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Answering the call

South Boston News

Paul Streeter / May 29, 2014

Paul Streeter has caught the acting bug, and the Halifax County Little Theatre veteran will be an extra in a major feature film production this week.

Streeter answered an online casting call for the feature film ‘Selma’, being produced by Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt. The movie, which will be filming in the Atlanta, Ga. area this week, revolves around the voting rights campaign staged by the civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King in 1965.

Streeter responded to the Cynthia Stillwell casting company, and is playing one of the marchers that walked alongside King. It’s a non-speaking role, Streeter said, and his filming dates were yesterday (May 28) and Monday, June 2.

Streeter, 35, lives in Meadville, and is employed at Presto Products in South Boston.

He has a resume that includes two shows at the Prizery for the HCLT. The first was a musical, ‘How I Became a Pirate.’ The second show, ‘The Complete World of Sports (Abridged)’, was recently presented by the local acting group.

Streeter also did a play at his church, Millstone Baptist, and that experience inspired him to move forward with acting.

“We did a small play at the church one year for Easter. I got a good response from that and I just felt like maybe I should take (acting) a little further. I started auditioning locally at The Prizery.

“It kind of took off from there,” said Streeter.

Streeter also took an acting workshop in Atlanta in 2012. “We basically learned scene analysis, scene study,” he said.

Tasha Smith, the actress who starred in the Tyler Perry’s production of “Why Did I Get Married,” served as the workshop coordinator. Streeter got to meet Smith, “She’s a good actress, she’s a good person, a real person.

“She’s almost like who she is on TV.”

Streeter graduated from the Frank W. Ballou Senior High School in Washington, DC, and moved to Halifax County in the late 1980s.

At first glance, this latest acting gig may seem very improbable. But Streeter’s approach is, “Why not go for it?”

So he submitted a headshot to the casting service, and now he’s on the way to the Atlanta area to be fitted for costume for his scene in the movie.

“It’s going to look great on my resume,” he said.

“You have to start from somewhere. An object in motion stays in motion, but first ... you have to get it in gear. I feel like anything is possible, if you put God first, and you believe in yourself, and you prepare yourself.

“It’s just like owning your own business. It’s like going to college....

Work hard, and eventually you’ll get out to where you’re setting out to go,” said Streeter.

The project in Atlanta also is just part of Streeter’s creative efforts.

He is also self-producing a video project, ‘If I Die,’ which he described as a mini movie/music project.

“It’s showing the downfalls to some of the negative lifestyles and activities that some young black males are participants of,” said Streeter.

He hopes to get airplay for the video, and Streeter has friends in the Washington, DC area who have ties to a local television station there, so he expects to get some exposure there.

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