Actress, Kelly Kula, Shares Wisdom In This Inspirational Interview
Kelly Kula and I met through mutual friends in Los Angeles, California. We’re both from small towns in the midwest (she’s from Michigan; I’m from Wisconsin). We now share an intimate circle of creative, independent filmmaker friends. She is in the process of developing her dream life of being a full time actress by doing what she can with what she has. I’m consistently impressed with her positive attitude and her passion to succeed. Her Facebook fan page is filled with imagery of her own choreographed stunts in fight scenes. Let’s start this interview with Kelly’s inspirational words:
There have been plenty of people who have said “You can’t” and I wouldn’t be where I am today if I had believed them. It takes a lot of self confidence to follow ones dreams, and the greatest advice I can give to anyone is to be really at peace with who you are. I am by no means perfect, but then again, who defines what a perfect person has to be anyway?
With all my “flaws” and all my attributes, I am perfectly happy being just who I am. There is not a single person in the world exactly like me, and that should be both comforting and exciting. I accept myself and that simple gesture has made all the difference in the world. I get rejected on a daily basis, but when I can separate those rejections as business and not something I should carry personally, I am freed from worry, doubt, and fear. I am confident that I, as I am right now, will be successful in my career, by simply being the hardest working, only-version-of-me there is!
What is stopping you from fulfilling your dream career?
That’s an interesting question because I know that the only thing stopping me from accomplishing anything is myself. However, I do have to give myself grace because when pursuing acting, there is no set career path that one can follow to one day say “I’m a working actor!” If I wanted to be a banker or a lawyer or a doctor, there are a certain number of years to log and, if you have the accompanying brains, you have that job! Acting…gosh, sometimes I wish it were that easy.
I think that putting positivity and confidence out there, while doing all my hard work, will result in the success I want for my life.
What motivates you to want to make your dreams come true?
My family is a big motivator for why I want to be an actress because there is a HUGE part of me that wants to be able to take care of them. I am so grateful for the upbringing I had that I would like to reciprocate and aid my parents in retirement, help my sisters set up college funds for my nieces and nephews, and make sure that they don’t have to worry about bills. Their peace of mind is also mine.
Plus, I love what acting has done for me and I want to touch someone in that same way. It gives me such a fire and love for life that if I can ignite that in someone, even if in just one person, then I would have a feeling of success. I love doing what I do, period. I am grateful for the ones around me, both family and friends who support me. They are the motivators behind the passion.
How are you dealing with fear, doubt and worry?
I work at denouncing fear, doubt, and worry at all times because once you let them filter in, they’re very hard for the conscious mind to rid of. I really am a firm believer that what you think and what you say can only come back to you, so if all you’re putting out there are your fears, doubts, and worries, guess what? Only more of that is going to come to you!
I really work at setting aside my fears and finding the positive in any situation. When I worry about money I make myself step back and say, “When have you ever been abandoned and left to starve? Never. You will be taken care of. Just believe and keep moving forward.” It’s not to say that I’m not impervious to those feelings, I just work hard at using them to my advantage instead of allowing them to overtake me.
What steps are you taking towards reaching your goals?
I am working as much as possible as an actor, whether I’m getting hired to do so or bringing my own works to life. I feel that it’s very important to always show the industry that you’re working because I don’t think that anyone wants to hire a stagnant actor who is merely waiting for opportunity to come knocking.
I’ve hired content creators and have filmed many clips to highlight my talents. I played a series regular on a pilot where I not only got to act but I also performed my own stunts. Activities like this aid me in keeping my craft in tune and stretching myself to reach new limits.
It’s persistence, patience, and also tact. I work very hard on not being that “stereotypical actor” and setting myself apart from the rest by being a genuine, honest, fun to be around person. I also train in the gym most every day because, since I want an action/adventure career to start, I have to be in top shape to compete.
Fitness is a huge inspiration for me, so when I get a fitness goal in my head, there’s nothing that will stop me from accomplishing it! I love the way that good health and friendly competition makes you feel, and if you’re only in competition with yourself, you’re bound to keep getting better and better.
I listen to inspirational mantras in the morning to make sure all negativity is warded out. I’ve also started to learn meditation with my boyfriend. Being able to be a clear-headed leader really excites me. And, I have a great group of motivators who, whenever I feel a little down, are right there to put me back on track. Like my lovely friend, Lydia. She listens to everything I have to say and ALWAYS finding a positive solution. She’ll pray over me and it’s instantly reenergizing. To have that much love coming from one person is enough to put me back on track.
Be sure to stop by Kelly’s Facebook fan page and become a Ninja!
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Find out more about Kelly Kula on her personal website.
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