Have you ever wanted to become an actress? I recently got the chance to speak with two upcoming Christian actors that starred in “Secrets in the Fall”. We had you ask questions and we got the answers! Make sure to read until the end for a special surprise. First up we have Celina Tolbert. A North Carolina native who just finished her first semester of college.
When did you first start acting? I started in 7th grade when my mom found an ad in the newspaper for a community theater version of The Wizard of Oz and I thought that sounded really fun! I did an audition and got the part of a munchkin. It was a pretty big production and even though it wasn’t professional theater, it was still a great experience. After that I started becoming more involved in community theater. Once I got to the end of my freshman year of highschool I explored the option of acting in films. I’ve been doing work in faith based and family film since then.
Where does your faith come into play? I’ve been a Christian since I was about seven years old. A few years later I went to a YFC camp where I realized I wasn’t doing anything with Christ. It was a big wake up call for me because it hit me that I was called to serve Him and not just love Him. That’s really where I find my purpose.
Where do you see yourself in the future with acting? I would really like to keep doing faith based projects. I just want to be in films that lift up God. I don’t want to be in anything negates my faith or my beliefs. Helping the faith-based market grow is something I’d like to continue doing. I honestly don’t think that acting will be my whole life, but I hope to combine it with youth ministry in the near future.
What’s your go-to verse when you’re on set? I would definitely have to say Jeremiah 29:11 because it reminds me that God will always have a plan for me.
If you want to keep up with Celina, just check her out on twitter: @Celi_Cienta
Our second actor is from Charleston, SC who started acting when he was an extra in Army Wives, but I’ll let him tell you more about it. Without further ado here’s my interview with Daniel Bostic.
When did you start acting? In high school I was very much the shy kid. Not very outgoing, not really a lot of friends and I guess my mom knew me better than I knew myself because she signed me up for a drama class in highschool. I really wasn’t happy about it. All I could think about was the stereotype that all drama kids are nerds (plus I hated standing up in front of people). I ended up falling in love with it and the whole process and so that was my beginning for stage acting. Then one night out of the blue I got a call to be an extra on the set of Army Wives. Even though I only got a really small role with them, it really kind of springboarded me into the film world that I’m at now.
Where does your faith fit into all of this? To be honest it’s something I’m still trying to figure out. It’s a very interesting time right now because film is definitely the most popular it’s ever been and will continue to grow. There’s just a lot of differing views. It’s challenging to be a Christian in this industry. I’ve probably turned down 6-7 roles in the past 6 months because of faith issues. It’s not necessarily because of my role, but because of the production as a whole. What is the strangest thing a role required you to do? It was for a film called “Gone For The Day”. The storyline is about a girl who walks into a coffee shop and she feels down because she broke up with a guy who worked there. I see she is sad so I help her and we eventually become best friends. For part of it I actually had to roll down a hill wrapped in bubble wrap. I couldn’t roll straight and all the bubbles were popping! Good times:)
To keep up with Daniel, check him out on twitter: @debostic