About Kaycie Lee
Kaycie Lee is a young actress best known for her roles in Fallaway (2017), The Scent of Her Soul (2016), Blue Guitars (2016), and Hanging Millstone (2016). She began her professional acting career at age 13 and now, at 16, she has blossomed into a beautiful young woman whose acting and modelling talent are turning heads. She is passionate about acting and strong in her faith. For these and other reasons, Naples Noteworthy is naming her the Best Young Film Actress in Naples for 2017.
Born in Long Island, New York, Lee relocated to Florida when she was 7. By that time she already knew she wanted to be an actress. She is a Stars of Tomorrow Winner, a Florida State Thespian Superior, and winner of the The Dray Way TV Channel Award. Besides her lead roles on film, she played a guest star role on a television pilot for FOX, as well as a recurring role in S.O.L.I.S., a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) series. She also played the lead on stage as Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank.
Fallaway and Hanging Millstone are both films that increase awareness of missing and abused children, while the faith-based film The Scent of Her Soul targets the evils of human sex trafficking.
Kaycie Lee has received vigorous training for acting, including the Eric Morris Process at the Performers Studio under Kathy Laughlin, private coaching with Marjorie Morhaim, an Acting 3-Day Intensive with John Homa & Jeff Dockweiler, and Intensive Film & TV Acting Workshop at Lori Wyman Casting, a Teen Acting Class/Scene Study & Improv with Maria Eugenia Perera, an On-Camera Commercial Worship Class at Andi Matheny Acting Studios, and an online Master Acting Class with Dustin Hoffman at www.MasterClass.com.
She is also an extraordinary model, as evidenced by her ever-growing portfolio of images. We’ve put together a few of them here in a video that showcases her wide range of looks.
Photo Credits: Tom Schmuki Photography, Nicole Mitchem Photography, Tom Hall, Drako Rojo Rojo
Naples Noteworthy: When did you first know you wanted to be an actress?
Kaycie Lee: I was age 6.
Naples Noteworthy: What was your first role as an actress? Tell us about that project.
Kaycie Lee: In grade school, I would write scenes and act them out for the entire class. I would always act out the various roles myself instead of letting my classmates have those roles because I wanted to make sure the story came to life in the way I had envisioned it. This didn’t win me over any friends so I stopped. Anne Frank was the first leading, rich, dynamic role in live theater that I was cast in. This was more than a role for me. I spent months embracing the horrific trauma of this story as well as the beautiful heart of Anne Frank; the incredible hope she had for herself as well as for mankind. Her journals were life-transforming and this gave me a solid foundation and vision for the kind of actor I aspire to be.
Naples Noteworthy: What film are you working on now? Tell us about it and your role in it.
Kaycie Lee: A Sag Web Series. I am not able to disclose the details of the story. It is a local project with Director Prana Songbird & Get TV Live. I have become very close with those on this project and am passionate to continue this even when cast in other projects.
Naples Noteworthy: What has been your favorite film you’ve worked on so far and why?
Kaycie Lee: The Scent of Her Soul. This was a faith-based film which features a super hero/ordinary man who suffered a loss of his own who then was on a mission to rescue sex trafficking victims. I love the message of how God can use someone’s own deep loss and wounds to make them extraordinarily powerful in helping others.
Naples Noteworthy: Where do you hope to be in ten years and what will you be doing?
Kaycie Lee: It’s my vision to be living in LA or NY and working in Films in strong supporting or even lead roles.
Naples Noteworthy: In addition to acting, you’re also an outstanding model. Do you enjoy modeling? Could you see that as a possible career?
Kaycie Lee: Modeling is just another way to express yourself. I love telling stories and conveying different emotions that can be captured in stills. I also am able to explore the range of looks, emotions to convey these much like in TV & Film roles. I’m an actor first and always will be. I received modeling training locally with Tracy Gray from Five Star Talent & Productions. She is an invaluable resource and on-going support to me.
Naples Noteworthy: Tell us about the training you’re going through now.
Kaycie Lee: I am studying the Eric Morris Process in Tampa with a group of professional adult actors 4 nights a week. It is very intensive work that is growing my craft in ways that I didn’t anticipate and have longed for. It has freed me to stop acting and to bring a more authentic life to the characters I portray. His Process is rooted in ‘Method’ acting but incorporates the training of great teachers like Uta Hagen & Stellar Adler.
Naples Noteworthy: What is your philosophy of life?
Kaycie Lee: To be thankful in all things, even the bad stuff, because it has made me stronger and fosters an empathy for the human condition, which you need to have.
Naples Noteworthy: Why do you have such a good attitude?
Kaycie Lee: My personal faith keeps me grounded and it’s a source of strength and hope in times when things aren’t happening fast enough and when the disappointments become overwhelming. It gives me the footing to keep moving forward always.
Naples Noteworthy: What is it like to be so young and already have done so much in the film world? Do you regret any of your choices to work in film or are you glad you took the opportunities?
Kaycie Lee: Each opportunity, each failure, each disappointment, each success is what makes a great Actor. I don’t think you can regret any of those or their contribution to becoming the Actor or person you are meant to be.
Naples Noteworthy: How supportive is your family/guardian of your aspirations?
Kaycie Lee: I come from a single parent home and despite many hardships and extraordinary challenges, my Mom is my hero. She sacrifices greatly so that I know I never have to give up on my dreams.
Naples Noteworthy: What advice would you give other young people who are looking to be involved in the film industry?
Kaycie Lee: It’s hard work and well, you have to LOVE & breathe it. Persistence is key. “Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”- Churchill The other key piece of advice is to find a mentor, someone you admire further along in the business who can encourage and impart wisdom for the journey.
Naples Noteworthy: If you had to name one or two people who have had the greatest influence on you, who would they be and why?
Naples Noteworthy: What is your technique for getting into your character?
Kaycie Lee: This is a very personal experience and one that is both hard to articulate and to share. I use all my vulnerable parts to stay open to the characters’ innermost feelings and desires. One of my favorite quotes: “Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.”- Meryl Streep
Naples Noteworthy: How do you making your acting look so realistic?
Kaycie Lee: I believe that an actor can’t worry about looking realistic. This is all perspective. If you THINK like the character, take on both the strengths and weaknesses in an authentic way, then no matter what the circumstances, if captured on film, it will be real.
Naples Noteworthy: Do you have any hobbies or activities you like to do besides acting and modeling?
Kaycie Lee: I began Yoga training which helps me to root myself and to be still in the moment. It’s also helping to tune me up physically so that I will have the stamina and body awareness to bring my acting to the next level. I look better too so this is definitely a plus! It’s important in acting but also in every day. I love horseback riding and plan to take the time to be more involved in this. Connecting with an animal, like you do when you are on the back of a horse, is very healing and surreal. It’s like a world all your own–just you and the horse in an open field.