We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelley Mack and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kelley, what do you attribute your success to?
I believe it’s courage. There have been many times in my life when I’ve told myself (and others) that I’m not a courageous person, or I’m a scaredy cat, or I’m anxious, or too worried. But thinking about this question reminds me that the courage to be vulnerable, to be willing to fail, to stop hiding, to stop being self-conscious, to be okay with feeling uncomfortable, to speak up, to be ONESELF – is really the most important factor behind an actor’s, a human’s, my success.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My focus with my art has always been on genuine connection. That’s how I’ve always wanted viewers to feel when watching my work, and with that comes the need to maintain a deep level of connection and focus while performing myself. This has required an enormous amount of self-growth. It hasn’t been easy by any means, and never will be, because I’ll always be learning about and improving myself. And that’s why I love acting – while I seek truth, connection and purpose in my own life, I am able to share that journey (through a character) with the world and help others see that they’re no different. We are all growing as people and I would hope the audience can feel that and see their similarities to the strangers around them. I think we’re all just doing the best we can and seeking connection & love in this world.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love being outdoors, and my friends and I go on a great deal of hikes. We haven’t lately, sadly, as we’re all kind of spreading out and don’t live as close to each other as we used to. But, I would take them on a hike, then to lunch with a nice outdoor space (eating outside in SoCal is possible basically all year round) one day. We’d check out a museum or do the whole Hollywood sightseeing thing another day, and they’d realize it’s a lot less glamorous than they thought. The next day we’d spend hours at the beach (probably down in San Diego where it’s a bit quieter and cleaner) and maybe get a little burnt after falling asleep while laying out. And when the weekend rolls around, we’d go to some bars and dance all night – either Los Feliz area for some hipster vibes or Studio City for lots of options on Ventura. When Sunday hits, we’d probably binge a lighthearted TV show like Schitt’s Creek then plan a detailed trip to Europe for when the pandemic finally ends! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to thank my parents for their support in my choosing to pursue a career in acting. They have always encouraged me and had confidence in my abilities and drive to tell stories. And again, the acting coach Sharon Chatten, who was instrumental in helping me access a whole new level of courage I never knew I had.

Website: www.kelleymack.com

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Image Credits
James DePietro

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