"REMEMBER THE GOAL" - COMING AUGUST 26TH

Youth Runner Bloggers Thea, Taitum, Faith, and Bree put some questions together for the cast of Remember the Goal. Some of these girls are first time runners and actresses and others have been running and acting since they were kids. They offer some great advice and talk about what it was like to be in a movie.

Coming on August 26this a new high school cross country movie called “Remember the Goal.”  It’s about a girl’s team at a private Christian school. The female coach is fresh out of college with this being her first coaching job.  She sets an ambitious goal for the team to win the state XC title, something never achieved in the history of their school, Orange Hills Academy.

On their quest for state, they run into some challenges. Parents and Athletes don’t trust the new coach’s abilities and many personal challenges that are common to high school students come up. The Coach though has great wisdom for her young age and guides the girls in these situations teaching some life lessons along the way for Athletes, Parents, and Coaches that all of us can use. It’s a movie more than just about running.

An important thing about this cross country movie is that the director of the film (Dave Christiano) is a runner himself and former cross country coach. Extra effort was taken to make sure that everything about cross country was 100% authentic. Instead of just shooting some footage at cross courtry meets, the Director set up his own meets complete with teams, fans and officials.  It was very authentic and real, and the runners (and Coaches) who participated were extremely appreciative that it was!   When we asked the Director what his opinion of McFarland USA (a previous cross country movie about a boys team) was and whether he was influenced by it, he said, “No, I purposely did not see it.  I ran in high school and college and have followed cross country for over 40 years. I know it very well, understand training principles, and represented it correctly.  I did not need another movie or a technical advisor for guidance.”

Don't let the word “Christian” talk you out of seeing this movie, it's a real showcase for the sport we all love.

 

 

MEET THE CAST OF REMEMBER THE GOAL

 Allee-Sutton Hethcoat | Quinn Alexis | Sydney Marks | Margaret Tant | McKensie Miller | Jayla Palmer

Allee-Sutton Hethcoat plays “Coach Courtney Smith-Donnelly” in the movie. Her character is a recent college graduate and it's her first year coaching cross country. In real life, Allee-Sutton juggles her acting career while attending law school, loves the NBA and was a cheerleader in high school. @asuttonhethcoat and the film @remember_the_goal

McKensie Miller plays "Katelyn", a sophomore and the #4 runner on Orange Hills Academy.  McKensie's favorite color is green, likes basketball, and when she was younger participated in dance.

Jayla plays “Shelby” who is a sophomore and is the #5 runner on the team. She has been acting since age nine, loves the color purple, & is an NBA fan.

 

Margaret Tant plays “Rebecca” the #3 runner on the team. She is a sophomore and her favorite colors are purple & green, she also plays soccer and is a big fan of the US Women’s Soccer Team.

 

Sydney Marks’s character is “Heidi” the #2 runner and she is also a sophomore. She LOVEs college football, and enjoy cheering for her parents alma mater, the Tennessee Volunteers

 

Quinn Alexis plays the part of “Anna” a junior and the team’s #1 runner.

 

Tell us how you got into acting?

Allee-Sutton
I got started in the industry when I was around 2 years old.  My mother worked as a model and took my siblings and I on jobs with her and eventually this lead to us getting signed with her agency and doing regional runway and commercial work.  I took a quick break from working when I was 12, but missed it and started working again when I was 14.  My agent at the time told me that I was too short to do runway anymore and should consider studying acting to help create more opportunity for myself.  We worked together and I booked my first acting job the summer after I graduated high school and fell in love instantly.  I haven't stopped since then.

 

What other parts – movies have you been in so far?

Allee-Sutton
I'm blessed to have been a part of so many really incredible projects.  Some of my personal highlights, though, have been appearing on The Vampire Diaries on the CW and in Nashville on ABC.  

 

Did you try out for the part or did they reach and to you to be the coach – actor?

 

Allee-Sutton
Dave Christiano, the director of the film, contacted my agent looking to audition actors.  My agent recommended me to Dave and then he requested that I send an audition in on tape.  I didn't initially audition to play Courtney (the coach), but I read for three or four of the runner’s parts.  After some back and forth, Dave suggested I try reading for the part of the coach, which was originally supposed to be a male role, but I read it and Dave cast me soon after.   Now having done the film, I can't imagine having played any other part.  

 

"Remember the Goal" is meant to be an inspiring film; how has it inspired you?

 

Allee-Sutton

I've been inspired both by the content of the film and by the process of creating the film.  Throughout the film, my character encourages the girls with scripture, particularly First Corinthians 10:31, which encourages us in all we do to give the glory to God.  10:31 serves as a team motto in the film and it's one I've personally adopted since we shot.  Also, in making the film, I was inspired to become a strong role model for young women.  The main cast consists of 5 young women and myself who portray the team’s runners.   They are an extraordinary group of young women and being the oldest inspired me to try to act as a role model for them both on and off set.  In some ways our on set experience felt like a microcosm of what we are trying to accomplish by making this film.  We want to inspire young women everywhere and each serve as potential role models. 

 

McKensie

This film has inspired me, both through the story of faith that is told through the film itself, and the fellowship I was a part of with the cast and crew of the film. Each character has inspiration to offer, Kristen inspires me to have an open mind, Anna inspires me to be a better friend, Heidi inspires me to believe in myself and encourage others to do the same, Rebecca inspires me to be patient and loving, Shelby inspires me to be strong in my beliefs, Katelyn inspires me to be humorous, and the Coach inspires me to help others and be a leader for what I think is right.

 

Jayla

A very important concept in “Remember The Goal” is to take the focus off of yourself and place it on Christ. Working on the film has inspired me to remember that and to always focus on what is truly important.

 

Margaret

Working on this film has made a huge impact in my life after seeing the
five issues presented in this movie and realizing how common these aretoday, how everyone deals with similar problems. Our goal was to use these issues and show how to resolve them in a biblical way, and I think we
portrayed that vey well. It inspired me greatly and I hope it does others
too.

 

Sydney

My character, Heidi, struggles a lot with insecurity. She measures her
self-value by how well she compares to others, which creates a spirit of
jealousy. The film and Heidi’s story have really inspired me to be grateful
for the particular gifts God has given me and use them to share His story,
even if that means being different or standing out from the crowd.

 

Quinn

One theme from the film that often resonates in my mind is the coach’s devotion to her runners; she is so much more than simply a coach. The coach sacrificially and humbly invests her time and talents in each of the girls’ lives in a very intentional manner. That model of a godly mentor is truly inspiring to me. I love having tangible physical examples/illustrations that I can learn from, and the character of Coach Courtney Smith-Donnelly is certainly one of them.

 

 

If you weren’t a runner before the film did it motivated to start, after showing how running changed the lives of the team in the film?

 

Allee-Sutton

I wasn't a runner before the film, but I did train for the film and it gave me a whole new respect for the sport.  My older brother is an extremely talented distance runner and the sport has changed his life.  That being said, I think he got ALL the genes for running talent.  I enjoyed my training for the film and still work running into my workouts, but I haven't started to run competitively.  I think that my brother got all the talent for running that was available in the gene pool.

 

Jayla

I had never run before I was cast in “Remember The Goal”. Working on the film encouraged me to get outside more and to stay active.

 

Margaret

I've been a runner for a while now, but it's definitely changed my view
of the sport for the better.  In the movie we put our focus on God, and
our team is very close, and our coach gives biblical insight on running.

Sydney

I have never considered myself athletic before this movie for sure-
always the fine arts type! However, training for the film I realized how
great of an escape running can be. I now try to run everyday as it allows
me to think clearly and get great exercise. Running in this movie gave me
the sense of camaraderie and teamwork that runs so greatly throughout
“Remember the Goal”.

 

Have you set any goals for yourself as the girls do in the movie?

 

Allee-Sutton
I feel really blessed to have grown up in an environment where I was taught to always work hard to make my dreams come to fruition.  As a result of my raising, I am constantly setting new goals for myself and working hard to meet them.  Some of my current goals are:  not making fear based decisions in life, being more loving, intentional and proactive in my relationships as a friend and family member, making good grades in law school and challenging myself in acting.

 

Jayla

Yes, absolutely! I think it is very important to set goals for yourself and to work towards achieving them.

 

Margaret

I'm a track and cross country runner so I'm always
setting goals!

 

Sydney

10:31, the motto that the team in the movie follows, really stuck with
me. Learning how to serve God and give Him glory in every action has become
a significant goal for myself.

 

Quinn

I do want to be more Christ-like and intentional in my relationships. Relationships are a gift, but the older I get, the more I realize how much perseverance relationships take. Relationships are messy but worth it. I also want to work on praising God more, even if it’s for “the little things.”

 

What did making this film teach you about teamwork and perseverance?

 

Allee-Sutton
There are a lot of great lessons about teamwork and perseverance in the film that I'll leave you all to enjoy, but I will share that this was the first lead I had in feature film that was to be released in theaters. Having that responsibility taught me a great deal about teamwork.  It takes a large group of people-both cast and crew working together each and every single day to create a film.  We were blessed to have an incredible group of professionals who showed up every day and worked hard to make this film the best it could be.  It motivated me to show up everyday prepared to do my job to the best of my ability, so as to make everyone else's job easier.  We were presented with a lot of obstacles creating this film that we had to overcome. Whether it be complications from shooting outside, trouble with equipment or changes in schedule most days we had challenges.  As a group we problem solved and kept moving forward that taught me a lot about perseverance.  

 

McKensie

The girls in the film taught me that teamwork and perseverance help in both competitive, team sports as well as personal struggles. 

 

Jayla

We worked really long days outside in the summer heat, so it took a lot of perseverance to get through it, but it was totally worth it. We all came together as a team to encourage each other and to make the film the best it could be.

 

Margaret

Working as a team and encouraging each other along a hard but fun road
is the best way to go. You have accountability and someone who understands
what you're going through.

 

Quinn

The Orange Hills cross-country team definitely wasn’t the only team on set; the cast and crew really turned into a whole team of its own! We bonded into a crazy, loving family while on set, enduring some extremely hot, long days. Despite the heat and the sometimes challenging days, everyone on set persevered and loved each other through it. I learned that a team sticks together through the fun times and the not-so-fun times, just like a family. Love isn’t always easy or fun, but action-oriented love is powerful and precious.

 

How does it feel to play a strong/powerful female lead in a society dominated by strong male coaches? (this was mostly a question for Allee)

Allee-Sutton

I'm so happy someone asked this question!  It was an honor to be trusted with the responsibility of portraying a strong female lead.  I really have to praise Dave Christiano-the director and writer of the film-for imagining not just the main character as a strong female, but as every other main supporting cast member as a strong female.  These opportunities don't come available very often, so I'm extremely excited and proud to be able to represent female leaders and thankful that Dave created this opportunity for us.  I sincerely hope this film inspires pride in female viewers and change in roles that are made available to women.    

Jayla

I love this question! I think it is so important to have powerful female leads, especially when it comes to topics that are typically stereotyped as only for boys/men. It was really empowering to work with such a wonderful group of young women and I think this film is going to empower girls everywhere to follow their passions, no matter what obstacles stand in their way.

 

Margaret

I think it's great. I'm a runner and play soccer and am very happy to
see female sports becoming bigger in the US.

 

Sydney

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be apart of a movie with all
female leads. It’s uber empowering! Every message played out in this film
leaves one feeling strong, especially the themes of endurance in running,
standing up for truth, self-acceptance and love for others.

 

What did you learn or take from your role in the film?

Allee-Sutton

This truly was an educational experience and growth opportunity for me as a person and as an actor.  I'd say the biggest things I learned were:  I learned a lot about the process of film making, which I think has helped me to be a better actor.  I got to learn more about the sport of cross country from our director, the coaches we consulted and the teams that came out and ran in the film.  I also learned more about what it means to be a humble leader.

 

Jayla

I played the role of Shelby in “Remember The Goal”. Shelby is a pretty quiet and reserved person, but she plays a crucial role in the film. I found it really interesting to play such a unique character, and I was able to learn a lot about myself through the process.

 

Margaret

I experienced a little bit of what it's like to have a mom who is
always hard on you, never proud of your accomplishments etc.

 

Sydney

Heidi taught me to work hard for every opportunity, but also to realize
that my best is pleasing to the Lord. She really required me to think about
where I am weak and to embrace that- giving it all to God. I learned to
give it my all by giving myself grace.


Quinn

Anna adapts the stereotypical image of a leader. My cast-mates and I were talking about our characters one time, and we brought up the phrase “quiet leader” to describe Anna, and it stuck. Anna isn’t loud or controlling but, when she sees an issue, she perseveres through it until the end, and she ends up impacting others in the right direction along the way, as a result of her humility, which is inspiring to me. I also like how Anna, in humility, seeks the wisdom of people who are more experienced than she. Her perseverance, both as a teenager and as a runner, inspire me to challenge myself and keep focused on what truly matters.

 

What was the most difficult part about trusting someone else's game plan?

 

Allee-Sutton

I think trust in our relationships both with individuals and with God is something that we struggle with because it forces us to in some way relinquish control over our lives or circumstances, which makes us feel vulnerable.  We live in a society that has made vulnerability associated with fear, failure and shame, but trust and vulnerability are actually acts of great courage.  I think when you know that the individuals you are choosing to let in your life (whether that be a coach, friend, etc.) and God have plans to help and not harm you, it make that feeling of vulnerability feel more like courage, and less like risk.  The more you believe that, the less difficult trust becomes.  

 

McKensie

The girls in the film have a hard time trusting the coach’s plan because it seems so different, and they don’t have proof it will work, so they just have to trust, much like we try to have faith in God even though we often don’t know how exactly to be a follower or what it means for our lives.

 

Jayla

I think the hardest part is just letting go and trusting that our plan and timing isn’t always what is best for us.

 

Margaret

Just trusting that it will work. I think it's hard when there's a new
plan that may be different from what you've done, but you should trust
your coach who is older and wiser and learn from it

 

Sydney

I really like to know the plan for my life. Whether that’s what I am
eating for lunch or where I am attending college, it is hard for me to give
up that control. Yet, God’s plans for me are already above and beyond what
I can imagine or schedule. Just remembering brings comfort and rest in
times of stress.

Quinn

When it comes to trusting God’s game plan for my life, I know that there’s no One else I’d rather have in charge of my future, because God has proved His faithfulness and love for me time and again. Still, I’m human, and I could definitely benefit from some intense faith-building boot camps. It can be super challenging to put my total faith in something I cannot see, but it’s in the trying times that God reminds me to reflect on His past faithfulness in my life and to remember that He’s still working, even if it’s behind-the-scenes.

 

How important do you think faith is when dealing with problems teens face?

 

Allee-Sutton

I think having faith when facing problems as a teenager is of the utmost importance.   I've heard someone say that Bible is an acronym for "Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth", which I think is both funny and true.  Our faith gives us everything we need to get through this life.  It gives us a support system in both our relationship with God and through fellowship.  It gives us perspective and discernment about what is right and wrong and what is and isn't important.  In a world where teens are faced with more difficulties and social pressure than ever before, I think faith is the most important armor they can wear when facing down problems.

 

McKensie

Extremely important; I think faith is extremely important in dealing with all problems.

 

Jayla

Faith is so important: it gives you strength, it gives you hope, it helps you to see your problems clearly. Personally, my faith in God has helped me through so much and I know that having faith in God will help so many others through the struggles of life.

 

Margaret

I think God should be the center of who you are as a person, and when
you go through hard times, to always trust in Him and pray to Him to find
the best solution or answer to your problem.

Sydney

As teens, sometimes we think we know it all. We are growing up so we
think we don’t need anyone to tell us what to do. Yet, part of growing up
is learning to cope with loss and insecurity and heartache. Jesus has
walked this life and has all the answers. Trusting Him and truly confiding
in His power can give so much more clarity than a spirit of
self-righteousness.

 

Do you think sports help kids stay away from bad influences?

I think sports can help kids stay away from bad influences; sports provide a community for kids, and athletes of all ages, to be a part of, an activity to participate in and a goal/goals to work towards.

 

Allee-Sutton

Absolutely.  I think anytime kids have the opportunity to invest their time, effort and passion in positive and healthy extra-curricular activities it prevents exposure to negative influences.  Extra-curricular activities provide kids with a group of friends that have similar interests, a coach to help guide them and goals to set and follow.  All of this keeps them busy, involved and invested, which inherently mitigates the risk of negative activity and influence. 

 

McKensie

I think sports can help kids stay away from bad influences; sports provide a community for kids, and athletes of all ages, to be a part of, an activity to participate in and a goal/goals to work towards.

 

Jayla

Absolutely! I think when kids are put in a healthy environment it can really influence their lives and point them in a positive direction.

 

Margaret

Yes. Sports physically keep you healthy and active but also mentally
help you stay strong. But also keeps you busy which is a plus

Quinn

Sometimes all that stands between one person and a bad, life-changing decision is a wise friend...a teammate. So, yes, I think sports can absolutely impact kids and steer them into a positive direction. Kids often need an outlet, and sports (as well as acting/performing) can work well to fill that need, especially if Jesus is included! :)

 

Had you done any XC running before this movie?

 

Allee-Sutton

I had an unsuccessful foray into cross-country in the sixth grade.  As I mentioned before, my older brother is a really talented runner and had started doing cross country in middle school.  He was a year ahead of me in school (and he and I were always extremely close) so I wanted to do everything he did.  I tried my hand at cross country but got sick after most every practice and meet so I only lasted a season.

 

McKensie

Yes, I ran XC in middle school.

 

Jayla

No, I had never run cross country before being cast in this film.

 

Margaret

I've been running cross country for about five years.

Sydney

None. However, after running in their shoes for 3 months, I have so much
respect and admiration for the sport!

 

In real life, would this type of coaching help you as an athlete?

Allee-Sutton

It is my hope that Coach Donnelly comes off in the film as a knowledgeable, humble, encouraging and inspiring coach.  That is always the kind of coaching that I have felt best served by as an individual.  

 

McKensie

The coach in this film focuses on not running her team to hard, but instead providing workouts that are focused and geared towards improving specific techniques as well as keeping them encouraged, so I think this type of coaching is in fact similar to the wonderful coaching I received when I ran cross country in middle school, which really helped me improve.

 

Quinn

I definitely think so! The best part is that it’s not only great physical coaching, but there are elements of positive, encouraging mental/emotional/spiritual coaching as well, which can totally tie into/contribute to the physical elements

 

What was it like to be cast as an actor/actress in this movie?

Allee-Sutton

It was a blessing.  Making a film is rigorous, but we had an exceptional group of people working as cast and crew.  We came together like a family and that is what made the experience so wonderful.

 

McKensie

So much fun! I’ve never acted in a movie before, so this was both really fun, and a great learning opportunity. One challenge for me though, was trying to contain laughter when we were being filmed. Right when I knew I needed to keep a straight face, that’s when I would think of something funny we did right before the take.

 

Jayla

It was a really great experience! Dave (our director) put together a wonderful cast and crew, which made filming every day so much fun.

 

Margaret

It was a great experience. I've always loved running and had done a
couple short film projects here and there so it sounded amazing, and it
was!

 

Sydney

Honestly, I was so surprised! I had never done any film or TV acting
before “Remember the Goal” and just jumped at the opportunity to
audition. My mom and I set up our decade old video camera in my living room and
recorded scripts for a couple hours and sent them off, not expecting
anything. When director Dave Christiano offered me the part of Heidi, I was
absolutely ecstatic!

 

Do you think it is important for athletes to always trust their coach? What if they think they know better?

McKensie

I don’t necessarily think it’s important for athletes to always trust their coach, because, unlike God, coaches do not always know best. There are certainly instances where the coaches are not correct. The trust the team grants their coach in “Remember the Goal” is a metaphor for the trust we need to give to God, who most certainly does always know best.

 

Quinn

If the athletes think they know better, I’m guessing there’s still something they don’t know, even if that “something” is how to practice patience and humility!

Did you have to train (running), before acting in this movie? If so, was it hard?

 

Allee-Sutton

I did!  I don't actually run in the film, but my character is supposed to have just graduated college-where she participated in cross country.  I wanted to make sure that I had the appearance of a cross country runner and that I had a real understanding of the sport. I had my older brother (who is a long time distance runner) train me for 6 weeks before the film.  He showed me correct form and put together a program so that over time I was able to run longer distances.  In the beginning, it was a struggle for me to even run for 20 minutes straight, but over time I got to where I could run for 45-50 minutes without taking breaks.  It was extremely difficult, but I got to where I was looking forward to my workouts.

 

McKensie

I did have to run some before acting in this movie, and I hadn’t run much in awhile, so it was rather hard, but definitely great exercise!

Jayla

Yes, I started running around 6-8 weeks before we went into production. It was very hard at first, but it became easier the more I did it.

 

Sydney

Yes, all the runners trained for about 2 months leading up to filming.
Mr. Christiano sent us a schedule to increase our endurance. We started off
by running 5 min, walking 15. Then, every couple of days we would up the
running time in 5-minute increments until we ran for 20 minutes daily!

 

Do Christian teens have the same peer pressure as non-Christian teens have?

 

Allee-Sutton

Peer pressure doesn't discriminate.  I think all teens face similar issues, but that Christian teens do have the advantage of having their faith to help overcome some peer pressure.

McKensie

Yes, I think all teens, really everyone of all ages, experience peer pressure.

Jayla

Definitely. Being a Christian doesn’t take away temptation; it simply shows you that there is a better option, an option that brings true fulfillment and healing.

 

Quinn

Because I was educated at home and at a Christian tutorial, it’s hard for me to know all the elements of peer-pressure that Christian teens face, specifically in public or even private school settings. Still, I know from experience that we are often the “odd ones out,” because, after all, “our citizenship is in heaven.” Because Christians live by Biblical standards and are focused on heavenly things and not the things of this world, I think teens may be subject to more (or at least different) peer pressure than non-Christian teens. We are held to a different, higher standard, and that simply does not make sense to those who aren’t ready to hear it. Especially in the area of purity, I think Christian teens face more peer pressure.

 

What is the most important lesson from this movie?

Alee-Sutton

I think the best thing about this film is that it covers 6 different story lines at once, each which offers it's own valuable lesson.  I can't say that one is better or more important than the other, but I'm excited that the film has the potential to affect so many different people because it touches on so many different issues.  I'd say the overall lesson for me personally comes from the aforementioned motto of 10:31-do all things for the Glory of God.

McKensie

I think the most important lesson in this movie is probably the very broad one of: have faith, God loves you and has a plan for you, will care for you and will never forsake you, and to trust in God and have faith even though you might not know the end result or even the journey.

Sydney

Surround yourself with people who will make you a better person in every
facet of life- spiritual, physical, and emotional.

Quinn

Persevere in living out your faith, regardless of what anyone else thinks of you. You’re serving an audience of One, and His ever-loving opinion of you is the most important.

 

What was it like working the film director?

Allee-Sutton

Dave Christiano was the film's director.  He's a wonderful person and made this experience what it was.  He made each and every member of the cast and crew feel important every day.  He was and has been understanding, supportive and kind hearted throughout this entire process.  I look forward to hopefully working together again in the future. 

 

Jayla

Working with Dave was great! He’s such a nice guy and has so much passion for the work that he does.

 

Margaret

Dave is great. I can say without a doubt he is the hardest worker out
there! He was working day in and day out on this film, and still is, to
make it the best he can. He is super nice, strong believer and fun to be
around.

Sydney

Dave is truly a genius. As this being my first film experience, I was
over the moon when the crew taught me all about the cameras and the boom
mics. I never knew how much effort went into filming a movie, and Dave
handled the pressure with such professionalism and kindness.

Quinn

One of my favorite memories of working with the director, Dave Christiano, was my very first day of shooting. I was taking a break and was sitting on the floor playing cards or something, and Dave walked in. I assumed he wanted me to come back and pick up filming, but, instead, he squatted down to my level and quietly encouraged me about how the day was going. That act of intentional encouragement and humility really inspired me. Dave is so much more than simply “the director” to my family and me now, which I think is a testament to how genuine he is.

 

How long did it take – days-weeks?

Allee-Sutton

We shot from July through September. On average we shot 12 hours a day.  The film being based on cross-country mandated that the majority of the film take place outside, so we had to make the most of the hours of natural light available to us.  We were up on location at 7 a.m. and shot until the sun went down, which was around 7 p.m. because we shot over the summer.  

 

Was this a one time acting job for you or will you try to get other parts?

Allee-Sutton

I'll act as long as people will continue to hire me!  I love what I do and am so thankful to be able to do it.  This project is very special to me and I can't wait to share it with everyone.

McKensie

I have loved stage acting for as long as I can remember, and would possibly like to participate in it as a career. And although it’s hard for me to say if I will continue film acting, I have really enjoyed the experience and it has been a wonderful opportunity to participate in this form of the art.

 

Jayla

I’ve actually been acting since I was nine years old. Acting is something that I absolutely love to do and I am definitely going to continue working as an actress.

Margaret

My passion is sports for sure, but this film has made me reconsider and
I would not be opposed at all to do another one!

Sydney

I’m planning to attend college, majoring in psychology, and then go to
med school to become a licensed psychiatrist. If acting can find a way into
that somehow, I would embrace it!

Quinn

I have been blessed with additional acting jobs in the past and have been continuing to audition for other productions and would love to continue to act as long as God continues opening up doors for me to do so! I am passionate about acting and I love sharing what I’ve learned with others!

 

Did you learn anything from making the film that you’ve applied to your own life?

Margaret

I’ve learned patience and bravery from this movie, as it really required
me to get out of my comfort zone and try something new.

Quinn

I would love to learn from Anna’s example of being obedient to the voice of the Holy Spirit inside of her, because the results are invaluable and so fulfilling. God can use us in miraculous ways!

 

Any advice for other kids that would like to get into acting?

 

Allee-Sutton

Don't let anyone discourage you from your dream of acting!  Actors come in all shapes, sizes colors and creeds.  Find a great acting coach to study with, hone your craft and then start going after it.  

 

McKensie
My advice would be to go for it! Audition for jobs you think are a stretch, talk to other actor/actresses and learn from each other, research skills you’d like to improve, practice, research acting jobs and classes available, take acting classes if you’d like, and participate in community theatre!

 

Margaret

I'd say if you wanna act, go for it! Dream big and never give up on your
goals. All of you are talented and if it's something your passionate
about, I have a feeling you'll find a way to get there!

 

Sydney

Believe in yourself and have fun! Opportunities will come when you least
expect them to!

 

Quinn

Step out of your comfort zone (but be sure to always respect yourself!) and take classes that stretch you. Hone the skills you’ve been given. Get to know yourself. Study the world around you. Acting is kind of like “mimicking” what you have done or have seen other people do. Also, not getting a role does not mean that you are ugly, untalented, or stupid! Stay focused on Truth (and surround yourself with encouraging people) and don’t get discouraged when you don’t get cast--trust me, it was for a providential reason. Keep on persevering, and never forget to use the gifts you’ve been given to shine--you were given those for a reason, too!

 

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