We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelsie Mathews and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelsie, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I was raised in an artistic family. I was in my first reenactment at the age of three weeks. My parents met in theatre in college, and my mother became a drama teacher, and used to add extra parts for me. My grandmother was in a band with her 11 brothers and sisters, and used to have me occasionally sing with them. My mother taught me how to play the flute at a young age and my grandmother taught me the piano and guitar. So you could say I was born into it. My grandmother always told me I belonged in New York or Hollywood, so I chose the one with less snow.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The journey hasn’t always been easiest. But as I’m hitting my tenth year here in California, I can look back with a smile, as so many made bets I wouldn’t even last a month. My proudest moment would be when the music video for “Keep Strong” came out. We filmed two music videos in less than 24 hours. We always planned that “Keep Strong” would be about domestic violence, but we had no idea that I would escaping my own two months before shooting it. Since then the song has became an anthem for survivors, and myself. And gave me the strength to share my story to help others who are living in abuse or escaped it as well. A new purpose.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are so many things to see, so definitely couldn’t squeeze it all in a week. A few of my favorites are the Griffith Observatory which is a must for anyone who comes to LA. The Getty is my favorite quiet place, and a beautiful place to escape the hustle of the city. My favorite spot to get a bite after all the adventures is Crossroads Kitchen off Melrose. Friday nights you can usually catch me hanging out at The Laugh Factory or seeing a show at Pantages. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wouldn’t be where I am without my grandmother. She has been my biggest supporter and fan since the day I was born. The only person I want to make proud is her.
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