We had the good fortune of connecting with Kiersten Kelly and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kiersten, how do you think about risk?
Risk challenges ourselves to go beyond the comfort that we’ve settled into and leads us to grow. Being a creative is a risk in itself. There’s no how-to guide to success. When it comes to art and creativity, you cannot put out “safe” material. Every move you make can hurt or help your brand, and you just have to trust your gut. If it doesn’t work out the way you hoped, you try again and continue to take risks. The risks I take in my career have always been saying yes, even when I don’t have the experience. I said yes to walking in New York Fashion week when I had no previous modeling experience. I say yes to writing sessions where I have to be vulnerable in a room full of people I don’t know. I think risk is a great thing.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a pop singer/songwriter and a diversity model. Everyone has their own story that makes them unique, and although my limb difference does not define me, it is part of what makes me unique. I got to where I am today by not giving up on myself. This industry isn’t easy, but if you keep the drive and passion you had when you first started, you’ll keep getting closer to achieving the success you want.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shoutout to my friends and my family. They are my biggest supporters, lifting me up when I’m doubting myself and cheering me on when I’m succeeding. If it weren’t for them, I really don’t know where I would be.