I was first introduced to Loran Bolding from last year’s International Christian Film Festival. Jenn Gotzon represented us at the festival and kept us abreast of all that was going on. Only her phone battery went dead during the awards ceremony, so Loran graciously stepped in and sent us photos of Jenn receiving The Good Book award for “Most Uplifting Film”. Loran became a big fan of The Good Book and consequently auditioned for Providence. I’m so glad she did because she’s a delightful young woman.
When did you first develop an interest in acting?
I was about nine years old ( I am now thirty two) when I grew fond of acting. I am what they call a natural in the realm of theater acting. I always knew that I wanted to be an actor for TV and film. However, I did not want the Hollywood typical lifestyle or be around that environment. It wasn’t until I heard the Actors Models and Talent for Christ advertised on Pandora radio that I knew this was my calling. A fire was lit in my spirit. So with my husband’s blessings I pursued my long lost yet revived dream of inspiring people through my God given abilities, strengthening them with every audition and role I am blessed with.
What was your first acting role?
My very first acting role was in a church play when I was nine. My main role came many years later while I was in high school as Pompay Dosier in the British play Communicating Doors. I loved it, every aspect of it. When I went to college at the University of Wilmington, against my parents wishes, I pursued filming and acting classes. I made my first film while acting and directing in it. It was a eye opening and amazing time. My dream was yet again put on hold as I was forced to move back home and go to the University of North Carolina State.
What led to your involvement in film acting?
AMTC led me to film acting, it was the open door I had sought for. Their training was essential in learning how to network and make friends in this industry. I am also persistent and am willing to do things others are not. Like traveling hours to be an extra in a friend’s film. I’ve done this multiple times and have met so many wonderful people that I am still in contact with today, one being, Jenn Gotzon, a leading lady in the Christian film industry. I am very blessed that she is my mentor, coach and friend.
Tell us about your experience with AMTC.
AMTC has been the most amazing experience of my life. I would not be where I am now, agent signed and auditioning like crazy, if it was not for that faithful day I was doing my hair and listening to Pandora. It’s so funny how God opens doors with a fine thread. I never believed that AMTC was a scam. It is not. It has blessed everyone that has gone through their programs. The experience was phenomenal. I can not talk it up enough. Words can’t really describe what you go through with AMTC all the way until the SHINE conference where your talents are put to the test. It was incredible, first class all the way.
What faith-based films have you been involved in?
I have been blessed to be part of several movies. Providence, Provision, and Love Different. I have received these roles through networking and communication with the filmmakers and actors.
Tell us about your role(s) in Providence. My roles in Providence were as a history teacher, store customer (along with my daughter) and a church member in the speech contest. I had six scenes in the movie. It was so thrilling to see myself up on the big screen. A first of many a true dream come true, and to know that it is coming to AMC Theaters is mind blowing. I am definitely spreading the word.
What is your favorite thing about film acting?
My favorite thing about film acting is getting to know the character you are to create. I have been learning so much and continue to learn. Especially with character development. It is not as simple as the big screen A listers make it. Meeting other actors and the cast and crew are a major plus too. People work when they need to work and get things done but there is still so much fun on set. I remember lots of laughter between scenes but also rehearsing scenes prior to filming. It was eye opening. These people truly work hard. I am so proud to be part of these Christian leaders and entertainers.
What are your goals for the future?
My goals for the future are not only act and be in Christian cinema but also to be out in front of everyone, inspiring them to follow their dreams. To let them know it is never too late. It’s all in God’s timing. There are also several TV shows that my hubby and I have grown fond of that I would love to have a part in. Gotham, The Walking Dead, Elementary and so many more. Another goal is to continue auditioning for TV and film and prayfully star in a pilot that takes off.
What do you do when you’re not involved on a film set?
I am a stay at home mom and entrepreneur. When I am not on set I am raising my babies, keeping my house and hubby 🙂 and running an online retailing business. I wear many hats as do others but I wouldn’t have it any other way.