We had the good fortune of connecting with Kenyon Long and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kenyon, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is necessary for life. I moved out to LA from North Carolina with 800$ in my pocket and only knowing one person. A lot of people thought I was crazy to move out to LA but I felt I had hit a limit with all the acting jobs in North Carolina. I came here and hit the ground running. 10 years later I feel like I still made the best decision.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m an actor who got started 12 years ago in this business in North Carolina at a small theatre. I used to drive 5 hours to audition for Tyler Perry back when he had his first TV. My very first movie I booked was the Green Hornet with Seth Rogan who was one of my Comedy Inspirations. I’ve been creating comedy years before that. Today I create and produce Comedy skits and shows for all Social Media platforms, and Other New Media Platforms. I perform improv in Atlanta and Los Angeles. I Emcee for big brands like Bank Of America, Geico, All-State and Home Depot at various events and festivals across the country.What sets me apart from everyone else is I usually shoot 30 videos a week. I shoot and edit all my videos, as well as I produce, mix and master music for my videos. I have songs placed on tv for shows like Black Ink, NBA on TNT and All-American. My Social Media Platforms do 3 million views a year. Coming to LA I only had 800$ and barely knew one person. Trying to figure out how to pay this high rent, find an agent, film my own videos and network was tough. But I managed to stay in LA without having to go back to my parents for a year, for 9 years straight. The biggest lesson I learned is to get out of your comfort zone. It may be hard in the beginning but you learn more by being uncomfortable.
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.
Post Covid I would take them to Venice Beach just because you gotta go. Most people want to see a show taping so I would take them to a Gameshow like let’s make a deal. Wayne Brady is the GOAT. I would also take them to a Jimmy Kimmel show taping during Summer Concert Series time. Depending on the person I would take them to one of LA’s speakeasy. A lot of people like to see a celebrity when they get here so I would take them to The Grove. Beverly Hills is on a must-see on everyone’s list so we would hit that up and Rodeo drive. If it’s Lakers season, I would take them to a Laker game. If I get lucky enough I would try to get tickets to the Magic Castle. Food Spots of course is In-N-Out, a nice sushi restaurant, and a great taco truck. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family supports me a lot in this business. No matter how small the little wins I get we always celebrate them. It could be a song I’ve gotten placed on a Netflix Movie, VH1 tv show, or All- American to getting a callback to a major tv show. We always try to celebrate the little wins.