Khloe Khronicals

  • Summertime!!

    My first summer in Chicago has surpassed my expectations. I have been rehearsing for Hairspray and we are a few weeks away from opening night! I am super excited and I can't wait to play one of my dreams roles! (Liil Inez). This show is going to be something special because of the vast amount of incredible and raw talent we have in this cast. I have had so much fun rehearsing for this show and I know I will be sad when it is over. On to other news, unfortunately I have tenditis in my knees so I haven't been able to run as much as I have wanted to so far this summer. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love running and it sucks that I haven't been able to. However, I will be back as soon as possible. I also recently did a photo shoot with a friend of mine. When I look at the pictures I can't help but smile. For so many years I did not feel beautiful and I was very insecure about my body, my appearance, and my hair. I never had long hair like all of my friends did and I was insecure about it for so many years. I was told by almost everyone around me that if you didn't have long hair then you weren't pretty. Dealing with all of that and an ongoing eating disorder, I suffered from depression. Yet, when I look at myself in the mirror now, I smile because I truly feel beautiful. Now that I workout regularly and I am comfortable in my own skin, I feel like the most beautiful woman in the world. Even with my short natural hair, goofy personality and awkwardness, I love who I am and I wouldn't want to be anyone else but Khloejanel. I try everyday to inspire young people who are dealing with the things I dealt with when I was younger because I know how it feels to think that nobody understands. A dream of mine is to become an inspirational speaker to the youth one day because l want everyone to feel amazing in their skin and to follow their dreams. So many people do not have a role model and someone to inspire them these days. I want to change that one person at a time.

    -Khloejanel

  • Beginning of Summer!!

    My summer has honestly started off amazing. I started rehearsing for Hairspray last week and I know the show is going to be amazing. It feels so good working with people who have the same drive and passion as me to make art. You guys will be blown away when you come see it! I also started a new job at a day care. While working there for a few weeks, I've realized how much I enjoy working with children. They bring so much light into the world and it feels nice to know I am making someone laugh and smile.This is honestly my favorite job I have had so far. These couple of things helped my summer start off right but the one event that made it one to rememeber is my recent trip to New York City for the first time to audition for the role of Dorothy in The Wiz. My trip to New York City was truly one of the best experiences I have had so far in my life. I did some sight seeing, visited Times Sqaure, won tickets to see Matilda The Musical and audioned for THE WIZ!! The audition process was something I have never experienced. I knew their would be hundreds of people auditioning so I got to the audition spot at 5:30 am and their were already about 60 people in front of me. Unfortunately it was raining all that morning but I did not let that bring me down! On my way to the venue, my taxi driver said something to me that I will never forget. He told me that he can tell I will be a movie star. I know it may not seem like much but he told me that at the right time. I was 19 years old in New York City alone in the rain auditoning for my dream role. I was nervous out of my mind but hearing that someone else believes in me took my nerves away and the four hours of waiting in line went by quickly. By 9:00 am, the line was wrapped around several corners so I was so thankful I got there early. I auditioned around 10:30 and found out I recieved a callbackl!!! I was so surpised and thankful for this opportunity. My callback went great and now I just have to wait. Visiting New York City showed me even more that I was put on this earth to perform and inspired me even more to follow my dreams. I can't wait to see what else this summer has in store for me! xoxo

    -Khloejanel

  • Almost done

    As my first year as a college student is coming to an end, I think back on all of the things that I have learned in such a short amount of time. I realized how much I love film and television acting. Their is something about having the time to actually get in tune with my emotions that excites me about television and film acting. I also realized how strong I am. I came from a small town and I didn't have anyone help me with a resume, head shot, creating my website, and auditioning. I am not saying this to brag. I am saying this to show anyone out there who thinks they can't follow their dreams that if they put their mind to it, they can do it, which brings me to my next realization. I learned how much I want to be an inspirational speaker to underprivileged children in the arts. As an art kid with little to no money, it's hard to get the necessary materials to be the most successful actress I can be. However, I worked hard and found ways to get the things I needed. I want to inspire my peers, the younger and even older generations to never give up on their dreams even when it seems like their are a million roadblocks in the way. This school year has been amazing. I accomplished way more than I thought I would. Now I have to set the bar even higher to keep climbing to the top.

  • Amazing

    This has honestly been one of the best weeks thus far in my life. I got to do so much of the things I love to do. Wednesday I was in a film shoot and this weekend I was in two films, a photoshoot, and I sung the National Anthem at Columbia College Chicago's baseball game against Depaul University. Singing the National Anthem was something I had never done so I was nervous. I had not sang in front of an audience in months so that heightened my nerves even more. However, I am really proud of how it turned out. It was not my best performance, but I am so proud of myself for going out of my comfort zone and pushing myself to try new things. It also helped that I won two tickets to a Cubs baseball game-YAY!  I also was involved in a photoshoot- something else I had never done. Yet, it was so much fun. I love being in front of the camera and I can't wait for more opportunities to be in photoshoots. Overall, this has been an amazing week. Each week I am reminded even more how much I love acting, singing, and being in front of a camera. 

    -Khloejanel

  • Discoveries

    About a month ago I was in a short film. Ever since I made my acting debut in a film, I have been auditioning for tons of films. I think I am starting to love film acting more than stage. Do not get me wrong, I love stage acting because without it I wouldn't be here. I just realized that film acting seems so much more personal and I can get in touch with my emotions more. I will never stop auditioning for stage plays/musicals but I am going to put an equal amount of energy in auditioning for films too because I am starting to love it just as much.

    -Khloe Janel

  • April 3RD.

    As I think about how I have little over a month left until I am done with my freshman year of college, I can honestly say my freshman year in college has been even more amazing than  I thought it would be. I have learned so much and have had so many opportunities to do what I love. I have been pushing myself immensely becasue I know what I am capable of. I recently performed in Home: A festival of Storytelling. I have never done storytelling before and it was an amazing experience. I have also been attempting to perform more of my spoken words. I am always nervous to perform them because I am not sure how my audience will react. However, I love my spoken words so I am continuing to perform them whenever I have the chance. Summer is approaching and I can only imagine how amazing my summer will be right here in Chicago doing what I love to do.

  • My trip to see Common

    Yesterday I had the privilege to attend a speech that Common was giving in Chicago. If you are not familiar with Common he is an Academy Award and Grammy Award winning hip hop artist, activist, and actor from the south side of Chicago, Illinois. He explained to us that achieving your dreams will not be easy. You will have failures, you will have days you want to give up, and their will be people who do not belive in you. But, as long as you believe in yourself greatness will come. This really inspired me because sometimes I wonder if i'm good enough. However, he inspired me to continue to fight toward my dreams even when it gets hard sometimes. Listening to Common also reassured me that inspirational speaking is something I desire to do in my adult life. He made an impact in my life in thirty minutes and that's something I want to do for so many other kids in the arts. Being in the arts is difficult, but believing in yourself is what will get you far, and that's something I am working on each day and something I want to help my peers do as well.

    -Khloejanel

  • March 1st.

    This has been a stressful but amazing week. I was in tech for my show Shelter and we had our performances. It turned out amazing! I met so many awesome people and the process showed me how character development really helps actors. I learned so much from this experience about myself as a person, myself as an actress,and homelessness (the topic of the show). I think people overlook this topic because it is such an awkward topic but we brought it to light and it really opened my eyes. I am sad that it's over but, it's time for me to move on to the next project. Although I am not sure what that is yet, I know it is coming. I had three auditions this week and some next week. I also got a second job so things are about to get even more hectic. I don't care though. I am doing what I need to do to reach my dreams. It gets hard sometimes but I am still pushing on. 

  • 02/18/2015.

    I have so much exciting news I have been dying to spill! I  have so many auditions lined up in the next few weeks. Auditioning a lot is stressful but I am starting to fall in love with auditioning. One audition I have coming up soon is for The Voice this upcoming Saturday. I honestly am not that nervous. The only thing I am nervous about is having to get up at 5:00 am and stand in line for probably hours. I am impatient so this will be a struggle for me, but I will bring plenty of things to do, music to listen to, jackets, cough drops, hot tea, and of course snacks! I know shows like The Voice are extremely political so I am not putting a ton of pressure on myself and working myself to death. I am still practicing, but I am still going on with my life even though this is coming up rather quickly. Anyways, that same day I am performing one of my spoken words in front of a crowd for the first time at LIMELIGHT with the Transcendent Ensemble Theatre Company. I am actually more nervous for this because my spoken words are personal. Showing that vulnerable side of me is something I am not use to doing. But, I think this will give me the confidence to perform my original material more and also help me get through my personal life. I can't wait to perform it and I hope the audience appreicates it. However, even if everyone hates it, I will be proud of myself because I am pushing myself as an artist and as a person to get out of my comfort zone in order to grow.

  • Start of spring semester

    Well, winter break is over. Tomorrow I start my second semester of college and I am even more excitied than before. I have so many interesting classes and I can't wait to learn even more about my craft. I am determined to get even better grades this semester. My grades were not bad last semester but I know I can do better. I know what I am capable of, which is why I am constantly pushing myself to do even better. I push myself not only in theatre, but in class and in life. I want to better every aspect of myself and I am always working toward that.