|Back (L to R): Linda Burzynski, Xenia LeBlanc, Angelica Amor, Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez
Front (L to R): Christie Insley, Sarah Bitely (hood)
About five years ago I managed to interview stuntwoman, actress and producer Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez. It was through her I managed to build a rapport with several other veterans and up-and-comers in the industry whilst getting an angle going on covering the stunt field and it was a privelege to be able to exchange with her than as it still is now from time to time.
Sarah was also an aspiring actress from then on and during her youth, at one point citing a likening to twin celebs Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen of Full House fame and hoping to persuade an L.A. move in her parents with the hopes getting an agent. It didn’t turn out that way, as she tells us, in the days that led up to her participation at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre by age fifteen – a move that would eventually play a major role in shaping her interests.
“I was in a play adaptation of Lord of the Flies as Simon, but my name was changed to Simone.” she says. “I loved having a character to dive into and play that part but as I went into college I was nervous going into studying theatre as a concentration as I really didn’t have much experience on stage. I figured I’d go the behind-the-scenes route and major in filmmaking, that way I could just put myself in my films! I took a directing class my junior year and fell in love with storytelling and working with actors. I realized I was more into connecting viewers with the characters and giving them a chance to see new perspectives.”
medium. I felt like Pimpkillah would be a cool comic book series and it would give me a chance to get a jump start on storyboards for the film. I took a weekly class in the back of Meltdown Comics where I wrote and drew my first comic book, a prequel to Pimpkillah.”
|L to R: Terrence Julien, Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez and Hymson Chan|
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