Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Kelly.
Laura, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up doing community theatre in Northern California, starting when I was 6 with Gretel in The Sound of Music. While I attempted to explore other career options to calm my parents’ unease, I came to the realization that no other career made any sense for me…
I moved to Los Angeles to get my BFA in Music Theatre at AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts. From small membership theaters to large outdoor spaces, short contracts to long repertory commitments, I am so thankful for the diverse experience I’ve had thus far… and I’ve only just begun.
I can’t wait for the future that this unique career holds for me! Check out my website at thelaurakelly.com or my social media @laukell_.
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?
Being a music theatre performer in the greater Los Angeles area definitely has its ups and downs. I’ve had to learn how to be my own cheerleader in many ways. It can be challenging to show up to audition after audition… many times being told to go home… and other times putting in days of work for callbacks, thinking you’ve booked your next gig, only to head back to Starbucks to pick up an extra shift.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am my business! I am an actor, singer, and dancer. I mostly do music theatre, but you can find an occasional straight play or film on my resume. I love doing work that blurs the lines of gender and poses questions that inspire. Recently, I was Andrew Hall in the play Men on Boats, the story of 10 men exploring the Grand Canyon played by a cast of anyone but cis-men. I am so proud to be part of the LGBTQ+ community, and nothing brings me more joy or makes me feel more unstoppable than playing roles that bring visibility to the community.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Determination. I would be nothing without hard work and determination.
- Website: thelaurakelly.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laukell_/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laura.kelly.5602
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