How A Writer Finds Their Voice — Kelli McNeil [FULL INTERVIEW]

Film Courage: Kelli what was going on in your life when you decided to live in California (you left was it Texas)?

Kelli McNeil, Writer, Actress and Voice Over Artist: I grew up in the panhandle of Texas. I had just turned 18, had graduated from high school and USC had accepted me in their theater program. I was this young girl with big hair and big ideas moving out here from West Texas to go to the big city. I had grown up doing speech in theater in high school. I knew in some capacity I wanted to be in the entertainment industry. When USC started to recruit me my sophomore year of high school (about 15), I saw that as my opportunity…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

DARUMA is inspired by a true story about two unlikely friends: a paraplegic & a double amputee. Kelli and her team are authentically casting amazing actors, Tobias Forrest & John Lawson. Disability inclusion is the last bastion of inequality in Hollywood: it’s time for change. Video is closed captioned. 


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








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This is the third feature from Writer/Director Scott Dunn and Producer Gina Gomez Dunn. They successfully raised funds for the sequel via Kickstarter and managed to complete production only 2 days before all film productions shut down due to the pandemic. Because of the lockdowns, Scott Dunn had to tackle post-production by himself (editing, color correction, effects, and sound) and release the flick in time for the holidays.