Kelly is an actor, once gracing our screens as the much loved Tamara from Home and Away and recently treading the boards as Juliet in Bell Shakespeare's production of Romeo and Juliet. We chat to Kelly to discover how she handles the challenges of the creative life.
What do you do for a crust and what do you do for you?
Luckily what I do for a crust occasionally matches up with what I do for me. I'm an actor, which is what I've wanted to do for as long as I can remember. I'm about to start working on Romeo and Juliet with Bell Shakespeare, so the little girl inside of me is squealing with delight at this.
Being an actor is wonderful, but it can also be frustrating and I can sometimes feel like nothing is within my control. I study Psychology part-time, which gives me a sense of agency and satisfies my yearning to know more. I find human nature fascinating.
I also like to listen to music, write stories that go nowhere and strum about three chords on the guitar badly.
Has your Saturn return thrown you any curve balls, rejections or setbacks in what you've wanted to achieve?
Well, mine's just begun, and no matter what you believe this period has definitely been confronting. In the last year I spent the first four months working, then the following seven not doing anything creative with too much time to think. This time in my life is all about re-evaluating the decisions I made for myself when I was younger, and deciding whether it's actually the right path for me or whether I'm just being stubborn. Which is terrifying. I have to make some important decisions in the next year or so and I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do yet. But I'm certainly more open to other creative avenues then I ever have been in the past. Which is exciting. I don't want to just be an actor anymore. I want more and have more to give.
Who are your creative heroes?
Patti Smith. She left everything, lived on nothing and surrounded herself with people that inspired her. My friends are also my creative heroes. I feel so proud of them.
What are your goals for this year?
I want to spend a bit more time in America, I'm not sure if that's the right decision for me but I feel like I should. I also want to write a play for young adults. I have a couple of ideas, they might be terrible, but you only know if you try.
Photography by Julia Petricevic & Simone Ruggiero
Words by Kelly Paterniti
Pictures shot at Trigg, Perth