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Rising Stars: Meet Amber Kellehan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amber Kellehan.

Hi Amber, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I originally moved to Los Angeles just for fun with very little expectations (which thinking about that now maybe helped me be more optimistic and explore). I thought maybe I’d do a few modeling gigs and music videos throughout the summer and then go back to waitressing and school, but I increasingly felt like something was missing. I kept searching and exploring different career paths and interests to feed that craving.

I was a dancer, I modeled, and then I booked my first little commercial and thought hm… maybe I’ll try an acting class. The first day I started class, the puzzle piece fit and I fell head over heels in love with Acting. It’s not and never will be east but It was the first time I really felt I could do something for the rest of my life. Acting to me is creating something different every time, even if it’s the same scene, even if it’s just a one liner. I love the challenge, the creativity, and stepping into another person’s perspective and thought process. It even made me more conscious and aware of how I think and what I do. Whether or not I end up making a living doing it, I will dedicate 110% of myself to this art.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Nothing worth having comes easy, at least with most things. When I was fourteen years old, when most people are just trying to survive the changes that come with adolescence, I ended up in foster care. On top of that, my foster mom didn’t make me feel very welcome but she did let us go out basically as much as we wanted so I ended up spending a lot of time in a house where I was surrounded by very bad influences. So from a young age, I had to grow up, and I had to take care of myself and make my own decisions, pull myself out of bad situations and spot the people with bad intentions. While I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone else it gave me the experience and strength through the challenges of becoming an actor and living in Los Angeles. Acting is one of the hardest fields to get into, there’s a lot of rejection, criticisms, dead ends, money spent, etc. not to mention the uphill climb of staying motivated on a regular basis. Los Angeles can be a funny place especially as a young women. People and even people who seem like friends have different intentions and I’ve had to learn how to spot that early on. I’ve been lucky enough to find myself in a place where most people lose who they are. Any time it feels extra tough I say, “Hey, fourteen years old Amber’s been through worse!”

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am an Actor! So far, I have done numerous commercials, co-stars and guest stars. Commercial wise I have done Levis, UberEats/ Starbucks, and I just shot my biggest commercial booking yet and also my first SAG commercial but due to NDA purposes, I can’t say yet! I was also a model in a couple of episodes of Nick Cannon’s Wild’N’Out which was how I was able to become SAG eligible. I’ve made some lifelong friends from that show and had a blast shooting in New York. As far as television, my proudest achievements would be a Guest star on Tyler Perry’s The Oval. Working with Tyler Perry was a dream come true and a surreal experience to get to fly to Atlanta and work on his lot with him as the director! I also shot two episodes as a co-star on Reno 911.

Again, an insane pinch me experience surrounded by some of the funniest people in the business. Next week I shoot my first co-star of 2021 on a very well-known show which again I have to keep a secret for a few more months. I think what sets me apart from others is like I earlier stated, I have been through adversity early in my life which has given me the endurance for staying motivated, dealing with all the rejections and criticisms and knowing if I keep trying and learning and pushing myself, I can conquer anything. Also, I have experienced many situations and emotions most don’t which is helpful for when I’m playing certain characters.

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
You can find me on Instagram @amberlellehan and to collaborate, you can reach my manager Mike Williams at Cylence Media or Courtney Peldon at Aqua Talent.

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