Actress / Model / Artist
Kyoko Yates is an award-winning performer, born and raised on the Gold Coast, Australia to a Japanese mother and New Zealand father. Kyoko grew up alongside her younger sisters, Mariko and Hanako, the trio having trained and performed together in competitions, dance events and other public performances from the age of 7. Kyoko had a promising career in dance having won numerous awards before finding her life patron for performance when she was invited to perform in the national triple-threat girl group, Zoop Co Entertainment. Kyoko’s sisters joined the company and the trio then went on to perform and tour around Australia as contracted leads.
Kyoko’s first foray into the acting world began when she took on the lead role of Miss Strict in a local production of the off-broadway musical Zombie Prom. A role she was later nominated for best female lead actress in the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards. Kyoko was later cast as lead and antagonist, in the Brisbane Arts Theatre show-run of ‘Jungle Book the musical’.
While Kyoko’s first exposure to the arts began in theatre, film slowly became her focus. Her first experience in front of the camera on the set of the sitcom feature adaption of ‘The Inbetweeners 2’, Kyoko then continued to work a full-run on the feature, ‘7 Guardians of the Tomb’, alongside actors Kelsey Grammer, Kellan Lutz and Stef Dawson. In her final year on the Gold Coast, Kyoko worked for three months on the set of ‘Thor: Ragnorak’, and finished with ‘Pacific Rim 2’, before flying to the centre of the worlds film and television industry, Los Angeles.
At 18 years old, Kyoko was independent and striving in North America’s film and entertainment industry. Working as lead on award-winning indie film, ‘Don’t Look Into Their Eyes’, directed by John Rhee, that continues to show in film festivals around the world. Most recently cast in the lead role of Sara in ‘Harmony’ by Alejandro Yoshizawa. Filmed in Vancouver, Kyoko focuses on the importance of her Japanese roots. The film being featured as 1 of only 4 in the ’We Heart Canada + Japan 90’ years of business relationship event. While filming for the project in Vancouver, Kyoko also posed for the cover of the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. This year the festival promoting the Fuasian theme, diversity in film.
After living in Tokyo and Vancouver, Kyoko has now relocated to Los Angeles where she continues to balance opportunities in her home country, Australia, and working in Japan and Canada. Believing that any opportunity is a great opportunity to further grow, embrace diversity and experience her heritage.
Keep up with my adventures through instagram @kyokoyates