Amelia Kinkade is the author of Straight From the Horse’s Mouth: How to Talk to Animals and Get Answers and The Language of Miracles: A Celebrated Psychic Teaches You to Talk to Animals (RandomHouse and New World Library.) She is an international speaker who lectures in 10-15 countries a year in the US, Mexico, Canada, England, Scotland, Sweden, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, the Isle of Man, the Canary Islands, and South Africa where she trains animal lovers from all walks of life including doctors and vets. Amelia was featured in The 100 Top Psychics in America. (Simon and Schuster) Miss Kinkade's books are now available in 32 countries.
Her unique abilities have been the focus of hundreds of magazines and newspaper articles world-wide, many of which are available on the "press page" of this site, including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, ABC News, The Boston North Shore Sunday, The London Sunday News of The World, Good Housekeeping, Cat Fancy, Dog Fancy, New Woman in England, Bilt de Frau in Germany and the cover of the Freitseit Kurier in Vienna. Miss Kinkade has appeared on television programs, most of which are available on the "video interviews" page of this site including The View, The Other Half, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Extra, VH1, Jenny Jones, The BBC News, Carte Blanche in South Africa, and numerous news broadcasts in the US, Europe, and Australia. She has been heard on over 300 radio programs in the last few years from Memphis to Cape Town, South Africa. A BBC documentary was created around her work with the elephants in the Kruger National Park and a BBC children’s programming tour was created for her youngest most open-minded fans.
Amelia’s true passion is assisting animal rescue organizations in Africa who create safe havens for elephants, cheetah, and White Lions and trouble-shooting problems in sanctuaries that rescue tigers, primates, Asian elephants and countless breeds of exotic as well as domestic animals. She enjoys helping charities worldwide with their fund-raising. In 2002, she was honored to accept invitations to Buckingham Palace to work with the household cavalry of Queen Elizabeth II and to “whisper” with the hunting horses of Prince Charles.
Amelia Kinkade was born in Ft. Worth, Texas on New Year's Eve. Her first passion was classical piano, but she shifted her attention to ballet when she started training to be a professional dancer at the age of 12. She was not born clairvoyant with animals. Although she adored animals her entire life, she didn't develop her gift until her mid-twenties. Because she learned this amazing ability from scratch, she has been able to create a system of teaching telepathic communication to her students all over the world.
Amelia lives in North Hollywood and shares her heart and her home with her two infamous cats, a British short-hair, Virginia Sue Anne from Outer Space, and a rotund resplendent chocolate Persian, Dr. Ti Shazi Jenjo ("a wink from Heaven" in Zulu) who function as her room-mates, role models, bosses, therapists, shamanic healers, work-out coaches, Zen meditation teachers, clowns, bathroom attendants, pillows, and alarm clocks.
Only a few months after discovering her telepathic ability in an animal communication workshop, Amelia went to a Hollywood party, given by a television director. Amelia sneaked away from the party (which was a séance with the not-yet-famous James Van Praagh) to have a chat with the man's two gorgeous Golden Retrievers and test out her newfound abilities; Amelia kept the conversation to herself, but news travels fast in Tinsel Town. A few weeks later came an urgent call from the director. One of the dogs, had scratched most of the skin off the left side of her chin. Their vet could find no cause for the obsessive scratching. Amelia successfully diagnosed the problem when she told the director that the irritating factors were two-fold: She "saw" new cream-colored wall-to-wall carpeting in the man's home that was causing an allergic reaction in the dog and she "felt" that the dog-owner's roommate had just had a painful dental surgery on the same side of his mouth where the dog was scratching. When both situations were confirmed, Amelia was stunned. The precious dog was experiencing both physical and emotionally sympathetic causes for her painful condition. The implications were staggering.
A week later came another call. The director's roommate had just taken a job on The Mo Show, Mo Gaffney's talk show, and would Amelia appear as a celebrity guest? That began a string of media appearances that prepared her for her new career as an international speaker. After the publication of Straight From the Horse's Mouth in 2001, Amelia scheduled her first world tour and now lectures in at least 30 cities (about 11 countries) annually.
When Amelia is not writing and teaching workshops in animal communication, she relishes her time behind the brush--the watercolor brush. She writes and illustrates whimsical children's books, with pen and ink drawings and watercolor paintings. She studies life drawing, figure construction, anatomy, perspective drawing,and quick sketch at the American Animation Academy under the watchful eye of the legendary Karl Gnass, one of the world's most revered art teachers.
When she isn't drawing, she's dancing.
Before discovering her psychic ability, Amelia graduated from the world-renowned Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan with a major in modern dance. Her training included years of study with the New Orleans Ballet, Martha Graham training with Ko Yukihiro at Oklahoma University, and a scholarship to Gus Giordano's in Chicago.
In Los Angeles, she enjoyed a rewarding career as a professional jazz dancer and choreographer. As a lead dancer, she performed with Smoky Robinson, Ray Charles, The Four Tops, and a multitude of Motown Stars in the TV series, The Motown Review. She was a featured dancer in the films, Breakin' 2, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Roadhouse, Body Rock, and Fast Forward, among others. Amelia toured with Donna Summer and starred in a multitude of rock videos including The Stray Cats, Cher, The Scorpions, Yarborough and Peoples, and Sheena Easton.
She has taught and trained professional dancers all over Los Angeles. Her new passion is Salsa dancing and she enjoys her status as a competitive ballroom dancer. She can be caught kicking up her heels in Salsa clubs from East LA to Dublin, Ireland.
Amelia attests that all left-brain artistic and athletic activities aid psychic communication, by patterning brain waves to observe and log visual and tactile information in the absence of language. She believes that both drawing and dancing are powerful forms of skill-building nonverbal communication that help develop and fine-tune intuition.
When she isn't dancing, she's in church.
Amelia studied to be a practitioner of Religious Science under the wing of the magnificent Reverend Tom Johnson, author and master teacher in the Science of Mind. Also well-versed in Wicca and mythology, Amelia brings a refreshing reverence for the Goddess to her healing ministry. Kinkade says, " God can only do for us what God does through us. Not until the Divine Goddess Mother Nature is once again honored and protected will human hearts be light and animals be free from suffering. People ask me if I pray every day. No, I pray every moment. My every breath is a prayer."
And finally, no stranger to the mighty sitcom, Amelia once appeared as an actress on such shows as Fame, The Golden Girls, Dirty Dancing, and daytime dramas such as General Hospital and The Young and the Restless where she played a principal role as Vivian. Also, in South Africa, Amelia has been on several programs, including Carte Blanche, the biggest news program in the Southern Hemisphere of the world, and a documentary in the Krueger National Park where Amelia helped stop the murder of thousands of elephants.
But her most rewarding work as an actress was the six years she spent with a comedy improv troupe. She attributes laughter as a key element in raising one's frequency to engage in nonverbal communication.
It runs in the family.
Amelia is the niece of Emmy Award Winning actress, Rue McClanahan. Rue has been at the forefront of the animal right's movement for the last 20 years. Aunt and niece protested together in front of CBS, when the show "Survivor" ruthlessly murdered an unsuspecting pig on the air under the guise of feeding their "starving" contestants. Rue told the press, "Have we sunk so low that we are willing to murder innocent creatures to get ratings? I know how to get ratings! If you need to kill something, kill them with laughter!" Amelia quipped into the news cameras, "I don't believe those people on that show are really starving. There are as many bagels and doughnuts on that set as there are on any set in Hollywood. You know why? They're union!"