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“Be prepared, work hard, don’t be a pain in the ass”—this motto has guided Payton Daly throughout her artistic career as an award-winning actor, filmmaker, and photographer. Since first stepping on stage at 3 years old in her hometown of Houston, she has performed in more than 50 plays/musicals, acted in films and trained with top instructors in acting, voice and dance. She began directing, shooting and color grading films in high school and has since worked on numerous short films and commercial projects. Never without a camera, she is also an avid still photographer. Additionally, she trains in choir, piano, and visual arts. A voracious learner and passionate soul, Payton dedicates her life to telling stories.




What's next?

You tell me! Email projects to and visit my current projects page.

What are your hobbies?

These are my hobbies. But when I'm not doing these things, I am sure to be baking cookies and pizza, road-tripping or listening to music.

What are your favorite movies/TV shows?

#1 is and will always be Baby Driver. The rest are Minority Report, Sherlock, Taxi Driver, Criminal Minds, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Sex Education, Arrival, and The Batman.

What's your taste in music?

Rock. According to Spotify stats, my top artists are Radiohead, Sublime, Queen, Billy Joel, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rex Orange County. But also everything else. Seriously. My Spotify playlist has 1,914 songs.

What are you doing this summer?

I will be spending 13 weeks in New York City training in acting at Stonestreet Screen Acting Studios and in film with the Society of Camera Operators. I will also be directing Knock On Good.

If you could design a Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor, what would it be?

Daly's Daily Diet: Strawberry ice cream with chocolate fudge swirls, Oreo cookies, fresh strawberries & chunks of fudge brownies.

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