EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Daralyn Kelleher
She took over our Instagram and hearts, now YouTuber Daralyn Kelleher chats with us on furniture cats and gives us a mini French and Spanish lesson.
What inspired you to start your YouTube series?
I was looking for a way to remain engaged with life after the pandemic, and also needed furniture around my apartment! So I had the perfect solution… make the furniture myself!
Do you have a favorite piece of furniture you have made?
My favorite piece is definitely my nightstand because it took so many attempts, and finally on the third attempt, I created something I was truly proud of.
What got you into performing stand up?
I’ve always felt I had a playful demeanor, so curiosity about a job where you could play professionally only seemed natural. One day, my friend and I were walking down the street in Brooklyn, and we stumbled upon a comedy show. It was then that I learned it was something I could actually try!
You’ve lived in New York City, Los Angeles, and Boston. How do the cities compare?
I love all three cities in different ways. NYC provides energy and excitement, as well as large quantities of falafel. LA has the tv/ film industry, great weather, and amazing Mexican food. Boston has delectable seafood, and an absence of the letter R.
What could possibly be next for you?
Right now with the pandemic, I’m just taking it one day at a time and looking to build up my youtube channel as much as possible.
Why is cat rescue so important to you?
I adore animals, and especially cats. I grew up helping at my family’s animal care business, so pets have always been a major part of my life. When I noticed in early 2020 that a feral cat colony was rapidly growing in the garage of my apartment building, I wanted to step in and help because it was so sad to see tiny kittens running around with a home.
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What have you been listening to, reading, and watching during quarantine?
Overall, I’ve spent a large amount of time-consuming youtube and Netflix… my two go-to’s. I especially love to watch true crime documentaries. In terms of reading, I’ve been dabbling in a bit of Michael Crighton’s work.
During the pandemic, one of my goals was to learn Spanish and French. You’re fluent in both. Give me a quick few words I should know. Well- I’ll stick with my favorite animal, of course. A cat in Spanish is gato and in French, it’s chat.