We had the good fortune of connecting with Lorene Chesley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lorene, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I’m from the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area, and it shaped and formed who I am today. My family and our chemistry, the positive encouragement and support I got from them to pursue an artistic career. The music, the food, the fashion. It all shaped who I am, and why I am the way I am today.
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 love my artistry. Acting in particular. Getting to dive deep into character work brings me joy! I love doing the research, and living in someone else’s shoes for either a short or long period of time. I have been really blessed to play a wide range of characters, particularly in theatre and voice-over work. Just this fall I was able to reprise one of the absolute toughest roles and most emotionally draining characters I’ve ever done for an audio play. It was an honor. It’s been such an interesting journey. I always knew I wanted to be in entertainment. I started as a dancer for about 15 years, then really delved into acting after I let that go. I just never got tired of being in rehearsal or getting notes. Thinking of then to now, wow. College, MFA to LA. It has been a RIDE! lol Lots of rejection, perseverance, and faith. The connections and relationships I made from college and from my Master’s program really helped with me maintaining relationships which ultimately led to opportunities years later. I learned that drive and determination are real, and the power of NO. I don’t have to accept everything that comes my way. I have the power to create and perform work that is important to me, which led me to create my own projects, and let me be in total control which was extremely liberating.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
OMG I love this! I love planning an itinerary! So, we would have to have bomb ass food and drink for sure: Cerveteca on the west side for Mexican plus the Arclight for a cute movie night with drinks. A nice hike at either the Culver Stairs, or Griffifth Park. A beach day at Zuma or another Malibu spot. Cravin Crabcakes for a fun food truck with legit MD crabcakes. I looove donuts and SK’s is one of my all time favs or Fonuts for the vegan and gluten free folks (but still realllly good!) Of course the Grove to walk around, shop and have nom noms at the Original Farmer’s Market. I adore Undergrind Cafe in Beverlywood, so coffee and food there for sure. Spa day with my girl Winnie at KureSpa, Hair with Roni, the Curl Gangsta. I loooove a good Korean Day Spa and Olympic Day Spa always treats ya’ girl right! Memorial Park if you just wanna relax and chill. LA has such a wide variety of neighborhoods that there are gems anywhere you go! Also, a must is visiting Madison at OpenEye Crystals. Then grab some food on the way back from My Two Cents, Stevie’s Creole Cafe, or Sky’s Taco’s. I’m hungry just thinking about it all! This city has so much to offer!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’m so grateful for all of my success and thank God for my many Blessings! My family, in particular my core unit of my Dad, Mom and little brother Stephen have been incredible. Swerve Studio, Arena Stage, and FEAST have all been wonderful organizations that promote and encourage my work as well! I’m seriously thankful and grateful because I’m overwhelmed by the support I have in my life.
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