Featured Aspiring Actress: MACKENZIE BOYD-GARRISON
Written by Sarah Dos Santos
After interviewing young aspiring actress MacKenzie Boyd-Garrison, I found out how much awareness she has about the industry, how she plans to break barriers down, and what opportunities and experiences make her confident. She wants to inspire others to take risks despite the competition.
A CAREER WITH RISK
With the growing film industry and directors presenting more creative and risky stories, more aspiring actors believe this is a good time to prepare themselves in hopes of getting a chance in the spotlight.
A risk with entering this career is that with so much competition, actors often have to settle for roles based only upon their appearances (type-casting), or with roles where they have little room to be creative and grow.
Despite these challenges MacKenzie still wants to pursue a career in acting. Her work experience consists of several independent film productions (lead female characters).
In the interview she shares her experiences, inspirations, challenges, the balance between positive aspects and negative ones, as well as how she balances her personal life with her career goals.
Q: What inspired you to get into acting?
A: “I don’t really know what initially sparked my interest in acting, I just remember I’ve always loved to entertain people. When I was little, I was a dancer and did lots of school plays, so I think it all just came together from there.”
Q: What experiences have you had so far?
A: “Since entering my post-secondary life, I have been involved in a few independent movies: one was a horror film called The Dark Chronicles, a comedy called Four Twenty, another horror called Found Footage, and I just recently participated in a short film competition, the 48 Hour Film Project.”
Q: Do you think your program is helping you prepare yourself with the right skills? What are some of those skills you are learning?
A: “I really think the program I’m in is benefiting me in a number of ways! We have a lot of different classes that are all really exciting and helpful in furthering our careers. We make use of the studio for dance rehearsals, fight choreography, play and scene rehearsals, improv, mask classes, and movement classes; we use another studio for green screen work, three-camera shooting, and editing. We are learning all the basic fundamentals of on-camera and stage acting, as well as what goes on behind the scenes.
Q: The film industry is a very competitive place to find work. Does that involve compromising yourself for an opportunity?
A: “I think that whatever is most important to you is something you should go for. Careers are a challenging journey for anyone, so we all have to make choices based on how important the career is to us. Acting is my life, so I will do what I can to make sure I’m the best I can be, and hopefully one day I can make a living out of it! [Laughs] On the other hand, I love my family and friends, and I am so lucky to have them, so I hope they’ll be along for the ride with me!”
Q: What has been the most challenging part?
A: “The most challenging part for me (so far) would probably have to be opening up in front of people. When you can really feel the emotion that your character is feeling in a scene, you break down barriers and let people see who you really are. That’s been challenging, but so rewarding.”
Q: What is your favourite part about working with people with the same goals?
A: “I LOVE the support. We all are such different people, but our passion for acting unites us and makes us all a big family. We support each other unconditionally, which I think will make this an incredible journey.”
There are many challenges out there for aspiring actors, and we have seen many successes and failures through the media. There are actors like Zooey Deschanel who have been type-casted countless times but still perform extremely well. Then there are actors like Christian Bale who change even their body weight in dramatic ways to take on a different character. The film industry is incredibly fascinating and it wouldn’t be what it is if actors didn’t get out there and take those risks.
“I believe that taking risks is part of what brings one to success.”
– MacKenzie BG