Stacey Bradshaw is an old fashioned girl with a passion for filmmaking and acting. She has a theater degree as well as a year of film studies. She’s been involved in nine short films and seven feature films including playing the lead in Touched by Grace. Other film credits include Alone Yet Not Alone, In His Steps, Hero, Uncommon, and Polycarp: Destroyer of Gods.
How did you first get involved in filmmaking?
Ever since I was a young teenager, I was interested in filmmaking. At that time, there weren’t many Christian films being made, and I didn’t feel drawn to Hollywood, so I turned my attention to theater because I wanted to be an actress. I went on to major in theater at Bryan College, a Christian school in Tennessee. While I was there, I also took several screenwriting and filmmaking classes. The Christian film industry was starting to grow in leaps and bounds by this point, and I shifted my focus back in that direction.
In 2010, I attended the Advent Film Group workshop led by George Escobar. I was able to spend time with Mr. Escobar and his family and the current AFG interns after the workshop. That connection led to working as a production assistant on the pickup shoot for Hero later that year, as well as working on Alone Yet Not Alone. That’s how my filmmaking career got started.
What led to your transition from crew to cast?
Acting was always my first passion, so while I was working crew, I was also sending out video auditions whenever I would hear of casting calls for Christian films. A few years went by and I was able to be an extra in a few local productions, but I didn’t get my first speaking role until 2012, when I was cast as the lead in the 45 minute film, The Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club. A few months later, I was starring in the feature film, Touched by Grace. Once God opened those doors to act in films and I felt affirmed that YES, this was something I could do, then I knew that’s where I wanted to keep my focus. Eric Liddell said, “God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.” That’s how I feel when I’m acting. I feel God’s pleasure, and I know that I am fulfilling one of His purposes for my life.
You’ve been in both big and small movies. Which do you prefer – large cast and crew or smaller cast and crew?
One of my favorite aspects about working on a film is the people I’m working with, regardless of how many or how few. I have hundreds of friends in the film industry now, and there’s nothing more exciting than working on a good project with my talented friends filling positions on both sides of the camera.
Tell us about your experience starring in Touched By Grace.
Touched by Grace was an amazing experience for me. It was my first speaking role in a feature film, so it was a bit overwhelming to realize I had the huge responsibility of filling the leading role! But we had a great cast and crew, and working with professionals made my job so much easier. I learned a LOT from my fellow actors and had a blast interacting with them on and off set. It was a very exhausting and demanding shoot – my first big role, working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, for 3 weeks – and it got really tough at times, but if you love what you’re doing, it’s always worth it. (And honestly, I was really spoiled with 12 hour days. Most indie shoots go a lot longer, as I have since discovered.) I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of such a special film, but also to have “cut my teeth” on a well run, professional set, which has prepared me for all the films I’ve worked on since then.
Tell us about your newest project – Wanted.
Wanted, a film by Roundtable Productions, has a really special place in my heart. It’s a short film about adoption and foster care, written and directed by Nathan Jacobson. In March 2014, I acted in this film along with Andrew Cheney (Seasons of Gray, Beyond the Mask), Rusty Martin Jr. (Courageous, Jackson’s Run), and Eliya Hurt (Polycarp: Destroyer of Gods). But aside from acting, this project has opened the door for me to be involved in many different capacities – writing, producing, fundraising, behind-the-scenes photography, graphic design, and social media marketing. (Yes, I have been very busy over the past year!) I’ve always loved writing and I want to pursue behind-the-scenes photography, so it was a great pleasure to be a script consultant on the project during pre-production, and then help the BTS team when I wasn’t in front of the camera. The graphic design and social media marketing were dormant interests that have now come to life and been put to good use as I’ve been heavily involved in post-production for the film.
It’s a very heart-warming story and I think it will touch a lot of people. I’m also just so proud of our team for creating such a beautiful film. And the amazing score by our composer, John Campbell (Adventures in Odyssey, Focus on the Family Radio Theater, etc.) takes it to a whole new level!
To see our newly released trailer, visit our Facebook page: . To learn more about the film and the people involved, visit our website (which I designed!): . On our Connect page, you can also sign up for our newsletter to get updates about the film and our future projects.
What do you see yourself doing in 5 years? In 10 years?
Lord willing, I would like to have a family of my own by then, while staying involved in the film industry as much as I am able. While prioritizing my family, I would like to continue acting, collaborating on screenplays, and building my photography business. Above all, I want to be serving God with my time and my talents and obeying His will for my life.
If people would like to see trailers and pictures from some of the other films I’ve worked on, and get links for where to buy them, they can visit my website:
I would also love for folks to connect with me on my Facebook page, where I post all the latest news about my films as well as other relevant content:
For all actors or potential actors out there, I also have a blog where I share reputable casting calls, helpful articles and information from professionals in the industry, and lessons that I’ve learned along the way.