Sunny Keller doesn’t want to be a princess. She wants to be more.
Sunny is a YouTube personality who has starred on the DreamWorksTV YouTube channel as an expert life-hacker in Life Hacks for Kids since December of 2014. Life Hacks for Kids has 250+ million views on YouTube, was the #1 video of 2015 on DreamWorksTV, won “Best Kid’s Web Series” at the Kidscreen Awards and recently celebrated its 100th episode. She also was featured in a 2015 video short, Seth Rogen’s Awful Bar-Mitzvah.
In addition to her acting career, Sunny is a filmmaker who writes and directs her own short films. In her “free time”, she plays the ukulele, composes music and loves special effects makeup.
Sunny is a strong advocate for finding a cure for Alzheimer’s. She and her sister have hosted a comedy show, held grape juice stands, participated in walks and raised money and awareness about the disease throughout their entire lives. Sunny is now using her talents to sing a song that she wrote at the Alzheimer’s walks all over Los Angeles this year.
Check out the links below of Sunny’s appearance on the Harry Connick Jr. Show and her music video for DreamWorksTV “Songs That Stick”!
We had a chance to ask Sunny a few questions. We think you’ll agree that her life hacks are not the only thing she can teach us!
“Don’t be like me, be like you! But also, practice,
work hard and don’t be afraid to try new things.” – Sunny Keller
Q & A
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up and why?
A: When I grow up, I want to compose music for films or be a makeup artist for films. I love writing songs, singing and playing the ukulele. I’m also really into makeup and special effects that use makeup.
Q: What do people say when you tell them that?
A: Some people tell me that the entertainment industry is impossible to get into and that I should choose something more practical. Others are supportive and think how amazing it is that a girl my age could dream of becoming that.
Q: Do people ever call you “princess” and, if so, how does that make you feel?
A: I’ve always taken the word princess quite literally and thought it was strange if someone thought I was one. I’m not the daughter of a King, but my Dad IS pretty cool.
Q: What does it mean to you to be a princess?
A: A girl who doesn’t think for herself.
Q: How did you become interested in acting?
A: I’ve always loved dress-up, face paint and pretending to be other characters. I’ve ruined quite a few of my Mom’s lipsticks before the age of five. Then, in 3rd grade, I took an improv comedy class and was hooked.
Q: Do your family and friends support you?
A: Yes, I feel very lucky that I have an extremely creative family. They’ve all played parts in my short films, especially my little sister. They also help me with Life Hacks for Kids, and I have a great crew that helps to film and produce the show. It’s definitely a team effort.
Q: Did you face any challenges to achieve your goals? If so, how did you stay motivated?
A: I stay motivated by continuing to create my own films and videos and practicing the ukulele. I know that auditioning can be a one-in-a-million shot, and I sometimes feel disappointed when I don’t get a callback. I feel that way even more so when I do get a callback, but not the part – especially if it’s a character I really love. When I do my own stuff, it’s all up to me.
Q: Did you ever think you’d be called an “amazing girl” for choosing to do this?
A: No, but I’m really proud that you asked me to participate in this. It’s really cool.
Q: What three words would you like people to use to describe you?
A: Creative. Loyal. Hard Working.
Q: What do you want people to know about you outside of your Life Hacks for Kids episodes?
A: I love dogs, puns, binge watching and am a vegetarian.
Q: If you could have ice cream with one person, who would it be?
A: Emma Watson. I really admire her career and her English accent! Plus, she uses her celebrity for causes she believes in. The He for She campaign is a really cool initiative about women’s equality all around the world. She also started a book club,
and I was inspired to read the biography by Gloria Steinem because of her.
Q: What advice would you give to a girl who wants to be just like you?
A: Don’t be like me, be like you! But also, practice, work hard and don’t be afraid to try new things.
Bonus Question: What question would you ask the next Amazing Girl we interview?
A: How do you balance all the amazing things you do?
- Her favorite app is Snapchat.
- Sunny only gets Netflix, so she didn’t watch the Olympics.
- Her favorite song is anything by Regina Spektor.
- Sunny’s favorite sports teams are the Milwaukee Bucks
and Green Bay Packers, of course.
- Her family has four dogs, so she’s good in the pet department!