Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Karn Kalra, I’m 30 years old, I’m an actor and my dream is to win an Oscar by 35.
How did you become interested in acting?
Acting has always been a part of who I am. Growing up I wasn’t confident enough to admit to other people that I wanted to pursue acting professionally until I started booking jobs. I started to slowly tell my inner circle and I began to realize that the more I share who and what I want to become, the more I can bring it to fruition.
What led you to pursue an acting career after university? Was it just a desire that had always been there or was it important for you to finish your schooling first?
I originally wasn’t sure if I wanted to attend university because I had no idea what direction I wanted to go in. I mainly did it to please the family’s request but I shortly realized that I actually started to enjoy it. I started to learn more about myself and discover new things. I still wanted to pursue acting, but until I figured out how, I just wanted to enjoy being in school. I do wish I did more research and pursued a school more fit for my industry but I’m happy with where I am at.
You’re a contestant on the inaugural season of, “Bachelor in Paradise Canada”. What can audiences expect from this first season?
After many months of keeping that secret, audiences can expect to see who I really am. I sometimes say foolish things but I don’t take life too seriously. I enjoy talking to everyone and sometimes I can be a big flirt haha. But you will definitely get to know me on a personal level which I’m excited and nervous about. The series takes place in Northern Ontario and this is the first-ever reality show I’ve ever done. When I received the offer, I took a week or so to really go through the pros and cons of doing it. The major question I kept asking myself was “could me being on this show affect my acting career”. After speaking to my family, my best friends, and my agency, they all seemed to give the same response. As long as you are being your true self, you’ll be fine. From there I accepted it and the rest is history.
You also created your own production company that creates content for musicians and athletes like Flo Rida and Norman Powell. How did that opportunity come about?
During university, I met a friend who I consider one of my best buddies, Arjun Gelda. He and I have a lot of similarities but mainly the fact that we are both business savvy. We love making deals, we love selling and we love making money. He was in the early stages of starting his business and had a client reach out to him to make a video. Now, I’ve always been into making my own videos and creating fun stuff, and learning about photography. Arjun, knowing this, reached out and asked me if I could do this for him and it would pay me a small amount of money. I accepted and after seeing how much fun it was to be doing something I enjoy and being paid for it, it clicked. He and I started our film business not much after and were hustling. This business isn’t easy, especially for two young guys, straight out of school and had no idea what to do. After our first fiscal year, we started to build some traction and create a small network. Unfortunately, Arjun felt he needed to move in a different direction so I took the business on alone. I began just networking like crazy and always being ready to pitch anyway and everyone. This led to me being able to speak with Flo-Rida’s team and camera crew and create some behind-the-scenes videos for a few of his shows. Norman’s story is a little different. I was invited to film him and my friend making a soccer video (a little back story, my friend travels the world and creates videos with all major athletes and I was blessed enough for him to invite me to film). I told Norman that day that I wanted to create something for his clothing brand “Understand The Grind”. I went straight to the drawing board, picked up my camera, showed a very cool ad and sent it to him and his management. I finally got the meeting I was working towards and have been working with legends ever since.
What’s next for your career?
I’d like to work as a series regular on an HBO show. But my end goal is to win an Oscar and it will happen soon enough.
What advice would you have for aspiring actors/actresses?
The biggest piece of advice I could give any actor is to not be so hard on yourself. Give each audition 100% of your time and focus and do the best you can. You will learn from each audition and eventually, you’ll be in a place where things will just click. Also, have fun with it. The reason we do what we do is to enjoy it and love it. I know the industry is hard and we get a lot of no’s but we are always working towards hearing those two words “action” and “cut”
What’s your life like off-set?
My life has always been pretty hectic. I love to hustle and learn more about myself but I try to keep a balance as much as I can. Hang with my family and friends, read, shoot photos, travel when possible, go for some casual drinks, and work out.
Let the readers know where to find you online.
If you’re interested in getting to know me more or just seeing what I am working on next, my instagram is always updated @karnkalra__ or IMDB: Karn Kalra