LApocalypse Series: Entry One.

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A little bit of a late post here, but I worked with one of my favorite photographers (Carrie <3 ) again & worked on some concepts that align perfectly with my "LApocalypse" photo-series! It was an amazing, beautiful, fun, long day shooting together with help from our sidekick, Andrew!

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It was such a great day hanging out with awesome creatives & playing with guns & smoke bombs. And by playing, I mean, safely handling. lol. lol but really.

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How about this awesome fucking shot? Carrie is a visionary and a magician!! She made me levitate guys!!! One of the coolest shots I've ever seen!!

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Oh and "fake" smoking some cigarettes too.

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There were literally so many awesome shots that it was hard to pick which ones I wanted to use for the blog!!! I'll be posting other ones/repeating favorites on instagram as well so be sure to check there if you just can't get enough, like me!

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I'm so pleased with the all the photos we created & she even through together a LApocalypse video!!! It's always such a pleasure working with Carrie and Andrew- I hope we get together for another fun project soon! <3 <3 <3

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Afterwards Carrie was way too generous and bought us dinner & drinks at an adorable Mexican restaurant with great service, drinks, and food- I'll have to get back to you on the name (gosh, I'm the worst). But the burritos and margaritas were bangin'

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Almost forgot to end the set with the classic Carrie shot to wrap it up! lmao Love her so much! Don't forget to follow her on instagram too! @cafrancesphoto

Also below is one more quick cool little vidoe she made where you get to see a little BTS action!

Long Beach can’t handle us.

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TLDR: I've made a friend in Long Beach! & She's also from FL too ;p Look at us being all cute playing dress up & taking pictures! Follow her insta to see more!!! @_enyastewart

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Once upon a time, I did background work for a commercial at the Long Beach aquarium & I met this lovely lady named Enya! Come to find out that we both live in Long Beach & don't have any friends down this way. Three cheers for Long Beach loners!

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But now, we have each other & this is just one of the many shoots/creative projects that we'll be throwing together!

All of these were taken on our iPhones & on location... at my house in Long Beach lol

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Also s/o to @emily.norcia for unknowingly providing us with wine for the night because she left it in my fridge lmao <3

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Gotta throw in this mirror pic with completely different outfits because this was the reality of the night & omg it was so much fun!

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Also s/o to the Huji app..if you haven't used it & you like goofing off like us, you should. It will rock your world.

We didn't have to buy anything or spend any money on this shoot & I am extremely happy with our shots!

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Thank you @_enyastewart for the super fun night & newfound friendship!!! Looking forward to more creative adventures in the future!!!

Bad girl’s club ;]

TLDR: DIY photoshoot night with one of the baddest babes I know ;] Thanks for all the hot pics beautiful @xxhannahwhitingxx <—follow her on insta


Super-overdue hang out sesh/slumber party with my girl @xxhannahwhitingxx <3 The day started with me driving up to her neck-of-the-woods & helping her record some slate videos (something that’s now on my to-do list)…naturally, this turned into us grabbing some deliciously unhealthy and completely satisfying food from the taco stand across the street from her apartment.

Then, she introduced me to a fabulous thrift store called “Out of the Closet” where I snagged some excellent pieces for a photoshoot I’ve got coming up & a nice light green JCREW button down for my bf! From there, we grabbed some Shock Top, picked up Jekyll, and headed down to my place.

And finally, to round out the night, we indulged in some of favorite our favorite bad-girl activities including…eating Domino’s & contributing to the cowspiracy...

[[S/o to my fans that watched me seductively eat pizza from the beginning in a @stepdadfla music video]]

… &drinking Coca-cola & slowly killing our bodies and the environment. (But it sure is delicious, especially if you splash it in whiskey!)

And the main event for the night…playing dress up & taking pictures!!! I’m so happy with how these turned out! & I can’t thank Hannah enough for these amazing shots that we took on our iPhones! She also introduced me to an app called Huji which has the filter we used when we took these pics!

Photo credits: @xxhannahwhitingxx

Wardrobe styling credits: @xxhannahwhitingxx

Make up artist credits: @xxhannahwhitingxx

We definitely got some super cute pics of each other but it would be nice if we could take some more together! Any photographer friends that want to collaborate on a fun shoot with us-hollerrrr!

Looking forward to seeing her again & (no doubt) shooting with her again! It’s always a good time with my Hannah girl, I’m so fortunate to have her in my life <3 What trouble shall we stir up next? Here’s a clue…bubbles will be involved! What kind? Not tellingggg!!! Better check back next time! =p xoxo, Kelly

The Reality of Self-taping!

TLDR: Self-tapes can be annoying or they can be fun-up to you. You’ll enjoy acting more & book more work if you have fun with it and make it professional!!!

  1. It’s a self-tape. At the end of the day, traditionally, you need some kind of device to film you, a tripod, some kind of lighting that makes you appear somewhat like yourself, a blank wall/backdrop, two copies of your sides, and another human being to act with. YOU NEED THESE THINGS. I’ve done self-tapes without all of those things as well multiple times, but if you actually want a decent self-tape, it requires these things. So figure it out. I have a cute little “creative space” nook that has two big windows and I’ve left the third wall completely blank. I have a stool and mutiple chairs and a stack of boxes where I place my tiny little tripod-attached to my old iphone (camera device)-directly on top (adjust number of boxes accordingly). The one major thing that I’m usually lacking is another human being. Eventually my nook is going to be upgraded with a real tripod, a fancy camera, a ring light/professional lights with those umbrella-thingies, a few different colored papers/backdrops, a sweet-ass microphone, soundproofing capabilities, and a desktop Mac with all the latest photo/video editing capabilities…oh, and a bomb-ass bean bag chair. (s/o to Emily and Conner for bean bag inspo!!! I’m on the hunt for a good one!)
  2. It’s an audition. You have to be prepared for an audition. That means, read your freaking sides, memorize your freaking sides, learn wtf is happening in the scene, what’s your relationship to the other character, blah blah blah. Do your homework. Your “reader” shouldn’t be doing all of your homework with you. If they are a good friend & willing to work with you through all of that-s/o to them. But no one should ever expect someone to do all that with them. I would definitely consider asking a friend/partner to help you “read” or “rehearse” as a separate favor from the “help me record an audition RQ” favor. This also means deciding what you’re going to wear and how you’re going to do your hair/make up beforehand, if that matters. Separate. Favor. All of these things can take some time.
  3. It an audition! Auditions are good things-things to be celebrated and appreciated! I have a tendency to dread auditions. It’s starting to grow on me, though. In this industry, especially if you’re new to film, I think you have to learn to love auditioning. Coming from a theatre background (where I worked with a lot of the same people) I didn’t have to audition very much & I was never really excited for my auditions…unless I actually took the time to prepare a fun bomb-ass monologue. Sometimes monologue auditions are just so much freaking fun. Anyway, the reality of this industry is that, as an actor, you’re going to have to audition a lot. In fact, that’s your job. Your JOB, as an actor, is to audition. And audition. And audition. Charles Howerton (s/o to Charles-what a talent & joy to work with!!! <3) told me that at a hysterical staged reading of (the hilarious and extraordinarily well-written) The Five Dollar Shakespeare Company By Matthew Leavitt (s/o to Matthew Leavitt for inviting me into your theatre family and trusting me with your art) at Theatre 68 in North Hollywood (also s/o to Jamie Zwick for thinking of me for that project & getting to work with you again!!) Learn to love auditioning because, whether its a theatrical monologue for your favorite show or a self-tape of sides for an unpaid-student film, it’s an opportunity to act! Which is great, cuz that’s what we love to do right?!
  4. Don’t be a lazy actor that just thinks about your performance and nothing else… Kelly. Get creative with your filming! This is your little movie, your little self-tape. Obviously, it has to be appropriate to what the script/audition calls for and the performance is what we’re trying to showcase here, but-you’re setting up the scene. You and your partner will work out focusing the camera and all that jazz…but you don’t have to just sit or stand and deliver lines. You can add some blocking & definitely you should figure out your eyelines if you’re looking at other shit in your scene. And editing! I mean, please do not go crazy with editing, but if the audition calls for slapping stuff together, slap it together with your flare. I had an audition I did by myself because all I had to do was repeat one word a bunch of different ways & the way in which I specifically put different deliveries of the word next to each other in post is what helped make it funny. Did it have to be funny? No, but I saw an opportunity there so I ran with it.
  5. Not-doing self-tapes means not-booking gigs. You actually have to do all of the above and submit on time in order to get the freaking gig. I feel like I shouldn’t have to say that to anyone, but unfortunately, I have to say it to myself, so it makes the list. I don’t know why I normally like in-person auditions way more, but that’s changing. I have let so many of my self-tapes just slide on by me without even attempting to tape them. What a dumb broad. Self-tapes are super popular nowadays-nobody cares if you don’t have a place to shoot it or if you suck with technology or you don’t have any friends-figure it out, truth is, none of that is probably true anyway. A lot of productions have (at least) their first round of auditions online through self-tape. In reality, that means no driving through traffic, no getting your shift covered, no spending money on gas and parking-so appreciate that, and just do the damn thing.

You don’t have to have the fanciest equipment or set up, but you do have to have some kind of set up & if the script calls for another character you need to have another person (none of that do-it-yourself-and-leave pauses/reaction-facial-expression-moment-to-add-lines-in-by-voice-over-in-imovie-later nonsense. Yes, I’m guilty of that.) If you actually prepare and get on board with another actor, it can be a really fun process! So if you’re like me & you’ve been being a total brat about self-tapes, get over yourself-call a friend, have some fun & book some work, bitch!

@cafrancesphoto appreciation post! <3

TLDR: Carrie is an amazing artist & beautiful woman that took these incredible photos of me up in the Angeles National Forest (where we even found a waterfall) ! 🙂 Enjoy the pics & more projects to come! Follow her insta @cafrancesphoto & here's her website https://www.cafrancesphoto.com

I met Carrie after one of my performances in "Time Stands Still" at the Lounge theatre. Almost every night I had to rush right to work afterward so I didn't get to meet many people but I'm really glad I had the chance to meet her! We exchanged contact info & she reached out to me about a little collaboration project involving a fairy/witch/nature-inspired type aesthetic photoshoot up in the Angeles National Forest! I was really excited to get some great shots with Carrie and enjoy a little nature adventure but the day absolutely surpassed my expectations!

I also got to meet Andrew, a friend of Carrie's that helped us out during the shoot! He was super sweet and helpful and carried everything including lights, my boots and towel, and even me at point when I was trying to get down from this tree lol... & he brought this sword that made me feel like a bad ass!

Today I met up with Carrie at an adorable little restaurant called "Aroma Cafe" in Studio City & we chowed down on some yummy ass food! I got the breakfast quesadilla! (I'll have to do a separate post on "Aroma Cafe" next time I go there. So good. and so cute! Very Key-West-ie!!!) Sitting down one-on-one with her was so nice because-well, first of all, she's just the sweetest thing ever-but I really got a better understanding of her artistic view and deep appreciation for women, actors, artists and all human beings in general. She's so creative, kind, respectful, and inspiring-I'm really honored that she wants to include me in her future projects!

There were so many great shots-I still can't believe we found this waterfall!!! Carrie and Andrew were so patient with me even though my eyes were super sensitive in the light and I was a cold little baby in the water lol

I really just had so much fun hanging out with both of them & making some cool photos! & what an amazing nature adventure!! And look at all these fairytale pictures I have to add to my portfolio & make me feel like a real-life princess! Thank you so much guys <3

Also, did I mention, Carrie is hilarious & so much fun! Apparently this shot here is a tradition in her creative photography process! hahaha I love it!

Follow her insta @cafrancesphoto & here's her website https://www.cafrancesphoto.com