KAYLA MARIE COATES
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Kayla Marie Coates is a gender fluid Hispanic-Croatian-American actor, filmmaker, content creator and activist. As a neurodivergent, pansexual, polyamorous individual, they are passionate about creating work that depicts stories centering around underrepresented communities so that topics, often not told at all, will be discussed and destigmatized.
They secured Producing / Production Coordinating jobs with Blackmagic Collective, Heart On Fire Productions and became a Creative Producer for The Nerd Couple Show all at the beginning of 2021. They went on to help create and became the Initiative Director for Blackmagic Collective's Career Advancement Diversity Initiative, Emerging Actors, and they were chosen to continue into the Directing Actors Lab that runs from May 2022 through November 2022. They were recently chosen as a fellow for BMC's Filmmaker Advancement Initiative to help take their behind the camera career to the next level. In March 2022, they were hired as a Producer for South by Southwest working with high profile celebrities like Greg Daniels, Jason Sudeikis, Chelsea Clinton, Brian Eno and many more.
With over seven years of improv and musical theatre experience under their belt, plus continuous ongoing advanced training with Margie Haber Studio since 2017, Kayla has starred in numerous indie projects and soon-to-be released films and webseries. They worked their first year as a Scare Actor at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights 2021 and won the award for Scare Actor of the Year. Kayla was selected to receive NALIP’s Emerging Content Creators Inclusion Initiative Scholarship for the 2021 Diverse Women in Media Forum and to participate in Mentorship Rountables with dynamic female industry leaders. Kayla is now ramping into pre-production for their first short film that they wrote, are directing, producing and starring in.
They are in the process of forming their production company, DITI Pictures, where they focus on casting up, crewing up and creating characters for people of marginalized communities to make projects about delicate subject matter. Their goal is to bring more diversity and inclusivity to the industry and to start a discussion about normalizing subjects that society views as "inappropriate", "weird", or "not okay to be talked about".
Kayla launched a Youtube channel called Positively Kayla Marie in February of 2021 where they discuss and normalize taboo topics whilst embracing individuality and being positive and uplifting others. They also use that platform to organize monthly beach and environment clean-ups in and around the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. They also started a podcast at the beginning of 2022 called According to Captain Ron's Record with their grandfather, who was recently diagnosed with a terminal lung disease, to document and learn more about his culture, heritage, life stories and advice for the time that he has left which can be shown for generations to come.