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Actress and singer Estella Kirk on why people in the entertainment business might have very few…with Marco Derhy

Actress and singer Estella Kirk on why people in the entertainment business might have very few…with Marco Derhy

Actress and singer Estella Kirk on why people in the entertainment business might have very few friends

You will probably have very few friends in this business. People can be mean, especially teenagers. A lot of jealousy and misunderstandings; other kids don’t relate to me being homeschooled to pursue my career or working 10–12 hours per day, or on holidays. A lot of performances are around the holidays. My friends may be out of school or enjoying a break while I’m working and they don’t understand my lifestyle.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Estella Kirk. Estella is a singer, songwriter, actress and model who enjoys performing as well as being on the runway. At the young age of 13, she has already graced the runways of New York fashion week, L.A. fashion week, Cannes Fashion Festival as well as runways in Dallas, London and many others around the world.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

When I was 8 my mom submitted me for a photo shoot to model clothing for a designer and they picked me. I loved being in front of the camera and the glamour and lights, from that moment on I know I wanted to pursue the runway and modeling. At the same time, I loved singing and knew I had been blessed with a special voice and singing was truly my passion so I began taking voice lessons as well.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

When I was in Cannes for a fashion show I was invited to the Global Short Film Awards Gala held at the Intercontinental Carlton and I was selected as Young Talent Best Actress for the role in “Unto Me”.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

Oh my, yes. When I received the best actress award I was so shocked and surprised I went up to accept the award and said I want to thank my parents and my mom and dad. It definitely gave everyone a laugh, obviously since my parents and mom and dad are all the same but I learned to just relax and take a deep breath when you’re in situations that make you nervous.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

Right now I am really focusing on my music and songwriting. I will be releasing a few originals very soon.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

I have worked with Nancy Vuu who is an award-winning designer of luxury couture and Peisha McPhee who is a vocal coach for American Idol & Disney.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Do what you love — if your not truly passionate about what you are doing, find a different career path. Life is short, work hard, and pursue your true passion and talents and you will not burn out.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

Be kind — People become so harsh and judgemental in this world. Have the heart and eyes of a child and don’t take on the ways of the world. Stay true to your heart, who you are, and always treat others with kindness and respect.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why? Please share a story or example for each.

  1. You will be told no A Lot — You will go on a lot of auditions and callbacks but you must keep working hard and not get discouraged. When one door closes another will open.
  2. You will probably have very few friends in this business. People can be mean, especially teenagers. A lot of jealousy and misunderstandings, other kids don’t relate to me being homeschooled to pursue my career or working 10–12 hours per day, or on holidays. A lot of performances are around the holidays. My friends may be out of school or enjoying a break while I’m working and they don’t understand my lifestyle.
  3. Lots of travel — I love to travel but many times its extensive travel to classes, workshops, or gigs. Since I am not old enough to drive the backseat of the car becomes my second bedroom. (lol)
  4. Don’t compare yourself to others! It’s important to stay true to who you are and be original and unique. Don’t try to be someone else. People want to see you for who you really are.
  5. Believe in yourself — Above everything else you have to believe in yourself. If you don’t no one else will. The first step to success is believing you will succeed. All things are possible to those who believe.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

Life is about risking everything for a dream no one can see but you. A lot of times what I was doing didn’t make sense but I knew in my heart I had a reason for doing it.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

I would like to thank my parents — I could not do all of this without them!

Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂

Wow, so many people I would probably have to say, Ariana Grande, she has really been an inspiration to me with her style and Lauren Daigle I love her beliefs and she has been an inspiration through her music.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

@estella.kirk

Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational!


Actress and singer Estella Kirk on why people in the entertainment business might have very few… was originally published in Authority Magazine on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Marco Derhy

❖ Marco is the CEO of Derhy Enterprises, a boutique international consulting firm. Derhy Enterprises aids with the management and growth of businesses, particularly for public figures. ❖ Marco is known as an Entrepreneur at heart, building a Los Angeles based private-label fashion company (in his early 20’s shortly after his Military Service) into a dominant industry force with numerous employees and $50M+ annual sales. This success fueled his launch into financing, Humanitarian Aid, Film productions, Real estate, Tech, AID for hospitals, Producing articles/Interviews, Writing book series, and worldwide profiling inspiring people. ❖ A “Positive” Influencer. Marco has more than 19 years in the publishing industry. Created many unique series that highlight the empowering lessons learned from the experiences of high-profile entrepreneurs. ❖ Marco has worked with legends like Nelson Mandela, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mark Wahlberg, Carlos Slim Jr., The Jackson Family, Mr.Sumner Redstone, chairman of Viacom, and Robert Evans" The Godfather, "to name a few. ❖ Marco is Known as a Philanthropist who produced quite a few lucrative fundraising charity events. Working With Dr. Juan Montero II MD for medical supplies for children, including the champ Manny Pacquiao, UNICEF—established a partnership with the Jackson’s Family/Foundation. He produced a 2day Mega events - 1st Day in Beverly Hills Mansion, and the 2nd Day at the famous “Neverland,” at Michael Jackson home, with over 2,500 global VIP guests. He also produced charity events each year during the Cannes film festival. ❖ At CityGala, Marco Produced the famous first significant black-tie Gala event at the Beverly Hills Vineyard. He also helped raise funds to support A-listers Celeb foundations, The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP), LA Youth, Health & Medicine, Domestic Violence support programs, U.S. veterans, to name a few. ❖ Marco is an Author and helped create and inspire a mini-movement among writers, with scores of writers worldwide profiling inspiring people to share their positive, empowering, and actionable true stories in prominent Platforms. ❖ A regular contributor to Arianna Huffington’s, Medium, Buzzfeed, Thrive Global to name a few. ❖ Marco is also producing for his clients - TV Series programs / Documentaries/Films with an award-winning team. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0220357/ ❖ Marco recently published one of his Book series#1 called; "Heroes of The Opioid Crisis” https://www.amazon.com/dp/1705343147/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_43JWDb2PMRSEH and working on new book series. Enjoying; Family, Friends, Philanthropy work,(Giving back to the less fortunate), Martial arts, Swimming, Tennis, Meditation, "Torah study", Nature, Hiking, Tennis...... 🙌🏼Praying for global peace, Health, Prosperity, love, and Happiness within our global society🙌🏼 ~ Life is Good~Be Good & Do Good~®️

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