Actor & Model
Actor & Model
Of her broadcasting work, Kelly's collaboration with national broadcasting station EBS is uniquely dear to her: "Sunday Story-time with Kelly" was a light-hearted family-focussed radio show in the wake of the 2014 Sewol disaster - a tragedy that claimed the lives of 326 people, many of whom were children. She led televised morning segments for Korean media giants Arirang (world affairs) and EBS news, eagerly embracing the challenges of live TV, as well as the art of interviewing. Discovering people's stories remains one of her passions.
In 2014, Kelly portrayed a comical "awkward plain Jane" host on Arirang's "Korea Today". In 2017, she co-authored "Full Sentence English, a best selling franchise for private cable TV channel JEI TV. In addition to her role as a writer, she hosted the first season of "Full Sentence English".
On the strictly audio side, Kelly has enjoyed voice roles in commercials, games, films, documentaries, and several award winning animations - including one special effects film that debuted at Cannes Film Festival 2018 (showing was in English). In the Seoul market, she was known for her "natural resonance" when singing in children's character voices. She regularly co-wrote and produced children's songs in her home studio.
Regardless of her location, Kelly is a dedicated activist and advocate for the ethical treatment of Seoul's entertainers. In 2013, Kelly founded a private group on Facebook that aims to educate, protect and provide ethical work for expat entertainers. She regularly works with the South Korean media in an effort to encourage increased governmental regulation of the Seoul entertainment industry, and to investigate abuse. Press kit available upon request.
A Canadian citizen, Kelly began modeling with Elite Toronto and Vogue Models & Talent (Hamilton, Toronto). In 2000, she relocated and resumed her creative career in Seoul, S. Korea. As an expat, Kelly enjoyed a varied professional life working in casting, PR, performance, education, animal welfare, branding, journalism, and as the owner of a small creative content company. To read an article profiling Kelly as a prominent woman in Korean entertainment, click here.
Working as a fashion model, Kelly toed the line between 'commercial and edgy'; often being described as 'overly theatrical'. She eventually transitioned into acting, specializing in voice and broadcasting. Whilst in Seoul, she created and hosted TV programs targeting the ESL and global community. She enjoyed showcasing Korea to the world, and grew to be a familiar character actor in English language TV documentaries. She was blessed to wear many hats.
A global creative: from Canada to Seoul to America...
Above, first: Photo by David Sheldrick; Second: Still from EBS English Morning News
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