Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelsey Sutton.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Kelsey. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve loved performing for as long as I can remember. (cliche, I know, but it’s true!) Comedy especially has always been a huge part of my life. When I was in elementary school I would memorize sketches from “All That” and “The Amanda Show”, I would assign and teach the parts to my friends at recess, and I was lucky enough to have kind teachers who would let us perform the sketches in front of the class. I would go to summer camp every year and the part I looked forward to most was writing and performing my own skits. I always had some sort of vision and I truly had no shame about going all out – I try to channel my ten years old self all the time now when it comes to having confidence onstage!
Along with comedy, musical theatre is the other long term relationship in my life. My first role was one of the orphans in “Annie” and I’ve been hooked ever since! I’m such an annoying musical theatre nerd but I can’t help it! I was a total theatre kid all through high school (shoutout to my amazing high school drama teacher – Biz Fiester), and then I majored in Theatre and Music in college at Pepperdine University. While I was there, I got to do some pretty cool stuff. Like perform in the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. I graduated in 2015 and I’ve been working at my acting career ever since. I’ve performed in musicals, plays, improv and sketch shows, music videos, web series episodes, short films and more since graduation and it’s been awesome! I am now currently touring North America with “The Office: A Musical Parody” until summer 2020. Come catch me at a city near you!
Has it been a smooth road?
I consider myself very lucky to have a ton of support from my friends and family, so in that way, I’ve been extremely fortunate. It definitely has not always been an easy journey. The post-grad audition life is tough! You have to keep moving even though you get a TON of “no’s”. I’ve definitely spent a lot of time not working as an actor, doing a lot of acting work for free, and working many different types of day jobs. That being said, I’ve been lucky to have had awesome day job gigs with wonderful people, so I was able to make the best of it. I also recognize that as an actor, there will always be lots of uncertainty, and you just kind of have to make peace with that if you want to do this. If I’ve learned anything, though, it’s that the “in between” acting job stuff that really matters. There will be times when you don’t have acting work, and that’s okay, but you have to keep working to improve yourself and stay ready because you have to be ready to roll when you get that call from your agent. Take classes, write your own work, get together with your friends and read plays- whatever! Because when you book that big job, you’ll be so glad you spent all that time in between preparing yourself for it.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am an actor/singer/comedian/writer. I mostly perform in improv shows, sketch shows, and musicals. In the past few years, I’ve started writing my own sketches and I’m really proud of that. I’ve been studying classical and musical theatre voice since I was very young, and I’ve been studying improvisation and acting since I was a teenager. I’m really proud of how far I’ve come and how much work I’ve put into my career. Recently, I’ve also been able to teach some improv to younger students, and it’s really cool to be able to share something that makes me so happy with others. The best is when I can blend my two favorite things: comedy and musicals and I’m so excited that I get to do that in my current job on “The Office…Parody” national tour.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
There are so many things I love about LA. The weather (duh), the food, the opportunities, the unique neighborhoods, and I love how it just feels like home to me. I always miss LA when I’m not there. I love all of the friends I’ve made there and I love how there is always something going on and something to do. Of course, I don’t love the traffic, and sometimes the obsession with looking “perfect”, which can feel like it’s part of LA culture, can be really exhausting. Even so, LA is a great place and I’m so happy I get to call it home.
- Website: www.kelseyannsutton.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @kelsannsutt
- Other: http://www.theofficemusicalparody.com/tour/
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