Acting Up in Atlanta
What are the positives and negatives of acting in Atlanta? Is this the place to relocate to for your next big break? Find out here with a few Atlanta based actors!
- Banza Pandora J.
Banza Pandora J. has had a passion for everything art for as long as anyone can remember. She can be seen holding a camera, a microphone and a wig at the age of two! Aside from writing music, recording an album and other expressive arts, her passion and work has always been thrust into Acting, both Stage and Film. After obtaining her Business and Paralegal degrees she continued featuring in stage productions; portraying Ruth in A Raisin in the Sun, Gilda in For Colored Girls, and JoJo in Women Behind Bars. Her reputation among her peers and employers as being not only a dedicated and talented actress but also a joy to work with has landed her roles alongside Terry O’Quinn, Irma P Hall, Barry Corbin, and Bill Cobbs to start. Rhavynn Drummer also spoke of the actress in an interview saying she could portray almost any role. Banza not only works at mastering her craft in front of the camera and on stage but has worked behind the scenes on many Independent films directing and producing. Her momentum is only picking up!
Youtube: Banza Pandora J
- Lawrence Terrill
Lawrence Terrill is an American Actor, Screenwriter, Producer, Filmmaker, Digital Editor, Photographer, Spoken Word Poet, Author, Songwriter, Music Producer, Member of the International Society of Poets, Member of Veterans in Film and Television, Member of the Screen Actors Guild, and Veteran of the US Air Force. He grew up in Jackson, MS and he’s the second youngest of six siblings (all boys). Also, he is the proud father of a beautiful daughter, Lariah.
At the age of eleven, Lawrence started writing skits, songs and discovered a passion for poetry. In 1996, he graduated from Murrah High School, then enlisted in the US Air Force. After enlisting into the military, he renewed his love for writing and received several awards for his poetry from the International Society of Poets. Some of the works can be found on Poetry.com and his poetry book “I Have A Reason To Write” is available for purchase at bookstores around the world.
During his military tenure, Lawrence received several awards for his Outstanding Service, received a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education Degree (BSOE) for Business Administration and Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University and landed his first Guest Star role in the Golden Globe winning TV show “LOST”. After transitioning from the US Air Force, Lawrence decided to pursue his love for acting full-time and attended the New York Film Academy, in which he completed their Acting for Film program…graduating at the top of his class. Lawrence has trained with some of New York’s top actors/acting coaches like Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Phylicia Rashad, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Harry Lennix etc.
Lawrence furthered his knowledge in the entertainment industry by returning back to the New York Film Academy and studying Digital Editing, Screenwriting, Producing, Filmmaking, and Photography. He has shot over 20 films and acted in over 20 films, TV shows & commercials. Lawrence has won 11 awards for his films and has been nominated for several more.
Actor’s Access Resume: https://resumes.actorsaccess.com/1423471-4106510
- Rasheda Randle
Rasheda Randle comes from Indianapolis, Indiana by way of Evansville, Indiana. A Jane-of-all-trades; she is an award-winning actress and an accomplished filmmaker, writer, director/producer of TV, stage, and film, TV personality, and event/red carpet host.
Rasheda graduated from Indiana State University with a BS in Radio/TV/Film; she was among the first graduating class of the music video production program at the New York Film Academy, and received her MBA in Marketing and Human Resources from Indiana Institute of Technology.
Rasheda got her start in the industry as an intern for BET’s Rap City: The Basement, but eventually returned to Indiana to work in broadcast news at Indy’s local Fox station; and soon began freelancing as a production assistant for network reality TV shows and game shows. Realizing that acting is her true passion, Rasheda made the transition to stage, then to film, and later to TV as a host and reporter for Real Scene TV – an entertainment show that airs on Indy’s NBC affiliate.
To date, Rasheda has starred in more than two dozen films and stage plays; and has appeared in network TV shows such as, Fox’s “Shots Fired,” Hulu’s “The Act,” and most recently the award winning stage play, “Her Lies, His Secrets.” She was voted Best Actress at the TPN Film Fest (February and December 2016), was named Best Actress at the 2017 TPN Awards, and received the 2017 Artist of Influence award at the Peach Theatre Awards.
Rasheda is the creative visionary of Ivy League Productions LLC, and the creator of The Actor’s Roundtable – a workshop designed to share tools, resources, and knowledge about the business side of maintaining an acting career. Most recently, she has embarked on, yet another, goal-smashing journey, as the founder of the Circle City Film Festival.
Though her passion is acting, Rasheda’s ultimate goal is to build a brand known for providing opportunities for other artists through creative content and storytelling.