Interview By: Hayley Bradbrook
Keltie Knight is a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, the 34 year-old started her career as a professional dancer at the tender age of 17. After moving to New York and landing the job as a Radio City Rockette, Knight’s danced on-stage with Beyonce, Taylor Swift and performed on the big screen in Enchanted and Footloose.
The Canadian powerhouse still works in front of the camera as a host for The Insider where she has interviewed the industries top talent; Meryl Streep, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lawrence, to name a few. As if that weren’t enough to call her a #girlboss, Keltie creates her own content on the celebrity driven podcast The LadyGang with co-hosts and BFF’s Jac Vanek and Becca Tobin. Each week a celebrity guests such as Lea Michele, Ashley Tisdale, Sophia Amoruso have honest, hilarious and raw conversations with the three women on what it’s really like working in Hollywood. We are obsessed.
How did you get your start on The Insider?
It was a job I sort of fell into. I’ve been working and living in LA creating digital content. At a random lunch I met a girl that worked in TBS and she said you should work for us (at The Insider). I then worked in digital content for long time (at The Insider) and was in right place at right time. I knew I wanted to be on TV, I always thought why not me? I’ll just work hard and try! When you see people on TV people think’s its so easy, but it’s a lot of hard work, long days, believing in yourself so much when no on else does prove everyone one.
What was the transition like from being a professional dancer to a TV host?
It wasn’t that hard. I did my final performance dancing for Beyonce, and knew I was done and ready to retire. I had accomplished everything I wanted to do.
We’re huge fans of The LadyGang, how did that idea come about?
My girlfriend Becca (Tobin) and I always wanted to collaborate for long time. We saw women in Hollywood who were successful and taking things for themselves and we wanted something in life that no one could fire you from! This project was the first thing in my life where the reaction was instantaneous. You would think you would get stopped in airports working in TV but I get stopped all the time by women who listen to the podcast!
What advice do you have for anyone trying to start their own brand?
- Do not worry about where everyone else is. It’s easy to get caught up and be jealous. Always just live life with set of blinders on. I just do my work the best that I can.
- Always go for what you want rather than waiting for permission. People who wait I find are scared. You should find creative ways to get work seen, and you can’t wait around for people to hand you anything on silver platter.
- Try to do something that you actually love. There are people who emulate seeing other women doing like blogging or fashion but if blogging is not you’re thing, start a book club!
Who is one person on your podcast that you would love to have as a guest?
Paula Abdul (I’ve been trying to get her forever!), Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, Beyonce, and Celine Dion.
The ladies we have come on (and a couple of guys) are people you think you all know about but the podcast shows a different side of everyone. We all have a story to share. We wanted to make podcast something that every single woman could listen to, feel inspired and laugh!
Biggest fan girl moment?
Jaw dropping would be interviewing Oprah at the Oscars. You grow up watching Oprah and she’s a goddess! Plus she smells good and only looks at you and is not distracted by anyone else. Also Dolly Parton, she is so magical, sweet glittery woman and sassy!
Christina Perri is your best friend, has she made you watch Once Upon A Time?
She loves it, she is the biggest fan! She has couple of tattoos of the Hook guy, but I don’t watch it. We’re a bit different – she loves cheeseburgers and I don’t eat meat. Our friendship is great and we have things in common like drinking green tea and Jason Mraz.
Advice for anyone trying to get into the industry?
Not giving up! You can get a thousand no’s but one yes can be life changing. Stay strong, believe in yourself, and keep going.
What is the best piece of advice that you’ve ever received?
A co-worker once said to me “you have to dress for the job you want.” In our lives we always walk around in jeans from Urban Outfitters, but if you want a big job you have to dress like it.
Who is one person that you admire in this industry?
Hoda Kotbe. She is more lovely in person than she is one TV and she is nice off and on camera.
What do you miss about Canada?
I miss mint aero chocolate bars, people saying please and thank you, my family, ketchup potato chips, life being a little bit slower there and I’m sad about missing Justin Trudeau being our Prime Minister!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I will have built up the Lady Gang brand and sold it to a big company. I’ll also be living in a tiny house in Costa Roca with my husband, pig, a goat and swimming in my pool.
Catch up on all of the amazing behind the scene moments of Keltie’s life!