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He played in Corey Mayne‘s Dollar Baby Willa as Henry.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Nick Szeman: My name is Nick Szeman. I’m an actor based out of Toronto, Canada.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Nick Szeman: Part of me always wanted to be an actor but was too scared to really put myself out there.  After High School, I went to school for Business and never really felt like I belonged.  As I was getting closer to completing the program, I promised myself that as soon as I finished I would give acting a try.  I’ve been acting ever since.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Willa Dollar Baby film?

Nick Szeman: I was lucky enough to be very close with the creative team behind it.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Nick Szeman: It comes from Stephen King.  Safe to say that anything he is a part of is usually really good.  The creative team behind Willa, especially Corey Mayne and Barbara Szeman, took some creative liberties with the script that are very exciting as well.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Nick Szeman: I did not have to audition.  I’m so lucky that Corey and Barbara had me in mind when they were writing this character.

SKSM: You worked with Corey Mayne on this film, how was that?

Nick Szeman: Corey is amazing.  I’ve known him for a long time and he is an incredibly creative person.  Watching him direct and make his vision come alive was a very exciting experience.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Nick Szeman: The film was shot mostly outdoors in the middle of winter in Canada.  Needless to say, it was freezing on set.  Early on, I discovered that the portable restrooms on set were heated.  So I spent most of my free time on set and in between takes on the toilet.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Nick Szeman: I am in contact with a good portion of the cast and crew.  This was quite literally a family project.  Barbara is my sister.  Adrian Jaworski is my brother in law.  Madison Seguin is my girlfriend.  And the majority of the rest of the cast and crew might as well be family because we are all very close.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Nick Szeman: I was in a short film called Solid State that was released online not too long ago.  Another film I was in, Travis Turner, will probably be released in the not too distant future as well.  Apart from that, I’m constantly taking classes and trying to learn as much as I can as an actor.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Nick Szeman: Of course.  He’s such a complex writer.  Everything he does is so different, yet so brilliant.  I’ve always been very interested in time travel and right now I’m obsessed with 11.22.63.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Nick Szeman: I have a degree in Business.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Nick Szeman: Thank you for reading and I hope you found this interesting.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Nick Szeman: The entire team behind Willa is such a passionate and creative group.  They put in countless hours and endless efforts to make this come to fruition.  A mutual love for film and storytelling brought together a group of wonderful people to share a story they all believe in.  I hope you all enjoy the film.

 

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He played in Stephen Dean‘s Rest Stop as Rick Hardin.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Eric James Morris: My name is Eric James Morris. I currently live in my home town Atlanta GA with my wife of 21 years Crystal. We have two sons, and a great dog named Tucker that is a retired Racing greyhound. I am a Jeep Wrangler enthusiast, and former motorcycle enthusiast. I used to do motorcycle trackdays often on my motorcycles over the years. I currently own a Triumph Daytona 675, and had a minor crash at Barber motorsports park last fall and decided it was time to hang it up. I am also a musician, and play guitar/sing often. I used to play out live every weekend, but not so much anymore. I do festivals and fairs occasionally these days as most of my time is spent on camera filming instead these days. I also own and opérate our family business Morris Environmental Inc when I am not acting or busy within the entertainment industry.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Eric James Morris: As a child I had a dream of becoming a famous actor like many other children do, but I didn’t realize it was even a possibilty until I met an independent director while doing background as a bar patrón a few years ago who told me I should pursue acting as I had a good look on camera. Also the Atlanta film market was really taking a positive direction at the time, so I took his advice and started training, making contacts, getting representation, etc.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Rest Stop Dollar Baby film?

Eric James Morris: Dean Film Works had put out a casting call breakdown on Actors Access, which I submitted to and was selected for the role of Rick Hardin. They felt that I fit the carácter best and wanted me to accept the role. I was delighted and flattered that I had been selected for this. I was very excited to begin filiming this Project, as I have always loved all of Stephen King’s work over the years.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Eric James Morris: I think the original story of “Rest Stop” attracts viewers/readers as it shows what a darker side some people can have within them when pushed to the limit. And how someone can créate an additional “profile” of themselves to be able to step outside of their comfortable box to do some things they themselves wouldnt normally do. In addition, Rick Hardin is a bit of a hero, as his heroic yet harsh actions brought a valuable lesson to the victims.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Eric James Morris: I did have to audition, and was asked to submit a video audition for the role. I normally film my auditions at home, from my home setup with proper lighting and sound. Which I did film this audition at home.

SKSM: You worked with Stephen Dean on this film, how was that?

Eric James Morris: Working with Stephen Dean was a true pleasure. I would have to say he is the most pleasant director I have worked with, and cares about al lof his talent and crew. I feel Stephen Will continue on to do very great things within the entertainment industry in the very near future.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Eric James Morris: Their was a few, but I Will mention that the actual scene of Rick beating the vitim was shot outdoors, at 4am, in the freezing cold, with wind blowing as well. There was a large portion of dialog (approximately 4-5 pages) for my carácter that we all over looked, and I didnt receive the script until the day of shooting. Needless to say, I had to request a line more than once while filming! Thank goodness for editing.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Eric James Morris: I still keep in contact with Stephen Dean the director.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Eric James Morris: I have worked on several differnet independent projects which include a comedy relief carácter for a pilot on Sony Playstation Network. I have also done some crime reenactment televisión shows this year which include Disappeared 910 on NBC Peakock productions, Fatal Attraction 717 on TV One, Murder Calls 210 on ID Discovery, and Homicide Hunter 801 on ID Discovery.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Eric James Morris: Yes I am. All of his work is great and I enjoy catching any of his written films when I can.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Eric James Morris: I am normally a very quiet and reserved guy.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Eric James Morris: I say thank you for your support! It really means a lot to me knowing that.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

I hope to re-visit with you again on another Stephen King film Project in the future.
Thank you

 

She played in Corey Mayne‘s Dollar Baby Willa as Willa.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Kelsi Mayne: My name is Kelsi Mayne. I am an actress, singer and songwriter, originally from Windsor, ON. However now I divide my time between Toronto and Nashville.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actress?

Kelsi Mayne: I guess I just never grew out of “playing pretend.” I’ve always liked acting but I never viewed it as an actual career choice for me until I started landing roles shortly after moving to Toronto in 2013.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Willa Dollar Baby film?

Kelsi Mayne: This started out as passion project with family and friends. My brother and visual effects artist, Corey Mayne, was looking to jump back into the director’s chair with a new project. His best friend and colleague Barbara Szeman also wanted to tackle another producer role. And I, myself along with Adrian Jaworski, have always loved horror movies and wanted to play more roles in the genre. Stephen King’s short story “Willa” came to Corey’s mind and he started adapting it for the screen. He showed me the script and I immediately fell in love with it. And of course the whole Stephen King thing didn’t hurt either 😉 .

I was cast as Willa but I also helped with preproduction any way that I could: handing out flyers on the street, digital marketing, searching for equipment and props, meeting with industry personnel, assisting with wardrobe, etc.

As I’ve learned over the years, when Corey and Barbara work together, A) they are unstoppable and B) it is going to be good— so I work with them any chance that I get. Apparently word spread like wildfire in the Toronto film industry and everyone adopted Willa as their passion project as well. Before we knew it, we had over 100 top crew and cast members from all over the GTA. I’m still dumbfounded.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Kelsi Mayne: The Stephen King and horror community is extremely supportive and enthusiastic which I think originally attracts people even before knowing the story. But people that know the story are drawn to it because it follows the characters as they enter an unknown realm while still remaining very real. Stephen King’s version leaves a few questions unanswered which works well on paper but wouldn’t translate directly to the screen. This film does a beautiful job weaving all the original elements of the story, while answering these questions and even adds an extra twist.

I think it’s that curiosity that seals the deal and interests people most.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Kelsi Mayne: I auditioned, however it felt as if it were written directly for me. The dialogue is very real, which made my job easy!

SKSM: You worked with Corey Mayne on this film, how was that?

Kelsi Mayne: I work with Corey quite a bit actually. He is my older brother so by the time I was four years old, I was starring in our first film “Curse of the Werewolf.” Being siblings helps as we often know what the other person is thinking and there’s also no concern about offending one another when offering a suggestion or critique. This makes for a very open, creative and productive work environment which has always resulted in an impressive final product.

Corey’s always been ahead of his time. He came up with his Stephen King adaptation long before the recent remake of “IT” came to rise. Now a new SK-based film or TV show is announced everyday. I guess great minds do think alike. However he’s never been one to jump on any bandwagons.

It amazes me how he sees all of his projects start to finish before it even begins. I may be biased, but I’ve never met anyone like him. Corey is one of those insanely talented and creative beings that just has “it” (no pun intended). He’s always stood out by thinking differently, pushing boundaries and bringing something new to the table. And his tireless work ethic and ability to communicate exactly what he sees, makes him the kind of director you’d want on every set.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Kelsi Mayne: We shot the opening scene at the end of two long and cold 16+ hour days. We were all a bit delirious and in this script called for us to open real cans of beer (curtesy of Rorschach Brewing Co.). This scene also took about thirty different takes from different angles. And being italian, it is a sin to let anything go to waste. So needless to say, there were a lot of very giggly, happy (19 years and over) people— which made it a very fun last scene to shoot.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Kelsi Mayne: Those two long and freezing night shoots created an atmosphere of extreme teamwork, passion and dedication that was shared with the entire cast and crew. It was the first time majority of us all worked together and we all came out of that experience with an incredible bond, respect and appreciation for one another. Although we may not speak every day, but if and when we do, it still feels like we’re family.

Barbara Szeman and Adrian Jaworski are getting married this spring and both Corey and I are standing in their wedding party.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Kelsi Mayne: Currently I am preparing for my tour, performing at country music festivals throughout the Ontario. I’m also recording and will soon be in pre-production on the accompanying music videos.

Corey, Barbara, and Adrian worked with me on my debut music video released in October last year called “Still Not Over You” and my upcoming video that will be released May 10th this year. Without them, these videos would not have been possible.

I’ll be auditioning for a few acting roles throughout the summer as well.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Kelsi Mayne: Yes! Besides Princess Bride, Misery was my favourite movie growing up. My parents would also play the audiobook of “Pet Cemetery” during any long car rides. I’ve been hooked ever since.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Kelsi Mayne: Well you know I’m a singer and songwriter already but I also have a nursing degree and a national, university bronze medal in 60m hurdles.

Which is probably why I’m naturally drawn to horror roles. They mainly involve physicality, medical knowledge and/or require a strong stomach!

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Kelsi Mayne: I wanted to make a movie that I would go see myself.  As a Stephen King fan, my main concern was preserving his story and doing it justice. I am extremely confident we did just that.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Kelsi Mayne: I’m so proud to be a part of this film and can’t wait to share it with you. Thank you for all of your support and interest. It means the world!

 

 

He played in Michael Carvaines’ Dollar Baby Mute as Monette.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Gregory J. Daniels: Fort the past 28 years I have been a senior fundraiser for the University of Georgia, which is located in Athens, Georgia. Our división raises over $200 million a year for the University for scholarships, new buildings, endowed teaching positions, Athletic priorities as well as so many other great causes.

Gregory J. Daniels: I grew up in Valdosta, Georgia. I attended the University of Georgia for undergraduate school (class of 1985) and then received my masters degree from Harvard University.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Gregory J. Daniels: Well I have always wanted to be an actor…particularly in TV and films.  So about four years ago I began to take the steps including lessons, headshots, networking, etc.  I set up my own studio for my auditions and work with a very talented acting coach, Scotty Gannon.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Mute Dollar Baby film?

Gregory J. Daniels: The role of “Monette” was posted on Actors Access and I submitted a taped audition and had a Skype interview.  I really liked the director Michael Carvaines.

SKSM: What do you think it is in the story that attracts people so much?

Gregory J. Daniels: Well, first and foremost I think you have to be a Stephen King fan and recognize his brilliance.  He has written some wonderful, dark stories. “Mute” is a fascinating story that leaves the audience wondering who really killed Monette’s wife?  I still don’t know, but I have a hunch…

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Gregory J. Daniels: I had to audition as mentioned earlier.

SKSM: You worked with Michel Carvaines on this film, how was that?

Gregory J. Daniels: Michael Carvaines is awesome.  He is very talented and professional. I hope to work with him again in the near future.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Gregory J. Daniels: Actually we had fun the whole time.  The cast and crew were awesome.  There is a scene that wasn’t used where they applied a lot of blood to my face.  Man, that was scary!! Makeup is awesome!

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Gregory J. Daniels: I do stay in touch with Michael Carvaines.

SKSM: What are you working nowadays? 

Gregory J. Daniels: I have done several short films since “Mute” as well as some comercials.  I will be in Birmingham, Alabama this weekend with a lead role in a short film and also have a photo shoot coming up at the Huntsville, Alabama Space Museum where I play the role of a 1950s rocket scientist who teachers students how to build rockets.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Gregory J. Daniels: I am a fan… but there are some of his Works that I really like such as Shawshank Redemption and Misery.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Gregory J. Daniels: I spent ten days in Russia several years ago and would love to visit again. St. Petersburg is so lovely and full of history. And there is so much history in Moscow. Red Square is pretty amazing.

SKSM: Do you like something to add?

Gregory J. Daniels: Thank you for the opportunity.

 

 

He played in James Douglas‘ Dollar Baby The Doctor’s Case as Inspector Lestrade.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Ian Case: My name is Ian Case.  I’m an actor, director, producer and arts administrator.  My day job is as Director for the Farquhar Auditorium and Ceremonies and Events at the University of Victoria. I run my own theatre company called Giggling Iguana Productions which is probably best known for its site-specific work at Craigdarroch Castle for 15 years. I do a lot less work with Giggling Iguana Productions these days and tend to take on projects with friends.  I just finished a run of Twelfth Night with Launch Pad Productions where I played Malvolio which was a lot of fun.  I’m going to be directing two shows going on a Canadian Fringe tour as well as a new adaptation of Frankenstein for Theatre Inconnu, the theatre company where I started my professional career in 1991.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Ian Case: To be honest, I probably should have realized that the theatre was going to play a major role in my life a lot earlier than I did. I was obsessed with puppetry as a kid and in high school I was similarly obsessed with Shakespeare.  But it wasn’t until 1984 when I saw Anthony Sher play Richard III in Stratford on Avon. He was so hypnotic.  I still remember his opening monologue clearly.  Here was one man standing on a dark stage in a cone of light and with his words alone he held the hearts of each and every person in that audience in the palm of his hand. When I stepped dazed out of the theatre that afternoon I turned to my mother and said, “That’s what I want to do with the rest of my life.”

SKSM: How did you become involved in The doctor’s case Dollar Baby film?

Ian Case: James Douglas, the director and mastermind behind The Doctor’s Case is an old university pal and our paths have crossed many times over the years.  We have a lot of mutual friends and have worked with a lot of the same people. When I was General Manager at Theatre Inconnu in the early 1990s, I gave James his first professional acting gig and I guess James remembered that and wanted to return the favour. When our paths crossed a couple of years ago he was super excited about this project and asked me if I’d consider play Inspector Lestrade.  I was thrilled and immediately said yes.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Ian Case: I think The Doctor’s Case has two major draws – Sherlock Holmes and Stephen King.  Those are pretty heavy hitters.  Holmes of course has gone through a real resurgence of late with the whole Sherlock thing with Benedict Cumberbatch. And Stephen King never really seems to go out of style. It probably didn’t hurt that the recent adaptation of “It” came out recently and put King’s work on the top of the Cinema world again.
But beyond that, this is a really fun story. For Holmesians, it’s fun because it’s a new story about their favourite characters not to mention the twist that this is Doctor Watson’s Case, a case that he solves, rather than yet another one of Holmes’ triumphs.  King is a great writer so he’s not only captured the feel of Conan Doyle, but also created a fun and incredibly vivid tableau for this story to unfold.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Ian Case: Nope.  James knows my stage work pretty well.  He did ask me a little about my film and tv work before asking me to participate but once he heard that I was pretty familiar with working on camera he just asked me straight out if I’d play Lestrade.  I said “yes” immediately.

SKSM: You worked with James Douglas on this film, how was that?

Ian Case: Working with James was very satisfying.  James is a problem solver and incredibly ambitious in the scope of the projects he tackles.  He wanted to create something far beyond what we should have been able to pull off given the meagre resources and funds at his disposal.  But James knows how to pull together a first-rate team and the team working on The Doctor’s Case was second to none.  Plus, James has this uncanny ability to inspire both trust and loyalty to his vision.
At the same time, James is very open to hearing what other people think and open to contributions from others if he sees that it will make a positive contribution to the end result.  James was incredibly gracious in taking ideas, suggestions and changes from the people he was working with.  He did it without a trace of insecurity or ill-will. He embraced other people’s good ideas which I think is the mark of a really mature and confident artist.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Ian Case: There were lots of fun moments. I don’t think there are likely a lot of bloopers.  JP, Michael and I spent a lot of time in front of the camera together and a lot of time together waiting for the cameras to role. This made for a lot of time for us to get very comfortable with each other and similarly to have a lot of fun together.
During the filming of the Baker Street scenes, we had to do the scenes over and over again to achieve all the camera shots that James and our DP, Ian, wanted. But the Baker Street set was a really small drawing room in Carr House so the angles were sometimes really challenging. At one point they had trouble getting the right angle on a Lestrade shot because I’m about 6ft tall and they couldn’t get the camera far enough back to make it look like I wasn’t a giant.  In the end they told me the only way they could get the shot was if I could squat down.  As a result, I ended up in a squat for about 20-30 minutes while we shot all of my dialogue!  I hope no one can see me straining in the final cut of the picture.
Things got pretty crazy on the last day of shooting in Craigdarroch Castle when we knew we still had about three vital shots to capture and we were already well past the time when we were supposed to be out of the venue so that it could be ready to open to the public the next morning. We all got a bit giddy in that last hour but I have to say, when James called action, we all straightened up and got the job done.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Ian Case: I already knew a few of the cast and crew before the shoot and I’ve kept those contacts going.  Michael who played young Watson and JP who played Holmes are now my pals and I’ve staying in touch with them.  A great many of the cast and crew who live in Wells, BC were friends of a dear friend of mine who passed away a few years ago and it was lovely to meet so many of them and to talk about our mutual friend. James and I seem to touch base every few months or so as well.  It was a really special group of people and I enjoyed our time together.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Ian Case: I’m directing a couple of shows gong on Fringe tour in July and I’ll be directing a new adaptation of Frankenstein in the fall.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Ian Case: Yes. I’ve read quite a bit of King’s work. I think he’s a great, and prolific, writer. I love his short horror fiction and his “On Writing” is a bit of a bible for me.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Ian Case: To be honest, I’m not really sure. Probably that I took up kickboxing in the fall after finishing the filming of The Doctor’s Case. I go two or three times a week.  I dropped 20+ pounds after filming the Doctor’s Case which felt pretty good.  Beyond that, I’m not sure I’m all that surprising.
I suppose the other thing that might surprise people is that I am usually incredibly uncomfortable watching my acting on film.  Until The Doctor’s Case, I’ve never been able to watch my own work on screen without cringing.  But when I watched The Doctor’s Case the first time, I thought to myself, “wow, that’s pretty good.”  I’ve now seen it a few times more and every time I watch it I think to myself that I’m actually pretty good in it.  I’m quite proud of my work in The Doctor’s Case and a lot of folks who have seen it have said a lot of really nice things about my work in it.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Ian Case: I hope that folks get a chance to see The Doctor’s Case. I think it’s a pretty special film.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Ian Case: Nope. I think that’s about it. Thanks for interviewing me about my work and about The Doctor’s Case.

 

She played in Stephen Dean‘s Dollar Baby Rest Stop as Johanna Dykstra.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Paula Campbell: Absolutely! My name is Paula Campbell. I’m a singer/song writer and actress. I was formally signed to Columbia music. I was also Super Star Neyo’s first artist. I’m originally from Baltimore, Maryland but now reside in Atlanta, Georgia… I love acting but music is my passion. I’m single and I’m cute.  Lol 😂

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actress?

Paula Campbell: I knew I wanted to become an actress in elementary school when I played “Lavenia” the wicked stepsister in Cinderella. I was hysterical! Staying in character while the entire auditorium laughed uncontrollably and the compliments and congratulations that I received afterward made me want to do it all over again! What solidified it for me was my role in a play that my drama teacher wrote titled “Free.” I played a school girl who was bullied and hit in the head with a brick because of the color of my skin. People were shocked and hurt. I was just a 9 years old and didn’t quite understand why both men and women were angry, some in tears. Until that point I thought acting was just pretending but that particular role in that production helped me understand that I was bringing something to life… and giving light to someone else’s truth. What I realized is that even if it were a comedy, my job was to bring out something relatable and evoke emotion for everyone who could see or hear me.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Rest Stop Dollar Baby film?

Paula Campbell: I’ve known the director Stephen Dean for a while from a few movie sets like “Insurgent” and “Hidden Figures.” We became instant friends! He told about a project he was working on and I expressed my interest. I learned so much from the amazing my cast and even the crew. They pulled so much out of me and gave pointers and literally made me become Johanna Dykstra. The lessons I learned from the phenomenal talents on this set will take my acting career even further! I’m forever grateful for this project. 

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Paula Campbell: I think the most attractive quality about this story is how relatable it is to human behavior. We all have something going on inside (good,bad or indifferent). Most people strive for perfection never understanding that we’re striving to please others. Wishing people could see the inside struggle and somehow just save us! This story shows the diversity of many personality differences, the pros and cons with them, the disillusioned thoughts that often come with them and the desire to cope. And then there’s the humor in it all!

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Paula Campbell: I auditioned for “Rest Stop” after the director Stephen Dean told me about the production. He explained the story and some twist that he added and I was hooked! I honestly didn’t think I’d gotten the role. I almost gave up and didn’t send in a second audition tape. I thought I wasn’t  good or experienced enough. But I was wrong! And man oh man, I’m glad I was.

SKSM: You worked with Stephen Dean on this film, how was that?

Paula Campbell: Working with Steve is like working with your brother. He’s filled with knowledge and he gets everyone’s individual personalities and idiosyncrasies. He’s able to pull exactly what he needs from each talent with ease! Steve is an awesome teacher and director.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Paula Campbell: I can’t give much away but I can say my scene with the psychiatrist was hilarious! I was almost unable to compose myself while filming that scene.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Paula Campbell: Sure! I still talk to Steve from time to time. He sends me updates and upcoming auditions and opportunities often! I think everyone is on a tight schedule so we all connect through email from time to time.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Paula Campbell: Now I’m back in the studio recording. I’m also shopping a screenplay I wrote titled “She Won’t Tell.”… I just recent started a podcast and blog site… it’s the “Be Very Clear” podcast and BeVeryClear.com where I give my honest unfiltered opinion about life, love and relationship… We touch on all subjects but we focus more on those topics.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Paula Campbell: I’m a huge fan of Stephen King! Though I have to be honest and say I’m a scaredy-cat and won’t watch much horror.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Paula Campbell: Hmmm, I’m a huge prankster and at the same time I’m super sensitive and I take everything personally.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Paula Campbell: Yes! Thank you to all the fans and critics! Thank you all for your interest in Rest Stop! Again I’d like to thank Stephen Dean and the entire Rest Stop cast and crew. Thank you Stephen King for an amazing write and the opportunity to play it out through a different vision/version. I’m forever grateful.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Paula Campbell: Please be sure to keep up with me on social media…

Instagram.com/paulacampbell 

Facebook.com/iampaulacampbell

Twitter.com/PaulaCampbell

Please keep up with the “Be Very Clear” movement… The Be Very Clear Podcast on Anchor And BeVeryClear.com

Last but not least please follow my journey with the screenplay “She Won’t Tell” I’ll be posting updates on

Instagram.com/KorriTheMovie

 

She played in Loyd Elmore‘s The Things They Left Behind as Paula.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Melissa Zimmerman: I live in Nashville with my husband and daughter. Currently, I am in Sales as the National Accounts Manager for a major studio at an entertainment distributor. Acting has taken a back seat to my life at the moment, but I will certainly entertain any offers that come my way.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actress?

Melissa Zimmerman: I think it’s always been in me to perform, but I didn’t act on it until I was in my 20s. My brother loves to chide me about doing Pepsi commericals in front of the mirror when I was in grade school. My first film was a horror film, Asylum of Terror. I wanted to be a screenwriter at the time and asked the director if I could be an extra, so I could better learn the filmmaking process. The director suggested I audition, but never having done any acting, I was hesitant. I auditioned anyway, ended up with a small role and when the lead female character pulled out of the film, he asked me to audition for the lead.  I did and suddenly found myself the female lead in a movie, when I had never acted in my life! It was an incredible experience and I’ve been hooked ever since. I just love being a part of the creative process and seeing words on a page come to life through acting.

SKSM: How did you become involved in The things they left behind Dollar Baby film?

Melissa Zimmerman: I met Loyd at work. We share an affinity for films, writing and filmaking. He knew I had acting experience, had seen some of my work and asked me to play Paula.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Melissa Zimmerman: It’s such a believable story. It has the same feel as the British science fiction series Black Mirror, where stories are set just enough in the near future to be believable. The entire world is so connected to 911, but it was a paralyzing moment for Americans. We remember where we were, how we heard it and for some, even what we were wearing. It is a terrible, painful moment frozen in our psyche. “The Things They Left Behind” helps one envision an alternate universe that allows some closure for these victims and their families by allowing the things they left behind to find their final resting place.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Melissa Zimmerman: Loyd already had me in mind for the part, so I didn’t have to audition.

SKSM: You worked with Loyd Elmore on this film, how was that?

Melissa Zimmerman: It was great. Loyd is dedicated to the art and made the experience fun. He is open to ideas that could enchance the scene and is particular and precise with each shot. He was so excited about the prospects of the entire journey – from buying the short for a $1, to watching it come to life on film to submitting it to Stephen King and various festivals. You could really see him come to life during the process. Loyd was doing something he had always wanted to do and his passion steered him toward the Dollar Babies and gave him the chance to bring to life a Stephen King short. I honestly can’t remember if  this was his first film or not, but he did a fantastic job handling all aspects of the process.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Melissa Zimmerman: I was pregnant at the time of filming. I had just found out and was in that “can’t tell anyone” stage yet. I wanted to tell Tim (Avers) and Loyd so bad, but couldn’t say a word. We also filmed the day the Nashville Flood began. I was afraid I couldn’t get home and was going to be stuck a few towns away, but was able to make it there before the waters rose to dangerous levels. It is certainly a day I will never forget!

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Melissa Zimmerman: Yes, I saw Tim just a few weeks ago and out and about in Nashville at times. I also stay in touch with Tim and Loyd via Facebook.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Melissa Zimmerman: I am gearing up for that screenplay I have yet to write. I write down thoughts, scenes, lines everyday, but have yet to have the time to sit down and bring it all together.   I’m also in talks about being the voice for a science fiction project with the creator of a Cable Access TV show I worked on for a few years.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Melissa Zimmerman: Mr. King is an amazing storyteller and though I am a big fan of his work, I have to admit, I’ve only read one of his books – Thinner. I would rather watch my horror than read it because I don’t want to be scared for that long. HA! Some of the movies based on his books that resonate the most with me are Needful Things, It (the old and the new movie), The Mist, The Shining, Carrie, and The Shawshank Redemption is one of my favorite movies of all time. I am looking forward to watching his latest book to film, Dark Tower.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Melissa Zimmerman: I love vintage horror comics reprinted from the old EC classics line – Tales from the Crypt, Haunt of Fear and Vault of Horror, but now those aren’t even being reprinted, so I moved over to Weird Love and Haunted Horror. I worked in a used music & comic book store after college which sparked that flame. I guess I have always loved comic books though, especially the style of how they are drawn, which probably explains why Roy Lichtenstein is one of my favorite artists. I love the twists of the vintage horror comics, although sometimes, truly, they are just ridiculous. My brother found a box of my old EC reprints in the attic at my mother’s house and it has been a true joy re-reading all of them.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Melissa Zimmerman: The “Dollar Baby” experience is an incredible opportunity for anyone who is interested in film making.  To have the chance to film an actual Stephen King short, well, really, it doesn’t get any better than that. It is a fantastic and wonderful thing that Mr. King has done by allowing others to film his work in this fashion. The fact that Mr. King probably watched a film that I was able to participate in…well, that is just amazing.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Melissa Zimmerman: I am a strong believer that the universe has plans for us all. Some of us identify quickly with our passions and others deny them because we are afraid of failure or embarrassing ourselves. When you step outside of your box, you will be amazed to see what you are truly capable of creating. The universe will continue to guide you to your true passions…so, if the world continues to nag you about something, listen.

 

He played in Stephen Dean‘s Rest Stop as Psychiatrist.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Doug Bertolini: I’m second generation Italian-American, born in Atlanta, GA. I’ve been acting for the past 25 years and with Hollywood basically coming to Atlanta, many network and film opportunites are now available to those of us working in this market.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Doug Bertolini: Many years ago, I was given a small speaking part on the set of a Home Depot commercial and I’ve been hooked ever since!

SKSM: How did you become involved in Rest Stop Dollar Baby film?

Doug Bertolini: A close friend and fellow actor Tom Amick asked if I’d like to participate in the production as the psychiatrist and said: “Absolutely!”

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Doug Bertolini: First off, it’s based on a Stephen King short story, which is a major draw in and of itself. Secondly, the production quality, story adaptation and fellow actors make this short film a must see.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Doug Bertolini: It felt like it was written just for me with my quirky and eclectic approach to acting; but no, I did not have to audition for this particular role. The director Stephen Dean felt after viewing my ‘Film-TV Demo Reel’ I’d be a perfect fit for the role.

SKSM: You worked with Stephen Dean on this film, how was that?

Doug Bertolini: Very enjoyable! We saw eye-to-eye on many facets of the character and how to portray him.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Doug Bertolini: I couldn’t quite place where I was pulling this character from in regards to my subconscious and then later I realized it was from a character actor on the Andy Griffith show of which I enjoyed watching as a child. His name was: Howard McNear and played the eccentric barber: Floyd Lawson (A very funny, stammering character!)

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Doug Bertolini: I enjoy speaking with the director Stephen Dean on occasion and Tom Amick and I often collaborate on how to improve upon audition techniques and delivering believable scenes.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Doug Bertolini: Currently up for a few roles in major studio feature films and of course it’s all about hurry up and wait and hoping you land the part!

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Doug Bertolini: Absolutely!

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Doug Bertolini: I’m a former US Marine and I guess ending up as an actor is rather the polar opposite of what most might expect. As a quick sidebar and an homage to the recent passing of a fellow Marine, Actor R. Lee Ermey (74) known for: “Full Metal Jacket” died on Sunday morning April 15, 2018.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Doug Bertolini: You might enjoy viewing my “Film-TV Demo Reel” on YouTube of which I recently edited in at the beginning a fun ‘snippet’ from the short film ‘Rest Stop’ scenes not seen in the trailer! Simply search: Doug Bertolini – then look for my “Film-TV Demo Reel” – (Hope you enjoy it!)

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Doug Bertolini: Try and catch the full-length (25-minute) short film ‘Rest Stop’ at a film festival near you!

 

 

 

He played in Christopher Birk‘s Dollar Baby Willa as Busboy.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Felix Flores: I’m a solo artist by the name of Felix and the Future. I’ve acted in some films, but mainly do music. I love horror movies.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Felix Flores: I came to NYC to study acting. I’ve always been a performer.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Willa Dollar Baby film?

Felix Flores: I responded to an ad for an audition.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Felix Flores: For me, I’m always drawn to those darker stories about people being lost in their minds questioning whether they can trust what they see.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Felix Flores: I auditioned.

SKSM: You worked with Christopher Birk on this film, how was that?

Felix Flores: He was a really great guy. Super supportive and all around positive person.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Felix Flores: Unfortunately no.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Felix Flores: I’m touring as a solo artist – Felix and the Future. I just released my debut album and a series of music videos. You can check them out at www.felixandthefuture.com

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Felix Flores: When I was a kid I was obsessed with his books. I read almost all of them.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Felix Flores: I’m still a little afraid of the dark. 🙂

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Felix Flores: Watch Willa and continue supporting independent filmmakers + artists. They are the ones making work from the heart.

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