Acting has forced Jacquie Floyd to step out of her shell -- or at least to give that illusion.
"My parents put me into acting because I was a painfully shy child," said Floyd, 28, of Shelby Township.
Since age eight, she has had numerous roles on stage, and appeared in more than a dozen feature films, and is now taking on roles as producer, writer and actor in an independent comedy, "Love & Plutonium."
Entertainment projects swarm like bees about her bubbly personality and she's energetic enough to talk about them in detail. To an observer, it appears that Floyd is no longer the introverted child who nudged her mother to respond for her when strangers asked her name.
But the actress said that isn't so.
"I just know how to fake it better," she said.
That trick has helped assist her behind the scenes during filming, where a producer and a screenplay writer may need to speak up.
She and her boyfriend of two years, Jeff Priskorn, 32, have collaborated on the film that is being shot in metro Detroit in such places as Warren, Westland and Birmingham. Priskorn is director, producer, co-writer and actor for the film that has a cast of 22 and a crew of 14.
Filming started mid-November. Floyd expects to wrap up Dec. 12. It is a Loose Change Entertainment LLC production. The nonprofit entertainment group, which is based in Berkley and airs a cable access comedy show in metro Detroit, is funding the film's costs of about $500 per shooting day.
"The 'Love & Plutonium' script began as a stage play, but we quickly realized it would make a fine movie project for Loose Change Entertainment. Jacquie wrote the script and I assisted with some plot points and the rewriting," Priskorn said.
The couple plan to pursue acting careers in Los Angeles next year.
The plot of "Love & Plutonium" involves an evil genius driven by a desire for world domination who unexpectedly falls in love. The forces of good and evil band together in an attempt to sabotage the relationship.
The two hope the film's trailer will be ready for an 8 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 p.m. Dec. 6 viewing at the Roseville Theatre, 28325 Utica Road. That's when Loose Change's first and only other feature film, "Arbor Daze," can be seen with a $5 admission fee.
Floyd began dabbling in acting with the Utica Youth Theatre for a few summers. Then, in middle school, she got involved with Macomb Junior Players through Macomb Community College. It was pegged as theater for children by children, she said.
After acting in plays at Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights, Floyd went on to study at St. Edward's University in Texas for one year, then graduated from Oakland University with a bachelor's in performing arts.
She tours with Brainstormers, an educational children's theater group, and the Jewish Ensemble Theatre.
Although the idealist in her is chasing stardom, Floyd's logical side is focused on just having enough work in the industry to live comfortably.
"I'm not all about the happily ever after. I'm about the journey to it," she said.
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