After high school, Kelly furthered her education by taking part-time college courses in graphic arts, photography and psychology, while working part-time in the evenings at a movie theatre and several retail stores. After completing her college courses, she was hired to manage an upscale nightclub, with duties that included advertising, public relations and booking musical talent for the nocturnal hotspot. This soon led to a brief gig as lead female vocalist in a pop/rock band. Utilizing her ability to mimic the vocal style of numerous recording artists including Olivia Newton John, Karen Carpenter, Pat Benatar, Debbie Harry, Annie Lennox, Madonna, Paula Abdul and Sade, among others, Kelly was later able to transfer those talents to broadcasting in her early 20s, singing jingles and creating a variety of character voices for radio and television. This eventually led to a two-year stint as an on-air personality for a radio station in upstate New York where she wrote news, sports and entertainment stories for live broadcast, and ad spots for local businesses. By age 27, Kelly had become a sought-after freelance journalist, photographer, public relations consultant and graphic designer.
Not content to rest on her laurels, Kelly launched P.A. Plus at age 30, working as a freelance personal assistant, with a wide range of services for busy professionals such as office cleaning and organizing, reception and administration, property management, catering and event-planning, house/pet-sitting, image/wardrobe consulting, shopping and errands, writing, graphic design and photography services. Soon, her client list boasted everyone from retail clerks, construction workers and yoga instructors to architects, lawyers, accountants, restaurateurs, security consultants, engineers and real estate developers.
At age 32, Kelly launched Artistic Interiors. As an artist and interior decorator, she created unique sculptures, wall art, simple furniture and accessories for clients who had a taste for the bizarre and unusual, and designed spaces with a historic or theatrical theme (decorating them to look like an African hut, a Tibetan monastery, Mayan temple, Egyptian tomb, gothic castle, ancient cave or spaceship). Her flair for the dramatic eventually led to a side-career as a set designer/decorator and prop-maker for local theatre and TV shows.
Having dabbled in the entertainment industry since high school, Kelly’s interest in film and television production began to take precedence after she scored a sweet gig as a copywriter, floor director and production assistant for CHUM (now Bell Media) and Rogers Television, in 2002, followed by a handful of voice-over and acting jobs in commercials, movies and TV shows. Merging her passion for the entertainment industry and aptitude for business administration and public relations, she launched Showbiz Media Services, in 2003, working as a personal assistant, publicist and talent manager for both Canadian and U.S. based actors, screenwriters and producers.
By 2006, Kelly was a well-respected industry insider who served as a trusted aide and confidante to some of Hollywood’s most influential powerbrokers, some of them Academy Award winners. That eventually led to yet another career as a screenwriter, comic book writer and transmedia producer through her production company, KJC Group Entertainment, which developed promotional materials (website content, YouTube videos, comic books, interactive games, social media contests and viral marketing campaigns) for the film and television industry.
Kelly recently retired from the entertainment industry to focus on other professional endeavours, launching The Fashion Police and Kick Ass Creative Services, in 2016, followed by Stick A Fork In It Hospitality Consulting, in 2017. She now lives on beautiful Vancouver Island, still dabbling in photography, blogging and freelance lifestyle journalism.
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With a natural aptitude for business administration and the creative arts, Kelly was already making some pretty decent money on weekends at age 10, with lemonade stands, garage sales, car washes and baby-sitting. By age 14, she was taking university-level graphic design courses, and teaching arts & crafts to kids, age 5-12.
While still in high school, Kelly worked part-time as a spa/salon assistant, doing hair colouring touch-ups, mani-pedis, facials, hairstyling and make-up application for weddings, fashion shows and other special events. She also worked for a real estate agent, prepping for open houses by cleaning and staging the properties for viewing by prospective buyers, then served refreshments while the agent worked the room during the open house.