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Aislin answers my questions as we talk about her acting and performing career both deliberately and thoughtfully. Better
than you might expect from someone who is barely a teenager. You can tell she wants to get it right. Her poise is no surprise though
as she has been active as a performer since she was 3 years old. That builds character.|
The daughter of nature loving and artistic parents, her mother worked at a performing arts school for a time and her father is an art gallery owner in Asheville, North Carolina. She grew up surrounded by talent and enlightened minds. Not to mention the support she has received from her parents and mentors along the way. That can make a big difference in the formative years.
You can tell a lot about a person by the people they regard as role models. For Aislin it is Emma Watson for being a down to earth actor that uses her celebrity to bring attention to the causes she favors and Malala Yousafzai for her bravery in standing up for the right to go to school and get an education in a country where young girls are discouraged from doing so. A refreshing outlook for someone to aspire to.
Wait Until Dark (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
What inspired Shakespeare? Did he have a muse in the form of the writings of Montaigne? Stephen Greenblatt thinks so and that is the subject of his interview with Charlie Rose where they discuss his book Shakespeare's Montaigne. A book about William Shakespeare and his reading of Montaigne.
Château de Montaigne, Montaigne's family home (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Samantha Mills recently moved from North Carolina to Los Angeles. In North Carolina she had built up a reputation as a model and actor working mostly in the southeast. The move to L.A. was a career move but not for the reason you might think. It was a better opportunity for her day job. She explained that she would kind of be starting over in Los Angeles with her acting and modeling. I'm sure she will find lot's of opportunity there.|
As a model, Samantha's good looks and svelte frame have helped her get jobs such as photo layouts in magazines, advertisements for companies such as Belk and Pepsi, and placements to sell everything from jewelry and shoes to cars and insurance. In modeling, and to some extent in acting, she considers herself a salesperson. Whether it is selling the product, the concept, or the character she says that's what she's there to do. After thinking about it for a while I understood what she meant. She sold me.
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"This script is a gift to actors."- Glynnis O'Connor, on The Historian
Sometimes a person is compelled to do what is instinctive to them. That is the case with Lilly Nelson. She has been acting as far back as she can remember as a little girl, kindergarten or even before. Even as a kid she was making up plays and doing little films with her friends and family. Apparently her father, who is an art director, helped influence her creativity.
At home on both stage and screen, it doesn't matter as long as she's acting. No prima donna she likes to be involved whether it's in front of the camera or behind the scenes. She will help with a production any way she can. One specialty she has is helping actors with different dialects as well as teaching acting.
"Lilly has breathed life into Betty and given her more depth than we even imagined. She is a true artist." - Christine Parker Director of Fix It In Post
One of Tweetsie Railroad's two steam locomotives, 2-8-2 #190, on May 20th, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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