Success, Okay?! Despite Multiple No’s With Kelsey Scott

by | Nov 3, 2021 | Podcast

My guest Kelsey Scott is a fellow graduate of Florida A&M University, my line sister (we pledged Delta  Fall 93), and my friend.  I wanted to release this episode around the premiere of Insecure where she plays Felicia, another attorney who works with Molly at a  law firm. 

Part of my podcast is to feature guests who have overcome obstacles to make it to their finish lines. Kelsey has done just that. She has an amazing story of triumph and literally reaching for the stars. 

In this episode she shares her love for screen, working in Hollywood, the importance of fighting for your purpose, losing her mom, meeting the love of her life, and how movement is vital in her life. 

You can’t miss this episode!

 Episode Highlights: 

  • How she started her acting career
  • Moving from local theatre to TV at a young age
  • Studying at FAMU 
  • Her favorite work as a screenwriter and how it changed her life
  • Her role in Twelve Years A Slave
  • Losing her mother, navigating pain while on the job
  • Working with Viola Davis and her role in numerous hit-shows
  • Her role in Insecure and her biggest lesson from working with Issa Rae
  • The word  ‘NO’ and why it shouldn’t break your dreams 
  • How she met her husband, their wedding and appearing on Essence Magazine
  • What fitness means to her and how she stays active 

Guest Bio

Two-time Emmy-nominated actress and screenwriter Kelsey Scott began her career in the theatre scene of her hometown of Atlanta.

Best known for her role as Anne Northup in the Oscar-winning Twlve Years A Slave and her two-season arc as Wes Gibbins’ mother, Rose, on How to Get Away With Murder, her credits also include: Insecure, NCIS, Dynasty, and True Detective. She is a 2019 Daytime Emmy nominee for her Guest Star role on Giants. In 2017, she received a Primetime Emmy Nomination for her leading role on Fear the Walking Dead: Passage.

On stage, Kelsey originated the role of Ann Madison in Pearl Cleage’s political romance, “What I Learned in Paris”. Additional stage credits showcase her work as a vocalist – with productions like “Once On This Island”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “The Wiz” and a touring company of “Dreamgirls”.

As a public speaker, she has shared platforms with such accomplished individuals as Oprah Winfrey, Jesse Jackson, the late Maya Angelou, and departed political pioneer Shirley Chisholm.

Kelsey penned the Sony Pictures thrillers Motives and Motives 2: Retribution. A former screenwriting professor, she consults for studio and private clients and continues to write commissioned scripts – in addition to shepherding her slate of original projects.

Kelsey is a firm believer in the power of artistic expression as an avenue to personal and educational growth, and joins Ty Burrell as an Ambassador for Kids in the Spotlight – a non-profit organization that enlists professional filmmakers to train foster care youth to create, write, cast and star in their own short films. She also enjoys an ongoing relationship with WriteGirl, a non-profit, that matches professional women writers with teenage girls who would not otherwise have access to creative mentors.

Connect with Kelsey Scott

Follow her on Instagram here

Read Kelsey and Malik’s  love story here

What is Twelve  Years a Slave? Watch  here

Watch Kelsey’s interview with Chay Rodriguez here

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