How old were you when you first began acting?
Laura: I’ve been acting since my pre-school years. One of my first times on stage was at my pre-school graduation, in front of hundreds of people. I had a musical solo, and I don’t recall being nervous. I’ve always believed that acting was my purpose, but I didn’t pursue a career in it until recently. I started to get serious about my acting career during my last year of college. I was in North Carolina at the time, so I moved to Los Angeles to pursue more opportunities in September of 2014.
Tell us a bit about your career to date so far? What are some of the big highlights?
Laura: Since moving to Los Angeles, I’ve worked on multiple short films, one feature, a commercial and a web series. I’m in pre-production for another feature and web series, being the lead in both productions. I’m also in the process of producing my first SAG-AFTRA short film, Loving Logan, which is a huge highlight for me. I’m doing a lot of things on my own, so I’m very proud of my work so far.
What is one common misconception about acting?
Laura: The biggest misconception is that acting is easy. This industry can take a lot out of a person, both emotionally, financially and physically. It’s a long process. There’s a lot of rejection and learning, constant auditions, memorizing, long set hours (sometimes up to 14 hours), and networking. Not to mention, seeking agents and managers to represent you, joining the union, and taking classes that cost a lot of money. You really have to be dedicated with your entire heart and soul to be successful.
How do you prepare for a role in a film? Do you research heavily, stay in character etc?
Laura: My biggest belief is that you should never be the character, but instead, let the character be you. I find a part of myself that relates to the character, and I let it come out. I’ll read the script and analyze the character, the character’s relationships, the motives, the obstacles and the goals of the character. And then I’ll figure out ways that I can connect and let it grow from there.
Who are some big movie names that you look up to? Actors/actresses, Directors, producers?
Laura: My favorite actor is Johnny Depp. I think he’s a genius in his performances. He’s very versatile but he still remains a true character with this spark that you don’t really see in many actors. I’m also a huge fan of Martin Scorsese for his work on The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and Jaco Van Dormael for writing & directing Mr. Nobody (2009).
What would be your dream role in film?
Laura: I’ve thought about this question my entire life. My dream role would definitely be something along the lines of secret agent, spy or superhero (maybe even the villain.) Just something with a lot of action.
Tell us a bit about your upcoming projects?
Laura: Well, right now I’m focusing most of my energy on my production of Loving Logan, which is a story that follows the lead woman in flashbacks and memories, showing her struggle to move on from the relationship that causes so much tension in her life. Loving Logan films in July. I’ve also booked a horror feature film as the lead, which starts filming in August. The web series that I’ve booked is a SAG-AFTRA production with a plot that mixes marijuana and politics, which starts filming after funding is completed. I’m also still filming the web series, Splash Paige, as a supporting role. I’m really excited about where my career is headed.
Name five things it takes to be a good actor?
First, you have to keep your head held high. You have to learn how to balance your ego and your confidence to a level that keeps you sane. You can’t get too cocky and you can’t be insecure in your talents. Second, you have to study. There’s always something more to learn, from improv, to production, to casting, to screen work, to stage performances…the possibilities in this industry are endless and you should never stop learning about them. Third, it’s important to take time for yourself. Don’t become so focused on your career that you forget to have a life, too. Acting can take a lot of energy out of a person, so taking time to yourself is crucial to one’s success. Fourth, network. There will be plenty of people that promise you things they can’t give you, but there will also be people that can help you meet a goal. Weed out the bad ones, and keep a tight circle with those that are worth your time. And lastly, keep your own promises. Don’t skip auditions, don’t flake on projects, say no when you mean no, and say yes when you mean yes. Always be a reliable actor. And here’s an extra tip, be easy to work with. Be friendly, kind, and honest. Be yourself.