My Story

MY STORY

Listen, I’m horrible at talking about myself. I am. Talking about myself gives me the eebie-jeebies. My sister has had to verbally slap me a few times to get me to start sharing more of my life experiences and testimonies with strangers—even with friends!
I understand the importance of it (especially in my business), but sheesh, it’s a challenge! After having typed some of my background, I see that much of what I’ve prayed and worked for is on this page, and I hope, at minimum, it inspires someone. So’here’goes:

I grew up in the Twin Cities (Minnesota) with diverse, eclectic surroundings and a multi-talented family. From childhood, I have been immersed in acting, dance, choreography, touring, boxing, martial arts, sports, modeling, music, directing, teaching, and celebrating others’ abilities – with great opportunities offered early on.

Around the age of 13, I had my own performance company—personally booking gigs with large local corporations. I was a special-request performer for Sammy Davis Jr. to tap dance at one of his last big birthday parties, was touring with my family’s performance troupe, and modeled for countless magazines and catalogues. Before the age of 17, I had written and toured a couple of my own plays, and had several sports and academic scholarship offers. I’d been offered to graduate high school early but instead, spent my last 2 years as a Student Teacher (dance and acting) and Student Counselor, taught dance all over the Twin Cities, was a teacher for an advanced Musical Theater College Summer Program, was being managed and booked all over the Midwest dancing in a hip-hop crew, and was exploring the Twin City’s rich theater scene.

By 23, I had already worked with Prince on several projects, both as a casting director and as talent, had managed my first of two talent agencies, been in 6 different bands, was on tour as a singer/dancer/choreographer, and had the privilege of being a principal actor in several national commercials.

In my twenties, I managed a record company, photography studio, a second talent agency, scouting agency, talent development company, toured as a runway show choreographer, and worked in full-time ministry as a Television Production Director and Multi-Media Ministry Consultant. It was during those ministry years that I joined another improv’ troupe while becoming a full-time non-linear editor and motion graphics artist that I was brought in by various ministries to train their Television Production and Multi-Media staffs. Editing is what paid my bills the first few years after moving to Los Angeles; it was a great skill to have as I learned to navigate the acting industry here.

Within a month after moving to Los Angeles, I was fortunate enough to book my first starring role in a (still unreleased) film and since then, have been consistently working on projects I love—things as varied as voice-overs to producing, script supervising to performance capture for video games, inventions to acting.

My main goal is to progressively grow closer to God. Additionally, my plans are to continue in developing my production company; mature in character, craft, ministry, and creativity; provide opportunities to people who may not otherwise get a chance to develop and share their skills; employ the good-hearted and hard-working, while providing launching pads for others’ creativity and entrepreneurship.

While growing my production company, I’m directing and producing several multi-media projects, acting of course, writing, teaching bible studies, and joyfully fulfilling my peculiar and fantabulous calling.

MY STORY is, life is good.
And I’m grateful.

Contact me to inquire about speaking, teaching, or collaborations.

If you’d like to donate to any of my ongoing multi-media ministry projects,
give any amount to: https://www.paypal.me/KimberlyDArland
or contact me to make other arrangements.

Thank you!

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