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Conversations with the Inspiring Camille Montgomery

Today we’d like to introduce you to Camille Montgomery.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Camille. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve wanted to be an actress for as long as I can remember. I’m extremely passionate and expressive and was lucky to have a family that supported me. I started taking acting classes and performing onstage when I was in elementary school and began my career at the Young Performer’s Theatre in San Francisco. I continued acting throughout college and went on to study at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford. When I moved to Los Angeles, my career immediately shifted from theatre to film. I love the collaborative process of film and admire that so many artists come together to tell a story. I’ve always wanted to tell stories, especially about people that feel like they’ve never been heard or seen before.

Throughout my life, it’s been hard for me to use my voice and speak my truth. There have been many times when I’ve struggled to be seen and heard. I always overcome this feeling when speaking up for the rights of others. I think that’s one of the reasons why am so drawn to acting. The ability to use my voice for others has been a huge honor and a privilege. Every time I’m acting, I get the opportunity to step into someone else’s world and the courage and drive to share it surpasses any challenges that comes up along the way. Through the telling of other people’s stories, I have learned to honor and step into my own experience.

Has it been a smooth road?
I remember crying in my bedroom when I was sixteen years old. My dad came into my room and told me, “Your sensitivity is your biggest weakness and your greatest strength.” He said that I can either allow my sensitivity to knock me off my path or I can use it to do good in the world. I’m so grateful for that day because it is something that’s always stuck with me. Whenever I’m feeling vulnerable, I’m reminded of the strength of being able to feel deeply. I no longer see it as a weakness because it fuels my creativity and connection with others.

When obstacles arise in my career, I come back to why I wanted to become an actress in the first place. It’s easy to forget why you’re doing something day in and day out. I always come back to the love I have for what I’m doing. Also, I try to surround myself with people and experiences that align with my truth and purpose.

I have found immense inspiration from the women in my life. I’m in complete awe of the power and strength that women have. I’ve learned to embody these qualities by embracing my vulnerability, speaking my truth, and being in tune with who I am.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I’m a Los Angeles based actress whose work can be seen in films, TV shows, and plays. I’ve performed a variety of roles throughout my career and aim to approach each role without judgment, striving to explore humanity in every character. My indie thriller, Sick For Toys, was just released on iTunes and Amazon. I had an a blast filming it and was excited to see it play at film festivals across the country last year. During that time, I had the opportunity to work with writer and director, Bruce Reisman, for a second time on the 1950s period piece, As Long As I’m Famous. It’s based on the golden age of Broadway and Hollywood and was the first time I got to play a real person. My character, Nedda Harrigan Logan, was a powerhouse. She was an extraordinary woman and someone I’ve come to admire greatly. The film is set to premiere at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Los Angeles on March 16th.

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
It’s important to constantly learn and grow as an artist. Throughout my acting career, I’ve continued to take classes, work with teachers one on one, and explore different creative mediums. I feel the best when I’m creating, so when I’m not working on a film, I’m playing guitar and singing, dancing, doing yoga, and finding new ways to express myself to keep my creativity flowing.

I’ve found mentors through taking classes and continuing to work with the teachers that support, challenge, and truly resonate with me. The best teachers want you to grow and expand on your journey and give you the tools to flourish on your own. There are so many people I’ve met in classes and on set that have become lifelong friends. I think the best way to network is to constantly do whatever it is you’re seeking. With acting that might look like – taking a class, being in a short film or student film to start, writing and creating your own projects, attending a screening or an event for a charity that you support. Whatever your passion is, find a way to do it as much and as often as you can. The more you do what you love, the more you become immersed in that world.

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The Personal Photo: Sallie DeEtte Mackie, Angel Bousquet, Larry Vincent, Still from feature film, “As Long As I’m Famous”, Robert Schwartz, Still from feature film, “Sick For Toys”, Sallie DeEtte Mackie

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