Kate Sheldon knows how a painfully shy girl from a little village in Talkeetna, Alaska, lands on a Hollywood movie set.
Last Friday and Saturday, Sheldon conducted “Hollywood 101,” an on-camera acting workshop for children ages 6 to 18 at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle.
Sheldon starred as Nadira, the “Queen of Mean,” on the Fox Kids “Power Rangers Time Force” TV show in 2000-2002. She also appeared in movies “Bring It On” and “Almost Famous.” Sheldon, who has a degree in journalism and public relations from CU, caught the Hollywood bug after she walked past a production trailer, stopped, and signed on as an extra. Her big break came when she auditioned for the Power Rangers show.
Sheldon directed nine kids through a series of taped segments where they learned to perform monologues and do improvisational scenes.
“I’m especially good at actressing,” said 9-year-old Serena Murphy.
They also made their own commercial, acted as a talk show host and wrote and recorded a breaking news report while Sheldon critiqued their performances. “It’s everything it took me 10 years to learn,” Sheldon said.
While Sheldon had called other colleges, it was the Rifle campus that agreed to host the workshop.
“It’s great for Rifle to have this kind of activity,” said Dani Wright, whose daughter took the class.
Steph Harlan saw the confidence that her son, Austin, had after the first day. Along with that, the monetary awards can be huge.
“One national TV commercial for your kids can pay for college,” Sheldon said.
“I recommend everyone get a college degree. Go get a foundation, then move to Hollywood.”
And Sheldon is proof that it’s possible. “Follow your dream,” she said.
Until then, here are nine actors who are ready for their close-up.
Shandice Breier, 11, of Parachute, is in fifth grade
at Bea Underwood Elementary.
Serena Murphy, 9, of Rifle is in fourth grade
at Wamsley Elementary.
Kate Myllo, 9, of Rifle, is in third grade
at Highlands Elementary.
Joseph Quigg, 12, of Rifle, is in sixth grade
at Rifle Middle School.
Austin Harlan, 8, of New Castle, is in second grade at Kathryn Senor Elementary.
Chelsea Harlan, 12, of New Castle, is in seventh grade
at Riverside Middle School.
Allison Brown, 11, of Glenwood,
is in sixth grade
at Glenwood Springs Middle School.
David Goodwin, 11, of Silt,
is in fifth grade at Roy Moore Elementary.
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