All about my Personal writing projects,
From viral personal essays (yup, plural!) to my upcoming memoir, "Confessions of an Ex-Actress"...

Kelsey Formost, Author

Currently seeking representation for my memoir, Confessions of an Ex-Actress!

My work focuses on the "roles" women are taught to play in our everyday lives - "good girl," "girlfriend," "wife," "mother," "caretaker," "homemaker," - and the fact that all women are excellent actresses.

Through (mostly) funny personal stories about my time in Hollywood and subsequent recovery journey for co-dependency & people pleasing, I tell the truth about who women are when the curtain falls and the lights dim.

Because the truth is: all of us are exhausted trying to fit the role of "perfect woman," because, as we're finally admitting: there is no such thing.

Until leaving “The Business” at the height of her career, Kelsey Formost spent over ten years as a successful actress; from studying with the Royal Shakespeare Company to roles in successful Off-Broadway plays, to parts in star-studded movies and Emmy-winning TV shows like Modern Family, New Girl, and Days of Our Lives.

Along with her work on camera, she honed her writing skills by creating and pitching original screenplays to major networks. After working with her, Oscar-winning screenwriter Ron Bass said, “Kelsey has a strong, unique voice, and an innate grasp of the elements of storytelling. She is quick, articulate, confident. My admiration for her ability led to a collaboration with her as writing partner...I can tell you firsthand that Kelsey is a real talent.”

In 2018, Kelsey transitioned from Entertainment to the world of online entrepreneurship. To date, her company Magic Words Copywriting has served over 8,000 people (& counting). After going through a devastating breakup and recovery journey 2021, Kelsey started her popular podcast “Find Your Magic” where she interviews world-class professionals about the intersection of mental health and entrepreneurship.

Kelsey has been a featured guest on 30+ podcasts (all geared towards self-help for women), had bylines in top publications like Glamour, TODAY, Shondaland, and AdAge and been a speaker at some of the leading marketing and entertainment summits in the country like ‘South By Southwest’ and Hubspot’s ‘Inbound’ conference.

Kelsey currently lives in Santa Barbara, CA with her partner. For more, visit or see her Instagram at


Viral Personal Essays:

Prologue: Confessions of an Ex-Actress

Contact Kelsey


Business Insider: How to gain the exceptional networking opportunities you can get at business school without actually going — and land speaking gigs and clients along the way

Business Insider (again!): The personal rules successful entrepreneurs set to make sure work doesn't take over their lives - mine is all about how to say ‘no’ to requests to “pick my brain”

Glamour original byline: On being a woman business owner & trying to plan financially for fertility: I asked my boyfriend to split the cost of egg freezing

The Everygirl: How mental health impacts work, according to an expert (original story on Flawless World Blog, linked here)

AdAge: Byline for influencer marketing platform, Why Affinity is the Key to Successful Marketing Campaigns

BossBabe: full feature on Kelsey & her business’ (super personal and vulnerable) origin story: Why going to therapy was the best thing I did for my business

Refinery29: Is Instagram the new business card?

Branded Content & Marketing Association (BCMA) original byline: Instagram testing monetizing IGTV so creators can make money off their videos

eMarketer: Report- Influencer Marketing in the age of Covid-19

Awin Global: Influencer Marketing thought leadership Meet Kelsey Formost, Tagger Media’s Director of Content Strategy

VoyageLA Magazine: Portraits of Hollywood series; Inspiring stories and people you should know: Meet Kelsey Formost

Signature Video Group: Experts Share Their Tips & Tricks for Instagram Photography

CEO Blog Nation: Entrepreneurs share how they use social media for business

GradeUs: 7 Unique Review Marketing Tactics To Boost Sales

Best Company: Unique Gifts for College Students - Online Classes