Actor & Model
20+ years’ experience as a professional voice actor spanning 4 nations
Home studio with editing and production capacity
15 years as a respected media personality in Seoul, S Korea
Experience in broadcasting, hosting, live (radio & TV)
Experienced with Teleprompters
Franchise Development experience - specializing in ESL-focussed media
Kelly Frances is a Canadian citizen, legally residing in The USA – currently represented by Donna Baldwin Agency in Denver. Prior to her 2019 arrival in Denver, she spent nearly 20 years in Seoul, South Korea where she was known for her work as a TV and radio show host, film actor, model, and voice actress. Kelly obtained legal residency in America just in time for the COVID quarantine and is extremely eager to put her training and experience into action within the American market. When she isn't working, she's a Crossfit fanatic, runner and MMA enthusiast who enjoys writing, painting and spending time with her cats.
Kelly's voice portfolio includes:
Working with a partner to produce original songs
Singing with versatile, realistic character vocals.
Customized children’s song production and performance (from start to finish)
Major RPG games, portfolio available upon request
Special VFX (immersive film voiceover)
Kelly Frances voice actress & spokesperson, nautilus Hyosung
as Mary Scranton; Korea: 50 year Celebratory documentary
A CREATIVE JOURNEY 'ROUND THE GLOBE
Kelly entered the modeling scene fresh out of school with Elite Toronto and Vogue Models & Talent (Hamilton, Toronto). In the year 2000, a "modeling venture gone awry" took her to Asia. She shifted her focus from the fashion market in Osaka, Japan to ESL in Daegu, South Korea, where she began teaching English. A year later, she returned to Canada to complete grad school, but the travel bug was quick to bite again. In 2002, Kelly resumed her creative career in Seoul, South Korea; first as a model, and later a voice and on-camera performer.
The following years abroad afforded Kelly opportunities in various professional fields, including casting, PR, performance, education, animal welfare, event management, journalism, and entrepreneurship. To read an article profiling Kelly as a prominent woman in Korean entertainment, aptly titled "Finding the Joy in Work", click here.
As a fashion model, Kelly toed the line between 'commercial and edgy’,
often being described as 'overly theatrical'. She transitioned into
acting, beginning with voiceover work and then on-camera commercial work. Whilst in Seoul, Kelly was fortunate to engage in multiple roles surrounding production: English Broadcasting Station (EBS) hired her as a writer and production trainee in addition to her acting work on ESL program "Actual English" and she had the rare opportunity to co-create and star in the popular ESL franchise "Full Sentence English" at JEI TV.
Kelly's first foray into live TV saw her portraying a comical "awkward plain Jane" host on the health and exercise-focussed segment "Move it!" - part of Arirang's "KoreaToday" prime time English morning show. Of her broadcasting work, Kelly's collaboration with EBS Radio is uniquely dear to her: "Sunday Story-time with Kelly" was a light-hearted and family-focused 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 regularly hosted televised segments for Korean media giants Arirang (world affairs) and EBS news; embracing the challenges of live TV and developing skills as an interviewer.
On the strictly audio side, Kelly was blessed with daily work in professional sound studios - often working an average of 8 hours a day thanks to Seoul's blossoming ESL content industry. In addition to ESL, she enjoyed voiceover roles in commercials, games, films, documentaries, and several award-winning animations - including one special effects film that debuted at Cannes Film Festival 2018 (shown in English), titled "Follow the white Rabbit". Despite her late start in professional singing, she became known for her "natural resonance" when performing children's character voices. Working with her partner Lucian, Kelly regularly co-wrote and produced children's songs in her home studio.
Regardless of her location, Kelly remains a dedicated activist and advocate for the ethical treatment of Seoul's entertainers. In 2013, Kelly founded Expat Entertainers Korea (EEROK), a private group on Facebook recognized as Seoul’s most critical online community for the protection and education of expat artists. During the past few years, she and her colleagues have enjoyed significant media coverage due to their success in exposing the need for political reform in the Korean entertainment industry.
Press kit available upon request.