Film Courage: How does someone know which story they should write?
Kelli McNeil, Writer, Actress and Voice Over Artist: You should write the one you are afraid to tell. If it scares you then you know you need to do it. I have a couple right now that I’m working on. I have a play that is going to be off-Broadway next year. It was actually one of the very first pieces of writing I had ever done. I was in a group called the Los Angeles Writers Center for years when I was kind of dipping my toe into writing and decided I wasn’t very good at it.
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But I had written a play (it’s a 2-act play). I wrote it in 2007 and it’s actually scary how applicable it is to today’s current climate. It’s about a Mexican-American soldier who is injured in Iraq and his illegal brother is killed while they are serving over there.
So this is right after 9/11. He comes back to Los Angeles and he discovers that his two younger siblings have been put into foster care and his parents have been deported. And I wrote this in 2007. It’s called BORDERLINE. It was actually a semi-finalist at AFF last year. Again, as soon as I started to build up my own confidence in my writing I took up some stuff and dusted them off and started to submit them out. And a friend of mine (who I went to USC with) who runs a theater up in Manhattan and this is an issue that she’s very passionate about. I’ve never connected the dots before, but I sent it to her and she said…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
Kelli McNeil is a Los Angeles based writer, actor, voiceover artist and producer. As a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Drama, McNeil has performed in multiple film, TV and stage productions and wrapped production on three features in 2017, including Gus Van Sant’s new movie, Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot.
She was selected to attend BADA (British American Drama Academy) during her junior year. She currently has a national commercial airing for Little Caesars, directed by celebrated commercial director Harold Einstein of Dummy Films. She has voiced numerous commercial, corporate and theatrical projects.
McNeil has also carved out a career for herself in advertising, where she has been a Creative Director and writer for multiple clients, including Fortune 50 companies. Her focus has been on producing digital spots and content creation…(Continued here on Kellimcneil.com).
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