Originally published in The Press-Enterprise – February 28, 2020
Lake Elsinore resident Kiley Moore is just 13. But she already has substantial professional acting experience under her belt, including film credits, voice-over work and numerous theater roles.
Moore discovered that she loved acting at 5, when she was cast in a kindergarten play.
“I really, really enjoyed it, and so then I started doing community theater, and my love just sort of spiraled for theater,” she said. “I love pretty much everything about (acting) …it’s really fun to work off of an audience.”
She has never struggled with stage fright and describes herself as having a “big personality.”
While growing up in Washington state, Moore decided to pursue professional acting at 7, when she played young Cosette in Central Washington University’s “Les Miserables.”
“I just really enjoyed the atmosphere, and I was like, ‘OK, I want to do this when I grow up,’” she said.
In 2016, Moore was invited to audition for the role of Matilda in “Matilda the Musical” on Broadway.
“If she got the role, we had to move to New York in 10 days, so we had to put our house up for sale no matter what, just in case,” her mother Angela Moore said. “Kiley also had opportunities for film (in California), so if she got the role of Matilda it was New York, if not we were heading to California.”
Moore was among the top 20 candidates, but another actress was chosen and the Moore family moved to California.
Acting can be a grueling profession because of the rejection, but the teenager doesn’t let it get her down.
“At first I was pretty upset (when I don’t get a role) … but over time I learned to appreciate it, because as they say, when one door closes, another opens,” she said.
In California, Kiley Moore could pursue film roles and voice-over work. Her filmography includes main roles in independent films “The Trees Have Names,” “The House of Sound and Sea” and “The Swamp.” She was an extra in “The Gender Card Flip.” Her voice-over credits include the TV show “Barbie’s Dreamtopia” and the film, “Barbie Dolphin Magic.”
Still, theater remains Kiley Moore’s true passion.
“I love film, but I tend to prefer theater, just because I like the aspect of being live … in film a lot of times it’s a lot of repeating stuff whereas theater you do it all the way through,” she said.
Because of her acting, Kiley Moore studies online at California Virtual Academy.
“It was really hard to have a rehearsal that went to say, 12 or 1 at night, and then I had to wake up at like 6 a.m. for school,” she said. “It’s nice getting to work at my own pace, and it’s nice just having that freedom that online school offers.”
Described by her mother as “driven, passionate and big-hearted,” Kiley Moore has big hopes for her future.
“Broadway is obviously the main goal,” she said. “Being a professional actor would be my dream come true.”
Her advice for aspiring actors?
“There’s always something new coming up that you can audition for … just keep living out your dream and don’t let life get you down,” she said. “Don’t let people tell you otherwise.”
To learn more about California Virtual Academies, visit https://cava.k12.com/