Meet Kayley Anne Collins
Hi Kayley, Happy Feminist Wednesday. Can you tell us how you get started with performing?
I started performing pretty late. I was a big time athlete and wanted to go to school for sports. I auditioned for my 8th grade musical and was bitten by the bug. I absolutely fell in love with it. As I entered high school, I started to find that my passion was no longer in running up and down a soccer field, but in being on stage. I also discovered that I was better at performing and had so much fun doing it. When I was 16 I auditioned to be apart of a summer conservatory at the Paper Mill Playhouse, and that's when I discovered that I wanted to do this professionally.
Why is feminism important to you?
Feminism is EXTREMELY important to me. I find it to be the most simple concept to grasp. Equality of the sexes. Plain and simple. It's not that deep. As an openly gay woman, I find that it is now more important than ever, to stand up for what you believe in. I believe Feminism should be important to everyone. Not just women. In these times, we have to make our voices heard. The fight has only just begun.
Who are some of your female role models?
Some of my female role models are Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Meryl Streep, and Michelle Obama; just to name a few. They are all heroes in their own right.
Do you have any advice to young women who may want to be performers?
My advice would be, as cliche as this is, to never ever give up. Don't let anyone tell you you're not good enough. It is a marathon not a sprint. The quote that I try to live by is "To ask permission, is to seek denial." You have to go for it with everything you've got. Also, take class :)