Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Breaking In...

From the Valencia County News-Bulletin:

Breaking into the movies

With his face on the cover of the DVD in his first big job, Nathan Sanchez is on the verge of

Jackie Schlotfeldt News-Bulletin Staff Writer; jschlotfeldt@news-bulletin.com

Bosque With the film industry making its mark on New Mexico, more and more Hollywood hopefuls have been given the chance of a lifetime to get their feet wet in the filming industry.

While many residents can say they have been cast as extras in movies being filmed across the state, there are some who have taken it a step further and captured principal speaking roles.

Nathan Sanchez is one of those lucky ones. Without a shy bone in 15-year-old Sanchez's body, it's easy to tell the "acting bug" has bitten this young actor in a big way. Sanchez's enthusiasm fills the room as he talks about his latest role in "The Price of the American Dream II" that was filmed in New Mexico last May.

"I've wanted to be an actor for a long time," Sanchez said smiling. "This is what I want to do."

Sanchez's latest movie tells the story of a family who moves to New Mexico from Los Angeles after his on-film mom loses her job. The family, whose father was murdered, tries to make a fresh start in the Land of Enchantment, but Sanchez's older brother Manny, played by Luis Arrieta, soon gets caught up with a gang, which starts to unravel the hopes and dreams of the family.

Sanchez, who plays Manny's 10-year-old brother Carlos, said acting in this film was a lot easier than he imagined it would be, but that may be because of what he learned from his debut in the silent movie "I AM," in which he appeared in 2005 for the Duke City Shootout.

"It's (acting) just kind of in you," Sanchez said. "You just put yourself into the character."

"He's a natural," said his mother, Melissa Kuehne.

With the support of his family, who have also all had the experience of being extras on films produced in New Mexico, Sanchez and his younger siblings have been busy taking acting lessons and securing an agent to help them further their dreams. Although this film went straight to DVD, Sanchez, with Arrieta, graces the cover of the movie's jacket.

For now, Sanchez is determined to continue pursuing his dream regardless of how many nos he gets on some auditions. He stays positive and tries to learn as much as he can from the other actors he's acting with.

"If you want it bad enough, you'll get it," Sanchez said. "You'll get something. It's a challenge, but you have to put yourself into it and you have to put your heart into it. It's hard work, but it's a relief when you land a part."

"The Price of the American Dream II" was released in February and is available for rent. The film was directed by Michael Amundsen and is not rated, but does contain some adult language.

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