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Rising Star Keira Bird: “I think we have a lot to learn from each other, and I think everyone should travel at least once to a different country/culture to experience life in a different light”

If I was to start a movement, I think it would have something to do with unity. I believe that no one should be left out, we all have a voice that deserves to be heard. Learning about other cultures is really interesting and can be a real eye-opener. I think we have a lot […]



If I was to start a movement, I think it would have something to do with unity. I believe that no one should be left out, we all have a voice that deserves to be heard. Learning about other cultures is really interesting and can be a real eye-opener. I think we have a lot to learn from each other, and I think everyone should travel at least once to a different country/culture to experience life in a different light.


As a part of my series about the rising stars in popular culture, I had the pleasure of interviewing Keira Bird. Keira is an Australian actor, who made the move to Vancouver BC, 5 months ago She is best known for her roles in The Horror of Making My Film (2019), We Were Tomorrow (2019) and Thicker Than Water (2018). Keira has also appeared in multiple stage productions and short films.


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

The thought of public speaking terrified me until my mum decided to put me into speech and drama classes after school. The thought still does, but I’m a bit better at it now. It was in these lessons which I found my love of performing. When the option came to study drama at school, I took it. I then went on to compete in the local eisteddfod and complete exams in speech and drama.

My life took a little bit of a detour after I finished school, but I found my way back to acting in 2012 with the help of my best friend. I have been pursuing my dreams since then, and they have led me to Vancouver.

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

An interesting story? That’s a hard one! I have so many. This one, I don’t know if it is THE most interesting, but it definitely one of the most memorable days on set. I got to dress up in 1920’s getup, which was amazing as 1920’s style clothing is my favorite period. My role was the musician, so I got to combine my love of the cello with acting.

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?

So many mistakes were made, but I am so grateful for the lessons I learned. All actors have their particular brand of mistake and mine is that I would always need to apologize when I stumbled in auditions! It took me a while to realize that one mistake doesn’t mean you throw a performance out the window. Just keep going! There is nothing worse than dropping a character when you’re literally there to bring them up.

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

Well, I’m currently in pre-production with my short film ‘Lured’. So, I guess that would be it. It is a little bit of a compilation of genres being thriller and fantasy. I’m excited to get a move on it, as I have already tried to film it once back in Australia. But due to some complications a week before we were due to shoot, and then scheduling it didn’t happen. Very keen to get back into it and use some of the amazing resources here.

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

Every project I’ve worked on everyone has had interesting stories. All at different stages of their careers, but all coming to one conclusion that they are in the business for the love of telling stories and meeting new people. I have loved every minute of it, most of them have been really nice genuine people, offering advice, and support.

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

Self-care and Support. You need to make sure you look after yourself. It’s hard as an actor to take a moment to stop and rest because we think if we do, we’ll miss out. But we have to remember that our bodies are vessels, and in order for them to work and run smoothly we need to take care of them. So, take time for yourself, Hollywood isn’t going anywhere.

Surround yourself with friends that believe in you and will help you grow as an actor and person. You need to surround yourself with positive energy. Something that I am still trying to do, but I’m getting there slowly.

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. 🙂

If I was to start a movement, I think it would have something to do with unity. I believe that no one should be left out, we all have a voice that deserves to be heard. Learning about other cultures is really interesting and can be a real eye-opener. I think we have a lot to learn from each other, and I think everyone should travel at least once to a different country/culture to experience life in a different light.

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

You’re your limitation — Overthinking and analyzing situations is something I do all the time. Which in turn puts you in your head and feeds the self-doubt voice. Which I think a lot of actors would agree with. Trust yourself and your instincts and you will become a better version of yourself.

Have fun — Having fun is one of the most important things. This industry is tough and comes with a lot of rejection, especially in the beginning. So have fun with the auditions, and once out of the room, forget about it and let go.

You’re never done learning — Just because you graduated with a fancy degree, does not mean you know everything. You can always learn more, and experience more. By all means, find what works for you and stick to that. But always have your mind and heart open ready to explore if the opportunity arises.

Create your own opportunities — I think actors complain a lot about not getting auditions or not being put forward for leading roles, something in which they think they would be good at. I’m not saying that we should all become writers too. But most actors know someone who can. So, reach out to start collaborating and create those roles for yourself.

There is no perfect monologue — Stop searching for that perfect monologue for that audition. It doesn’t exist. Pick something that is in your age range, is the same genre for the character you are going for. You will come to love it, after the hard work you put into it. Getting down to the nitty-gritty stuff of the character is one of the best parts.

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

Our greatest glory is not never in falling but in rising every time we fall” — Confucius We have all had times in our lives or career where we have fallen and have had to pick ourselves back up. Some more than others. I have had quite a few falls, from not knowing what I was going to do and not having the support, to being in a toxic relationship. I have learned a lot from the thing’s life has thrown at me, I’m stronger for 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 want to thank all those who have given me the chance to be a part of their projects. I have met some wonderful and supportive people on many of these. But the one person I am most grateful for is my best friend. I wouldn’t be here following my dreams if it wasn’t for her. In a time where I had no support for my acting dreams, she gave them a voice. I was going through a stage in my life where I wasn’t really happy with what I was doing but didn’t know what to do. One day she walked into the bar I was working in, looking for work, she got it. We became fast friends and after working 12hr days for 15days straight that bond just became stronger. She found out acting was something that I was passionate about, and she ended up helping me get my first agent. She has been a part of my life and journey ever since and is one of my inspirations. She was also the one who gave me the final push to move to Vancouver. Since being here I have had the pleasure of meeting some great people, and another good friend who has helped me through some rough patches.

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. 🙂

Meryl Streep is someone I would love to meet. Not only is she a great actress but she is an amazing human being and we need more people out there like her.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

You can follow me on Instagram @keiralea90, or my professional Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KeiraLBird90/ or check out my website www.keirabird.com

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

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