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Article | Wed September 20, 2017, 08:38 PM EST

  • Jennifer M. Kay

    Jennifer M. Kay

September 21, 2017 -- Self-starter Jennifer M. Kay does it all. She started acting five years ago and jumped right into filmmaking with no formal experience and produced eight episodes of her own digital series, “Sisterly Disorder.” It was originally a writing exercise for her acting class, but she took it to the next level by casting her classmates and producing it on her own. “It was exhausting, but it was a great experience,” she says. In the web series, the character that Kay played, “Vicky,” was the more crazy, heart-of-gold personality, even though the more subdued sister, “Tea,” was based on Kay herself.

After the web-series was finished, Kay wanted to push herself in the opposite direction with her next self-produced project, a psychological thriller called, “The Stall.” In the feature film, Kay created a character for herself that she describes as depressed, smart, and cunning. “The Stall” got picked up by Sgl Entertainment and it will be released on Amazon worldwide this year. In 2018, it will be released on Blue Ray and DVD. 

Her manager, Kenny Jansen, remarks: “Jennifer has ambition in spades. She is always working on projects of her own, and searching for new stories to work on and collaborate.” In addition to her own projects, Jennifer Kay is extremely active in the Philadelphia independent film scene. The projects she has recently booked include versatile roles as: the girl next door, a groupie valley girl, and the murderous villain. 

When asked what her dream role would be, Kay replied that she doesn’t have just one: she wants to do a role in every genre and build a body of work that is varied and substantial. With Kay’s track record of creating her own opportunities, I have no doubt that she has the determination and drive to make her dreams a reality.


Where are you from originally?

I am from Montgomery County, it's a suburb about 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia.


When did you move to Philly?

I'm actually moving to Philly this month!


What inspired you to join the industry?

When I was 10, I wanted to be on General Hospital, but I was always too shy to pursue any sort of acting.  It wasn't until after college that I questioned myself, "Why am i not doing this?" and so I signed up for an acting class and it snowballed from there.


What are some of the projects you have worked on in the past?

I have worked on a lot of independent films in Philadelphia, and I've also done commercial work. I’m best known for my web-series and the feature film that I wrote, produced, directed and starred in when I was teaching myself how to be a film producer.  “Sisterly Disorder” and “The Stall” have both received distribution.


What are you working on currently?

Currently, I am trying to take my career to the next level. I'm focusing on growing as an actor and hopefully getting booked on a larger production outside of Philadelphia.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years, I would like to be able to make a living doing what I love: acting.


How do you feel the industry is changing?

The internet, social media have really made it easier for actors starting out to reach a large number of people.  It has increased the number of independent projects out there and increased the opportunities. 


How does it benefit you as an actor?

I have benefited by having opportunities to audition via video for jobs outside of the state and to create my own projects and share with the public. Also, social media (particularly Instagram) has helped me connect with other likeminded people. Within the last few years, I have began to practice yoga regularly, and through yoga, I learned a lot about positive affirmations and the benefits of positive thinking.  I really wanted to share this with others and so I began to post positive quotes with pictures on Instagram.  I really enjoy searching for the quotes that match what I'm going through that day, and pairing it with photos I have taken, but the best part of this so far is when I post something that resonates with someone and they share their story or thank me for sharing. It’s another form of storytelling.


Interview by: Giovannie Espiritu

Article | Wed September 20, 2017, 08:38 PM EST

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