Community Spotlight: Theresa Meeker Pickett, Actress

“My favorite character was playing a model in the short film Look by Ryan Pickett. I really enjoyed getting comfortable doing the most mundane tasks on camera, such as just sitting and holding a teacup.”

Theresa Meeker Pickett

Theresa Meeker Pickett
Profile: theresapickett
Job: Actress
Location: Tennessee, USA
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EXPLORING ROLES:
I most want a role which permits me to reveal emotions that help me better understand the world around me. I want the roles I take to help me grow as an actress and become more worldly. Hopefully the roles I take will help an audience better understand the world around them as well, although my goal in acting isn’t for me to get a certain reaction from an audience.

DRAWING ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES WHEN YOU ACT:
I do draw on my own experience to a certain extent. Often I try to really become the character and respond the way my character would react. I always have my character’s backstory and objective in my mind.

FAVORITE CHARACTER:
My favorite character was playing a model in the short film Look by Ryan Pickett. I really enjoyed getting comfortable doing the most mundane tasks on camera, such as just sitting and holding a teacup. When I was working on Look I was happy to work on very small actions and to put my best effort into going about those actions the way my character would. Plus the art design for Look was really visually appealing. I was very inspired to be there during the shoot.

UNIQUE, CHALLENGING SCENE:
When I was working on Look, some of the scenes were really challenging because Ryan was shooting an experimental narrative. Initially I saw the script for Look and I just wasn’t sure how everything would fit together. The dialogue is not the main focus of Look, which was challenging for me because most movies I had worked on relied significantly on dialogue to show the story.

TIPS FOR ASPIRING ACTORS:
Be careful about the types of roles you take when you are starting out. Some roles can come back to haunt you later in your career. Do student films only if you know they’ll get entered into festivals. Get some training and education. Ok, one more – get an IMDb page and put some photos up. If you can’t afford the monthly IMDb Pro price, get a director/producer to post stills of you in a movie you did.

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