"Make it happen. You're the only one who can write the story of your life."
Kelly L. Moran is an American actress best known for her four seasons on House of Cards. In addition to acting, Kelly is also known as an author, architect and artist.
Check out this exclusive interview with this accomplished multi-hyphenate creative!
Beyond your résumé and website, what’s something we may not know about Kelly Moran?
I studied Fine Art in college and my studio was ceramics so basically if you give me a lump of clay I’ll make you a set of dinnerware dishes!
Until recently, I thought I was a tall person – really. I know I’m 5’3” but that’s just a number and I thought I was tall. It wasn’t till I watched films I’d done and saw myself in relationship to other people that I got it – I’m short – I’m small.
What do you love about the digital age we live in?
I love that I can respond to an audition immediately with email, or set up a Skype session. It’s great. I also love that there are so many more opportunities for actors these days. If you don’t get cast in a Broadway play, there are so many movies and TV shows, and with Netflix & Amazon putting out original contenct—it’s endless!
Do you know that a movie was filmed last year on an iPhone 6? Really! The film was called Tangerine. There are no excuses for not creating, pick up your iPhone and make your own movie!! That’s what the digital age has allowed creative people to achieve.
I’m super excited about my own webseries that’s in preproduction now!! Couldn’t have done that 20 years ago without this technology.
What do you hate about the digital age we live in?
Probably that it’s changing so quickly, it’s hard to keep up. I can take a class at Apple in iMovie but in 2years that will be outdated and I’ll have to adapt and learn something new.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
My favorite place used to be my grandmother's front porch, when it rained, with the green-striped canvas awnings rolled down to keep the rain out. It was a huge place with very high ceilings and sofas!! There were round painted columns standing on top of a low boxed half wall (that doubled as a seat if you ran out of chairs)! It was safe, it was mine own sanctuary and I still go there in my memory.
What are you currently working on or towards?
I’m working on a web series called Mid Life Crisis, the Musical. I’ve written many of the episodes so far and now need to find a cameraman and editor. It’s semi-autobiographic and hopefully funny as hell.
What's your advice to aspiring actors?
Be ‘that’ good so when you auditioning there’s no way you can’t book the job.
Work all the time on your monologues, your accents ( you should have at least 3), keep up with films, plays, new works, and never stop honing the craft. On the subway and bored? Work on your character studies, just look around. Watch how others gesture and walk, what can you use in that next role? Take classes, work with a coach, and never stop.
Can’t find a play that fits your age range – find a black box and put on your own. Don’t wait for the work to find you, you make it happen. You are the only one who can write the story of your life.
Why did you choose to “get creative” with us?
I’m part of a closed group on FB called the Actor’s Green Room. It’s a very supportive group for actors. One member had just revamped her website and shared it with us all. I looked at it and it was fantastic!! I wanted to have the same professional look for MY website, so I asked who did it and she said Get Creative Social Media!
How you describe the process/experience?
The process took longer than I thought, but that was my doing. I was slow to do my homework and turn it in. In the end, the website looks fantastic. I’m very pleased with it and it’s getting me more work! It has the professional look that my career needs to move it up the ladder of success.
What responses or results have you received from your new website?
I’m now getting booked for roles without even auditioning, I’ve had CD’s check out my site and then offer me the work. Whoohoo!!
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