Former Bourne High student leaps from stage to screen in NYC
“I was insanely nervous" says Bourne native Katelyn Collins
Actress, Katelyn Collins, slips into something a little less comfortable with an unexpected leap from stage into seven film festivals.
Not too long ago Bourne native, Katelyn Collins, took a major leap from the beaches of Cape Cod to the Big Apple.
After graduating from Salem State University with her B.F.A. in theatre performance, it was only a number of weeks before Collins took off to New York City and hit the ground running. Just over two years later and this twenty five year old actress leaped again when she found herself not on stage, but in front of a film crew.
The short film is called Quiet DeLuxe (on right). It was originally conceived and produced by team Flipmeover with director, Gary Ploski, for the 2012 NYC 48 Hour Film Festival. Collins plays Maria Masterson, the cold-hearted and cruel older sister of Olivia Masterson, a lonely young poet, struggling with a secret.
Another leap for Collins. The role she was called in to play was out of her type. "Having arrived on set," says director, Gary Ploski, "Katelyn was exactly as I remembered her: kind, polite, genuine. Some of the crew were ... terrified. This question ran through their minds: How is she going to play the role? She's supposed to be obnoxious and cruel."
“I was insanely nervous," admits Collins. "But this whole notion that the character may be out of my 'type' took backseat to the fact I was on film. I have tons of theatre experience, but only limited film training, and film is a whole other beast. Sure, I was out of my comfort zone, but if you’re going to grow, you have to scare yourself first.”
Well, Katelyn Collins has scared herself into seven different film festivals in and around New York City. Quiet DeLuxe has also been accepted to the Connecticut Film Festival, Brewster (NY) Film Festival, Out on Film Atlanta’s LGBT Film Festival, Rochester Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Portland Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Film Festival ... so far..And what happened with that "terrified" crew? "She was a star," claims Ploski, "She sucked the air out of the room and left these crew members speechless."
Will this be the last of the leaps for Collins? "I'm not sure what's in store for film. My curiosity is so peaked after this experience, but I'm extremely focused on my life in the theatre. Nonetheless, I'm hoping something soon really scares me out of my wits. Those are the kinds of opportunities you want to go for. Those are the types of goals you need to have when you're en route to what you truly want."