We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim Estes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kim, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Part of life is risking what is available for the exploration- that is the price to pay!
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.
In the early 80’s, I started as a “thumbnail”model at the Faces International offices on Post Street in San Francisco.. The acting coach at that location opened the exploration door and off I went. I could only explore that fabulous acting world for a couple of months at a time because of my job in the US Merchant Marines. And as my job responsibilities increases at work, the exploration into the acting world ceased until about 15 years later.. I had moved back to LA and took on increasing responsibility in the Corporate world of oil & gas, traveling the world and understanding what matters. It wasn’t until 2002 that I was able to explore the acting life again but this time in LA – and I dove into that world. I started to consult in the private sector to keep the lights on and at the same time turning over every rock possible to expand my acting career – learning and observing and listening. Bumps, bruises, rejections, learning opportunities and relationships – all vital parts of the adventure. Brand : Reaching back and sharing those experiences are so much a part of the actor’s journey. And it is that part of this complete life that works best for me. The sharing, the educating, the continuous mystery of the unexplored paths.
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.
My friend might be an outsider and not a native to the LA area. My friend might be also a Disney fan/person, so day one we may have to visit The Disney park. However, if not, day one would be the LA/Hollywood tour. Starting with a walk down Melrose blvd from LaBrea to Fairfax on both sides, stopping for lunch at Pinks and then off to Hollywood and Highland to stroll the boulevard and look at the stars in the street and on the street. Maybe even a guided tour of Old Hollywood. Followed by dinner at Yamishiro’s, which is the best view of Hollywood/LA. In town. Day two – aquarium of the Pacific Long Beach followed by a tour of the queen mary and dinner at Sir Winston’s. Day three – trip down the Coast line from Santa Barbara to San Juan Capistrano. Day Four – morning rest and catch a theatre production in the evening. Day Five – Brunch with the Grandchildren and dinner with the family Day 6 – visitors choice. Day 7 – reflection time until departure
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Along my life in my different careers, I had the great fortune of having more than one set of mentors. On the Merchant Marine stream, I have had people like Randolph Osbourne and Jerry Aspland / and on the acting stream louis Parnell and TheSpyAnts theatre company /and on the life stream my dad. If I had to choose one, it would the root life stream. -my attitude, fortitude, drive and sense of humor come from him.