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Meet Kelly Sparrman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelly Sparrman.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My parents got me involved in the performing arts when I was about three years old. My first modeling gig was for a Disney catalog when I was four, and my first professional acting job was around the same time. My training in college was mainly focused on musical theater, but since graduation I have been a bit more focused on using my platform to empower and encourage other people in my community that also suffer from mental illness such as depression, bipolar, anxiety, etc. It has been amazingly inspirational and fulfilling, the messages that I get from my followers is what keeps me going on a day-to-day basis. I have to credit my most consistent acting job to The Warp Zone (@thewarpzone) for giving me more of an audience than I ever could’ve imagined (apparently I have fans in India!?) and for consistently casting me in roles that challenge not only my dialect skills but also my ability to think on my feet and quite quickly learn about aspects of my profession that I never looked into previously. and for consistently casting me in rules that challenge not only my dialect skills but also my ability to think on my feet and quite quickly learn about aspects of my profession that I never looked into previously (such as the video game industry). The best part about being a performer is that nothing is ever stale, I consistently move forward in ways that exhilarate and excite me, which is all I have ever wanted.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Oh, golly. Not in the least. But that’s the thing about this industry… If you can’t handle the ups and downs, it probably isn’t for you. I have been a performer in one way or another since I was very young, so I have learned that getting a “no” in an audition only means that I’m one step closer to eventually getting a “yes.” You have to have a thick skin to be in this industry, and not just because of how many times you’ll be rejected. As a woman working in Los Angeles, you face MUCH worse than that. Luckily, (or should I say, masochistally conveniently), I have had my fair share of bad experiences early on, and know how to avoid those for the most part… But it’s a very real part of this job. As a woman working in Los Angeles, you face much worse than that. Luckily, (or should I say, “conveniently” in a masochistic manner), I had my fair share of bad experiences early on, and know how to avoid those for the most part… though it’s a very real part of this job, especially when you’re just starting out. However, in any path of life you choose, there will always be bumps along the road. It will be those willing to be strong enough to not only move past them but also address what needs to be addressed so that future generations don’t have to experience the same things that we have that will ultimately succeed.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am mostly self-employed! I have been fortunate enough to connect with a few incredible businesses/individuals in the greater Los Angeles area (as well as in Chicago) that have helped me immensely. (if you are an artist in any way, I cannot recommend @modeldrawingcollective or @gallerygirlsla highly enough!!) Ignoring my fear of sounding FAR too hippy-dippy, I really don’t think I specialize in anything. I mostly work as a figure model these days, but as an artist; I feel it’s crucial to follow my heart. It just so happens that currently (and for the past few years) my heart has led me to doing my best to inspire artists to do what they do best. I feel that what may set me apart from others is my understanding of the terminology and anatomy of my work. When I first started in this line of work, my goal was to be able to communicate and understand my artists as much as I possibly could, which I interpreted as learning all about how to provide the best and most interesting angles, lighting, facial expressions and overall mood that I felt I was capable of.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Honestly, I don’t believe in rating moments. I feel that every moment I work is a moment to learn more about my body, my community and the work that I do. It was a pretty huge compliment to be referred to as “a goddess” once though!!

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Jasmine Ruiz (Rise Boudoir)

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