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“I’d like to start a movement that dives into the triggers of suicide”

With Kellie Dionne

I would start a movement that dives into the triggers of suicide. There are a lot of broken people in the world; in both wealth and poverty, and from celebrities to the unknown. Many of these victims give no indication until it is too late. Pain is pain, whether it be physical or emotional it can all start and end with a single thought process.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Kellie Dionne. Kellie is a model, spokesmodel, actress, TV host, and pageant queen. Now living full time in Los Angeles Kellie is continuing her pursuits in the entertainment industry with a greater focus toward film and television.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I have always loved the idea of being on screen. Gorgeous people, fast cars, and hot shoes have fascinated me for as long as I can remember. When I was a child I actually wanted to be a race car driver, however my parents were highly opposed to the idea and told me to save my theatrics for the camera. From then on I dreamt of being in the entertainment business, and I wanted to do it all. I began ballet and music at an early age, but preferred modeling and acting so I ventured into drama and acting classes at age 14. Due to being the awkward “ugly duckling” child that I seen myself to be I struggled with self confidence until I reached my teenage years.

A close family friend was a photographer for MTV who brought me with her to a number of concerts. At just 16 years of age backstage passes and VIP parties were my introductions to the entertainment industry. An unparallelled education with long term residuals summed up the formidable years.

Thereafter modeling and acting finally became a serious profession for me. I also attended Bible College, licensed in Financial Securities, Real Estate, Private Investigations through Journalism, and Automotive Sales Management as a means (after a brutal divorce) to comfortably support myself and my children between the auditions, the castings, and various publications.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

I was asked to interview with Imajh Productions as America’s Sexiest Girl. I didn’t take it seriously and ignored it the first time. The request came in a second time with an emphasis on the meaning of “Sexy”. Imajh wanted to publish me as the smartest, classiest, and most beautiful woman in America being America’s Sexiest Girl. This was a global publication with an 8 page spread in the magazine that led to the Worlds Sexiest Girls publication also by Imajh. Unfortunately, there were some issues with customs so the hard copy publication never made it to the U.S.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

I was on an audition for a cable company commercial. The scene took place in a kitchen where I was to pretend I was talking on the phone to my imaginary sister. I was so excited during the audition I was oblivious to the camera and with my back to the lens I was completely out of frame the entire audition. The casting director never bothered to cut and said this was the most interesting audition and most beautiful blue eyes he never caught on camera, told me I was just gorgeous and said they’d never see that again, and I learned never to do that again.

At that time I still hadn’t realized what I had done, and thought the crew neglected to roll the cameras. The next girl up informed me, and thanked me for making her audition so much easier. A year later I was booked for a Phoenix University commercial where the same director created my ending scene with my back completely to the camera.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

I’m currently cast for several films where I’m still under the NDAs, but great information will be coming soon. Meanwhile I am in the process of negotiating terms for my own show. I’m auditioning for various films and a few upcoming series on several different networks.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

I was the TV Host at Arizona Sports and Lifestyle on AZTV and the Panelist on Tonia and Friends TV where I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing so many amazing people.

I had the pleasure of meeting Kevin Klein just hours prior to his performance of “The One Man Shakespeare”. It was an amazing performance and he imparted such great instruction both before and after his performance. It was quite an honor to learn from this award winning icon.

He wrote down my name and said he’d be watching for me.

Celebrity designer Rocky Gathercole is another individual I will forever remember. I Interviewed Mr. Gathercole at SMOCA’s red carpet event (Scottsdale’s Museum of Contemporary Art) and during my interview he offered to make me a gown of my own, he possesses such a gentle and humble nature.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

God is the creative foundation I look to every day. Have faith and deeply believe in yourself.

When you have time in your pocket, spend it devoting your attention to projects where educing your talent occurs every step of the way. Stay positive, If you can do that you will grow into more than you ever thought possible.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)

I would start a movement that dives into the triggers of suicide. There are a lot of broken people in the world; in both wealth and poverty, and from celebrities to the unknown. Many of these victims give no indication until it is too late. Pain is pain, whether it be physical or emotional it can all start and end with a single thought process.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

The 5 things I wish someone told me when I first started are

  1. The real difference between exclusive and non exclusive agency. I signed an exclusive with an agency in the UK with the understanding 20% was only taken when that agency did the booking. I learned the hard way it meant my entire book of business. Fortunately the contract was only for 6 months.
  2. Never give up. Everyone experiences highs and lows, no one books every single audition and not everyone lands every roll they audition for. Not landing a roll doesn’t mean you aren’t worthy, it just means that someone else was a better fit, and it could be something completely out of your control, such as ethnicity or height.
  3. Every industry requires a set of tools and this business is no different. A portfolio happens over time, TFPs and TFPCDs are old terms but still refer to an exchange between the model and the photographer or the actor and the videographer. The model or actor receives a copy of the work in exchange for allowing the pro behind the camera to use it for promotional purposes. This is a great way to build your portfolio and to create an awesome reel.
  4., this site offers a wealth of great monologues. Mirror the actor you want to emulate. Find your style and pick the monologues that reflect your talent.
  5. Don’t overthink things. I began to over think everything to such a degree as a TV Host my producers decided to only give me 10 minutes prior to rolling so I could think up the questions and deliver the natural quick witted responses they hired me for.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

My Life Lesson quote is one of my own, “Never fail to realize the magnitude of you” One day a young girl who seen me frequently asked me if I was Wonder Woman. Before I could answer she said, “Well I think you are and I want to be just like you”. I suddenly realized that people were watching a great deal more than I had ever realized.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

Yes, there are so many people who have helped me along the way.

Employed in the automotive industry at Freeway Chevrolet in AZ I was trying to make time for auditions so My boss Mike Cook created a position giving me the freedom to attend the auditions and bookings whenever I needed. My superior John Huggins helped with my travel expenses to and from my bookings, and my co-worker James Gutierrez aided me to ensure all my deadlines were covered Andre Better, an amazing artist painted several portraits of me.

Lorie Anderson, (my 2nd mom) and another friend George Tellez also aided in covering my expenses several times to give me a chance to rest and focus on making this career happen.

My agents and dear friends Rich and Amy Hersey of Manikin Models and Talent. They’ve given me the opportunity to experience all sides of the industry not only their talent but also as their Lead Talent Director.

Each of them has asked only for my success in return. I am so blessed to have them in my life.

Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. :-)

I would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with a few people.

Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Elen Degeneres are my top picks of all time. Each of these ladies possesses such an individual sophistication and finesse that it just radiates in everything they do.

Every appearance and performance is absolutely captivating for me. The genuine expression of transparency coupled with each of their vibrant personalities completely draws me in with every performance and appearance.

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Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational!



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