to analyze myself as both an artist and human and really decide ok- what is my message? What do I represent? I had an Instagram account that had a good following before the pandemic that I very intentionally chose to delete. It was tethered to an old version of me that I no longer wanted to represent. So much pressure is put on entertainers to be commodities and have the perception you can SELL. I’m an actor but I’m also a holistic nutritionist, mental health advocate and overall want to approach this industry and present myself in a holistic, healthy way.  Having a strong sense of self in this industry is a superpower that I want to encourage all fellow actors to embrace.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am an actor but I’m also a holistic nutritionist. I would say I specialize in health + confidence- and all the umbrellas that falls under. I’m most proud of fusing holistic health with my acting. I think holistic health is a beautiful art form in itself- because it really forces you to embrace all aspects of being your healthiest self. For me a piece of that was living my truth as an actor and not feeling embarrassed about it. Improv is a huge piece of my life and it was last year that I realized, “Oh wow, holistic health and improv have a lot on common”. Improv is all about giving to your scene partner, yes anding, and being very specific. The same is true in living a healthy authentic life. The more giving, willing and specific you are about who you are and what you want for yourself the healthier and happier you will become. I would say the biggest thing that sets me apart are my values. I truly believe that what I have to offer is unique because I embody all parts of myself and I really hope to encourage those around me to do the same. Once my certification as a nutritionist is done, I want to start offering “confidence coaching” to fellow actors where I can help them feel their healthiest & most confident. This industry can be brutal for your confidence and I would love to help my friends keep their heads up during the peaks and valleys we all experience.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory was basically all Halloween’s growing up. I didn’t have the most stable parents but they both loved Halloween and would come together to make it special for us. We would go all out on getting dressed up and my dad would deck my grandma’s house out to the nines. We would go to the pumpkin patch, and it was overall just the best memories. Any excuse I have to dress up as something else is a good time for me.

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Cheers Babe Photography @cheersbabephoto Theo & Juliet Photography @theoandjuliet

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