We had the good fortune of connecting with Stacy Beckly and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stacy, how do you think about risk?
Taking risks is scary but I learned very early in life that when you take risks you grow and more times than not you get what you want. I never want to be left wondering “what if” so if there is something I want I go after it with fierce determination. I set my fear aside and do it anyway. I am also very determined and persistent and not giving up allows me to persevere in very difficult situations.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have worked very hard consistently every day for 5 years to be where I am at today. I left a successful career as a Nurse Practitioner to embark on my journey of building a successful acting career. I have been through a lot of incredibly hard things in life that have made me stronger and tougher and I have an unwavering determination to succeed and live my life to the fullest. I am a Kickboxing Coach and a Nurse and my life’s purpose is to inspire people. To help them see that they too can do anything they set their mind to and work hard for. I worked alongside the screenwriter for A Killer Rising, Ausbon Brown III, and together we took that story from the page, brought it to life and into people’s homes. We found the production company, director and the distribution company and the feature film was made for only 10K. It is a role and production I am most proud of because it went from being a vision to a reality and together he and I made that happen. My goal as an actress is to play non-conventional female roles that push the limits and being Kacee Rhona was certainly that. Seeing A Killer Rising on multiple streaming platforms like Amazon Prime, GooglePlay, TubiTV and YouTube and doing so well is extremely rewarding. The sequel will be just as enticing as the original film. I train in Muay Thai, stunts and have weapons training. I am extremely athletic and I love sports. I have learned a lot of lessons along the way in life. Lessons in my career, in love, in friendships and I can say that underlying them all is that it is important to be true to yourself, to what you truly desire and never to let anyone change who you really are. I may keep getting knocked down but I always get back up and keep pushing myself forward. I live my life to the fullest and love life. I love to love. I try to remain conscious of enjoying every moment of life to the fullest and not getting lost in the hustle. And I truly believe that you can do anything you set your mind to. I learned this from my late beloved paternal grandparents and they were right. I was especially close to my paternal grandmother so it is only fitting that I named my production company that I created last year after her, Odelia Beck Productions.
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.
VENICE!!!!!! I absolutely LOVE Venice. I love to go against the grain and tend to be eccentric and Venice is the perfect place for that. Great food, great people, an awesome beach and breathtaking sun sets made me fall in love!! I never realized how delicious veggies could be until I stopped by Erewhon Market on my way home one evening (not to mention a great place to meet people). Biking along the beach on a warm sunny day down to the Santa Monica Pier is the perfect was to combine exercise and relaxation. Stopping in at the Venice Whaler Bar & Grill to catch a football game along with a delicious meal and afterwards watching the waves crash as the sunsets to me is a perfect date.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh wow. There are so many people who have helped me along my journey as a successful professional actress. I most certainly would not have finally jumped in with both feet had it not been my first mentor Francis Chau. He saw my future as an actress before I even started seriously training and helped me along my path when I was brand new and knew nothing of the business. I then went on to train in theatre with Robert Zimmerman and Peter Allas in San Francisco and what I learned in relation to acting, the industry and working this as a business owner was invaluable. They were both incredibly tough teachers but that is what I wanted and needed to be better. I remember Rob making me cry out of frustration on stage one day when I just wasn’t getting the moment right but I needed that to grow. They both say “we aren’t in the business of creating good actors, we create GREAT actors” and they are absolutely right. I learned to believe in myself and to accept and love myself just as I am thanks to Bonnie Gillepsie who taught me that I AM ENOUGH. She also taught me so much in regards to my actor brand and how to network and level up in my career. I learned how to run my acting career as my own business thanks to Wendy Alane Wright. My acting friends became like family and provided essential support and love not only during the good times of celebration after a great audition or completion of a project, but more importantly after being told no after no or having a project fall through. I am incredibly appreciative of every person who has helped me and supported me along the way. This journey of creating a successful acting career is an extremely difficult one and one you have to really love. Years ago I met Henry Czerny while working on the show Sharp Objects and I asked him if he had one piece of advice for me to help me as an actor what that would be. He said “Do what you love and a way will be made” and he was so right. I remember that and love every moment, every role I get no matter how big or how small and I treat everyone as they matter because we all matter. I simply adore my team, I have the best Manager (David Rosenblatt) and Agents (Jillian West and Sara Preisler) team an actor could want. We work hard together for each other and I have so much gratitude for everything they do to get me to the next level. My latest project A Killer Rising is my first starring role in a feature film and is doing very well on Amazon Prime. Filming it was such a wonderful experience and diving into the character of Kacee Rhona was challenging but rewarding. We hope to get the sequel made as a TV series, there is so much more of this story to tell. If it wasn’t for the phenomenal screenwriter Ausbon Brown III I never would’ve been able to bring his story to life and I will be forever grateful to him. During this COVID-19 pandemic I have been working as a Nurse Infection Preventionist alongside many other healthcare workers. We have been working hard to save as many lives as possible and it is tiresome and emotionally exhausting work. I am incredibly appreciative of all the essential workers who risk their lives every day during this overwhelmingly difficult time. I have also recently been training with Howard Fine, who has made an incredible positive impact on me as well as improving my acting craft and auditioning skill and I look forward to using everything he has taught me.
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