Star Central Magazine’s Actress of the Month for June 2014 Marissa Kaye, believe it or not, was discovered and recognized through traditional means: through her hard work. She endured long, painful waits in corridors out of audition rooms while running through her lines, hoping to remember them all…when she was just 15 years old. She values the opportunity to experience living and being someone else as an actress. This hardworking woman loves to find out everything there is to know about her characters – to make them come off as regular, believable people. She loves doing the unseen groundwork of a character’s past that creates emotion and sympathy with an audience.
As an actress, the 24-year old dislikes going to the cinemas and not being able to simply enjoy the movie as she would inevitably sit there and over-analyze the acting, the storyline, and thinking about what was going on in the characters’ mind, the movie’s objectives, and such. She would also find herself discerning errors and continuity issues. A keen student of her profession, she’s had a 6-month stay in Los Angeles at TVI Actors Studio. The most exciting part of the experience was towards the end, when they were given the opportunity to perform and showcase their talents in front of top agents and managers.
Working in Australia and overseas, Marissa has met and worked with many interesting personalities, all of whom have provided inspiration for the young actress. She has learned about herself, her strengths and weaknesses – at the end of the day, she deems it best to know what you want in life and go at your own pace and says, “You are only in competition with the person you were yesterday.” In an industry where nothing is guaranteed, she keeps her focus by staying positive and keeping both the struggles she’s had to be successful and her dreams of the near future clearly in mind.
Family is a huge part of the half Greek-half/Australian’s life and career, a lodestone of positivity, her supporters and believers both. Her mum believed in her when she didn’t believe in herself, constantly reminding her that “There is no Plan B. So keep the dream alive.” She dreams of success, of becoming an inspiration and role model for other young, up and coming actors. Eventually, she would love to open the Marissa Kaye School of Acting.
“LIGHTNING FAST” Round:
1. Last good movie I’ve seen
The Basketball Diaries
2. What do you consider beautiful and why?
I find beauty where others may see weakness. A beautiful person to me is not the way somebody looks, it’s in their presence and how they make others feel. Because Beauty is more than skin deep. When someone radiates warmth and love, that’s what I consider beautiful.
3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could?
4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d…”
…ride a motorbike.
5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself?
I am extremely sensitive. It can be a little overbearing for my family at times, but I’m compassionate. And that’s something I’d never change.
Official website: http://www.marissakaye.net/
StarNow profile: http://www.starnow.com/Marissakaye
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/marissakayeACTOR