We had the good fortune of connecting with Kermit C Burns and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kermit C, how do you think about risk?
Risk is necessary in all stages of life. I essentially lived in fear most of my life scared to branch out and take risk. So I stuck to what was easy, familiar and comfortable. But there came a time when I had to do something or risk staying in the mundane and settling for a meager life. So I made a plan to leave my hometown of 25+ years and pursue my dream. The biggest risk I’ve ever taken, but the rewards were tenfold. That firs huge risk in my eyes, led me to many more and counting. You have to step out of your comfort zone to gain new experiences and explore the options of the uncomfortable life. It’s the only way to growth. I would’ve of never been on tv or in a movie without risk. Would haven never done a 3 day hike in the mountains of Arkansas or Catalina Island without accepting the risk and moving through it. Would have never driven across the country by myself from New Orleans to Los Angeles on two week adventure driving through a blizzard, at night, to get to Denver and stopping in Arches National Park, Zion National Park and Albuquerque, Dallas and Shreveport without accepting the risk. By I did and I’m a better person, photographer and actor because of it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Hi, my name is Kermit C Burns. I’m an actor and photographer. I have a Fine Art Photography business, a portrait photography business and a photobooth business. I create beautiful landscape, street and photography I’ve been acting and taking photographs since before I was a teenager. There was always a camera around my family and my relatives were always telling animated stories. Just by listening to them tell those stories my mind was always imaging the people and places they were talking about. Also growing up in a military family gave me many opportunities to experience people from around the country and the world. .
What sets me apart in both acting and photography is that I’m a student of human nature, why people do what they do, what makes them tick how did they get to be who they are. I have a general curiosity on life and how things work. I love history and I’m always trying to learn and get better at whatever I do, whether acting, photography, being healthy or just live my best life.
What I’m most proud of is leaving my home town to pursue my dream to become a working actor and photographer. It came later in life for me when I could of settled or given up. My live has consistently gotten better after that moment. But never easier. I’m excited what the future holds for me.
I’ve gotten to where I am by believing in myself and not giving up. Nothing that’s worth having is ever easy.
I overcome challenges all the time by staying focused on what’s most important to me, believing in myself and by believing anything is possible. If you think it, then you can achieve it.
I’ve learned so many lessons. Every failure is a chance to learn, grow and get better. I am a unique one of a kind human being that has a lot to prove to the world and to myself.
My brand and story begins and ends with love, it’s why I named my Fine Art Photography website Love Kermit Carlyle Photography. It is the one true emotion, everything else is a degree or lack of love.
I want to show and prove that it’s never too late to change you life around and do what you were meant to do. I am an artist, actor, entertainer, writer and photographer and that’s what I will do for the rest of my life.
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.
California and L.A. imparticular is such a beautiful place to live and visit with so much diversity and culture. The beaches for sure, I love Long Beach, Hermosa Beach, Santa Monica, Venice and can’t forget the cliffs and beaches of Palos Verdes. Downtown L.A. is a place you have to see and all the neighborhoods in and around it. And of course you cant go to L.A. without seeing Hollywood and driving around the expensive neighborhoods/cities like Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.
Theres great food and restaurants all over L.A. so you just have to be open to different things and find a special place wherever your at.
Other spots and activities would be Griffith Park, hiking in the Hollywood hills, and the canyons and trails of the Pacific Palisades. And if you have time Cataliina Island is a great place to hike and visit.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To name one person or book would be an injustice. So many people have attributed to where I am today. Almost everyone I’ve spent time with over the years have helped formed who I am. From my great group of friends in high school to my many coworkers at the numerous restaurants I’ve worked at over the years. But a few notable groups and people were my friends and coworkers at the Isle of Capri Casino, and my College St Compound friends who really stretched me as a person and opened me up to a different way of thinking and enlightened me to the world of acting, photography, movies and the great outdoors. My time at Primerica Financial Services taught me about money, sales and what it means and takes to be successful. Then there are the friends I met in New Orleans, particularly the New Movement Improv studio and the great friends in my improv troupe Damn Your Sensible Pants. My great friend and confidant Terra Drude who is still a necessary part of life and Sylvia Grace Crim who is always there to help me with auditions and everything acting. And now Playhouse West in Los Angeles, I can say enough about this acting school where the teach the Meisner technique led by Robert Carnegie and fellow teacher Holly Gagnier.
As far as books, the first one to mention would be A Conversation With God by Neil Donald Walsh, that was the first time I heard of the concept of Who You Really Are, which became ever so important in the following years. Other books and authors are Damn Good Advice, by George Lois, The Master Key System by Charles F Haanel, the Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz and authors such as Dr.Wayne Dyer, Dale Carnegie, and the teaching of Ester Hicks.
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