10 Things Foreign Actors Should Probably Know About Moving To Los Angeles by Alison Balnar

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Alison Balnar began acting in 2004 at the age of ten, when she starred as ‘Dorothy’ in the theatre production of “The Wizard of Oz.” This experience created an everlasting love for the craft of acting. In 2012, she was awarded the Award of Merit for Performance by the Ontario Sears Drama Festival. She moved from Guelph, Ontario to Los Angeles to pursue her passion for acting in 2014 and she completed a one-year acting conservatory program at the New York Film Academy.

Alison Balnar_FilmCourageBalnar’s first acting role in Hollywood was as ‘Grace’ in the short film “Director’s Choice.” She quickly landed her second role as ‘Diane’ in the short film “About Her.” In 2015, she completed filming the short film “60 Eight” playing the role of ‘Sarah.’ The film premiered at Cannes Festival Short Film Corner in May 2016. Balnar appeared as ‘Ashley’ in director Carlos Aldana’s sci-fi short film “Nexus” which premiered at Space City Comic Con in Houston, Texas on May 28th, 2016. The film is shown over the course of two parallel universes. Balnar’s character is stuck in a post-apocalyptic world, where humans are on the verge of extinction and she is trying to escape with her mother, played by Gigi Edgley.

Balnar’s upcoming film roles include ‘Melissa Norris’ in “The Masters of Pulpits”, ‘Alex’ in “The Past Perfect Tense.” and ‘Carla Becker’ in “Bloggers.” “Bloggers” deals with both the inner and outer conflicts of the blogging world and the people in it. The film reveals how successful millennial entrepreneurs figure out what it means to have extraordinary jobs, real friendships and meaningful lives in a world that promotes the opposite.

In 2016, Balnar penned, directed and starred as ‘Mimi’ in the video short “The Dating Diaries.”

Balnar continues her drama studies with Brian Reise Studios and with the famed improv group and school, The Groundlings.

 

 

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