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Radio host and DJ Bill Kelly grew up in Kentucky. He briefly studied Architecture & Design and then switched majors to pursue a dream as an on-air radio personality. Radio and the entertainment industry have played a big part in Bill’s life for more than thirty years. Since 1978, Bill has acted in radio plays and theater. In 1986 he moved to Florida and then in 2003 he became a regular Actor via the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts. Since then, Bill has appeared in over thirty productions; his work was even presented at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Bill has since appeared in feature films, cable TV shows and numerous radio advertisements and instructional voice-overs.

Recently, he spoke about his experiences working as a performer.

Inspirational past 

Blasting News (BN): How and when did you decide to get into radio and--later--theater and TV and movies?

Bill Kelly (BK): I’ve always wanted to be a radio personality as far back as I can remember. I used to hook up two record players in my floor and pretend I was a DJ! When I was in college, I pursued a career with a brighter financial future and majored in Architecture. It didn’t take long for me to realize I STILL wanted to be a DJ. I switched majors, found a radio job in 1981 and never looked back. As for TV/Films, I found out that the FSU Film School held open auditions twice a year and I didn’t hesitate to try out. I ended up doing about 20-25 student films before I finally decided that I was ready to see what I could do.

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I found a fantastic agent and have had some successes. I’m very thankful and feel very blessed.

BN: Growing up, what kinds of media influenced you?

BK: Radio. Music has always been a big part of my life. TV and Films allowed me to escape for a while and fueled the fire for acting.

BN: How did you go about finding places to perform

BK: After finding out what the FSU Film School offered, I started to discover indie film makers in the area with whom I could connect with for even more opportunities.

Working present 

BN: How many roles have you played? Do you have a favorite?

BK: Wow. Over 25, I’m sure. Favorite is playing “Clay Grunwald” on Bloodline, for sure! Had a lot of fun as “Duke”, the mechanic character I played on “Graceland” and, of course, being Dwayne Johnson’s doctor on “Ballers”!

BN: What would be your dream project?

BK: Holy Grail right now is a recurring role on “The Walking Dead”! That is such a great, great show! Next, would be to play a really bad guy. Someone you leave the theater just hating the character. I had a small role in a short film that got that kind of reaction from these two sweet ladies sitting behind me. When the lights came up, one of them looked at me and said, “You’re a CREEP!  But you were a GOOD creep!” Made my day!

Advice forthcoming 

BN: To date, what has been the most rewarding part of being in the entertainment industry?

BK: Being a part of something magical and learning from incredible people in the industry.

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BN: What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to become a DJ or performer?

BK: Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Follow your passion. Find a way. 

BN: Are there any upcoming projects and/or events that you would like to mention? 

BK: Nothing I can talk about right now. Keep up to date with me on my website and social media.