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Meet Ki Lenice of The KL Players in Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ki Lenice.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born a dreamer; constantly living in my vivid imagination and storytelling with my older siblings and friends every chance I got. My family is big on movies and as the youngest of three, I got exposed to a lot of amazing older films as a child. The first one that I can remember sticking with me was The Terminator; I was completely enthralled with Sarah Connor and all the colors of her strength, perseverance and femininity. Soon after I watched Aliens, and Ripley was such a strong-willed, protective, bada** leader that something in me clicked. Once the movie ended, I walked up to my mom and told her that I wanted to be on television when I grew up. I was only seven years old but I just knew that my calling was to be a female action star and live in Los Angeles. The next year, I tried out for my first play, won the role (in a British accent no less) and my love for performing has been embedded in my heart and soul since then.

I continued acting in high school and right after graduation, I got my first role in a huge Blockbuster film starring Keanu Reeves. It was an incredible job which gave me my SAG-AFTRA card at just 18 years old. However, I allowed my strong need for stability to push me towards what most considered the path to “the real world” instead of using my foot in the door all the way LA. I attended the University of Maryland at College Park in the fall, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications with a minor in Business Administration.

Being a fierce, intelligent, independent woman has always been vital for me (“Alexa, play Miss Independent by Neo”), so after a celebratory graduation trip to Hawaii, I started my first job at The Pentagon as a Public Affairs Specialist. I maintained a full-time career and continued acting in films and theatre until I just couldn’t take putting my destiny second anymore. I went to LA in July 2015 to take a celebrity stylist course, fell in love with the city, went back to Maryland, quit my job, rented my townhouse and moved with my seven suitcases in hand to North Hollywood less than a month later. Even then, I repeated the same cycle of a having a full-time career, just in a different passion as an assistant stylist.

Styling was great and allowed me to express my creativity but before long I found myself among actors, even styling them. Once again I began to feel that familiar itch. In 2017, I read lines with a friend who was an actress and after my first line, she stopped and said, “Whoa, whoa, hold up. Are you an actress?” and proceeded to call me out for being an actress moonlighting as a fashion stylist. After that, I got my headshots, jumped into classes, began auditioning and never looked back. I’m truly living in my artistic truth as an actress and it feels fantastic.

Has it been a smooth road?
This has been the wildest journey that I’ve ever been on. It’s been utterly heartbreaking, painful, terrifying and unstable, yet empowering, captivating, serendipitous and whimsical. Because of those detours and downright failures, I know there is absolutely nothing that I cannot handle. My faith in God has carried me through the sleepless nights; the days when I didn’t know which way was up and was choking on my tears, the days when all I could do was just keep breathing.

Without any of those struggles, I would be nowhere near the person I am today so I am grateful for all of the trials and perceived setbacks. I’m so thankful for all of the goodbyes, all of the closed doors, all of the things I thought I wanted but didn’t get. I know now that they weren’t meant for me and that I’m a thousand times better off without them. I thank God for not giving me the things I thought I wanted because there wouldn’t be space for the things to come into my life that are truly mine. I’m also very blessed for the unconditional support of my family, friends and those seemingly random Earth Angels I’ve met along the way. My journey is so damn beautiful and I can’t wait to experience what’s next.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m blessed to say that auditions are rolling in hot (hello four auditions in 48 hours!) and I’m loving every minute of it. My second short film screened in the Spring and my third is currently in post-production. I’m in the Professional Development Program at Richard Lawson Studios where I’m constantly challenged and empowered while growing in my artistry. I’m also using my writing skills to develop my first script, which of course, centers around a strong, powerful bada** female!

With the entertainment industry shutting down and going virtual due to COVID-19, I was inspired to find more ways to share my talents. I also wanted to foster a place where actors could continue to showcase their talent, build amazing content and keep driving towards their goals.

I wasn’t going to hurry up and wait so I created The KL Players, a diverse troupe of passionate, dedicated actors who want to help heal the world through their artistry. Our motto is “Art heals both the creator and the viewer.” -Prakash Ghai. We performed a Zoom reading of one of my favorite plays by Robert Caisley called The Open Hand and it was a phenomenal experience. Getting to direct and collaborate with my troupe was incredibly healing and satisfying and I’m looking forward to directing more performances and spreading positivity with my team.

I’m extremely proud of my colorful, unique story and all of the adventures that I’ve been part of. I’ve lived overseas with different cultures and I’ve been a college graduate and Division I cheerleader; a strategic business consultant who’s briefed senior leaders at the Department of Defense; an assistant fashion stylist who’s worked with A-Listers and professional athletes. All of my experiences and skill sets serve me greatly as an actress because I have so many elements that I can pull from and use in my artistry. My path proves that despite all of the detours, you’ll eventually be led back to do what you were meant to all along; that it’s truly never too late to collide with and embrace your destiny.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Though I landed acting roles on the east coast, there’s no doubt in my mind that LA is THE place to grow your acting career. Whether you want to do commercials, stage plays, voice-overs or be the next action film star, this is the city where you can make your acting dreams a reality.

If it’s on your heart to move to LA, take the leap and do it even if no one else gets your vision. Stay ready, determined and focused. Know that setbacks will come and some you will overcome while others are a blessing in disguise. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals you are inspired by and can grow with. Don’t let the disappointments discourage you and fight to keep going. I promise you that in the end, it will be worth it!

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Image Credits:
Headshots: Leah Huebner
Model Shots: Benny Salz

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