Ian Kelley: graduated from Eastern Washington University, Summa Cum Laude, with a 3.9 GPA in June of 2010. His major was Sociology and his minor in Women and Gender Studies. Ian studied popular culture and the media with an emphasis on understanding the effects and influences of media on social interactions. Ultimately, Ian argued that popular culture in the media often negatively shapes the way we perceive reality and creates a postmodern “reality” in which the line between real and “real” can no longer be identified.
In April of 2010, Ian received an email from his acting agent alerting him to a new acting class instructed by Serena Belsby in May. He almost did not sign up for the class because of his generally shy disposition, but he knew it was crucial to enroll to advance his acting career. Unknown to Ian, Serena, through class, was auditioning actors and actresses for her movie “The Merry Graingers”. With very little experience and education under his belt, he “killed” (in his own words for successful) his first scene, The Short, Happy, Life of Francis Macomber by Ernest Hemingway. Ian continued with Serena’s class through the end of August and again the following summer. Serena offered Ian the role of Dale Grainger at the end of the second summer.