A Conversation with Whitney Wagner: Class of 2016-17
We took a minute to talk to Whitney Wagner, a recent graduate of our Film Acting Program.
She tells us about her dreams of being an actor, what brought her to MPI, and what she's been doing since.
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Who are you? What is it you do?
My name is Whitney Wagner! I’m a southeast Michigan actress. I think it’s important to explore what you can get your hands on in the industry, so I’ve done a little bit of every position on film sets along the way.
Q: Have You Always Wanted To Be An Actor?
I remember writing “plays” as a young child and performing them for my grandparents’ house guests. I’ve always loved stepping into characters through performance. I started acting regularly eleven years ago.
Q: What are you working on right now?
- I am filling the shoes of Sidney for award-winning director Harley Wallen’s Abeyance, a feature film about a US Military Veteran who comes home to a lost life. This is my third appearance with Painted Creek Productions.
- We are determining a pick-up date for Cole Seger's The 404 Diner (Written by MPI film graduates Ian Bensman & Cole Seger) next month. This tale about the dangers of nostalgia is being shot on 35mm film by MPI’s own Robert Skates.
(Whitney and director Cole Seger on the set of The 404 Diner.)
- I am stepping into Tony Tale’s world of the Papers movie series as Willow Mache Ambrose (Goddess of Mache). I’ve never worked with Tony before, but his desire for creation, connection, and hard work certainly resonates with me.
- I am getting cosmic for MPI student Jake O’Brien’s thesis film Astro Zombies. Jake O’Brien was the DP for Jacob Horne’s When My Eyes Close & 1st AD for Robert Butler’s Love Immortal. He is always a joy to work with.
- I’m doing my first voiceover work on my birthday! I’m playing an artificial intelligence named Anna in Benjamin Murphy’s Linked.
- I’m working on this segment for New Radio Media’s Get it to the Geeks called Misterio Del Crimen. I’m playing quadruplets in a telenova parody, packed with every trope you could think of.
Q: What attracted you to MPI?
I walked into the doors on a school field trip and my life hasn’t been the same since. It was my first introduction to film acting.
Q: Describe Your Experience with the Acting Program?
Working closely with a group of actors for 8 months is extremely rare in this community. The world moves quickly, especially if you’re in the film industry. My experience with the acting program was invaluable and worth every second.
Q: Why do you think MPI was a good choice for you?
The resources it added to my toolbox couldn’t be attained through a short-lived class or workshop. I’m a firm believer in hard work. MPI certainly challenged me to push myself.
In addition to working closely with a group of actors, you are interacting with filmmakers who will enter the business after everyone graduates.
Q: Where do you want to be 5 years from now, professionally?
I have moments when I look around and feel like I’m exactly where I need to be. That’s all I could ask for in five years.
Q: What is one of your favorite films? And tell us why it's one of your faves.
Donnie Darko! I discover something new about the story every time I watch it. Dig for details in everything.
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Take a look at MPI's Film Acting Program.
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