We had the good fortune of connecting with Kyleen Likas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kyleen, why did you pursue a creative career?
I pursue an artistic/creative career because it is what fulfills me the most. Whether it’s dancing, acting, or really any creative job, I never feel like I’m “working”, and always leave a set feeling so inspired and just plain happy. I lose track of time whenever I’m doing something creative, and I think it’s that kind of thing you want to chase as a career.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started dancing when I was just 3, and begin dancing competitively at the age of 6. From there dance really took over my life, and it was all I wanted to do. Around the age of 8 or 9, I knew I wanted to pursue it professionally, and was lazor focused on that goal throughout my childhood. I also loved acting and performing in musicals and plays throughout this time. I moved to LA at the age of 19, just a month after graduating highshool. From there I began dancing professionally in gigs such as music videos, commercials, live performances, and more. Throughout this time my itch to act again continued to grow. These past couple years I have really put an emphasis on developing myself as an actress, and seeing myself as more than just a dancer. Something that sets me apart in my craft, is my athletic side that I can use to my advantage. Along with dancing and acting, I am a surfer, snowboarder, rock climber, and personal trainer. I’ve been able to combine these skills with acting and dancing on some pretty cool jobs, like a few ASICS Campaigns I’ve done. Getting to where I am definitely wasn’t easy. My biggest challenge has always been within myself. Self-doubt and fear of not being talented enough was something I really had to work through to get to where I am today, and still work at it now to continue to progress in my career.
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.
Funny, my best friends were just in town until today! Of course things are a little different with quarantine, so I’ll tell you what we did, and add in a bit of what we would have also done if everything was up and running! haha. Definitely a lot of surfing, took them to my favorite beach in Malibu to longboard and hangout. We did some thrifting in Silver Lake, and ate at my favorite Vegan restaurant, Sage. Head up to Venutra, for some more surfing, haha. And of course some hiking, we did Lady Face trail in Agoura Hills. We ended the trip with a little camping adventure up near Mono Lake, where we did some rock climbing and hiking. Now in an ideal world, we also would’ve hit a dance show, maybe at the Sweat Spot over on the east side. As well as seen a couple bands perform, or maybe some stand up at The Comedy Store or a show at The Groundlings. Taking my friends to see different forms of art is definitely a must!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I feel like there are so many people who have helped lead me to where I am today… But the enormous amount of love and support from my parents is definitely a huge reason I am where I am today. They’ve always done nothing but believe in me, and tell me I can do anything I put my mind to. As an artist, I realize a lot of people in my line of work don’t always have that amount of support from their parents, so I am truly forever grateful to them. I am also so grateful for my Acting coach and mentor, Alice Carter, who has believed in me and taught me so much as I transition from my career as a professional dancer, into also being an Actor. She has supported me so much throughout my process, introduced me to an amazing acting community, and helped me develop into a more open and honest person in acting and life.
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