Misty Lockheart is a young woman with a passion for acting and filmmaking. She began acting as a preteen and started her own production company when she was seventeen. She strives to be a wholesome role model both in front of and behind the camera.
When did you first develop an interest in acting?
I first developed an interest in acting at church! I joined the youth group drama team as soon as I could when I was about 11-years-old and Mr. Jackson was our director. Before I joined the church drama team I was a very shy person who couldn’t even make eye contact or talk to someone without stumbling over words and my hands turning into a sweaty mess! I started on the youth group drama team to try to find the courage to meet people and I ended up falling in love with acting and being able to turn myself into whatever character I was suppose to be. It really broke me out of my shell and decided I wanted to do it as a career. Thank you Mr. Jackson!
What was your first acting role?
My very first role outside of Church was for Visionary Pictures in the film Sterling- The Secret of the Lost Medallion. I was 14-years-old and it was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. I played the role of ‘Dana’ who is a girly girl who gets grossed out by spiders and dirt but is in love with archeology and is very well versed in archeological history. The film was shot in Texas and everyone on that set became like family, I cried my eyes out when it was time to leave them and go home!
Tell us about being a part of 100 Young Americans.
Being part of 100 Young Americans was kind of a shock to me! They were looking for strange and unique teenagers so I was submitted as an 18-year-old virgin, because I took the vow to abstain until marriage. I thought there would be no way I would be picked to be a part of it, I didn’t think abstaining was such a rare thing! Come to find out it is! I absolutely loved working with Michael Franzini! Such a talented man. There was a lot of talk about the book! They ended up doing a documentary on me. I interviewed random people on the streets of Boston about abstinence (You can only imagine some of the feedback I got!) and from there I was a guest on Good Morning America, written about in the Boston Harold and interviewed on Jam’n 94.5 I couldn’t believe how many places God brought me and used me to get out there that it’s okay to be a virgin… and be PROUD of being a virgin! I never regretted it for one second and I hope that me representing virginity maybe reached at least one person to say “Hey, she’s right! I don’t have to have sex before marriage!”
When did you decide to get behind the camera and try your hand at filmmaking?
I had gone on several auditions and landed a lot of roles in projects only to find out that they contained content that I wouldn’t conform to doing. So, one day I was feeling really discouraged, I went for a walk and was just praying for guidance. I was so sad at how many actors and actresses probably feel so pressured to have to bend their standards just to be able to practice their craft and work! It has a way of trying to wear you down and make you feel like “well, I have to do this or I won’t be able to work.” So, I decided I wanted to start a company that produced CLEAN, family genre entertainment! Things that cast and crew could feel proud to be involved with, safe for adults AND kids. You don’t HAVE to have inappropriate things in your films to make it entertaining or endearing. I wanted to give actors and actresses hope that there are clean projects out there they can find and they don’t have to be a part of inappropriate projects to be able to work. Around that time I was having to work on a senior project for graduation and I decided to do it on key qualifications in becoming a successful producer. I took advantage of the opportunity to interview a wonderful producer, Jason Sirotin, that I’d worked with for years on XY TV. He was always so understanding and respectful of my boundaries and I always did and still do look up to him as a producer.
Which do you prefer, being in front of the camera or behind the camera?
Do I have to choose? I absolutely love both! I like being behind the camera and being able to fully focus on capturing the complete intent on the scene. But, I also love acting so much, it was my first passion! There’s nothing like completely putting yourself away and being consumed by a character. There have been times I watch a project after it’s done and I don’t even remember doing half the things I did while I was acting. It’s truly amazing!
What faith-based movies/tv shows have you been a part of?
For faith based projects, I’ve been a part of Sterling- The Secret of the Lost Medallion, Culture Wars, The Mirror Mirror Show, Blue Eyes Like Janeys, The Chronicles of Life Trials and hoping to be a part of many more!
Tell us about your role in Chronicles of Life Trials.
In Chronicles of Life Trials I played the role of ‘Monica.’ Monica was a sweet teenager with a close relationship to her grandmother (Played by Donna Douglas who is well known for ‘Elly May’ from The Beverly Hillbillies.) But, like you see with so many teenagers ends up falling into peer pressure to make unwise decisions regardless of how it affects those who love them. I love following the journey of Monica learning how to recognize poor behavior, living through the consequences, and trying to turn it into learning experinces on how to care about other people more than herself. I think it’s something everyone has gone through in some way and can relate to .
What are your career goals?
My career goal is to go as far as I can go! I would love to be a full time actress traveling the country to work on projects and having as many experiences as I can. And hopefully I can be a good role model to women, actors, actresses and people in general that you can stand strong, keep your standards and morals and still achieve your dreams! If God has given you a talent and you let Him guide you, He will put you to use! I just hope to be used by God a lot!
Thank you Sharon for taking your time to conduct this interview! I appreciate it! If you’d like to see more photos and videos my webpage is: http://www.mistylockheart.com/