Atlanta Film and TV continues to honor youth who work in film and television and this week, we introduce actress Patricia Annette Terrell!
Atlanta Film and TV: Can you tell us a little about yourself and about how you got started in your acting career?
Patricia Annette Terrell: I am 7 ½ years old and I have lived in Georgia all my life. I am in the first grade at Bramlett Elementary and I have an older brother, two dogs, and a cat. I love to ride my scooter and play outside. I have always loved to act and sing since I was very little. My mom has lots of videos of me singing songs from Frozen and Into the Woods. I also like to dance and do karate! When I was 5, my mom was driving to work and she saw a billboard that had “SHINE” auditions written on it. My mom called and found out more information about it. I auditioned for it and started taking acting and modeling classes with them at Actors, Models, and Talent for Christ (AMTC). We had a Showcase in front of lots of casting directors, agents, and managers. I got a bunch of callbacks and that is how I met my manager and my agent. I started taking more classes at The Actors Scene and started getting auditions for commercials and TV shows.
Atlanta Film and TV: Tell us about your first on-camera job.
Patricia Annette Terrell: My first on-camera job was for the movie, Nappily Ever After. I played a swimmer in the opening scene. It took ALL DAY to film just that one scene! But I got to swim and play in the pool, which was so awesome! My mom got to be an extra in the movie, too! They fed us LOTS of food, and I got to meet some really famous people! I got my picture taken with Ernie Hudson which was so cool! I learned a lot about how movies are filmed and it made me really want to keep acting.
Atlanta Film and TV: How do you balance school, friends, extracurricular activities, acting, learning your lines, and spending time with your family?
Patricia Annette Terrell: I have missed some school this year because of auditions and filming. Sometimes it’s hard to balance everything and sometimes I have had to miss out on a birthday party before because I was shooting a commercial. I take acting classes once a week and my mom rotates me through gymnastics, soccer, karate, and dance every few months--- I haven’t found my favorite sport yet, so I am trying different ones out.
My dad was diagnosed with cancer in December, so I have been spending a lot more time with him since he is not working. We love to go to the playground and Ace Hardware together. I spend a lot of time with my mom, too. We love watching TV together and just hanging out.
Atlanta Film and TV: Can you share with us any upcoming projects that you’re working on?
Patricia Annette Terrell: I just finished shooting a web-series episode that the director hopes will be picked up by Netflix. I also just auditioned for three different movies! One is for a new Marvel film that is supposed to come out next year. The second one was for a movie with Mel Gibson and Charlie Hunnam, and the last one was for a movie that will be shot in Augusta this summer. I am hoping that I get at least one of the parts!!!
Atlanta Film and TV: What is one piece of advice that you have for someone your age, wanting to become on-camera talent?
Patricia Annette Terrell: Just have fun with it! Don’t get upset if you don’t get a part. I have learned a lot by watching my auditions and from listening to feedback from my coaches, which helps me do better next time.