We had the good fortune of connecting with Christy Lee Hughes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christy Lee, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“Just because you’re not where you want to be, doesn’t mean you’re failing at life. God is not through with you. The best is yet to come.” This quote by Trent Shelton is one that truly resonates with me right now. As an actor, it is so easy to get caught comparing yourself to others and stuck feeling like you’re just never good enough. I have faith in God and I have leaned on my faith to pull me through the toughest times. This quote reminds me that God’s plan is bigger than mine and certainly not on my timeline. It encourages me to press forward in spite of obstacles, setbacks and industry hurdles.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It is my calling to be an artist. God gave me this natural talent and the drive to pursue it. As an actress, I create original characters. As a writer, I create the worlds they live in. As a producer, I create unique stories the world wants to experience. It has been a challenge to make the decision to go down the path of performing arts, without a guarantee of stability or success. It would have been much easier and more predictable to stay on a traditional career path, but it came down to honesty and integrity. Being honest with myself, I had to admit I wasn’t happy doing anything else. I chose happiness over money and for that, I have no regrets. It is a risk I take to share my art. Some people may not receive it, but that is not my concern. I am excited for those people whose lives are touched by my work in comedy and drama. I am excited to make a difference in the lives of people I may never get the chance to meet. I feel joy when I am on stage or filming. I bring a raw vulnerability to all of my work and expose my soul in an effort to let the audience know that they are not alone. So many feel isolated and we need human connection. Movies, television and theater connect us and we need art now more than ever. It is a privilege and an honor to do what I do. I believe art heals and I will change the world for the better. I am proud of the scripts I have written and the characters I have developed and I can not wait to share them.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I think I would take them on a road trip through southern California. We have the beaches, the mountains, the city life, an abundance of restaurants and Disneyland! There are so many things I still have to experience for the first time and I look forward to doing that once it’s safe to do so.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Yes, definitely! I’d like to give a shoutout to my handsome fiancé, Bryan Kaplan. Bryan is an award-winning talented actor who has been my support system, my cheerleader and my encouragement for eight years. We have navigated Los Angeles together and we have been there to lift each other up through all the highs and lows (and there have been way too many to count!) After burning the candle at both ends for so long without a break in sight, there are days where I find myself absolutely mentally and physically exhausted and on those days, it is his encouragement and strength that I lean on to push forward. So he deserves the recognition and gratitude.
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