Wallis Day for ODDITY
Odd!ty: Tell us about your foundations, how did you get started in your field?
Wallis: I never thought acting would be possible for me. I thought it was for Americans that grew up in Hollywood and had starred in movies since they were kids because their parents were directors and producers.
For some reason, I just couldn’t accept the fact that I might not be able to pursue something I love, so I took a risk which paid off!
Odd!ty: What was your creative outlet before you started?
Wallis: I didn’t really have one. I was really lost growing up and acting was the first and only way I learned how to channel emotions.
Odd!ty: Were you inspired by something/someone specific?
The more I fell in love with acting the more movies I discovered. When I first saw Angelina Jolie on screen, I was enamored by her style of acting, the characters she’d play, and the storylines she’d take on. I knew that those were the roles I wanted to play.
Odd!ty: How did you take your first steps towards turning your passion into profit?
Wallis: I took a lot of risks, I moved to London by myself at 16 because I felt like I was wasting my time at school. I was itching to get out of the mundane system and I was deeply unhappy. Acting wasn’t a hobby anymore and I really needed it. So I packed my things and the next morning told my parents I was leaving and moving to London! My poor mum was heartbroken but I think they knew I had to do it.
Odd!ty: Can you share some highlights from that journey to how you ended up where you are today?
Wallis: I went to Sylvia Young, a drama school in London where I met my best friends who still remain my best friends today. Like me, they had also moved to London at a young age to pursue their dreams. It was the first time I’d met people who really understood me. We all lived together and grew up together like a family.
Odd!ty: Can you share one of the best moments in your career so far (and why)?
Wallis: Getting my current role on Krypton. It proved to me that when you find yourself in a hard situation in life the way you deal with it can really determine your future and the kind of person you are.
Odd!ty: What is your strongest motivational force?
Odd!ty: Has your relation and reaction to your own work changed in any way since you started making a profit from your passion?
Wallis: I just feel so lucky. It’s never been a job to me, even if it's a 4.30am start or a freezing cold location shoot. I absolutely love every part of what I do. I know how long and painful it was for me to get to this point, so I’m extremely grateful for every second.
Odd!ty: What piece of advice would you give yourself 5 years ago?
Wallis: Everything happens for a reason, so keep doing things for the right reasons and always go with your gut feeling.
Odd!ty: How do you respond to criticism?
Wallis: I like constructive criticism because I love learning and listening to what people have to say.
Obviously, not all criticism is constructive but over time you learn to develop a thick skin. Not everyone’s going to like you, but I’m not here to try and be like, I’m here to do my job and that’s what makes me happy.
Odd!ty: Have you had any challenges balancing work / private life?
Wallis: I like to keep my private life really private. Luckily I’m at a stage where I have control over that and I just switch off my phone if I need to.
Odd!ty: What is the most valuable lesson you wish to take with yourself in the rest of your creative journey?
Wallis: I´ve learned patience. When you’re young you want everything instantly, but to form a long-term career, everything is a long game.
Odd!ty: Do you have a favorite piece of creative work and why?
Wallis: I really love Charles Bukowski’s poetry. Discovering his work growing up, I felt really connected to him. We have similar styles of writing and I loved the subjects he tackled. My favorite poem of his is 'A Smile To Remember’.
Odd!ty: One key piece of advice you want to pass on to any aspiring creative?
Wallis: Don’t be afraid to do something because no-one else is doing it, because that’s the reason you’re meant to do it.
This is an ODD!TY Magazine online exclusive
Talent: Wallis Day
Photography by: Charl Marais
Art Director: Farah Rose
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