Keely Cat Wells, CEO of C Talent & CC Associates & Actress/Producer
1. When did you realise your love for what you do?
I have always loved to create since I was small. Through dress up, play and making up crazy stories, I was able to be someone else.
It’s only recently that I have released WHY I love to do what I do; creating is a way of changing. Transformation is a way of changing perceptions, thoughts and views, expanding their knowledge and changing their day/week/month even year. In my case, something as simple as a well-executed idea, transforming into someone else or booking a disabled actor in a stereotypically non-disabled actor role. That is change, and I love that.
2. What do you love most about what you do?
I mostly love the diversity in what I do. I can wear many different hats, but each of them has the same goal. They tie into one another so I can produce something in my own way, with my personal stamp and I don’t have to wait or rely on anyone else. I create my own opportunities and other peoples opportunities (this is super important to me). It’s a team effort, you can never be in this industry alone or create anything spectacular without that team. Creating work (and not waiting) helps fill the gaps in our society.
3. What’s the most significant piece of wisdom you’ve received or acquired through life experience?
One of the most valuable bits of information someone has given me, (and they gave it just as I needed it), was asking me: What do you have to give?
When I was going through health issues as a teen/young adult, (I was misdiagnosed, hospitalised for many years and had eight major surgeries) the only thing that got me through was thinking about what I still had to GIVE. Before this moment, I didn’t know I could give anything, but when I stopped to really think about it, I realised there is ALWAYS something you can give. That stays with me every day.
4. What’s been one of your biggest challenges you’ve faced and how did you navigate through it?
Being hospitalised and misdiagnosed was the most challenging time in my life. Facing near-death experiences and trying to keep a sound mind when people around you are telling you things that are not true, to believe in oneself to push through and fight for the right answers. Having the faith and trust in my own body and mind, even when it was failing me, that was the toughest. And I never want anyone to go through what my family or I went through. If it weren’t for my mum, I wouldn’t have navigated it, but saying all that, I am incredibly grateful for that time in my life now. It taught me who I really am, it taught me how hard I can fight, and it showed me my ‘true purpose’. I found so much light at the end of the tunnel. So to anyone who is fighting, keep going, the rain always stops.
5. What are 3 of your daily non-negotiables?
Calling my mum and grandpa. That is a MUST, they are my everything.
Spoiling my pup.
Either singing, dancing, gymming, or stretching in the mornings. I bend so I don’t break!
6. What do you believe is your greatest asset and how does it serve you?
I think my work ethic is my greatest asset. I will do what others don’t. I think that’s something I would like to be noticed for; going beyond the call of duty because I believe in my craft (producing, acting and managing). The power it has is limitless.
To change society, we must learn to tell (and listen to), a new set of stories about the world we want to create. I believe working hard is the only way to make that happen.
7. How do you elevate and empower those around you?
I like to empower others by sharing my personal story. Everyone who has fought a battle, no matter what the struggle can relate to the emotions and the journey you go through.
For me, having had to be totally cared for and looked after to then starting my own businesses, and moving countries to pursuing my ultimate dream can hopefully show others that anyone can do it. An idea and a dream is only that until you believe in yourself wholeheartedly and make the first move!
8. What does the word failure mean to you?
Failure to me is giving up. You have not failed unless you have given up. There are always going to be bumps in the road, but if you don’t give in, if you don’t give up, then you have not failed, and you never will, as long as…You KEEP GOING, even if it is in a new direction.
9. In your opinion, what’s the number one thing that holds people back from going after what they want in their lives? What would you say to them?
Knowledge and fear held me back for a long time, and what I would say to my old self and other people in that situation would be to, first gain so much knowledge that you become confident enough to leave the fear behind. Educate yourself on whatever it is you are scared about, make sure you know more about whatever it is than anyone else could, this may take a while, but it doesn’t matter because that is the time you need to clear any doubt. Then, have the confidence to dig even deeper, make the intention clear and let go of the fears attached. Change the prediction to produce the creation.
10. If you could share one seed of inspiration for those chasing their dream, what would it be?
Whatever made you want to chase that dream, hold on to it, having a greater meaning for your vision, figuring out the ‘why’ can be the fire in your belly that allows you to problem solve in an instant. And on your worst days, it will keep the light on. On your best days, it will keep you grounded, modest and focused. You can push so many boundaries, think huge; think global, go even bigger than global…but don’t forget the small things.