I was introduced to Kalie Ann just a few weeks back while in New York for business. I didn’t know much of her background. I knew she was in town to shoot a music video with Dylan Reese but other than that I wasn’t sure who she was. Not till later that night when she was on the bus ride back home did I get the full scoop on who she was. That's when I knew she was a fit for this podcast.
I don’t want to harp on it out too much, but the fact she is only eighteen blows my mind. Why, you might ask? This is a young woman who is way before her time. She carries herself professionally and has an air of confidence about her. Whether it’s in modeling or in the dancing world. She does both and kills it. She’s had her ups (taking a lead role in a music video and being featured in ‘Girls Magazine’) but she's also had her downs (being told no). All of this has pushed her along the journey to get her to where she is today.
This is a great example of someone who found their passion at an early age and has stayed committed to it, with an attitude of “figuring it out.” Most kids her age- seniors in high school- are out and about enjoying their final year before they move onto the next chapter of their lives. Kalie began her next chapter years ago when she told her parents dancing and modeling was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life, and has made the effort to work on it every single day.
There is Purpose in the Youth, and Kalie has found hers.
Episode Takeaway: Be ready for the biggest opportunity of your life at any moment. All it takes is one phone call or text message that could change your life and your career path. Stay focused on the present moment of what you can do today that will make you better for tomorrow and when the time comes… you’ll be ready to shine.
Who is Kalie Ann today?
Grew up Stratham, New Hampshire
Enjoyed dancing and school growing up but also became passionate with the Best Buddies program
Her friend started the program, she got involved and now is part of the leadership
Has always dreamed of becoming a dancer from an early age
Parents would always brush it off but the passion never left her
Watching MTV was inspired by the dancers she saw on the TV
Goes into high school for two classes and takes the rest of her courses online
Recognized junior year she was missing opportunities because she was in school
Has always been more future focused and doesn’t get caught up in the high school mindset
Isn’t someone who likes to hear “No”
Seeing small bits of her work paying off keeps her motivated
If she can accomplish these goals who is to say she can’t cross off some bigger items on the list
Started modeling when she was younger but recently signed to Dynasty Modeling Agency when she turned 18
Parents have always been more old-fashioned and traditional and fearful that she is taking the unconventional route
Father is a financial advisor and mother is a stay at home mom
Kalie brings her youth to the table for the model/agency world in this market (Boston)
Has a disadvantage with modeling because she is below what they look for (5’7.5)
Thinks strategically about where she fits, what companies she aligns the best with and is realistic about if an opportunity will work
Focused on what her brand is and what she represents
Dynasty Models and Talent - Boston based agency
They reach out to the big opportunities and serve as the middleman
Help guide the career path and provide as much value to Kalie as they can
Attending Elon University after she graduates from high school
They package their students and get them ready to be a working dancer for LA by the time they graduate
Plans to sign with a North Carolina based agency in the hopes to find opportunities while there for school
People like JoJo Gomez inspire her daily to become the best dancer she can be
She is someone who has worked hard to get to where she is today and hasn’t listened to the word no
Refuses to believe that she “can’t”
Recently featured in ‘Girl Magazine’
Online publication that embodies woman of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds
Started submitting photos from a shoot to magazines but everyone was saying no. Kept sending it out and finally heard back that ‘Girl’ wanted to feature it
Was in Jeffrey Miller’s music video - vine star that blew up
Got a text the day before the shoot to be the female lead in the video
Connections that she was making previously were finally paying off
Had to chose between dancing or modeling she’d pick dancing
Its a therapeutic outlet and nothing in the world else matters. Feels 110% herself when shes dancing
Most thankful for the support she has been getting from family and friends
Best friend Maddie has been her second agent and encourages her
One lesson she’s learned about life is the importance of self love
You need to be sure of yourself and sure what you bring to the table is enough regardless if people say no
If you’re unsure people will step on you and will hold you back from other opportunities
Accepts her flaws as much as she accepts the positive aspects of herself - keeps her motivated
If Kalie had to cross off an item on the bucket list she’d go skydiving
One way ticket to anywhere in the world she’d go to Dubai
Ask Bobbbaaaay 1 Question: What were you like in high school and what did you think you wanted to do?
Picture frame on the wall 10 years from now, what/who do we see?
By the age of 25 be on a world tour as a backup dancer and by 28 have more than one tour
Have an established name in LA as a dancer. As long as she is well respected in the industry - isn’t worried about the money
People chase Instagram fame and get caught up in the numbers and equate that to their talent level
If the platform disappears tomorrow what else do they have? People get caught up in building their social media platforms
Find Kalie on social media
2-3 pieces of advice for people trying to find their passion/purpose
Pretend the money didn’t exist, what do you genuinely enjoy to do and gets you excited/hyped up
Take what you love and run with it and build off it
Ignore the rest of the world and be present with yourself on what makes you truly happy