Keeping Up With Kandace!

kandacecaineLondon transplant Kandace Caine had lived in Los Angeles for less than 1 year when she won the April 2015 Cast It Talent Showcase. Since then, through a combination of talent, determination, and lots of hard word, the career of this savvy and ambitious young actress has positively exploded! Recently, she took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to catch us up on what’s been going on…

Q: Hi Kandace! Could you fill us in on what you’ve been up to since your showcase win last year?

A: So, I have since gone on to create my own YouTube channel and the Kandace Caine Show, which went on for 2 seasons. I also got called by BET TV Network to work on a new script development piece that they were doing. It was a reading, and I just read the different parts in a South African/British accent, etc., as it was for a TV show in South Africa. I have been doing auditions with CBS and got called in to audition for a new TV pilot for CBS this week. I then filmed season 3 episode 6 of the TV show, “The Process”, where I play the character of Jewells. This is a show that got picked up for Black & Sexy TV. In June 2016, I created a one-woman show called “She’s Coming To Murica!”, and put it on at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. I had Cast it Talent come and watch, and the shows were sold out. “She’s Coming to Murica!” then got picked up, and is now a two-woman show called “Lipstick, Lace and The British Invasion”, which was on yesterday at the Barbara Morrison Theatre. We have been asked to put it on at The Barbara Morrison before we take it for a few weeks to NYC this year. The goal is to take it to the National Black Theatre Festival- which happens once every 2 years- next July.

Q: What do you feel has been your biggest obstacle so far?

A: My biggest obstacle so far was definitely trying to survive financially. I left London, where I was making very good money as a teacher and actress, and then came to LA and had to start my career all over again. I didn’t want to do what I did in London, as I was teaching more than acting. So when I came to LA, I had to find a job that would allow me to stay creative and still be able to audition- otherwise I should have just stayed in London.

Q: What has been your proudest achievement?

A: My proudest achievement was for sure my two-woman show, “Lipstick, Lace and The British Invasion”. This came about because I created a one-woman show for the Hollywood Fringe, and then a lady called Lorey Hayes liked it and combined my show and her show together. She is taking the show to NYC. I took a character called Daniel from my YouTube channel, and put him in both my one-woman show and the two-woman show- which people seem to really like.

Q: Knowing what you know now, is there anything you would go back and do differently?

A: I would have made more time for my family and friends. When I first came to LA, I was trying so hard to chase the dream that I missed a lot of important things in my personal life.

Q: What is your ultimate goal for your career?

A: I really would like to be a part of a comedy TV show that is either on Netflix or CBS. I have been auditioning for CBS for the last two years. I recently joined a comedy group called “Don’t Lose Your Head”, and we perform once a month at Next Stage Theatre in Hollywood. I would like long-term to have a talk show that highlights the importance of education, and then I would like to have a theatre that highlights diversity and minorities’ stories.

Q: If you could give any advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

A: To make sure you have as many skills as possible– don’t put yourself in a box and think you can only do one thing. I would tell them to make sure that they learn to write and produce as well as act or sing. I say this as I am now starting to get offers of paid work, and most of it has come from me starting a project, and people seeing it and then deciding to either change it or keep it the same, and offer me roles based on what I created. Be someone that is also happy to just talk to people and listen to their stories, whether it is a cleaner, bus driver, celebrity, school teacher, or your Uber driver. Being a good listener and someone willing to learn will always help you get ahead, as people want to work with nice people. Try and support other peoples work as a lot of the time most people get acting work from building good relationships with people and knowing what is happening with theatre as well as film/tv. Some actors think it is just about being talented, but the truth is a lot of the time it is if someone thinks they can work with you and get on with you.

Thank you for listening, Liz. I really appreciate all the support Cast It Talent has given me these last two years.

 

Thank you, Kandace. Keep up the amazing work, and break a leg in NYC!!

 

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Elizabeth Elizabeth Sekora is an actress and classically trained soprano living in Los Angeles. She has 24 years of experience in theatre, film, opera, television, and voiceover work, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. www.elizabethsekora.com.

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