Learn How To Stay Authentic And True To Yourself with Kyra Grace
I recently had the opportunity to exclusively interview Kyra Grace to learn five random facts about herself and who is an actor or actress she'd love to work with in the future. Check out my interview with Kyra below:
Loryn: What is a project you hope to accomplish this year?
Kyra: A project I hope to accomplish this year is shooting at least 4 monologues that I’ve saved and have been thinking about recently. I collect monologues from tv shows, movies, and plays that inspire me and keep them in a folder. What excites me about this, is the opportunity to play with material I might not normally be considered for. It allows my artistic expression to run wild.
Loryn: What advice do you have for those interested in leveraging their social media platforms?
Kyra: The advice I have for those who are interested in leveraging social media platforms is to stay authentic and true to yourself. Don’t leverage your platform because you feel like you have to, do it because you want to. Social media can be such an inauthentic space and is overcrowded by people who put out content that isn’t authentic to them. As artists, our social media platforms have started to become more important than the craft and talent itself. I think it’s about recognizing this shift and finding the balance that’s true to who you are and represents you/your brand.
Loryn: Who is an actor or actress you'd love to work with in the future?
Kyra: An actress that I would love to work with in the future is Charlize Theron. I think she is such a groundbreaking artist. She continues to defy the norms of what she would be typically cast as and started her own production company in the process. Her performance in “Monster” broke her out of the mold of "blonde bombshell" and allowed her to live up to her artistic potential. She never fails to inspire me and I am always looking forward to her next project.
Loryn: What lesson has the entertainment industry taught you?
Kyra: The entertainment industry has taught me that you cannot seek outside validation. You need to trust and believe in your ability to succeed. This industry is not easy and you need to have the confidence, determination, and resiliency to keep moving forward. Also, take care of yourself. I feel like everyone always talks about the “struggling actor” and how you need to sacrifice everything for your dream. Remember that mental health and physical health is essential, we can’t act without our bodies and minds. Lastly, be gentle with yourself. There will be weeks when you feel on top of the world because you have 10 auditions and booked a gig, but then there will be weeks or months when you don’t work and feel like a failure. Remember that you define your success. Success can mean memorizing a monologue, reading a play, watching a show with friends, taking an acting class, etc. There are so many things in this business that we cannot control, focus on what you can control and celebrate yourself!
Loryn: What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
Kyra: Something that people would be surprised to learn about me is that I was bullied a lot in school. I was a nerdy girl who stayed in her teacher's classroom during lunch and didn’t have a lot of friends. This experience taught me that people bully you when they’re threatened by you. Never let someone have that power over you, shine your light unapologetically and remember that you are beautiful and worthy of all the world has to offer.
Be sure to stay updated with Kyra Grace by checking out her websites: https://linktr.ee/kyragrace. Also, be sure to follow her on Instagram: @kyraaagrace