Kelsey commands attention
The star of hasn’t ruled out a shot at politics, writes
When did it occur to you that you could make a living and this would be the path you’d take?
When I was about 16. I did a play and there was good response to it, and I realised it was something I really liked. I like exploring. I like putting the time into things, but I realised there were so many things I cared about and knowledge I wanted to acquire that being an expert on everything would be a lot of work. That Renaissance-man idea really appealed to me when I was a kid. As an actor, you do get to try a lot of different things. Those are the things that drove me. I thought this is the way I can do all that I want to try to do or understand or comprehend or embrace. You know, I got lucky. You’ve won so many awards. Are they still important to you?
It’s hardware that says – you can point to it and say to yourself, ‘‘Well, you know what? That wasn’t half bad.’’ It’s nice to be reminded. You know we are all creatures of ‘‘You are only as good as the last job.’’ Do you get the same thrill from doing voice work as you do acting?
I really do. It’s all about telling stories and finding a way to use it. What’s fun about voice work is you have just the voice to tell the story. That’s fun. You listen and try nuances. You approach it in a different way. You change rhythms, you change a certain timbre. It’s a unique and very narrow avenue by which to tell a story. I love that. The human voice is fantastic.
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