Little did I know that the quest to know oneself is a journey we must all take at some point in our lives, and it’s often a crisis point that leads us there. It certainly was for me – I was suffering tremendously. How wise of Spirit to make it so. Left to my own devices, I’d still be living at a purely superficial level.
But when you have a name like Kelley, which means ‘lively warrior’ you don’t really have a choice but to get your butt off the couch and out into the world, and attract people and situations that will teach you to be courageous and warrior-like. If only my name meant, ‘born to binge-watch Breaking Bad.’
If only my name meant, ‘born to binge-watch Breaking Bad.’
I fell in love with theatre and acting and pursued a career in entertainment, doing what I loved.
When I left school I studied Drama because, believe it or not, I was a painfully shy child. I had very low self-esteem but the moment I stood on a stage, the whole world came alive. I fell in love with theatre and acting and pursued a career in entertainment, doing what I loved. I followed my soul’s desire, and it paid off hugely.
Some career highlights include: asking Nelson Mandela a question at a press conference when I was 23; hosting the afternoon show on Classic FM for many years and getting to interview some amazing writers and musicians; writing the SAFTA-winning crime series for M-Net, Crimes Uncovered SA; working as the Assistant Head Writer at Isidingo (this wasn’t so much a highlight as it was my greatest teacher). That’s all the ‘glam’ stuff that fed my creativity and got my adrenaline pumping, whereas if I look back at what truly fed my soul, it was the volunteer projects I did for non-profit organisations (Nkosi’s Haven, Teddy Bear Clinic, Big Brother Big Sister and Logwood Village).
I made up a telephone number and phoned Hollywood in the hopes of making contacts there for my future acting career. A woman did indeed answer, and we became lifelong friends. I jumped on a plane at age 17 and went to visit her in New York City.
I worked at Harrods during their January sales (where I first heard the rumour that old man Al Fayed spies on the ladies in the change rooms – don’t say I didn’t warn you)
I was an au pair in California for three children (that ended disastrously when the family kicked me out on Christmas Day)
I was a holiday rep in Turkey and Greece (I broke a lot of hearts on the Turquoise Coast. Yes Murat, I’m talking about you, my little Turkish delight)
in the UK for the elderly (where I learned how to administer a suppository rather efficiently, but won’t do it again in a hurry, unless you ask nicely)
I toured Italy for 6 months with an Educational Theatre company teaching English and Drama to Italian children (where I learned that you never get involved with an Italian man unless you like living with his Mamma too)
I went to India, to the OSHO Meditation Resort (where I learned that no matter where in the world I am, I’m always trying to meet boys)
I was hired as the English governess to a Russian family in Switzerland and Miami (that ended abysmally, but I came away with a great impersonation of Russians which prompted me to create my Russian comedy character, Natalya)
I worked as the English coach at an IT company in Leipzig, Germany (this was after declaring to the Universe that I wanted a job where I got paid to speak all day and not work very much)