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McKynleigh Abraham

TW: mention of body shaming and bullying

“How would you like to spend the next 6 months traveling and performing on the ocean?” This was the first of many cutesy ways that my new agent would begin telling me that I booked jobs. I was standing on the corner of 163rd and Amsterdam in Washington Heights on a warm April morning. I remember stopping and tearing up. I had always wanted to work on a cruise ship and I had only been in NYC auditioning for a total of 3 months. I began to tremble with excitement as I called…

This morning I was talking to my fiancé (Alex) about my birthday. It’s December 20th and it’s the first time in 4 years that I haven’t been on tour with a show. That feels weird. It’s interesting because we have all become familiar with the term “quarantine birthday” but, sue me, I thought we would be done with this mess before we got to my birthday at the end of the year. Life is funny, huh? So unexpected. I told Alex that I feel like I need a do-over for age 28. I feel like nothing happened.

But like, a…

Something that we can all agree on regardless of your point of view on politics or social issues is that 2020 has been incredibly difficult for MOST people…

*DISCLAIMER* What you are about to read should not be received as though I am pointing fingers at any one particular political party because the fact is even though I am a democrat I am not speaking to you like that. I am speaking to you as a coach that wants to see families and friends being kind to each other. I am going to start with something that we all know.

We try to do things that we have heard are good for us, or that we think will make us a “good human” but if we don’t have a strong personal “why” we are not going to succeed in these things.

I used to hate going to the gym.

So I didn’t go.

I have been a professional performer since I was 19 years old. So that means, for all intents and purposes, my body is my whole career.

I would just jump onto the stage and do my show.

Sometimes this show involved dropping into the splits six times a day. Sometimes it meant moving my entire body and hips around and around in sand and water. I would just get on the stage and do the thing and not go to the gym and not warm up like I…

…and how it affects us all.

Uh oh. Here I go. I’m going to make you uncomfortable for a minute, but I would love it if you stayed with me.

If you made it past the title of this blog post then you are doing great so far. Keep it up!

Let’s start with the basics.


(noun) a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group.

White Privilege:

the societal privilege that benefits white people over non-white people in some societies, particularly if they are otherwise under the same social, political, or economic circumstances.

Okay, so now that…

Outside my bedroom window is a street. A street that approximately 3 cars drive down every 15 minutes.

There is also a bush.

This bush is so green and it is so perfectly placed along the neighborhood street that is Monroe in Paducah, KY.

I grew up here.

I haven’t lived here in 10 years.

I have been here for 1 month.

I was in Chicago when I first heard about COVID-19. I was planning a vacation to Thailand. I was looking at flights and mom had been watching the news. She said “maybe don’t go to Thailand…try somewhere else…

It’s always been one of my favorite topics.

I have been in love 3 times in my life.

Let's talk about them.

I have had a problematic first love:

This was the first time love really threw me for a loop. I was engaged to someone and I walked into a restaurant with my mom for lunch and fell in love with the waitress. I know, I know…it doesn’t sound real does it? But it was…I swear to you. It was real. One thing led to another and very quickly we became best friends; we tried to keep it at…

McKynleigh Abraham

Professional Actor and Self-Esteem Coach based in Nashville, TN.

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