SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Kellsie Moore: Hi there! Yes, thank you for this invitation. I am an actress and Mindset Mentor. I am extremely passionate about helping people and myself realize that our external reality is a projection of our internal world. I’m all about empowering people to know that they are co-creator to their life and it is their responsibility to make it what they want. Adopting that new belief system is definitely a huge part of what started my acting career. I am the founder of my company @BeMarvelousYou that teaches these principles. When I’m not acting or building my business, I spend most of my time playing with my puppy @LeoCockapooMoore and traveling the world with my wonderful husband David.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actress?
Kellsie Moore: I’ve always loved acting, telling stories, being in plays, doing short films etc. while growing up and secretly I dreamed about actually working as an actress, but it wasn’t until three years ago that I actually took that desire seriously. I wasn’t particularly confident on stage, very boisterous or extremely outgoing or anything, I just simply loved and deeply appreciated the way that any great story can reach into someone’s soul and change how they felt about something. It can change their worldview, change their feelings, connect them, save them, inspire them. So, about three years ago, I was sitting at my desk in the correctional office I used to work in, on a stormy night around 9pm, feeling miserable and sorry for myself and I asked myself what was something that used to make me feel alive. Acting immediately came to mind and I started googling acting work and training in my city.
SKSM: How did you become involved in Big Driver Dollar Baby film?
Kellsie Moore: During that exact google search, I came across Kyle’s audition posting for this Dollar Babies Stephen King production. I thought, “hmmm I am terrified of scary stories but my dad is absolutely obsessed with Stephen King so it must be a good story!” I then purchased the book, read it and thought about it, talked it over with my husband for about a week and decided to request an audition. At this time I had no formal training, coaches, manager or agents.
SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?
Kellsie Moore: I think it’s an incredible story about the will to survive and gaining the strength to overcome her fears and then it is thrilling to see her seek revenge and retribution against her abusers. Not to mention the fact that she looses her mind a bit makes it really fun to play!
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Kellsie Moore: I think Kyle originally picked this script because he had the lead cast already in mind but that fell through so he held auditions and I am SO glad he did! That was my first ever audition as an adult and I really had no idea what I was doing but I felt so incredibly alive walking into that room with sides in my hands ready to scream and cry and bring this character to life.
SKSM: You worked with Kyle Burnett on this film, how was that?
Kellsie Moore: It was wonderful, Kyle is fantastic! He had such a cool vision for what he wanted it to look like and having a passionate director makes it all the more fun. I think this was the first film for all of us so it was a really neat experience to learn as we went and get to work with such a committed group of people.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Kellsie Moore: Haha yes! There were tons of fun moments on set and times we had to stop laughing to start rolling. But something I thought was really funny was that Kyle would keep asking me if I was okay between takes while I was practicing my lines, because I looked so distraught, and I had to tell him that yes I’m fine, I’m just in character!
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Kellsie Moore: Yes! Actually Kyle and I just did a stylized photoshoot about two weeks ago. You can check out some of the shots on my instagram @KellsieActor
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
Kellsie Moore: I currently have about four commercials circulating either online or on hulu, one short film I’m in called “Mary” is being screened at several film festivals, auditioning frequently and I am actually currently writing my own suspense thriller short film.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Kellsie Moore: I really loved his book “The Eyes of the Dragon” but other than that, they’re all too scary for me! But he’s obviously a phenomenal author and I would love to do another dollar babies production of his work.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Kellsie Moore: I am a kickboxer and self-defense instructor.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Kellsie Moore: Yes absolutely! Thank you for having me. A huge thank you to anyone who took the time to read this, I appreciate you!!
SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?
Kellsie Moore: Feel free to connect on instagram and follow @KellsieActor for more updates and adventures!