Is It Common For A Writer To Have Their Characters Talk Back To Them? — Kelli McNeil

Film Courage: Aside from being scared of something, how do you know your protagonist is someone you want to write about, that you want to spend years working with?

Kelli McNeil, Writer, Actress and Voice Over Artist: This has happened to me on a couple of occasions but eventually my character starts speaking to me. They have gotten so vocal that they actually start talking with their own voices and to me that’s almost like a state of reaching a runner’s high. It’s rarely achieved when I’ve done it. I’ve done it in about four of my scripts but those to me are the characters that have the strongest voices and certainly have been the pieces and the projects that have been put out into the world and have gotten me where I am and the attention that I’ve gotten. That’s key to me is when those…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).


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About Kelli:

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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