By Jasmine Hearne
“Sometimes fate sneaks up on us. Some people are born with it, some people never know it. It comes with hardship, loss, regret. But how you face it, how you overcome it, that defines you.”
With the rise of social media, Enke Films, recently released the trailer for its new web series, “Superhuman.” After producers sought out 85 cast members, Stillwater Area High School is proud to have one of their own students in the mix.
The key to success in a competitive career field is to start early to gain experience. Junior Camila Correa did just that. In September, Correa received an email through one of her agencies inviting her to be part of the cast for “Superhuman.” Knowing nothing about the series or what she would be doing, Correa decided to grab the chance, and it proved worthwhile.
“Camila responded to one of our many, many calls for extras for a large, pivotal scene that opens the series,” Director Benjamin Enke said. “She was fantastic.”
“Superhuman” is a web series based on the lives of three protagonists who are given uncommon powers. Enke has worked to make the series relatable by basing each 5-7 minute episode on problems that society faces, while bringing to light the questions of power and mortality in the real world.
Enke said, “We’re making a concentrated effort to take a step back from the whiz-bang visual effects overload of recent superhero action flicks by bringing the superhero story back down to earth, into relatable settings and situations of the real world.”
Even at a young age, Correa knew she wanted to pursue an acting career. Currently, she is listed with two main agencies, D&A Talent and Samaritan Casting, which offer Minnesotan students the opportunity to live out their dreams as actors.
“I’ve always been very dramatic and had a passion for acting,” Correa said. “When I was little, my mom thought it was just a phase, however, it never went away.”
Through D&A Talent, Correa received two years of professional acting lessons, as well as tips on how to be successful.
The agencies have helped Correa land positions in various theatrical performances, such as “Alice in Wonderland” and “Tillie of the Golden Turkey Grill,” a few local commercials and eventually her spot in “Superhuman.”
“What has been most helpful for me was the opportunity to get involved in the acting community,” Correa said. “These agencies created the chance for me to start my career.”
With only five major roles, Correa was originally cast as an extra for a conference room scene in the pilot episode of “Superhuman.” However, her ability to find her voice during an improvisation session earned her an actual role within the episode.
“Without giving too much away, when we were in rehearsal, she totally ad-libbed a line that took one of our lead actors completely by surprise, and we loved it,” Enke said. “So we’re using it in the episode, and it turns out to be a terrific line that sets up the whole series very nicely.”
The entertainment business is known as one of the hardest careers to succeed in. Many famous actors who eventually hit the big-time were turned down during their first auditions. The ability to pick oneself up, dust oneself off and try again is what distinguishes those who make it from those who don’t.
“Keep trying, even if you get turned down a lot,” Correa said. “Sometimes it’s really hard because a lot of people will say no simply because you’re not what they’re looking for, not because there’s anything wrong with you. A lot of times people get discouraged, but just keep trying, push through it and get involved in the acting community, because that’s helpful.”
Through the ups and downs of her budding career, Correa has had the constant support of her friends and family who admire her for her courage, humility and continuous determination.
“What makes me most proud is that she doesn’t care what other people will say when she takes an audition,” Correa’s close friend, junior Casidee Adolphson said. “She is fearless during auditions and will do anything just for the experience, regardless of the size of the role.”
Correa, her friends and family, are patiently waiting for “Superhuman” to debut online on YouTube and at enkefilms.com this winter. Correa sees this opportunity as not only an unforgettable experience, but as a significant step on the staircase of her acting career.
This piece is provided by Hoof Prints, a partnership between the Stillwater Gazette and The Pony Express, Stillwater Area High School’s student newspaper.