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EP 144: Callie Beaulieu (autogenerated)

Dane Reis: [00:00:00] you booked it. Episode 144. Okay, let’s get started. I am excited to introduce my guest today. Kelly bull you’re. Are you ready for this Kelly?

[00:00:17] Callie Beaulieu: [00:00:17] I am ready.

[00:00:19] Dane Reis: [00:00:19] Brilliant. Kelly is a classically trained actor and voice over artist who has appeared in over 100 regional theater and film productions across the country.

[00:00:28] Pursuing a passion for classical stage. Kelly has appeared in multiple Shakespeare productions,  including the Darko trench NIAC production of Romeo and Juliet at Hartford stage. Additionally, she has performed with the Rivendale theater ensemble, flock theater, European European repertory,  Fox theatricals, new American theater and art farm among.

[00:00:50] Others, her work on stage has been nominated for two Broadway world.com awards in the category of best actress in a play. Kelly has also appeared in the independent film influence the iron wall Fairplay, and one summer. In addition to her film and stage work, Kelly has enjoyed narrating over 175 audio books.

[00:01:12] She is an avid traveler who not only has worked on a castle reconstruction in the South of France. But also has lived abroad in the Caribbean Kelly. That is a quick intro of who you are and what you’ve done, but why don’t you tell us a little bit more about yourself, filling the gaps and a little bit more about what you do as a professional in the entertainment industry?

[00:01:36]Callie Beaulieu: [00:01:36] first of all, I just like to say I’m so happy. Good to be here. Thank you for having me, Dana. I’m really, really excited and honored about this. 

[00:01:42]Dane Reis: [00:01:42] Well, thank you for being here.

[00:01:43]Callie Beaulieu: [00:01:43] I, um, currently live in Connecticut. Um, I moved to back to the East coast about, I want to say about seven years ago after living abroad in the Caribbean.

[00:01:53] I lived in Antiga for almost 10 years.

[00:01:57] Dane Reis: [00:01:57] A beautiful Island.

[00:01:59] Callie Beaulieu: [00:01:59] Oh, it’s, it’s gorgeous. It’s a great place. But. You know, it’s really funny when you live there, like with anything in life, when you’re there, you don’t take advantage of what’s around you as much. There would be times where I’d be there in three, four months would go by and I would never have gone to the beach.

[00:02:16]So, you know, you, you can living in a place like that and you still have life deliveries. You still have to do your laundry and work and do all of that. But, um, yeah, it was, it was pretty awesome. And now I live in Connecticut and I’m working currently predominantly as an audio book narrator.

[00:02:32]Dane Reis: [00:02:32] Very cool. And let’s dig into this first section here and Kelly, look, I’m a sucker for a good quote. What is your favorite quote you’d like to share with everyone?

[00:02:44]Callie Beaulieu: [00:02:44] Can I, can I give you two.

[00:02:46] Dane Reis: [00:02:46] Of course you can. Yeah.

[00:02:47]Callie Beaulieu: [00:02:47] Um, okay. My first quote, um, has, has been a motto for you years and, um, it’s, it’s cited to anonymous and it’s yeah, I don’t have to be perfect. You just have to be delighted. Which has resonated with me a lot in my life. And then the second one is very, um, industry related because this quote actually changed the direction of my career.

[00:03:12] And it’s cited to the teacher and producer, Tom toter off. He said, um, if you treat acting like a hobby, don’t be upset when it doesn’t turn into a career.

[00:03:24]Dane Reis: [00:03:24] Oh, those are two really good quotes. I’ve not heard either of them. Can you expand on both of them, how they’ve applied to your career?

[00:03:34]Callie Beaulieu: [00:03:34] Sure. Um, the, you don’t have to be perfect. You just have to be delighted. Um, For years I’m, I’m one of those people that waited for the perfect time to do something or wanted everything to be perfectly lined up. And then, um, I also would struggle with myself. Constantly overthinking that an audition wasn’t good enough.

[00:03:57]You know, I’d leave an audition and I’d spend two days beating myself up because it wasn’t good enough and it wasn’t perfect. And, um, I spent years in a cycle of getting in my own way because of this. I I’ll say a ridiculous notion of perfection that I had given myself. And, um, along the way, uh, actually my therapist, my therapist was like, you know what, I’m going to give you a quote and I really want you to sit with this.

[00:04:23]And she gave it to me and it opened doors because it allowed me. To think about how delighted I am to audition and how delighted I am to have my headshots done , , you know, you know, I would get frustrated if I’d had my headshot sessions and I’m like, Oh my gosh, there aren’t enough here to pick from when in fact there were, but I had such a skewed view of what I thought my perfect headshot would be. And this quote, freed me so much to be like, you know what? I enjoyed that headshot session and you can see the joy in my eyes, or, you know, that audition was great. And , this is what you accomplished in that audition. And it doesn’t matter if you didn’t book it, you accomplished this. So it was really a door opener for my own.

[00:05:11]Um, my own walls that I put up.

[00:05:14]Dane Reis: [00:05:14] That’s so true. And I really like that. Cause usually it’s, you don’t have to be perfect. You just kind of have to do it, I think is more often what I’ve heard, but to be delighted, it’s such a wonderful take on it. And it’s so true because we are doing this craft because of our passion for it, because we love it.

[00:05:33] And oftentimes it’s easy to lose sight of that.

[00:05:37]Callie Beaulieu: [00:05:37] It, it it’s really easy to lose sight of that. Um, and I think that the delighted is the key to that because we are here because we can’t do anything else and we don’t want to do anything else. And we’re full of joy and. You know, even right now in the middle of COVID, I mean, we’re, we’re all doing things.

[00:05:54] You’re doing this podcast. We’re doing things that are fulfilling that need to be delighted in our lives. And, this could go into a whole, I had to stop myself cause this would be like all others.

[00:06:09] Dane Reis: [00:06:09] we can go on a giant tangent for sure. Well, Well, let’s talk about the other quote real quick and, uh, expand on that one.

[00:06:16]Callie Beaulieu: [00:06:16] so that one comes in a lot into how I viewed, um, being an actor as a profession. And I will be perfectly honest. In saying that in my early years and in the early life of my acting career, I really I’m a romantic by nature. And I really had a romanticized view that somehow it was going to be like this MGM movie, you know what I mean?

[00:06:42] And, and I would be sitting and I would get noticed and I would get a lead and then I would become a series regular. And I didn’t honestly, and, and. I’ll be completely open about this. I didn’t have a realistic view of this being a business. I’m not naturally prone to being business-minded anyway. It’s it’s and we can we’ll delve into that in a little while, but, um,  you can’t treat it like a hobby and not be, be prepared and not build relationships and not be your own CEO and expect to move forward in this business. And I think oftentimes we lose sight. I lost sight, certainly of it being a business and. I just thought that if I was good enough and the right people saw me, it was all just gonna flow into being, you know, you know, I’m the understudy and then they get sick and then I’m the lead.

[00:07:38]You know, it was very, very unrealistic and romanticized. And for me, as you’ve mentioned in prior podcasts, My education in, in the business did not talk about the business. It was all about my voice in my addiction and, and the Greeks, the grades. And it wasn’t about applying this, um, DV that we have where our own CEO and we have a lot, a lot to do to make this work. and so, you know, I, I take classes and I had taken a class with Tom. Um, I took a long break from, from the business. I took about a 13 year break when I was living abroad. . And when I came back into the industry, I was really fortunate enough to grab a workshop with Tom.

[00:08:26] And when he said this quote, I nearly jumped out of my chair. I was like, Oh my God, that’s, that’s been a huge missing component for me. And. You know, I believe universe brings you what it’s supposed to when it’s supposed to. And I think if I had heard that, even in my twenties, it wouldn’t have sunk in and I wouldn’t have responded the way I did because I wasn’t ready to.

[00:08:51]Dane Reis: [00:08:51] yeah, for sure. I had a guest on previously. Her name was Debra Wenger and she wrote a book and she said something to the effect of an actor’s job is to audition. He’s like just like, like, uh, a lawyer or an accountant or a doctor has to go into the office every single day. It doesn’t mean that they want to necessarily, yeah.

[00:09:12] There’s work that they want, that is fulfilling for them. Sure. But the consistency of getting up every day, going and doing the work, coming home, getting up, doing the work, coming home, all of that, she says the work for an actor is going to the audition. She goes, it doesn’t matter if you want to do it or not.

[00:09:29] You do it because you’re a professional. And I thought that was a really interesting insight. I’m like, you’re, you’re so right, because who really likes auditioning, you know? you know? And that’s not really what we strive for in our career, but we know , it’s a necessary part of this career and you have to do it.

[00:09:47] You have to do the work and you have to take it seriously.

[00:09:50]Callie Beaulieu: [00:09:50] Yes.

[00:09:51] Dane Reis: [00:09:51] Absolutely.

[00:09:52] Callie Beaulieu: [00:09:52] and I think that that, um, for some people that’s a  given, for some people it’s a hard lesson learned. And, um, that’s why I think that that quote, you know, tape it to your mirror because you know, you have to remember every single day that this is a business set, a schedule, I’ve set, you know, I, I have a schedule that I follow every single day that I do mailings.

[00:10:15] I do reach out, you know, it’s, it’s. Just like going into the office. You’re absolutely right, Dane.

[00:10:20]Dane Reis: [00:10:20] Well, Well, thanks Debra for that one.

[00:10:22] Callie Beaulieu: [00:10:22] Yeah. Thanks

[00:10:23] Dane Reis: [00:10:23] that’s it. And if you want more on that one, yeah. Check out that episode. I can’t remember what the episode number is right now, but it’s Debra winger. It’s really good episode as well. And let’s jump into this next section here. And Kelly, of course. You are an entertainer, I’m an entertainer.

[00:10:39] And I think that you’d agree that this industry can be the most subjective, brutally, honest, personally, emotional industries in existence. And you know, you know, as well as I, that in order to create and have a successful career in this industry, like you’re having now takes a lot. Of dedication and hard work. And while yeah, there is an outrageous amount of fun and excitement doing what we do.

[00:11:05] There are also our fair share of obstacles, challenges, and failures. We are going to experience and we’re going to have to move forward through. So tell us, what is one key challenge, obstacle or failure you’ve experienced in your career and how did you come out the other side better because of it.

[00:11:21]Callie Beaulieu: [00:11:21] We’d go back to what we were just talking about. I absolutely did not have a business mind. Um, I, I, um, have a very creative mind and, um, so my mind would go on, on 50 different tangents. and so like, one of the things with being an actor is naturally, I think we wanted you at all were like, Oh, I want to be a voiceover actor.

[00:11:42] Oh, I want to narrate audio books. I want to be a series regular, and I want to make movies and I’m going to be in theater. And so we sort of try to do a little bit of everything or I did let I’ll speak in terms of myself. Um, and what happens is. Because you’re so scattered and you’re working in audio books and you’re working in voiceover and you’re trying to do shows, um, do a theater show and audition for film you move forward, but you move forward at a snail’s pace because your focus is so spread out into all the different arms.

[00:12:20] It’s like, you know, being an actor is like being an octopus. And for me, I have to decide what  I was going to focus on to move forward in and put all my attention into that. And so, so, um, I got, um, connected with, uh, uh, uh, business coach and someone who does business coaching for actors. And she helped me. Start to think of it. Like where do you want your focus to be? What do you want to focus on right now? And at the time it was audio books and I had just come off doing a couple shows and it was exhausting on my voice to record all day and then go do Shakespeare in the park. I was exhausted vocally and she helped me narrow down.

[00:13:11] Where do you want to put your focus right now? It doesn’t mean you can’t do theater. You can do theater. Theater’s going to be there forever. This was before COVID and we realized it wasn’t. Um, but, um, you know, theater’s always going to be there, film and television. Yeah. We’ll be there. Where do you want to go?

[00:13:27] And at the time I had decided on audio books and so. I put my focus into marketing for that and taking classes for that and working there and the progression I made by narrowing down my focus was huge. And then as I began to. Focus and succeed in that area. It was like, okay, this train has its pace. This train is going.

[00:13:57] I don’t need to put so much into it. I can switch the track and move into something else. Now. So for me being really scattered and not having a business mind, I wasted years. Well, I don’t want to say I wasted years, because like I said earlier, you come to things when you’re supposed to. Um, it wasn’t until, until I really started focusing on that, that things began to change and, Also, I would say that having an accountability partner, I have an accountability partner, her name’s Christina, she’s fabulous.

[00:14:29] Shout out to Christina. Um, we meet weekly and we set goals for each other and we make each other follow up. Um, like we set goals, sorry. We set goals for ourselves. And then we make each other follow up and we, um, Answer to each other. And we say, did you do this? Did you not do that? Why didn’t you do this?

[00:14:47] What do you want to do? And we advise each other and having that structure for me has been the best thing for me.

[00:14:56]Dane Reis: [00:14:56] that’s so good. An accountability partner is a really great thing to have, , you know, I, I love everything you said about having to focus in on what it is that you really want to do. And there’s certainly something to be said with, maybe you don’t know, you might have your entire childhood growing up, you danced, right.

[00:15:16]And you think, well, dance seems like the right thing to do because I’m good at it. And  I have a marketable and profitable skillset, so I’m going to do that. But. It’s not to say that’s something else within the arts, isn’t actually more fulfilling for you and it’s okay to dabble and to figure things out and find out where you land for sure.

[00:15:36] But when you find that thing, do it.

[00:15:39]Callie Beaulieu: [00:15:39] It’s so true, Mike, you know, it’s funny, my father used to say, um, you’re going to change your career two to three times in your lifetime. Don’t get locked in. It’s it’s not like it used to be, you’re not going to have one career for 45 years. He was like Kelly, because what happened was I, I quit acting for about, as I mentioned for about 13 years and I. struggled with it, that decision to quit acting because I’d been on the acting train since I was 14 years old. And to, to, to say, I’m done and I resigned from the union. I, I dropped away from my agents. Like I, I was done. I threw out Jane. I threw out every one of my scripts. I, I quit and I quit big and, and. To do that. It was such a huge, my whole personality. My whole sense of self was tied up in being an actor. And so I went through a huge transition with that and my father just said, you know, it’s okay. And I went on and did what I had to do and then came back to it. And when I came back to it, I came back to it and the focus was different and the knowledge was different and it’s so true. You can be a dancer. And then all of a sudden you’re like, you know what? I can apply that to this. And this is bringing me joy right now. Um, there was a, there was one of your podcasts I listened to a couple of days ago and he, I, I feel terrible. I’ve forgotten his name, but he became a producer on Broadway.

[00:17:11] He had been a performer,

[00:17:12] Dane Reis: [00:17:12] Oh, Benjamin Simpson.

[00:17:14] Callie Beaulieu: [00:17:14] Oh, my God, you know what, who knew you don’t know. And then it brings him, you could hear in his voice, the joy that that job brings him and that, um, track brings him, you know,

[00:17:25]Dane Reis: [00:17:25] Yeah, absolutely. Absolutely. And it’s also, I would say a bit of how it’s definitely is. I should say how this podcast is for me. While, yes, I still am a professional entertainer. I still do lots of corporate production nights. Do all of the things I’m so active in the industry, but I’m finding so much fulfillment, artistically, creatively, giving back everything and providing a platform for so many people with this podcast that this has really become a passion of mine that I didn’t expect it to be as much fun and as fulfilling.

[00:18:00] As it has become as important, I believe as it’s become to our industry as a whole.

[00:18:06]Callie Beaulieu: [00:18:06] I think that’s great and you know what it comes across. And I don’t know if you’ve come across this Dane, but I have come across at times in my life, in this industry where people don’t share information, because if they keep it to themselves, it gives them a leg up.

[00:18:23] Dane Reis: [00:18:23] Yeah.

[00:18:23] Callie Beaulieu: [00:18:23] And I find that the more we share, uh, what is it, uh, a rising tide lifts, all boats, the more we all share our information, we’re all just going to benefit from it.

[00:18:35] And we’re going to be in a better place if we do that. And so I think it’s great that you found a passion on this side of it.

[00:18:44]Dane Reis: [00:18:44] Oh, thank you. And you know what? I totally agree with you. And This is the way I explain what you just explained. Uh, when I’m talking to people is look, if you are an entertainer and you’re in the room, doesn’t matter what thing skill you have. If you’re in that room and your skill set is of the caliber that you could legitimately be cast for whatever it is, right. That’s that’s the baseline. You know, you are a good person to be in that room. How you get cast, why you get cast is really all the subjective stuff that you cannot control. So why covet information? There’s no reason to covet the information because you’re either right for that role or you’re not everyone else that you’re hiding it from already has the skillset.

[00:19:27] And they’re going to get cast on things that not based on the information you give them, or don’t give them, they’ll get cast on what they bring to the table that. Is unique to them and same thing goes for you. So there’s really no reason to covet things and to hide things and keep it for yourself, just share it.

[00:19:43] And then you have a lot more fun.

[00:19:44] Callie Beaulieu: [00:19:44] I know, I agree. And you know what? Well, what’s the rule of the universe, right? You put out if you put out a comes back, right. So you don’t want to put out, um, Snarky like Heidi, Heidi, Heidi, because then it’s going to come back and bite you. You want to just put the positive into the world? We need a lot of it right now.

[00:20:04] Dane Reis: [00:20:04] Certainly do well. Let’s move on to a time that I like to call your. Spotlight moment. That one moment in time you realized, yes, I am going to be an entertainer for a living or maybe it was, yes. This is what I need to be doing in the entertainment industry. Tell us about that.

[00:20:27]Callie Beaulieu: [00:20:27] um, well, as I’ve mentioned, I, I left the business and I left the business dramatically. So, um, during that time I went off and lived the life and I started to travel the world and I had this great experience doing a castle reconstruction in Southern France, and I got to live abroad. And so I started living this.

[00:20:47] Life that I hadn’t lived as an actor because my, my schedule was very regimented. I was always in a show. And then as soon as you know, that whole adage, as soon as I book a vacation, I booked something and then I couldn’t take the vacations. So during,

[00:21:05]Dane Reis: [00:21:05] Everyone knows that one.

[00:21:06] Callie Beaulieu: [00:21:06] I know it’s so true. It’s like you should book, you should book a vacation every, every week of the year.

[00:21:09]Um, but , um, during those. That that time off those 13 years? Um, it was really funny because I couldn’t, as much as I loved the life that I was having, like just having life experiencing life. Um, I started going to things that had the regimented, what I call rehearsal schedule. I. At 30 decided that I was gonna to learn to figure skate and I started figure skating and I’d go and read practice at the rink.

[00:21:43] And I loved. Doing like the ice show. And I mean, I wasn’t any good. I was 30 years old, but I was on a synchro team, but it was the performing part of being a figure skater. And then when I moved to the Caribbean, obviously there’s no ice rinks. So I started taking ballroom dance lessons and I became a competitive ballroom dancer and it was always the same thing.

[00:22:08] It was the regimented schedule of rehearsal or practice. To get to a competition, to perform at a competition. And I had gone to like two or three years worth of ballroom dance competitions. And then all of a sudden I was like, wait a minute. I’m doing this because I miss being an actor. I, I want to go, go back to performing it’s it’s who I am.

[00:22:37] It is naturally my makeup and it’s what I’m comfortable in. And, um, as soon as I made that decision, you know, things started changing and eventually, you know, got back to the States. But I was done with it. I didn’t want it. And then it was really funny how the need and the want to be an actor came out in different venues of performance.

[00:23:05] And it took me years to figure out why I was figure skating. I mean, why would someone start figure skating at 30? It’s like, well, what are you thinking? But, uh, I really, I realized why I was doing it and why I was doing it was because I missed. Being in theater and I missed the rehearsal process and the creativity of a rehearsal process and that joy of having opening night.

[00:23:30] And it was all tied into that. So that was my aha moment.

[00:23:35] Dane Reis: [00:23:35] Oh, that is so good. Thank you for sharing that. And. I want to piggyback on that question real quick and talk about your number one, booked it moment. Walk us through that day, the auditions and call backs. Even if they happen to be a part of it, what was going on in your life and what the belt that moment makes it your favorite?

[00:23:56] Booked it moment.

[00:23:58]Callie Beaulieu: [00:23:58] I would say it was auditioning for the publisher that gave me my first audio book. And I’ll tell you why, because at the time I was doing a lot of theater and, um, the opportunity I had gotten a referral and. The casting director from this publisher had contacted me and I turned down the audition and I said, you know, thank you so much for reaching out.

[00:24:24] But I really don’t think that audio books is an area I want to get into. And he was like, okay, thanks. You know, blah, blah, blah, a month. Or two goes by, we get in contact with each other again and schedule another audition. And I was like, you know, I’m so excited that you want to. You want me to audition, but I just don’t think that this is something that, um, is for me.

[00:24:49] And he convinced me to come in and audition. And so I went into the publisher and they gave us three bits of copy. We had to do, um, uh, fiction reading, um, uh, self-help reading. Um, and the nonfiction, like historical reading sample. And so I went into the studio and I did the audition and it turned into my career and, and who knew.

[00:25:15] And I learned so much from that experience because. I don’t want to say I didn’t care because that’s, I care about everything, but I hadn’t put the pressure on myself. Cause I was like, alright, alright, I’ll I’ll do it. I’ll do it. And then it turned out being one of these avenues, like you were talking about earlier that I never would have thought that I would go down and now, you know, it’s my full time job.

[00:25:39] So that for me, because it was, it proved. You sometimes don’t know what’s best for you and you don’t know where it’s going to take you. And I have, I’m not a person who’s says no very often with regards to auditions. Do you know what I mean? And so for me to have even said, I don’t think this is a right fit for me, but thank you.

[00:26:01] Was a big deal. And then to have it turn out the way it did was huge. So. For me, that was my big book moment because thank God I I’ve been able to work during COVID. So, um, you know, who, who knew, who

[00:26:13] Dane Reis: [00:26:13] Yeah. Wow. That is fantastic. I love audio books. I mean, I’ve got a little girl she’s going to be four next month

[00:26:22] and I love reading, but I don’t get a lot of time to just read audio books or the way I consume books now, because it’s. It’s easier. It’s quicker. I can do other things right. While I’m listening or enjoying a book.

[00:26:35]Callie Beaulieu: [00:26:35] Well, and there’s so much, I mean, there there’s so much with audio books. There’s so many genres, there’s so many incredible voices. Again, going back to circle. I mean, you and I keep circling around. We keep circling back, but, um, like what we were saying earlier, The book finds the right narrator and there’s so many different voices and everybody has a different tone and quality and style.

[00:27:01] And it’s it’s. It’s wonderful. I love audio books. I listened to them when I can, um, because there’s a lot of work involved in prepping an audio book and doing all that. Um, but when I can, my walks, when I’m not listening to your podcast, I listen to audio, um, on my WAPs in the morning.

[00:27:22]Dane Reis: [00:27:22] , beautiful. And do you record your audio books at home or do you go into a studio for those,

[00:27:27]Callie Beaulieu: [00:27:27] Um, I, I, uh, uh, mixed of both, um, I had been working predominantly in a studio until, you know, everything sort of, um, happened with COVID as everybody’s. I mean, everybody has built a home studio now. Now I do a split. It depends on what publisher I’m working for. I can work, um, From home in a home studio, or I will go into, um, a studio that’s been approved for week now, um, you know, with the sound protocols and everything.

[00:27:53]So, um, but historically until this year I worked predominantly out of a studio. Or I rented, um, like I would get, uh, books on occasion where I would work with an engineer in, in a studio, a commercial studio, or I would work out of the publishing house and now there’s homes. So there’s, there’s several avenues.

[00:28:14] Dane Reis: [00:28:14] Yeah, for sure. Well, let’s take a moment to talk about the present. What projects are you working on now? What are you looking forward to? And we’ve talked about it a bit, but we are amidst this global pandemic. How do you see the entertainment industry moving forward in the next couple of years?

[00:28:35]Callie Beaulieu: [00:28:35] Oh, gosh. Um, I would say I want to jump on that first. I don’t know, you know, I, I don’t know where we’re going to go. Um, Now with Broadway being closed, um, longer and, and everything that’s going on with the unions right now. Um, I just think it’s really hard. Um, I want everybody to wear a mask. Cause if we wear a mask, we can go back to work.

[00:28:57]Um, but I think what’s going to happen is we’re going to start working in cycles. I think like, you know, we’re, we’ll work, you know, there’s a few option instead of shutdown just this week, because there’s been some COVID testing positive. And I think what’s going to happen is we’re going to work in cycles where things will come up and then we’ll have a few months off maybe until, uh, uh, uh, vaccine comes.

[00:29:21]I mean, God dang. I don’t even know. Gosh, it’s. Um, I know, you know, thanks. We’re a creative industry and everybody’s come up with beautiful ideas and there’s the zoom theater productions. Now I saw a beautiful mole year piece done on zoom. That was just gorgeous.  um, this summer. Um, so we’re, we’re creating avenues because that’s what we do naturally.

[00:29:44] All the self content, um, everybody working from home doing, you know, you know, with their booths and stuff now, um, I think there’s a need. To get us back doing theater and there’s a need to get back. I just don’t. I don’t know. I don’t know. I’m excited. Can you tell, I drank, you know, I’m just trying to stay positive.

[00:30:07] It’s been, I will say it’s been great because there’s been so much opportunity over zoom and there’s been so much opportunity during this time of uncertainty for us. But I find that that opportunity can also be overwhelming because, you know, you know, if you follow social media, next thing, you know, you’re like, Oh my God, I’m why am I not on five zoom calls?

[00:30:29] And I feel bad cause I’m not on five zoom calls with five casting directors, you know, bettering myself and it’s okay to like take time out and lick your wounds and, and binge, you know what I mean? Um, I don’t know. I just, I think what’s going to happen in our industries. We’re just going to go in cycles and we’ll figure it out.

[00:30:47]Dane Reis: [00:30:47] yeah. Interesting insight. I like that.

[00:30:49]Callie Beaulieu: [00:30:49] I know that there was a production here in Connecticut recently where they did a outdoor theater piece and everyone wore the face. Um, mass, not the masks, the like the, what are they? The. Covers, you know, those clear plastic shields, shields, the word I’m looking for. Um, but now they’re even saying with the shields, I mean, I don’t know, I don’t want wanna, I don’t want to be the person that, that misquotes or gives information, but, you know, I, I just think we gotta figure it out because I think there’s a need and there’s not only a need from a performer’s perspective.

[00:31:23] There’s a need of the audience. You know, look at how happy people are in New York, just today. Being able to go back to a movie theater, you know what I mean? And go and, and have a cinematic experience. People don’t even realize how much they want it in their lives and they miss it. So we’ll figure something out.

[00:31:43]Dane Reis: [00:31:43] , for sure. And it is time to move on to one of my favorite sections in the interview. I call it the grease lightening round. I am going to ask you a handful of questions. I want you to answer them as quickly and concisely as possible one after another. Are you ready?

[00:32:03] All right. First question. What was the one thing holding you back from committing to a career as an entertainer?

[00:32:11]Callie Beaulieu: [00:32:11] Fear of failure.

[00:32:12]Dane Reis: [00:32:12] Second question. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

[00:32:17]Callie Beaulieu: [00:32:17] okay. I’m going to say there’s two. Um, both of them came from my father. One was how do you eat an elephant one bite at a time, which was for anxiety and, and management of stress. And then the second thing he always used to say is Kelly, the worst thing that’s going to happen is they say, no,

[00:32:37]Dane Reis: [00:32:37] Yeah, I live by that one

[00:32:41] Callie Beaulieu: [00:32:41] Right.

[00:32:42]Dane Reis: [00:32:42] because it’s true. If you can, you can build yourself up so much and get yourself so worked up about going and doing something. Maybe reaching out to a casting director, maybe. Asking. I mean,  I mean, I thought I asked people for interviews all the time. Right. And you just got to ask the question, but that’s how you, that’s how you get people to say yes, you have to offer the opportunity to say yes.

[00:33:02] And it seems pretty self explanatory, but we get in our own ways too easily

[00:33:08]Callie Beaulieu: [00:33:08] I totally agree.

[00:33:10] Dane Reis: [00:33:10] and just do it. They say no, and you go, Oh, right. right. 

[00:33:13] You’re back where you started.

[00:33:14] Callie Beaulieu: [00:33:14] it’s not a judgment college just to know.

[00:33:17] Dane Reis: [00:33:17] Exactly. Right. Right. Yeah. Do the thing, ask the question. Your life will still be the same if they say no

[00:33:22]Callie Beaulieu: [00:33:22] Yeah. Yeah. I agree. I agree. It’s the best.

[00:33:26] Dane Reis: [00:33:26] done and done. And the third question, what is something that is working for you right now? Or if you’d like to go pre COVID, what was working for you before our industry went on? Pause.

[00:33:40]Callie Beaulieu: [00:33:40] Admitting where your strengths are not and finding people to shore you up and to have a team that shores up where you’re not strong so that they can fill in and help you. 

[00:33:54]Dane Reis: [00:33:54] Very good advice worth rewinding. I think on that one. Yes. And the fourth question, what is your best resource? Whether that is a book, a movie, maybe a YouTube video, maybe a podcast or a piece of technology that you found is helping your career right now.

[00:34:15]Callie Beaulieu: [00:34:15] Without question, my accountability partner, Christina.

[00:34:20]Dane Reis: [00:34:20] Yes. And the fifth question, if you had to start your career from scratch, but you still had all the knowledge and experience you’ve collected from your career in this industry, what would you do or not do? Would you do anything differently or would you keep it the same?

[00:34:37]Callie Beaulieu: [00:34:37] No, I would definitely embrace the business side of it and the relationship building side of it, um, from the get, go and let go of the MGM version of, of Schwab’s drugstore.

[00:34:52]Dane Reis: [00:34:52] Very well said very well said, do the work.

[00:34:56]And the last question, what is the golden nugget knowledge drop you’ve learned from your successful career in this industry that you’d like to leave with our listeners?

[00:35:06]Callie Beaulieu: [00:35:06] you are enough.

[00:35:08]Dane Reis: [00:35:08] So good. So simple and so true. Don’t try to emulate, right? Don’t don’t try to be something you’re not just do you.

[00:35:15]Callie Beaulieu: [00:35:15] Exactly.

[00:35:16]Dane Reis: [00:35:16] Yes. And to wrap up this interview, Kelly, it is time to give yourself a plug. Where can we find you? How do our listeners connect with you? Is there anything you want to promote?

[00:35:28]Callie Beaulieu: [00:35:28] definitely connect with me on Instagram. I am not on Facebook. Um, my Instagram is at Kelly bullier. That’s C a L L L I E B E a U L I E U. Um, also check out my website.  dot com. If you want to reach out just. Um, send me an email, drop me a line.

[00:35:51]Dane Reis: [00:35:51] Fantastic. And for everyone listening out there, I have put the links to everything. Kelly just said into the description of this episodes, you can easily connect with her and be sure to share this podcast with your fellow entertainers, coaches. Art and entertainment educators and anyone, you know, you know, aspiring to create a career in the entertainment industry.

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[00:36:42] So you don’t miss tomorrow’s guest Kelly. Thank you so much for being here. It has been an absolute pleasure having you on and getting all of your insight through your career.

[00:36:53]Callie Beaulieu: [00:36:53] Thank you. Thank you so much for having me. It’s been a pleasure to be here. 

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